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Creating creature concepts for film

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Date Added: 15th October 2013

Leading concept artist, Jerad S. Marantz, has worked on many titles, from Clash of the Titans to Falling Skies. He gives us a peek into the life of a freelance creature designer.


Creature design master, Jerad Marantz was lucky to decide what he wanted to do at a very early age and was obsessed with monsters even as a small child. From the age of thirteen, he studied at a school called school called Associates in Art and was taught by commercial artists.

Landing an internship at a practical effects house called S.O.T.A FX, he tried a little bit of everything – mold-making, sculpting, painting, fiberglassing, and more. He came to realize that design was what made him tick.


Final alien design for American Horror Story: Asylum - This is the alien design for American Horror Story season 2. I had a lot of fun doing this for Tinsley Studio

While studying at Pasadena Art Center, Jerad worked towards developing a portfolio to show studios like Stan Winston's or Rick Baker's. Then, after graduating, he got an appointment with Stan Winston and the man himself hired Jerad on the spot!

From there onwards, Jerad has worked on a huge number of awesome films such as Clash of the Titans (Lead Character Designer), Sucker Punch (Lead Character Designer), Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Green Lantern, Avatar, Amazing Spiderman 2 and The Conjuring.


Final Alien Model Ortho close up - This is a close-up of the model that I did for the alien for American Horror Story season 2

Hi Jerad, thanks for talking to us at 3dtotal! To kick things off, could you tell us a little about how you came to be a concept artist?

I was very lucky at an early age to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. As a child, I was obsessed with monsters and have been drawing them for as long as I can remember. My parents supported me and I bounced around from art class to art class until I found a school called Associates in Art.

At the age of 13, that school was ideal because it was art classes taught by actual commercial artists. While going there I learned that I could make a living designing and sculpting monsters. After taking a few classes, I was able to get an internship at a local practical effects house called S.O.T.A Effects. There I was able to try my hand at many different design techniques and I came to realize it was design that I cared most about.
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