The Art of Creature and Character Design by Sandy Collora is an informative, comprehensive, lavishly illustrated volume on the art and aesthetics of creature and character design for film, video games and toys.www.facebook.com/creatureart
Brad Darvas' life long infatuation with Halloween and all things horror has lead him to start designing creature and masks. He creates hand-crafted latex creature masks and busts.www.braddarvasdesigns.com
Known for his versatility and attention to detail, Arturo Balseiro has worked as a make up effects artist for more than 15 years: During this time, he developed the skills to create amazing creatures using makeup special fx. He has translated real life techniques such as sculpture and painting for use in digital environments (zbrush 3, Maya). This infuses his designs, maquettes, and 3D models with a unique, life-like quality.
From simple pencil drawings to complex 3D models, Arturo's style allows the client to explore every possibility and make changes very quickly. These 3D models can be used by the client, but usually Arturo and his team create real maquettes (full bodies or heads) of the characters to show to the VFX team or for marketing.www.dharmaestudio.wix.com/arturo-balseiro
Over the past two decades, Greg Aronowitz has honed his skills as a special effects artist and design specialist by contributing to over two hundred films and television projects. His visual sense and wide-ranging abilities have been called upon by every major studio, and have made him a valuable commodity in the independent circuit. Greg has collected a large library of techniques to suit any size schedule or budget, having worked in every arena from Steven Spielberg to Roger Corman. His ability to deliver a rich visual style for an achievable budget keeps him in constant demand. Most recent film credits include Memoirs of a Geisha, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Scooby Doo 2, Minority Report, A.I., Castaway, Saving Private Ryan, The X-Files, and Contact. Even on the largest of productions, Greg is often found wearing multiple hats; he has held almost every position on a film crew: From script supervisor to production designer, boom operator to sound design, gaffer to director of photography, producer to director.barnyardfx.blogspot.com
StudioADI is an Academy Award-winning character effects studio where we design, produce, and perform special characters for film, television, and commercials.www.studioadi.com
Creative Character Engineering has become renowned for serving the entire 15 season run of E.R. with ultra-realistic body parts, surgery simulations, and dozens of silicone babies. The success of E.R. has led to opportunities to work on almost every significant medical drama in recent years. Among them C.C.E has counted House, Grey’s Anatomy, and Dexter as clients.
C.C.E is also on its way to establishing an international presence in the field of top quality, cost effective character effects. The top rated B.B.C. medical drama Holby City has become a repeat client, a growing number of productions such as The Matrix have turned to C.C.E. for their U.S. based life casting, and their rental babies have seen the world, going to locations such as Hawaii, South Africa and Australia on projects like Lost.
The future of C.C.E looks assured, with work in the recent blockbusters Cloverfield, and Star Trek As well as the upcoming Hammer picture Let Me In, and the redesign of horror icon Freddy Krueger for the new Nightmare on Elm Street.www.creativecharacter.com
Robin R. Bottin (born April 1, 1959) is an American special make-up effects creator. Known for his collaborations with directors John Carpenter and Paul Verhoeven, Bottin worked with Carpenter on both The Fog and The Thing and with Verhoeven on RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. His other film credits include Innerspace, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fight Club.
Well respected in his field of prosthetic makeup (better known as special make-up effects), and described in 2013 as a "special effects genius", Bottin was nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for Best Makeup, and was awarded a Special Achievement Award at the 1991 Academy Awards. He has two BAFTA nominations, and won two Saturn Awards with five further nominations. ~Wikipediawww.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Bottin
Don Lanning is a Hollywood special effects designer, sculptor, and fabricator who specializes in character design, production design, and make-up effects for major motion pictures. Don Lanning has worked on more than 40 motion pictures. His work can be seen in films like Hellboy, Underworld, Team America, Blade Trinity and Alien vs. Predator.donlanning.deviantart.com
Odd Studio is a team of artists and technicians specializing in prosthetic make up, creature effects, animatronic characters, special effects, props and models. With each partner having 20 years of experience on a diverse range of projects they have helped to realize and give life to ideas and creative visions. Their ongoing dedication to the art, practical approach and extended family of talented crew, continue to keep their work at the forefront of in camera effects.
Odd Studio has the ability to take an existing design and make it a reality. Odd Studio will work closely with the client to take a concept or character from the page through all stages of design and visualisation. This can be in the form of drawings, Marquette’s or Photoshop designs. Their broad knowledge of the craft allows them to explore options and arrive at the best solution practically, aesthetically and economically.www.oddstudio.com
BodyFX is New Zealand’s largest specialfx make-up company with studios in Auckland and Wellington. The founders, originally from the Netherlands, Nicole and Yolanda, started the company 12 years ago and have been teaching and showcasing their art of body painting, face painting, make-up and special FX make-up in New Zealand and abroad.www.bodyfx.co.nz