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Getting Started in the Dota 2 Workshop

by Dan John Cox

Learn how to create a couple armor pieces for a character inside Dota 2 which could be sold on the Dota Store.

What you'll learn

It can be tricky to plan out all of the many elements required to make a successful Dota 2 armor set. In Getting Started in the Dota 2 Workshop, you'll be taken through all the necessary steps you need to get going. First, you'll examine which kind of character to choose and what would be appropriate for them as well as discussing the community itself. Next, you'll learn designing an item set for Dota 2 and also use Substance Painter for texturing in the Dota style. You'll also learn how to sculpt hard surface shapes in Zbrush. Finally, you'll be creating marketing materials for your set. By the end of this course you'll know the process for designing and implementing your own hero item set into Dota 2. You can view the published assets at

About the author

Dan John Cox has worked in the games industry for 8 years as both an environmental, concept, and character artist. He has worked at Pseudo Interactive, Frozen North Productions, Bedlam Games, Ubisoft Toronto, and Capybara Games in a variety of capacities. He has also taught Game Art at Seneca College in Toronto for 8 years and has assisted in bringing many new artists into the workforce. He's spoken at events such as GamerCamp, IGDA, Creativa Mexico, GameConnection Paris, and GDC 2014 and 2015.

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