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Learn to Unwrap and Texture a Stylized Character for Games

In this course we will learn the necessary skills to texture a 3D Game-Character in the hand-painted style!
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Last updated 9/2016
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In this course, Ryan Ribot we will be teaching the necessary skills to prepare and hand paint a 3D Character for game production. To begin, he will focus on the process of setting up topology and UVs, as this is an important process to understand as a texture artist. Following this, the real fun begins: we will dive right into skin tones and simple principles of rendering volume and color variations, and finally, we will learn about other materials such as wood, leather, and cloth to close out with. All of this will be done using a combination of 3D Coat, Photoshop and Maya, with a final output in Marmoset 2.

(Students - please look under Section 1 / Lecture 1 downloads for the source files associated with the lesson.)

More about the Instructor:

An adopted son of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University, Ryan Ribot lives a small apartment with 3 cats and a Wacom. Currently working as a texture artist and character modeler with Telltale Games, Ryan spends most of his time painting and sculpting. ZBrush, Photoshop, and Maya are like breathing to him, and he is always looking to share his knowledge. Ryan has been teaching for several years, and is experienced as both an instructor and an industry professional.

Who is the target audience?
  • Intermediate to advanced game art students interested in learning a new art style for video games
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What Will I Learn?
Model and texture the low poly mesh for a video game character
Regenerate clean topology from the high poly source model and UV unwrap it to prepare for textures
Learn to texture a character using the popular hand-painted game texturing style
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  • 3D-Coat
  • Adobe Photoshop or a similar image editing software
  • Autodesk's Maya
  • Marmoset 2 for the final renders (though not mandatory for painting)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 03:57:39
Building the Low Poly and UV Unwrapping
7 Lectures 01:14:31

Introduction to Head Retopology

Continuing to Refine the Head Topology

Upper Body Retopology

UV Unwrapping the Head

Refining and finishing up the Head UVs

Baking Maps
Painting the Character
7 Lectures 01:11:37

Setting up for Painting

Blocking in Base Colors

Painting the Face

Linework and Edge Details

Blocking Large Details Quickly

Finishing Touches
Painting Refinement and Presentation
10 Lectures 01:31:34

Setting up a Gradient Map

Body Painting

Finer Detail Painting of the Body

Painting Refinement

Continued Refinement of the Body And Head

Refining the Smaller Details

Finishing Touches and Wrapup in Marmoset

Bonus Lecture: Further Learning with 3dmotive
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