Dr. Michael Habib

Dr. Michael Habib is a Director of Data Visualization and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, a Research Associate in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, an Adjunct Professor of Biology at College of the Canyons, and a freelance writer/artist/consultant. He is an expert in biomechanics exploring the relationships between evolution, structure, and performance in animals (including humans) using a combination of anatomy, art, and engineering. Dr. Habib is an experienced animation consultant, creature designer, and storyboard artist. He has applied his unique blend of science and art to creature design on over 20 projects for leading studios, including projects for BBC, CBC, National Geographic, Creative Differences, YouTube Originals, Amblin Entertainment, Apple TV+, and Netflix.

Participant Schedule

Saturday 10/28 4:15PM - 5:15PM

Horses: Current, Prehistoric, and Fantasy

Room 204 | Dr. Michael Habib, Terryl Whitlatch

Presented by co-creators Concept Illustrator Terryl Whitlatch and renowned paleontologist Dr. Michael Habib, this is an Exploration of the Horse as an essential species both in Natural History, human civilization, and profound role in Fantasy Storytelling. A basic overview of the Horse family, its anatomy and prehistory, and--the unveiling of an exciting new fantastical World and Concept--Equus Arcaenum--where horses, from bizarre flying hippogriffs to wild Steppe Unicorns, to predatory equines, to exotic species that can blink in and out of quantum space, rule!
Saturday 10/28 10:15AM - 11:15AM

Anatomy Fundamentals for Artists

Room 103 | Dr. Michael Habib

In this workshop, anatomist-artist Dr. Michael Habib will take you through some fundamentals of human anatomy (and a bit of comparative anatomy) that you can apply widely to character and creature design. Common stumbling blocks and anatomy critical for animation will be emphasized. The workshop will make use of human models, real human skulls, and simple activities that any artist can utilize to make use of their own anatomy as a reference. Participants are encouraged to sketch along during the workshop.