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Getting Started with ZSketching

by Justin Marshall

In this series of ZBrush tutorials, we'll take a look at the basics of ZSketching in ZBrush. Software required: ZBrush 3.5.

What you'll learn

In this series of ZBrush tutorials, we'll take a look at the basics of ZSketching in ZBrush. ZSpheres have been a great way of building up more complex base geometry in ZBrush to serve as a basis for sculpting. This feature allows us to stay in ZBrush and work up concepts and models very quickly. With the addition of ZSketching in ZBrush 3.5, this process becomes even better. In this course, we'll learn to add mass to ZSphere armatures using a variety of ZSketch brushes. We'll learn to modify how our sketching interacts with the existing ZSpheres using our brush depth and the various smooth brushes. We'll look at ways we can modify existing sketched detail using the move tool, as well as brushes like push/pull, float, and bulge. In addition to creating mass along an existing armature, we'll use the armature brush to sketch detail out away from the surface, allowing you to create much more freeform shapes. We'll then explore some of the ways we can output geometry so that we can begin sculpting. Upon completion of the tutorials, you'll be ready to get started sketching out your own base geometry in ZBrush. Software required: ZBrush 3.5.

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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