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Exaggerated Facial Modeling in Maya and ZBrush

by Justin Marshall

Learn organic modeling techniques and a production workflow to creating clean topology, adding definition, exaggerating proportions, and strategically adding detail to create animatable geometry using Maya and ZBrush. Software required: Maya 2008 and up, ZBrush 3.1 and up.

What you'll learn

Learn organic modeling techniques and a production workflow to creating clean topology, adding definition, exaggerating proportions, and strategically adding detail to create animatable geometry using Maya and ZBrush.

Contains nearly 5 hours of project-based training for artists learning character creation and look development for use in Film and Games.

Popular highlights include:

Modeling Exaggerated Features; Using Reference Art; Building Deformable Topology;
Face modeling Maya: Building Initial Edge-flow; Extruding Geometry Along Curves; Bridging Geometry; Modeling Eyes; Modeling Symmetrically; Building Large Wrinkles; Modeling Ears; Adding Mouth Interior; Connecting Edges with Split Polygon Tool;

Importing/Exporting Geometry; Assembling Subtools in ZBrush; Filling Portions of Subtools with Color; Modifying Head with Move Brush; Sub-dividing Geometry;

Sculpting Facial Features; Adding Small Wrinkles; Adding Irregularities; Adding Detail with Alpha Maps and Strokes; Creating a UV Layout;

Integrating UV Changes into ZBrush Sculpt; Creating Normal Maps in ZBrush; Applying and Viewing Normal Maps in Maya.

Software required: Maya 2008 and up, ZBrush 3.1 and up.

About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials, and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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