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Gnomon Workshop Releases Five New Analog Training DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press have released five new training DVDs, three from veteran Scott Robertson, and the first two from the concept designer known as Puddnhead.

Robertson offers a three-volume series on rendering matte surfaces. The titles cover shading planar, round and complex curved surfaces. While he uses analog tools, such as charcoal and pencil, the skills are vital for anyone interested in foundation lighting concepts.

Puddnhead offers a look into his unique style and techniques for creature design, from the character's abstract beginnings, to its culmination as a fully rendered digital painting created in Corel Painter. Puddnhead's diverse career has taken him from being a concept artist for such companies as Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Columbia, to influencing the designs of such films as CAT IN THE HAT, DAREDEVIL, ELEKTRA and THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.

"It is exciting to be offering an inside look into Puddnhead's highly creative and often bizarre creature development process, said producer Robertson. His high level of draftsmanship is a delight to watch. Along with the matte surface rendering techniques offered in my new series of titles, the Gnomon Workshop once again fulfills its commitment to offer artists unique and beneficial resources in their pursuit of a comprehensive art education."

Since 2000, The Gnomon Workshop ( has provided artists and students with the educational resources they need to succeed as artists in the entertainment industries. Whether they're interested in design, modeling, effects, animation, storytelling or matte painting, these DVDs provide a valuable educational resource for students around the world. The Gnomon Workshop is the sister company of The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, which provides professional-caliber visual effects instruction to students and professionals in Los Angeles, California.

Design Studio Press ( is a specialty publisher that focuses primarily on original artistic works and educational books.