LookDev for Set Dressing

About this Course:

This course combines the theory and practice of Look Development for advanced prop design using the photo-realistic aesthetic.



*VRay and general UI and workflow refresher

  • VRayMtl and VRaySkinMtl 

*UVs and textures

  • Starting a look, controlling shaders with texture maps - the elephant

*Blending shaders together

  • VRayBlendMtl and the owl

*Workshop - Pushing the look

  • The owl and BlendMtl/SkinMtl - brushed metals


  • Creating and mapping

*VRayHairMtl and fur

  • Grooming and textures
  • Picking an asset for final development

*Painted concept frames of asset; 

  • Begin work on asset dev

*Workshopping looks on chosen asset dev

*Final turn-around presentations of final asset


About Our Faculty:

Dariush Derakhshani is a VFX and CG Supervisor in Los Angeles  and an award-winning CG Generalist-Lighter.  Dariush was the Visual Effects Supervisor for the 2019 film 1982, which won the Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Dariush is a pipeline, lighting, and production consultant and has  been an animator and supervisor on commercials and feature films for companies such as Digital Domain, Pixomondo, Zoic Studios, Radium|ReelFX, Café FX, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Sight Effects, and South Park. He is the author of several 3ds Max and Maya books, including the best-selling series Introducing Maya—with over 13 editions since 2002 and translated into more than a dozen languages.

Dariush received his  M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC). His B.A. is from Lehigh University in Architecture and Theatre. He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society and has won a London Advertising Award for commercial effects, is a multiple recipient of the Telly and Addy Awards, has won the Bronze Plaque from the Columbus Film Festival, and is a VES Awards nominee.