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Alien Creatures by Design with Wayne Barlowe
Mon 5 June 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM NZST
Full Day Class
Monday 5th June
9am – 6pm
Wayne Barlowe will utilise his book, EXPEDITION as a tool to encourage students to approach creature design in a more holistic fashion. The masterclass will take into consideration the fundamentals of overall ideation, creature anatomy, animal behaviorism and environmental considerations on an alien world.
Part One will address the student’s goals in creating a new world, whether it be for film or for publishing addressing the practicalities of client needs versus creative imperatives. It will provide an underpinning for what the student will create during the class.
Part Two will engage the students in the hands-on creation of at least two creatures that will interact with one another. The goal will be to utilize principles of known animal behaviorism in a convincing way. Discussions of anatomy and functionality will be encouraged. Alien form follows alien function.
Finally, Part Three will endeavor to pull everything together, meshing the newly created creatures into suitable environments. My goal is to heighten awareness that alien worlds have ecologies and the creatures that thrive in them have evolved characteristics, just as creatures on Earth have. The ultimate goal of the Masterclass is to create convincing aliens that fit organically into unique alien environments.
No Kit fee
Students Must bring
loose paper/sketch books
Wayne Barlowe is an author and illustrator who has created images for books, film and galleries. After attending Cooper Union he started his career painting hundreds of paperback covers for all of the major publishers and magazine illustrations for LIFE, TIME and NEWSWEEK. He went on to write and illustrate EXPEDITION, BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO EXTRATERRESTRIALS, BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO FANTASY, BARLOWE’S INFERNO, BRUSHFIRE: Illuminations from the Inferno, THE ALIEN LIFE OF WAYNE BARLOWE and AN ALPHABET OF DINOSAURS. Barlowe has done game design for multi-platform consoles for PROTOTYPE, DANTE’S INFERNO and SHADOW OF MORDOR. His character designs can be seen in BLADE2, GALAXY QUEST, BABYLON 5: Thirdspace, TITAN AE, HELLBOY 1 and 2, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKHABAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, AVATAR,
PACIFIC RIM and ALIEN PLANET, a 2005 Discovery Channel special based on EXPEDITION for which Barlowe was executive producer. His first novel, GOD’S DEMON, was released by Tor Books to critical acclaim.
Currently, he is hard at work on the sequel to that work, THE HEART OF HELL. He is also writing screenplays and working on a line of 1/6th collectible figures from Zenpunk under the heading of BARLOWE’S HELL.
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Te Ara Hihiko Creative Arts Building
Entrance E, Tasman Street
Wellington, Wellington 6021