Kevin Brewer Elite student
When I began studying Alias, I started with the onboard tutorials and moved to everything else I could get my hands on. Training materials are scarce and expensive, but I knew that in order to progress I had to find a teacher. Alias is just too big of a program, and while it’s possible to learn by yourself, it will take far too long. I came across the LearningAlias website at the perfect time.
Learning from Graham has been such a positive experience. Starting with the basics all the way through reverse engineering, LearningAlias has greatly improved my knowledge and skill set.
You start with the Audi A5, introducing the fundamentals of how surfaces work and how to build strong curves. Once you have a good grasp on modeling to blueprints, Graham has an extensive section in reverse engineering. You learn how to get your surfaces fitting very close to the scan data while retaining quality highlights. The skills learned in this section are necessary if you want to work in the automotive industry.
One of the things I like most is how Graham gives you specific, professional workflows for each part of a model (e.g. Pillars, roof, panels, washouts). The tutorial videos detail each of these sections and are very thorough, demonstrating the techniques used to achieve the highest quality surfaces. Perhaps the best thing about LearningAlias is the personal attention each student receives. Before I signed up with LearningAlias, there would be periods where I felt like I was making zero progress. This can be so frustrating and discouraging. Whenever you get stuck, Graham provides excellent instruction letting you know what needs to be fixed and how to do it.
Graham not only teaches you about high quality surfacing, but what it’s like to work inside a studio. This is critical. Because learning the software is one thing, but you need to be prepared for when you have a job with deadlines!
I highly recommend LearningAlias if you are serious about becoming a Class-A surfacer. Graham is a great teacher and is passionate about helping all of his students achieve their goals. LearningAlias is the best investment I’ve made during my Alias journey.
Ankishu Gupta Elite student
I am a undergraduate student studying automotive design
working towards a BA(Hons)/MDes.
LearningAlias.co.uk has rapidly accelerated my Autodesk
Alias learning and has given me the chance to deeply
understand how many factors go into not just the design of
a vehicle but also the production of said vehicle.
LearningAlias has taught me a great deal on the
importance of achieving even CV distribution and the importance of checking each
curve with the proper evaluation tools. Before learning to
create the Audi A5, I was stuck creating surfaces with
multiple spans because the quality of my curves were not
up to a pro. standard, but Graham’s tutorials have helped me
understand how to vastly improve my work .
In addition to high level modelling, the tutorials have also
helped me increase my speed in using the software, allowing me
to create sketch models quickly for easy visualization and to
use as underlays.
I am very glad to have made the decision to study with
learningalias and would highly recommend it to
anyone looking to take a step into the Alias world.
Francis Bernier Elite student
I’m very happy with what I have learned so far and can not
wait to sharpen my skills further and find a fun and
challenging Alias job.
I have to admit that one of the details that made me want to
follow your online course is that the Audi A5 is one of my
favourite car designs ! You have had the chance to work with
Satoshi Wada on the design of that car must have been a
About your online course – I think it is great and everything
you talk about is clear and spoken with good rhythm, proper
visual support and neatly organized context.
Cheers from Montreal,
Jamie Holmes. Pro Alias Modeler:
I initially started with Graham with what I thought was a
reasonable knowledge of Alias, yet I soon found out there
was so much more to learn! Graham assessed my skill base
and tailored his teaching to rapidly improve my modelling,
initially covering reverse engineering and an overview of the
wide variety of tools. I then worked on class A techniques on
the Bugatti project and later the A5 and A5 face lift.
The reverse engineering projects greatly improved my
overall skill set and vastly expanded the amount of tools that
I used. The meshes available allow you to study the model
in its entirety and analyse how you would approach the
resurfacing. Patch layout is critical and the tutorials explain
how a pro modeller would go about resurfacing the model
and why they use particular techniques and patch layouts.
During these projects I used several different methods to
get within tolerance of the mesh, particularly the deviation
map tool. In conjunction with this tool I used several other
evaluation tools to ensure that I was close to the mesh yet
the highlights were running smoothly. This often meant
rebuilding surfaces to get the best balance between
highlights and acceptable tolerances. By using construction
history I could actively update the surfaces in real time
allowing me to analyse highlights, CV layout, curvature
continuity and tolerance in conjunction with one another,
helping to speed up my modelling.
Tools such as the curvature evaluation shader, the dynamic
evaluation tool and cross section editor became second
nature to use. These helped to show the surface
acceleration and allowed me to create a smoother transition
between surfaces by altering CV layout to create
acceleration leading from one surface into the next (G2/G3).
After completing the reverse engineering projects I
progressed onto the Audi models to put what I had learnt
into practice. The tutorials again give you a complete
overview of how to model the car from start to finish. These
projects proved to be more challenging due to the complex
surfacing involved, however by taking a step back and
mapping out the patch layout in your head and deciding
where to use certain techniques allowed the models to
come together. Graham was always on hand to give some
friendly guidance and advice to establish what worked well
and what did not.
I was very happy with how my models turned out and they
have given me some very valuable skills to take forward.
From what I have learnt with Graham I was able to progress
into a short term job at Audi Konzept in Munich as a contract
modeller and I was later offered a long term position at
Ferrari, which unfortunately I had to turn down due to
unforeseen circumstances. I am currently working in the UK
in a permanent position where I am involved in the design
process from start to finish. This position requires a lot of
CAS modelling, which has meant I have strongly depended
on the skills I have learnt with Graham as these need to be
second nature when modelling very quickly to tight
deadlines. Overall the skills I have developed have proved
invaluable, allowing me to progress to a professional
standard and test my skills in studio environments.
Gustavo Alcarde Elite student:
I met Graham in 2012 through Learning Alias, at that time I already knew the basics of Alias, working at IVECO Fiat, so I was looking for something beyond software training, I was looking for class A training and someone who could demystify it!
Graham became my mentor since then. At that moment my life started to change completely.
Modelling the Audi A5 with Graham’s lessons made me learn all the principals of professional surface construction and built on me the basis for Class A surfacing. For every part of the exterior hood, fenders, roof, pillars, front and rear ends…there are specific workflow that you cannot learn by tutorials and try to build the model by yourself. You need a professional Alias Instructor to review your model and guide you through the next steps, and that was the first stage Graham helped me with.
Although it is a path that requires a lot of dedication, when Graham is instructing you, you can feel your progress day-by-day, you stop fighting with the surfaces and start to understand the logic behind them, which curve, which surface comes first and how they should be built.
He taught me the philosophy of the design behind the Audi A5, designed by Satoshi Wada, where the attitude of the car could be represented with 2 character lines, and moreover, could be understood with two brush strokes. That for me was one of the biggest lessons, about simplicity of design, where less is more.
Then once you have mastered the stage 1 (Modelling over blueprints) , on the stage 2 you will enjoy learning the workflows for Reverse Engineering over Mesh, which is a fundamental skill for Class A. When you see a model did by you with nice highlights, patch layout and neat cv hull, you will feel really proud of yourself.
My career had a great leap forward since I started with Learning Alias. Graham fast tracked me in such way that in two years I was receiving job offers from Brazil, China, Sweden, and finally from Ford where I work Currently. Alias world is fantastic and as an Alias modeller you will have the gift of being able to create amazing shapes! I am a pro Catia modeller as well, and I can tell you Alias is much more enjoyable, for once you learn through Learning Alias how to customize the software properly you will be able to focus on the design itself and not in which button you click!
You will learn not only surfacing, but also important technical aspects that you need to know when you are inside a Studio, and moreover, he will help you to understand your skill level as you progress! In Alias jobs there different levels of required skills and you do not want to land in a job you are not prepared for, there is a path to follow! So you need someone to evaluate you in depth and follow your progress. Graham helped me on that as well.
I do recommend you to join Learning Alias if you love surfacing and want to know all the technical details about that.
To Learn Alias Automotive to Industry Entry level has been made easier.
For student’s who have the objective of finding a CAD job in the near future, I still teach One to One students and all of these students get Automotive Modeling or Design/Modeling jobs, so it’s a great investment to make. The hourly rate is very high and there are vacancies in UK. France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, USA, Brazil etc. I can only take a maximum of 5-7 students at any one time. I teach all levels right up to Post Graduates. I have never had a Private student fail to get an Alias Automotive job (Companies include Ferrari, GM, Lotus, Opel, Audi Seat etc. ). If you wish to apply for a place, please email me with all your details.
Why not visit my website and take a look for your self?
Over 100 videos on many, many aspects of Learning Pro. Alias
I show you how to build a Complete Audi A5 Sportback (ext.) . Over 50 Videos on that alone !
Info. on Courses:
6 Months website access to all website based video tutorials, 167 GBP
167 GBP per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers.
“#3 Full Pro. “Elite” Course”.
Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 200 GBP per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world
NB: Typically students pay 50% of the cost of the “Elite” course by monthly installments settling the balance over time, once they have an Alias Automotive contract.
For more info,
Just register on my website and I’ll send you all the details
If you are in the USA, just register and login, then go to Profile and you can pay your subscription with your US credit card. Absolutely no extra charges for currency conversion.
Discounts for students in emerging Nations. Please ask !
Graham Bullock B.Ed.(CNAA)Des.Tech.
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