Design of Miniature CGI Sets

A course by Javier Leon , CGI Artist

CGI Artist. San Fernando, Spain.
Joined November 2016

Learn to model, texture and render scenes for cinema and advertising

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (76)
  • 1756 students

Learn to model, texture and render scenes for cinema and advertising

A course by Javier Leon

Javier León - Leonstudio's creative director - works regularly doing 3D infographics for film and advertising for clients such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Netflix, McDonald's or Nickelodeon. And his style is characterized by having a very detailed cartoon look in which he takes care of even the smallest detail.

In this course you will learn how to create CGI miniatures for cinema and advertising. You will discover the secrets to create 3D scenarios as if they were small scale models, observing your surroundings (materials, use and wear of objects) so that your designs are as realistic as possible. Javier will give you the guidelines so that you can model, texturize and render your scenes with any 3D design software.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 10 downloads

Design of our scenario
17 minutes, 32 seconds
Modeling 1
17 minutes, 40 seconds
Modeling 2
19 minutes, 24 seconds
Modeling 3
9 minutes, 10 seconds
UV Mapping
21 minutes, 43 seconds
Textured with Substance Painter
21 minutes, 29 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (76)
  • 1756 students
  • 14 lessons (3h 40m)
  • 10 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You will create a scene, with all the details, that will serve as a set to set a movie or an advertisement.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To designers, animators, modelers and anyone interested in learning to create CGI scenarios in miniature.

Requirements and materials

You must have basic knowledge of 3D: modeling, UV mapping and texturing.

Regarding the materials, you will need a computer with a 3D design program (Javier will use 3ds Max), Adobe Photoshop and Substance Painter.


1756 Students
76 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Javier Leon

A course by Javier Leon

Teacher Plus
CGI Artist

The start of Javier León in the world of infographics and 3D was in the research department of the University of Cádiz (Spain), dedicated to producing multimedia content for the Naval and Aeronautical sector. Shortly after, he became part of Pyro Studios, doing Commandos 2 .

Later, he moved to England to start his professional career in the world of video games. He worked with the creative team of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft on a new business project and a new videogame: Galleon ; later he also did it with Team 17 and his sagas Worms and Alien Breed . There he made contact with Sega and Aardman Animations and started working as a freelancer, doing small part-time jobs, logos and video game covers, until he joined the Furia Digital team in Barcelona.

Later he worked for Molinare in Barcelona and Madrid, in various advertisements and films such as Camino ; and later he became part of the digital effects team of Agora, in el Ranchito. Then he moved to the United States to take the artistic direction and 3D supervision of several American and international companies such as Hornet Inc, Laika, Nathan Love, Aardman, Meindbender, XYZ Studios, Elastic ...

At the same time, he set up Vando Studio, where he works for two years and the European division of Bent Image Lab.

He is currently working at Leonstudio, of which he is a founder, and is responsible, among other projects, for developing the photogrammetry department - an innovative system in Spain and virtual reality projects with which he won the first prize in the international virtual reality contest with Oculus-.

Among its clients we can highlight Coca-Cola, BBC, McDonald's, Rockstar, Hasbro and Ikea, among many others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Before starting

    • Real life observation
    • Observation of stop motion and thumbnail style
    • Design of our scenario
  • U3

    We set up our scene

    • Modeling 1
    • Modeling 2
    • Modeling 3
    • UV Mapping
    • Textured traditional
    • Textured with Substance Painter
    • illumination
  • U4

    Final finishing

    • Render
    • Retouching and color correction
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design CGI scenarios in miniature

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Design of Miniature CGI Sets

A course by Javier Leon
CGI Artist. San Fernando, Spain.
Joined November 2016
  • 99% positive reviews (76)
  • 1756 students