• Welcome to Cortina Digital!

    3D Character development for the entertainment industry,

    specializing in hyper-real and stylized creatures and concept characters.

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  • Modeling, Texturing & Look Development

    Do you need a new 3d character or creature for your next project?

  • Digital Sculpting

    3D Concept development from within Zbrush or Mudbox.

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Cortina Digital

Francisco A. Cortina

3D Artist, Owner

Francisco has been a professional 3D artist in the Visual Effects and Animation industries since 1995. He has worked as both a production artist and supervisor with experience in Modeling, Rigging, Animation, Lighting and Compositing.

Previously, he was a Modeling Supervisor at Digital Domain, a Character Technical Director at Dreamworks Animation and a Senior 3D Artist and Animator at Square USA (Owned by Square-Enix, Co Ltd.).

In 2005 he decided to go independent and founded his company, Cortina Digital, offering 3D character development, consulting and outsourcing services to the Visual Effects, Animation and Video Game industries.

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Francisco’s career began while attending the oldest fine arts college in the United States, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

While working on his senior year thesis, he was able to merge his passion for fine art with his interest in computer animation. In his final year at MICA he was offered his first position as an animator at the Johns Hopkins University M.a.d.l.a.b medical laboratory in Baltimore, MD.

Art & Technology

Recent Projects & Clients

Creation of the Batman character for Blur Studio, Inc. Check out their work at www.blur.com

Digital Characters & Creatures

Blending the traditional art fields of drawing, painting and sculpting with the latest 3D computer graphics techniques, no character project is too difficult or complex; whether it is a stylized character for an animated movie or a hyper-realistic one for a film or commercial trailer.

Services

  • 3D MODELING & DIGITAL SCULPTING

    2D sketches and concept designs to fully realized 3D models and digital sculpts built in Zbrush or Mudbox. If you need an original character or creature developed for your animated movie, video game engine or commercial trailer, we can work together to achieve your vision.

  • LOOK DEVELOPMENT

    Texturing and complete shader look development for real-time engines, as well as Maya and Max, using renderers like Mental Ray, V-Ray and Pixar’s Renderman.

  • HAIR & CLOTH SIM

    3D hair modeling and grooming using both Maya and 3DSMax as well as Ornatrix and Shave plug-ins. Cloth modeling using physics-based systems within both Maya and Max as well as MD3.

  • Maya Rigging

    Traditional FK/IK  rigging using scripting as well as FBIK (Full Body Inverse Kinematics) physics-based rigging systems. Facial blendshapes development as well as FACS based rigging for both film and games.

  • Consulting & Art Direction

    Artistic and technical direction for your project staff or team of artists.

Clients - Companies

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Publications

              • 3D World Magazine
              • Cinefex
              • Computer Graphics For Artists
              • Ballistic Publishing – D’Artiste: Character Modeling
              • CG Arena
              • CG Networks
              • 3D Total
              • 3D Creative Magazine
              • El Portal del 3D y la Animación
              • ImagoNet CineVFX Italia
              • RenderOut! Magazine
              • iCON Magazine Korea
              • Discover Magazine
              • Playstation Magazine
              • Famitsu Magazine Japan
              • Maxim Magazine

Get in touch

To inquire about rates, schedules or to obtain a quote for your next project please feel free to e-mail:     Francisco (at) CortinaDigital.com

Copyright Note

All images and videos copyrighted to respective rights holders. No unauthorized reproduction is allowed.