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Meet the teacher

Cesar Dacol Jr.

Founder : Phoenix Atelier

With over 25 years in the film business to his credit a background in anatomy and traditional sculpting, Cesar Dacol Jr. is no stranger to making hits. His resume reads like a road map, making frequent stops on some of the biggest projects in Hollywood.

Along this journey, Cesar has worked as a Lead and Modeling Supervisor on features like, 300, Fantastic Four, Barnyard, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Happy Feet 2. Currently, Cesar keeps busy working as a Director of Character Development in the film and games industries.

When not helping to create the next big blockbuster, Cesar finds time to make contributions to publications like, “D’artiste Character Modeling 3” and most recently “Advanced Photoshop Magazine”.

Cesar also has the privilege of being the first ZBrush instructor invited by The Stan Winston School of Character Arts to provide a tutorial lesson in ZBrush.

He is also known for his contributions as a long standing beta team member for Pixologic’s ZBrush, as an instructor for CGSociety’s CGWorkshops and founder  Phoenirx Atelier.

Student Testimonials

Jack Lai



Before I even touched digital sculpting and Z Brush, I watched and hungered for the talents of Cesar. From his concept, to form, to execution of detail, I desired to do what he did. And now that I have been using Z Brush professionally for a number of years, I come to realize...I still watch and hunger over the talents of Cesar’s work. He is one of my educators and motivators. I thank you Cesar!

~ Neville Page

Concept Designer – Cloverfield / Star Trek / Super 8 / Prometheus