Log inBy CategoryBy Instructor

Texturing Environments with Mari

with Jessica Canter


In this lecture, Jessica Canter demonstrates how to create a highly detailed environment using Maya, Mudbox and Mari. She begins by modeling a detailed bridge and then blocks-in the cliffs using primary forms. The cliffs are then brought into Mudbox to sculpt the fine details. Jessica then brings them into Mari for texturing. At first Jessica introduces new Mari users to the interface and talks about how to organize a project. She then paints the models in Mari while discussing painting techniques used to texture large environments. Finally, the textures are exported out of Mari and brought back into Maya for final rendering using Arnold. Jessica discusses the process of working with different programs, including how to prep your model to work within Mari, and how to work with UDIMS in Maya. Artists of any level, interested in learning from a master texture artist, will learn techniques both in technical workflows and artistic design strategies.

Duration: 2h 35m

Format: HD 1600x900

Jessica Canter

Texture Artist

Jessica Canter is an accomplished Senior Surfacing artist who has extensive industry experience in Feature Animation. She has shown both artistic prowess and technical leadership in the field through pioneering new workflows at DreamWorks Animation, developing curriculum at multiple educational institutions, including the Gnomon School, as well as having had artwork displayed in various galleries. Her work has been featured in various award winning films such as Kung Fu Panda (I/II), The CroodsShrek 4Turbo,Monsters vs. Aliens and more, with roles ranging from the texturing of entire environments and sets, to surfacing characters with wide varieties of skins, clothing and fur. Jessica has her BFA from Bowling Green University and MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.

  • "Jessica Canter is a truly gifted artist with an amazing eye and great sense of aesthetic. I've had the opportunity to work with her during my time at Dreamworks animation and she constantly delivered high quality works. She's one of the most well rounded artists I've known. Jessica has completed a great amount of work on both lead characters as well as large environments and she always raises the bar of quality. Jessica pays close attention to details and has the rare ability to bring life to anything she touches. She is an amazing texture artist!"

    - Dominic Bilodeau
    CEO of Playhybrid