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Making 3D Character Previsualizations in ZBrush

by Chris Rena

In this ZBrush tutorial, we are going to learn how to make a character previsualization illustration to help the make-up FX and director teams for a movie or commercial. Software required: ZBrush 4R4, Photoshop CS4.

What you'll learn

In this ZBrush tutorial, we are going to learn how to make a character previsualization illustration to help the make-up FX and director teams for a movie or commercial. We're going to start from a base mesh bust inside of ZBrush, detailing the face of the character and making some clothes by using DynaMesh and simple techniques to go faster, while also respecting the teams' requests. We are going to texture the character using Polypainting techniques and some alphas, and we will create lighting and multi-pass renders inside of ZBrush. The final illustration will be composited into Photoshop after mixing all the different passes, making final details on the character, and adding filters. By the end of this training, you will be able to use your own techniques to create concept designs and professional illustrations for production. Software required: ZBrush 4R4, Photoshop CS4.

About the author

Chris started to work as a graphic designer in 2008 for several clients including fashion and jewelry designers, sportsmen, and Dj’s. He began studying 3D at the E-Tribart Institute and then worked on the “Iron Man Armored Adventures” series. His passion for character and creature design logically enabled him to specialize in this field. He also worked on the animated series “The Garfield show”. Chris also worked for independent companies and clients on projects of character design and 3D print.... more

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