The Gnomon Workshop

Crystal Bretz

Senior Character / Creature Modeler

Crystal Bretz is a Senior Character/Creature Modeller working in Canada. She has worked for many companies over the years such as Method Studios, DNEG, Artifex Studios, and BRON. Crystal is currently working as a Senior Modeller at DNEG with a focus on Organic Creatures and Characters. She has a background as a generalist and has worked on many different types of media such as; TV Episodic, Short films, Feature Films, and Animated Features. She is most known for her work on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Marvel's Black Panther, and Netflix Original: The Willoughbys. Crystal has been a judge for the Rookies for two consecutive years as well as a judge for Effects Montreal. She has published artwork and tutorials in 3D Artist Magazine as well as had her name published in Cinefex among the many great VFX artists who contributed to Black Panther. Crystal not only has a strong passion for all things 3D but also for helping and mentoring others. She writes blogs, shares advice on her online platforms, and streams live on twitch to teach and guide others towards success in the VFX industry. Follow her on Instagram @crystal_models_things.

  • I worked with Crystal as a supervisor and a colleague. Her drive and passion is contagious. She was always helpful in our never-ending quest for the perfect reference and is a great team player.

    - Robin Lamontage
    CG Supervisor at Rodeo FX

  • Crystal has been a fantastic artist to work with. She receives direction well, she cares about the quality of her work, and is effective at a range of disciplines from props and environments to character modeling and texturing.

    - Caleb Ashmore
    Model/Texture Lead at Method Studios

  • Crystal is an incredibly talented artist. I have hired her twice (Method Studios Van and Method Studios Montreal formally Atomic Fiction). She not only has a strong artistic aptitude for both organic and hard surface modeling, but she also produces technically clean meshes and UVs. Crystal is a team player who is always happy to help when things get a bit crazy and her versatility is a tremendous asset for any team.

    - Justin Holt
    Senior Texture Artist at Epic Games