About the LIVE Classes

  • Frequency

    Mon-Thu, 9:30pm - 11:30pm (Pacific Local Time), for 4 weeks. About 40 hours of content: at least 32 hours of running classes and up to 8 hours of combined reviews.

  • Recorded Content

    Everything is recorded, including reviews. Subscribe to our classes and you will get LIFETIME access, available directly on your favorite devices.

  • Commitment

    To ensure that you actually learn through a series of LIVE tutorials, with absolutely no hidden secrets. Shaders, tools, techniques, lighting. All settings. All revealed.

  • Easy Upgrade

    Bought any of the individual classes, but now you feel like you should have bought a bundle or the LIVE experience instead? Just send me a message stating so and you will receive a coupon code*. You will only pay for the price difference, guaranteed. (*limited to 15 upgrade spots per term)

  • All Classes Assisted

    Independently of LIVE or pre-recorded, if you watched the videos but still had trouble with any of the lessons, just start a thread by clicking "discussions" in the virtual classroom or post on our Facebook group and I will send help your way.

Who is Enrolling?

Professional and Aspiring Artists from All Around The World

Every term, many artists join my LIVE and pre-recorded courses, including aspiring students and well established professionals who had worked or are currently employed by those major studios. In a way, these courses are not only a great opportunity to learn new approaches to digital portraiture, but are also an invaluable way to network with experienced professionals already placed in the industry.
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What do my former students have to say?

Fotw - It's better and more complete then most cgi school...

Leonardo Krajden

Jus wrapped up the October class with Kris I was surprised how Intense the work load is and the amount of content covered in such a short period of time. His...

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Jus wrapped up the October class with Kris I was surprised how Intense the work load is and the amount of content covered in such a short period of time. His 12+ yeas of experience and not holding back on any sort of information seam more as a mentorship then a class. Plus the access to previous classes helps you figure out issues with different types of models. Overall an amazing experience, would recommend to anyone that want to be a character modeler, although, I would say that it better if you already have some descent knowledge of anatomy and ZBrush.

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I will miss this course

Salvatore Ditrani

Kris is one of the greatest teacher I've ever met! He has so much patience and is there for every question you want to ask. But is not only a great teacher a...

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Kris is one of the greatest teacher I've ever met! He has so much patience and is there for every question you want to ask. But is not only a great teacher and artist, is also a great man, his positivity and energy gives you the power and the desire to go deeper in your art journey. The special thing about this course is also the relationship between the students, I felt that a family was born and everyone is happy to help each other with suggestions and feedback! You cannot miss the opportunity to live this experience and learn from Kris!

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The best course, the best teacher, the best professional,...

Miguel Thevirum

It is one of the best courses I have taken. Kris is a great professional and a very qualified teacher. Thanks to Kris, I have learned a lot of things that ma...

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It is one of the best courses I have taken. Kris is a great professional and a very qualified teacher. Thanks to Kris, I have learned a lot of things that make my workflow adequate, as well as a lot of tricks. Thanks, Kris, I know that taking this course, my work will have a level of quality that I never imagined.

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One of the best courses that I've took! without any doubt

Michael Robson

The course is perfect, the content is amazing and I couldn't find anything like that before. Kris is a very attentive teacher during the classes, doesn't for...

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The course is perfect, the content is amazing and I couldn't find anything like that before. Kris is a very attentive teacher during the classes, doesn't forget anything... the course definitely made my work go to another level!

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Costa like Popstar! XD

Caterina Zamai

The part I really enjoy the most is that Kris always find some time to review your work, giving you really helpfull feedback and helping you with bugs and is...

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The part I really enjoy the most is that Kris always find some time to review your work, giving you really helpfull feedback and helping you with bugs and issues. Also the facebook group is like a big CGI community where everybody help anybody, sharing tutorials and giving tips and trick. Highly recommended!

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Amazing Experience

Ivan Maturana

I am very impressed by the classes, the course wasn't only what was promised, it was much more, apart from technical and artistic learning, advice and good...

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I am very impressed by the classes, the course wasn't only what was promised, it was much more, apart from technical and artistic learning, advice and good vibes, I think only a few have the desire, patience and willingness to teach their techniques openly and Kris Costa is one of them.

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Incredible

Alejandro Castiblanco

From my point of view, I think it was an open mind process, I had not used some of those techniques before, Kris is an incredible teacher and allows you to u...

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From my point of view, I think it was an open mind process, I had not used some of those techniques before, Kris is an incredible teacher and allows you to understand quickly. I loved the way he tried to do as most directly in zbrush, allowing me to do a lot of things I didn't think I was capable of. I love it, at the moment the best class ever!!!.

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High quality class give you high quality results

steve jubinville

I’ve been chasing a character class since year. Kris is the best teacher I had in my life. His training cover all aspects you can imagine to get to the resul...

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I’ve been chasing a character class since year. Kris is the best teacher I had in my life. His training cover all aspects you can imagine to get to the result you want to archive. This allowed me to leverage my professional skills to the next level. Kris is hard on himself and always ready to answer any questions people have in mind. I highly recommend this class and will certainly take the class again if he had new content to it!

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ricardo manso

ricardo manso

I had a chance to be on Kris class, learn from him, and it was a bless. It was a mindset changer, not only about CG or portrait, but in Art in general. He t...

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I had a chance to be on Kris class, learn from him, and it was a bless. It was a mindset changer, not only about CG or portrait, but in Art in general. He teaches his own approach, his technique, his ways to do things without hiding anything. That shows how amazing is Kris class, but also how amazing he is as a teacher and as a person! Beyond all of that, he has a great sense of humor!

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FOTW MAY Class

Walter Imes

I think Kris did an amazing job teaching his class all of his techniques. He held nothing back he was a complete open book. I would completely recommend his ...

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I think Kris did an amazing job teaching his class all of his techniques. He held nothing back he was a complete open book. I would completely recommend his course to anyone .

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Totally worth it !

Hamza Ben Salah

Highly recommended if you want to boost your skills, lot of useful information that might take you sometime to figure out by yourself, and Kris was kind enou...

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Highly recommended if you want to boost your skills, lot of useful information that might take you sometime to figure out by yourself, and Kris was kind enough to breakdown all the process step by step and guide you through his pipepline.

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A beautiful experience, thanks.

Ricard Ramos

A complete class that goes through the process of sculpting a likeness, texturing, adding materials, rendering and post processing. It covers in depth artist...

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A complete class that goes through the process of sculpting a likeness, texturing, adding materials, rendering and post processing. It covers in depth artistic and technical approaches and even offers an ethical point of view of the work (something like this: every day explore, keep trying, work smarter - not harder, tell your story, enjoy the process and be nice to others). A beautiful class, one of my favorites.

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Digital Portraiture

Do you want to bring your digital portraits to a higher level?

What about making the entire process exciting and challenging at the same time, instead of simply relying on ready-made materials? What about learning how to idealize, sculpt and paint fine details manually and still achieve realism while maintaining YOUR STYLE , this often overlooked and incredibly important piece that makes you so unique? What about breaking the norm with a different approach? Join my online classes and let me show you a different angle that might help you to create something truly unique.
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Model created during the May 2019 class

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Prerequisites

Those classes are for intermediate to experienced artists. I do not recommend them for beginners, so before enrolling, make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • ZBrush: Strong knowledge of all fundamentals

  • Maya: some familiarity with the software's basics and interface

  • Good understading of the English language

Beginner’s Mind

No matter how experienced we are, there’s always something we can learn by watching different artists creating their own art. No matter at what level you currently are, let me expose you to my personal approach to hyper-real digital portraits that’s different from just about everything else out there at the moment. No shortcuts, just focused, hard work, encompassing all steps necessary to emulating life in portraiture. After all, how much further can you expand your horizons and the way you perceive reality by simply repeating established patterns, without getting out of your comfort zone? Find out more about our online classes and their different configurations by clicking the button below.
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Testimonials

What are our former students saying?

Marlon R. Nuñez

Character Artist

“I enrolled this course for a major reason, level up! Kris has a different approach towards portraits that makes his work outstanding and unique. The fact he shares all his knowledge and methodology without leaving anything behind is what makes this course so valuable. So as a student, I felt very motivated to try to approach and see things different (more artistically I would say), and is all this motivation that drives us to become better artist at the end, right?! Thanks Kris, you are a legend”. http://www.mrnunez.com

Andrew Clement

Owner of CreativeCharacter.com

“I had been impressed with Kris’ work for years and wished he would do a tutorial sometime. Well, I got one in abundance. Kris is completely open about his process, which is unusual in education by professionals, they usually leave one or two important things out on purpose. The amount of information you get is overwhelming in a good way. I cannot recommend this class enough." http://www.creativecharacter.com

Ran Manolov

Traditional and Digital Artist

“I was lucky enough to take part of Kris Costa’s class. Learned so so much and still learning from it. The content was like no other and the way he teaches is amazing. The structure of the class is also very well made and helps your motivation grow and grow each day. I can not recommend this course more! http://Instagram.com/ranmanolov

Paloma Alperi

Digital sculptor/Character Artist

“It’s been a surprise in every single way. I am not only happy that I took the class, I am genuinely impressed. I find Kris to be a master of our days, but besides that he is able to explain his methods in a way that is fun and easy to grasp. Even if you’ve watched a thousand tutorials, even if you’ve been years in the industry, I think you will learn and get inspired. He found his own methodology to work on each process, and it feels refreshing and peculiar, there are so many lessons to be taken from this. He shares not only what he sells in the course, he gives you heart and soul to help you improve and to be there. http://www.artstation.com/palomita

Carlos Sastre

Creative Director Illusorium Studios

“This guy is like the Holy grail of the CG portraiture , he knows everything you need to know to make realistic soulful portraits. And the most important thing, he shares everything , all the process, that's absolutely priceless. From likeness blocking to the latest pore detail you will be watching the best 3D portrait artist worldwide share all his knowledge. Keep inspiring us you old/grumpy master!" http://c1workshop.artstation.com/

Yinglei Yang

CG Generalist

“I have long been admiring Kris’s portrait work and am super excited to jump onto this class to see how he does his magic. But oh boy his attention to detail just HUMBLING to watch and on the other hand, ENCOURAGING for any serious artist. Because by the end of the class you will realize “if I pay as much attention as Kris, I will get there”. This is not another class showing off flamboyant skills like “I am awesome and all of you suck”; instead it perfectly deliver a message that says “we are all suffering together but we are going to make it”. I could not thank Kris enough for his knowledge and generosity. The water is great, just jump right in!". http://vimeo.com/151617946

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