Dreams & Magic (Sept. 2, 2011) The Gnomon Workshop series of videos is among the best. Gnomon is the industry leader in professional training for artists in the entertainment and design field. Founded by Alex Alvarez in 2000, The Gnomon Workshop was launched as a means to share professional techniques with artists who could not attend the hands-on courses offered at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, California. Over the past nine years, the Gnomon Workshop DVD library has expanded to offer training by over sixty professional instructors on a diverse range of tools, software and media including design, drawing, sculpture, painting, modeling, texturing, animation, effects and compositing. Shipped to literally every corner of the globe, our DVDs can be found in countless libraries, studios and universities… and on many thousand bookshelves.
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Gnomon has become a hub for many of the industries top talents who come together to help train their peers and the next generation of artists. The Gnomon School and The Gnomon Workshop facilities comprise of over 17000 square feet of classrooms, studios, lounges, labs, offices and production space. With over 250 students and 70 instructors every term at the School, no other training provider is as immersed in the industry and it’s education as The Gnomon Workshop.
I’ve found the quality of the videos to be superior to most and high resolution enough to actually see what is going on. You can check out their free videos here. Chances are you if you are reading this you are already very familiar with Gnomon.
So is it worth it? While there are a select few “that are not so hot”, most of the videos are superb and will inspire you and inform you. You will learn, BUT…as good as these and other training videos are there’s nothing that can match hands on experience. With most of these videos you should be working in the software as you watch. There’s a lot of training videos out there and to be quite frank most of them kind of suck. Nothing compares to Gnomon and you are learning from the experts.
The minimum system requirements are: 1GHz or faster processor, 512MB Ram, 64 MB Video Ram, DVD-ROM drive,500 MB hard disk space, 1280 x 1024 display. The minimum operating system requirements are: Microsoft® Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000, or Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2.
I would strongly advise viewing at HD resolution and if you have a dual monitor set up it will be perfect for watching while you work hands on with the products.