Krystal Sae Eua
Krystal Sae Eua
Senior Character/Creature Artist, Weta Digital
Wellington, New Zealand

Summary

Krystal has been forever inspired by animals, creatures and the natural world. Her passions led her to an art career in visual effects spanning over 12 years. Her work can be seen in a broad range of blockbuster projects including “Avatar”, “The Avengers”, the “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” cinematic trailer, the “Destiny 2 Forsaken” cinematics and Netflix’s “Love Death + Robots” anthology. Krystal has also been a speaker at many events including the ZBrush Summit, Gnomon School, and CG Futures.

Krystal is best known for her figurative animal sculpture. She explores her subjects with a focus on energy, balance and dynamic anatomy. She is now expanding her work to include collectibles and fine art sculpture.

Krystal currently works for Weta Digital as a Senior Character/Creature Modeller on many upcoming film projects.

Interviews/Articles/Appearances:

• Concept Art Awards 2019 @ Lightbox Expo: Judge: https://www.conceptartassociation.com/2019-concept-art-awards

• CG Futures 2019: Masterclass and Dynamic Sculpting Presentation: http://cgfutures.com/cg-futures-2019/

• ZBrush Summit 2018 Presentation with Blur Studios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8HlMiGRBiU

• Anatomy Lab: The Art and Design of Quadrupeds: https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/anatomy-lab-the-art-and-design-of-quadrupeds

• CG Society: http://www.cgsociety.org/news/article/3186/creating-and-developing-as-a-lead-asset-artist-at-the-mill-with-krystal-sae-eua

• 3D World Magazine: Issue #220 - https://www.creativebloq.com/how-to/5-tips-for-sculpting-in-double-quick-time

• Anatomy Lab: The Art of Creature Design: https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/anatomy-lab-the-art-of-creature-design

• Women in Animation: http://www.themill.com/millchannel/766/krystal-sae-eua-on-women-in-animation?q=Krystal%20Sae%20Eua

• ZBrush Summit 2015 Presentation and Sculpt-Off: http://www.themill.com/millchannel/562/zbrush-summit-2015-presentation-and-sculpt-off?q=Krystal%20Sae%20Eua

• Anatomy Lab: Stylized Creature Design Workshop: https://magazine.artstation.com/2017/09/anatomy-lab-stylized-creature-design-workshop/

Honors & Awards:

• VES Nomination - Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial - 3D Lead Artist - Game of War "Rooftop" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhOIJBk7KaU

• AICP Award - Audi "Duel" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwHApIrYp6A

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Skills

Character ModelingCreature ModelingTexturingDigital Sculpting3D ModelingRetopologyLook DevelopmentLightingHair/Fur GroomingConcept DesignAnatomy

Software proficiency

Maya
Maya
ZBrush
ZBrush
Mari
Mari
Mudbox
Mudbox
Photoshop
Photoshop
TopoGun
TopoGun
xNormal
xNormal
CrazyBump
CrazyBump
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
V-Ray
V-Ray
Arnold
Arnold
X-Gen
X-Gen
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
CySlice
CySlice
Nuke
Nuke

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Experience

  • Senior Character/Creature Modeller at Weta Digital
    Wellington, New Zealand
    January 2019 - Present

    Credits Include:

    • Unannounced Projects

    • Black Widow

    • Jumanji : The Next Level

    • Gemini Man

    • Mouse Guard (cancelled project)

  • Lead Character Artist at Blur Studios
    Culver City, United States of America
    September 2017 - January 2019

    Credits Include:

    • Love Death + Robots: "Sonny's Edge"

    • Love Death + Robots: :"Shapeshifters"

    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer

    • Far Cry 5 Opening Cinematic

    • Destiny 2: Forsaken "Last Stand of the Gunslinger" Cinematic

    • League of Legends: :Welcome Aboard: Cinematic

  • Modeling and Texturing Artist /Supervisor at Hydraulx
    Santa Monica, United States of America
    July 2009 - May 2013

    Modeling and Texturing Artist /Supervisor, supervising the Los Angeles and Vancouver modeling team. Assisted in the development of the facilities' modeling pipeline to build better tools for artists. Modeled and textured numerous environments, vehicles, digital doubles, props, and costumes.

    Credits Include:

    • The Lone Ranger

    • Fast & Furious 6

    • Machete Kills

    • Escape Plan

    • Breaking Dawn Part2

    • Skyfall

    • Snow White and the Huntsman

    • The Avengers

    • Looper

    • Breaking Dawn Part 1

    • Captain America

    • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    • The Bay

    • Take Shelter

    • Skyline

    • Gulliver's Travels

    • The A-Team

    • Knight and Day

    • Jonah Hex

    • The Book of Eli

    • Avatar

    • 2012

    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    • Fast and Furious

  • Modeling & Texturing Lead at The Mill Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, United States of America
    June 2013 - August 2017

    Modeling/Texturing Lead, specializing in characters and creatures. Also concepting and lighting.

    Credits Include:

    • Strongbow: "A Nature's Dream" - Concept Artist

    • Honda: "Thinking About Tomorrow" - Concept Artist

    • Kia: Superbowl 2017 "Hero's Journey" - Modeling/Texturing Lead

    • Energizer: "In-Laws", "Fluffy Tail", "PowerSuit", "Naught, Nice" - Modeling/Texturing, Lighting/Lookdev

    • Audi: "Duel" - Model/Texture

    • Nintendo: "Toughest Pilot Around" - Model/Texture

    • XBOX: "Gears of War 4 - Tomorrow" - Modeling/Texturing Lead, Lighting/Lookdev/Fur Groom

    • Mobile Strike: "Command Center"/"Arnold's Defense"/"Arnold's Fight" - Modeling/Texturing Lead, Lighting/Lookdev

    • Hyundai: "Better" - Modeling/Texturing Lead

    • Game of War: "Office Army'/"Rooftop Alliance"/"Unite the World" - Modeling/Texturing Lead, Lighting/Lookdev

    • Hollywood Adventures (film) - Modeling/Texturing/Fur Groom

    • Google ATAP: "HELP" - Modeling/Texturing Lead

    • AUDI: "Drones" - Modeling/Texturing Lead

    • Madden: "Madden Season" - Modeling/Texturing, Lookdev

    • Texas Lottery: "A Million Stories" - Modeling/Texturing Lead

    • Hay Day: "Take a Load Off" - Modeling/Texturing Lead, Lighting/Lookdev/Fur Groom

    • Penny Dreadful: "Just Like You" - Modeling/Texturing

    • Duralast: "Stopping Power" - Modeling/Texturing

    • DirecTV: "Marionettes" - Modeling/Texturing

    • Diet Mountain Dew: "Horse Show" - Modeling/Texturing

    • Call of Duty: "Extinction" Cinematic - Modeling/Texturing

    • Call of Duty: "Epic Night Out" - Modeling/Texturing

    • Taco Bell: "Play The Future First" - Modeling/Texturing

    • Call of Duty: "Ghosts" Cinematic - Modeling/Texturing