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Méline Pischedda - Grooming Artist / CFX Entry

Méline Pischedda - Grooming Artist / CFX Entry

Méline Pischedda
by melinepischedda on 26 May 2021 for Rookie Awards 2021

Hello fellow rookies, I'm finishing my studies at MoPA this year. While making my diploma film, I also did some personal projects in the last months to improve my grooming skills on different software. What a year! I had a lot of fun making these projects, I hope you will enjoy them!

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Here is my latest showreel with the most recent projects. It's very grooming-oriented, but I also have some CFX shots from my graduation film. You can see the projects in detail just below! I hope you like it!

Inoubliable - Graduation Film

This is my graduation film, made with my great team: Gaëlle Renault, Cintia Sabater Vilchez, Marine Dieval and Alexandre Mougenot. We loved working on this project for about a year. We are very proud to show you the trailer until the full film is released!

To make you wait, please meet our characters. I was mainly in charge of the grooming and CFX of the film. I also did props modeling, texturing, and assembly.



This is Rajah, the tiger in the movie Aladdin! I made this project to improve my Yeti skills. I was inspired by Aaron Blaise's concept, of which I am a big fan! I really enjoyed doing it, it was a challenge and I learned a lot! It's also the first project of a feline trilogy, which I've loved doing.

Software : ZBrush / Yeti / Maya / Substance Painter / Arnold / Nuke / Photoshop / ACES

Concept by Aaron Blaise


Reverse Tiger

Here is another project inspired by the amazing Aaron Blaise! I thought his concept was really interesting, especially the color scheme and the shapes. I really enjoyed recreating the fur shape and playing with the light to give it a dark side! I had so much fun! This is the second project in the feline trilogy.

Software: ZBrush / Yeti / Maya / Substance Painter / Arnold / Nuke / ACES

Concept by Aaron Blaise


Hairfect King

A new project inspired by Aaron Blaise again, which is the last of the feline trilogy. I immediately loved his cocky look and his little smirk! I also wanted to work on the mane shape which I found very interesting. This was the most difficult of the three to groom, but I really had fun doing it.

Software: ZBrush / Yeti / Maya / Substance Painter / Arnold / Nuke / ACES / Photoshop

Concept by Aaron Blaise


The Beast

It was a team project with my friend Alexandre Mougenot who asked me to join the project to do the grooming part and I really enjoyed the challenge. Beauty and the Beast is a story that rocked my childhood. To imagine recreating such an iconic character was a very big challenge! Once again, this project is based on the incredible art of Aaron Blaise. 

Software: Yeti / Maya / Arnold / Substance Painter / ACES 

Concept by Aaron Blaise



A Gisaeng is a Korean Geisha. After many projects on animals, I wanted to improve on human characters as well. I am a big fan of South Korea and especially of the Joseon period. I was inspired by Ha Ji Won, in the drama Hwang Jin Yi for the hairstyle and the outfit. I challenged myself with this hairstyle and I really enjoyed modeling the clothes and getting those pleats to recreate a hanbok (traditional Korean women's clothing). I also loved creating the face shape, it was fun to try new things!

Software : Yeti / ZBrush / Maya / Marvelous designer / Substance Painter / Arnold / Nuke


This is my very first project in Houdini. After doing all the CFX on my graduation film shots, I got more and more used to Houdini and so I tried Grooming as well. Houdini is really a software that I loved and that I could see myself working on all the time, I feel like there are no limits! It was a great experience and I learned a lot!

Software: Houdini

Fox Head - WIP

This is a work in progress of the project I am currently working on. I'm doing it in Houdini to gain experience in the software and to try something more realistic. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but it's so much fun to learn new things and try to recreate a realistic fox.

Software: Houdini / ZBrush / Substance Painter

I hope you enjoyed it, feel free to give me feedback on my work, it will help me to progress! 

Thank you for your time!

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