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Digital Creature Painting with Chet Zar

Design and Techniques Using Photoshop



Chet Zar takes you through his process of designing a creature in Photoshop® using his own unusual variety of professional and aesthetic techniques. He starts with a blank document and no specific guidelines, developing his rough ideas into a fully realized character. Observe every step of the painting's evolution as Chet explains his thought process and workflow. Topics covered include: developing a rough sketch, value and color, liquify, painting hair using custom brushes, and adding detail using layer styles.

Duration: 132 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Chet Zar


Chet Zar is a fine artist and an industry professional with over twenty years of experience as a makeup effects artist, sculptor, painter, digital effects artist and creature designer in the niche field of Special Makeup Effects. His film industry credits include Hellboy I & II, The Ring I & II, X-Men 3, Planet of the Apes, Men in Black II as well as special makeup effects supervisor for many of the critically acclaimed Tool music videos. He has created digital 3D visuals for ToolÍs live performances as well. His oil paintings have been shown nationally and internationally alongside artists H.R.Giger, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Clive Barker, Mark Ryden and many others, and are included in the collections of Director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), Tool guitarist Adam Jones and Jonathon Davis of Korn.

  • "Chet's art is beautiful & scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach. I think Chet is a master painter on his way to making a great mark in our little world. Wanna do something smart with your money? Invest in a Chet Zar painting. "

    - Adam Jones