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16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 708-9232
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Created by Rey Bustos, this class is intended to augment the skills of entertainment and character designers by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the process of character design. Invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping to the same logical rules of human and animal anatomy. With Rey’s excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to learn how and why we are different from other animals and how species evolve.

SPECIAL Natural History Museum  – Join us for a very special tour of the Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles hosted by two Paleoartists who work at the museum. Learn a great deal of information on the history of these dinosaur bones and the process they go through to be reconstructed and put on exhibit. This tour provides the viewers with a great amount of general information on each of the dinosaurs from the Tyrannosaur to the Triceratops and how they were able to make certain inferences about the dinosaurs due to the fossils. Get an in-depth look into the Public Prep Lab or “Dino Lab,” the lab used to prepare and clean dinosaur fossils as far back as the Mesozoic period.

BIO: Rey Bustos has been an illustrator since 1989. He has illustrated for several companies, magazines and freelanced for top studios such as Disney/Pixar. Rey has also been exhibiting fine art and teaching since 1990. He is known world-wide as one of the preeminent artistic anatomy teachers in the country.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1
Animal Anatomy: Introduction 00:25:00
Welcome to the first week of Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy with Rey Bustos. In the introduction, animal anatomy will be discussed in relation to human anatomy.
What is Imaginatomy? FREE 00:18:00
An overview of the class will be presented. The information from this class can help inspire creature designs for various types of productions.
Materials & Taxonomy 00:31:00
The tools for constructing your creature will be discussed. A lecture on the process of naming your animal will help guide its creation and aid in developing its environment.
Homework and Presentation 00:30:00
Rey will explain what is expected from the first homework assignment. Past examples of student projects provide inspiration and ideas.
Animal Anatomy Imaginatomy: Slideshow 00:29:00
Images of animal designs are presented to help inspire students in their creature designs.
Section 2
Animal Anatomy: Pelvis & Legs 00:29:00
A lecture on the pelvis and the limbs that emanate from the pelvis explains the anatomical structure that will help in the preparation of a creature design. The primary functions will be explained with diagrams showing the differences between bipedal and quadrupedal animals.
More on the Pelvis & Legs 00:18:00
The lecture continues demonstrating the differences in the anatomical structure of different types of animals.
Animal Anatomy: Musculature 00:25:00
Rey will demonstrate how the musculature works in different species. The homework assignment will be discussed with visual examples of what is expected.
Animal Anatomy: Student Critiques 1: Part 1 00:18:00
A critique of student work will provide general information for other student projects. Rey will discuss his favorite books on animal anatomy.
Animal Anatomy: Student Critiques 1: Part 2 00:23:00
The critique continues as Rey helps students commit to a creature design for the remainder of the class.
Animal Anatomy: Student Critique 1 Part 3 00:26:00
The class will end with a critique of the remaining homework assignments.
Section 3
Vertebrae and Thorax 00:27:00
A lecture on the vertebrae and the thorax will help students design the wireframe of the rib cage for their animals. The lecture will also explain the spinous process, and the transverse process.
Thorax and Balance 00:26:00
A demonstration will show how important the spinous process and the pelvis are in different animals. The demo will also show variations of the thorax in humans, horses, canines and lions.
Animal Anatomy: Pelvis & Legs 2 00:21:00
Todays lecture will move to the vertebrae and pelvis. Variations of the pelvis and legs of animals will be demonstrated to show why certain land animals are faster than others.
Animal Anatomy: More Examples and Homework 00:21:00
Various types of animals like birds and bears will be discussed to help with the design of your animal. Examples from previous classes will be presented to help explain what is expected from this week’s homework assignment.
Animal Anatomy: Student Critiques 2 00:12:00
A critique of last week’s homework will help students work through issues with their designs.
Section 4
Upper Front Limb 00:26:00
A lecture with a diagram will help explain how to construct the upper/front limbs. Visual examples and demonstrations will help clarify the function of the front limbs in various types of animals. The homework assignment will be discussed.
Clavicles and Scapula 00:28:00
A lecture on the scapula will help clarify if a creature design needs clavicles. The musculature surrounding the scapula in various types of animals will be explained with visual references and diagrams.
Animal Anatomy: Student Critique 3 00:36:00
A critique of the homework assignment will finish today’s class.
Section 5
Skulls and Teeth 00:22:00
Today’s lecture will focus on the structure of the skull. The design of different types of animal mandibles are examined. Rey displays his collection of skulls to illustrate the differences in teeth and scleral bones, and discusses how you should structure your creature's teeth.
Pupils and Teeth 00:22:00
The eyes and eye sockets of various types of animals will be discussed, shedding light on the difficult subject of animal sight. Ideas are offered on how to think about your creatures hunting habits, and how they chew food.
Nutrient Foramen 00:24:00
The openings in various types of skulls will be explained. Animal eye sight is directly related to whether an animal is a predator or prey.
Animal Anatomy: Homework 00:18:00
A critique will be given for last weeks homework assignment. Preparing the sculpture of your animal will be demonstrated step by step by designing the wireframe of the skeleton. In the following week the class will begin bending wire to begin the sculpture.
More on Materials 00:23:00
Rey discusses the materials and the possible solutions for potential issues in constructing your animal sculpture.
Section 6
Animal Anatomy: Visualization 00:33:00
Now that designs are complete, Rey will talk about how to build the structure of your organism with wire. Tips on materials and constructing skeletons are given to guide students on their projects.
Animal Anatomy: Preparation 00:21:00
Advice on how to improvise items to incorporate into sculpture is given to help guide projects. Completing the hind legs and pelvis will be the homework assignment.
Section 7
Animal Anatomy: Diorama 00:34:00
A lecture on building a diorama will be given to help guide the construction of an environment. Tips on how to create different elements like rocks and shrubbery for your environment are discussed.
Animal Anatomy: Lighting and Background 00:21:00
Rey will discuss the different types of lights that can be used for the presentation of a diorama. An in-depth lecture on designing and constructing a background will be given to help inspire creative ideas.
How to Pour Plaster 00:35:00
A demonstration will show how to pour plaster and paint your base. There will also be a demonstration on how to glue and sculpt your creature.
Animal Anatomy: Demonstration 00:15:00
A drawing demo will show how to develop the pelvis and the hind legs of a creature. Muscles and skin will be draped on the animal to help visualize it as a living creature.
Section 8
Adaptation and Camouflage 00:32:00
A lecture on adaptation will lead to a discussion of camouflage and will help you think of your creature's place in the food chain hierarchy. Different types of camouflage will be discussed such as cryptic, mimicry, batesian, counter-shading and disruptive.
Sexual Dimorphism 00:21:00
A lecture on why male and female sizes differ in certain species will help the thought process of designing a creature.
Animal Anatomy: Preparing the Diorama 00:22:00
Rey will discuss what is expected from the final presentation.
Section 9
Animal Anatomy: Final Presentation 00:31:00
A critique of the final projects will be given for each student.
Natural History Museum
AAI: Natural History Museum Part 1 00:25:00
Join us for a very special tour of the Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles hosted by two Paleoartists who work at the museum. The tour provides a great amount of general information on each of the dinosaurs from the Tyrannosaur to the Triceratops and how they were able to make certain inferences due to the fossils.
AAI: Natural History Museum Part 2 00:25:00
Learn a great deal of information on the history of these dinosaur bones and the process they go through to be reconstructed and put on exhibit. The process of sharing information amongst scientists is discussed along with how to explain things simply.
Public Prep Lab 00:18:00
Get an in-depth look into the Public Prep Lab or “Dino Lab”; the lab used to prepare and clean dinosaur fossils as far back as the Mesozoic period.
Collections and Labs 00:24:00
The tour continues with a look at how fossils are stored. We visit a few more labs where bones from several different species are worked on.

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