Learning ZBrush! Creating The Wintery Snowman
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Learning ZBrush! Creating The Wintery Snowman

Easy, fun training that's simple to understand and makes Learning ZBrush a pleasant experience.
5.0 (1 rating)
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Last updated 12/2019
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learning ZBrush
  • Sculpting and Polypainting
  • ZBrush 4r8 (2018) or higher
  • Basic 3D modeling using Maya, Max, other.

Have you ever wanted to Learn ZBrush, but found the software or other courses intimidating?

Introducing Learning ZBrush! | Creating The Wintery Snowman.  Featuring easy, fun training that's simple to understand and makes Learning ZBrush a pleasant experience.

This exciting new course by ZBrush expert, Michael Ingrassia, features fun, easy to follow lessons that will teach you the tools and techniques that Michael uses on a daily basis. You'll find yourself creating this whimsical snowman in no time, with professional looking results.

Michael not only shows you his proven sculpting techniques, but his easy to follow explanations and methods will make learning fun.

In addition to demonstrating effective sculpting techniques, Michael also covers Polypainting to help you texture your completed model for a finished looking portfolio piece.

Techniques taught in this course will work in all versions of ZBrush. We recommend any version from ZBrush (4r8) 2018-up to 2020.

Who this course is for:
  • ZBrush
  • Digital Art
  • 3D Artists
  • Graphic Artists
  • Digital Sculptors
  • Game Art Students
  • Game Artists
  • 3D Printing
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 05:41:04
+ Introduction
2 lectures 01:56

In this ZBrush course, you will learn the common tools and techniques used by instructor Michael Ingrassia to make it fun and easy to learn how to sculpt, detail and Polypaint a stylized whimsical snowman scene. You will progress step by step, beginning with importing base meshes, learning effective techniques for sculpting unique shapes and finally adding color texture with Polypainting. Students can use any version of ZBrush from 2018 up to the newly released 2020.

Preview 00:40

Michael Ingrassia, a 20-year 3D industry professional, is currently a virtual reality designer providing entertainment experiences to the game and theme park industries. He has also been involved in all phases of commercial, broadcast, and entertainment productions, ranging from products, documentaries, and game design and development.

For the past 15 years, Michael has provided 3D software instruction at various training academies worldwide. His tutorials and courses have been published by Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning as well as a variety of publications such as 3D Artist and 3D World.

Now Michael proudly offers his new, fun and informative 3D courses, on Udemy!

Preview 01:16
+ Getting Started
6 lectures 01:01:15

Before you begin creating the snowman, lets cover how to customize your UI in ZBrush for optimal performance. A custom UI, with your commonly used brushes and tools will help to speed up your production. In this ZBrush training lesson, your instructor will demonstrate how to create and save a customized UI so that you can easily follow along in these tutorials more effectively.

Preview 11:33

In this lesson, your instructor demonstrates why creating a spherical shape of coal is better by starting with a cube, rather than a sphere. He will demonstrate many options and the reasons why he chooses to create most of his meshes in a 3D program such as Maya before beginning any sculpting in ZBrush.

Beginning with a Cube

In this lesson, we will begin creating several of the coal pieces for our snowman's eyes and teeth.

Creating the Face | Coal Eyes

We'll begin sculpting our snowman's carrot shaped nose. Your instructor will take you through a simple method of creating a spiral pattern and getting off to a great start.

Creating the Face | Carrot Nose Part 1

Now, with our carrot nose started, in this lesson your instructor will share with you a trick he often uses by exporting the base mesh out of ZBrush and into Maya (you may use any 3D program). He will demonstrate how he uses a lattice for easily modifying and correcting the carrot's shape quickly and re-importing it back into ZBrush to continue sculpting.

Creating the Face | Carrot Nose Part 2

The first step in creating the snowman's face is now completed and we're ready to begin importing our low poly OBJ base mesh that your instructor created for you in Maya. For this ZBrush sculpting training lesson, you have been provided the base mesh for this project, but you can feel free to model your own should you wish to. Next, your instructor will walk you through each element of the mesh modeling, as well as explaining his approach to creating base meshes so you will understand how the parts were created and why they were created the way they were. You will also learn how to import an OBJ base mesh into ZBrush and how to break apart (Split) each component of the model into individual Subtools. Finally, we'll learn how to rename the components as well as how to duplicate and mirror objects.

Maya Base Mesh Modeling
+ Sculpting
10 lectures 01:27:16

We begin sculpting the snowman's clothing starting with his top hat. In this lesson, you will learn proper sculpting methods from Dividing up the mesh count, to obstacles, such as Backface issues, to be aware of that will ruin your sculpt and require redoing a part. We'll cover some of the pitfalls to look out for.

Sculpting the Hat

In this lesson, we'll cover sculpting a stylized tree branch with wood grain. Using just a few simple brushes and techniques, you'll be mastering stylized wood in no time.

Sculpting the Branches

Now we're ready to begin sculpting the snowman's head. In this lesson, your instructor will show you how he created the snow simply, then scaled it to fit the top hat and face components.

The Snowman's Body

In this lesson, we'll complete sculpting the snowman's body as well as the snowy base he sits upon.

The Snowman's Base

Creating the mittens looks to be a very interesting and challenging task, but you will learn some easy methods on approaching the sculpture that will make creating the mitten not only easy but quite fun too.

The Mittens Part 1

With the first part of the mitten sculpt behind us, now we will tackle how to create the seams and stitches all over the mitten and turn it into a completely impressive and professional looking part of our snowman's body.

The Mittens Part 2

This is a fun lesson and full of many tricks and techniques. We'll create a simple button, but as you'll see it's not as easy as you may think. Once we get the button looking great, your instructor will demonstrate an easy way to add thick stitches to the button holes, completing the look into a nice stylized part.

Sculpting the Buttons

In this lesson, we'll begin working on a broom complete with bristles. What makes these next 3 lessons unique and interesting is it’s the first time your instructor had sculpted a stylized broom, so it's fun watching him not only problem solve, but you'll both be learning at the same time too!

The Broom Part 1 | Sculpting the Bristles

With 1 bristle completed, now we'll move onto duplicating the remaining bristles in 3D (Maya) creating a nice cluster of straw bristles to fill out the broom. Finally, your instructor will show how he uses a lattice deformer to shape and modify the cluster to manage a nice pleasant final shape.

The Broom Part 2 | Adjusting the Shape

In this lesson, we'll import in the final modified broom parts and begin assembly of the final prop.

The Broom Part 3 | Final Detailing
+ Polishing Details
9 lectures 01:47:27

In this lesson, your instructor demonstrates adding a fabric band around the hat's brim and cleaning up and sharpening the sculpt a bit.

The Hat Part 1 | Adding Details

One of your instructor’s favorite lessons in this entire course. He will show how to create a patch on the top hat followed by adding some stitches where the broken seam will soon be.

The Hat Part 2 | Add Patch & Stitches

In this fun lesson, we're going to add a broken seam busting up the top of the hat, adding a split in the seam. This lesson also marks the completion of much of the sculpted parts. All that remains now is a polish pass on all the parts before we begin learning how to add color using Polypainting.

The Hat Part 3 | Finalizing Details

In this powerful lesson, your instructor takes you through his polishing process of adjustments and modifications for each of the parts. We sped up through much of the video but included narration so that you can learn by watching his process, but eliminate the redundancy of repetitive tasks. Still, it’s a very informative lesson to watch in it's entirety.

Positioning the Parts

In this lesson, your instructor will address making heavy modifications and changes to the snowman's scarf to achieve a more authentic shape matching the original concept art. It's a valuable video to watch as your instructor corrects a shape that he felt could be much better than the first attempt.

The Scarf

This lesson focuses on adding personality to the snowman's face, cheeks and armpits. Giving the character just a little more…umm character!

The Face & Body

This lesson tackles a rather complex task -- Mirroring a subtool. Actually, Mirroring is not complex but there are many pitfalls and traps you can find yourself in later on in your production if you are not aware of potential hazards that lie ahead. Your instructor will share with you some simple solutions to make mirroring subtools effectively. We'll be learning some interesting techniques such as reprojecting the sculpt details of the arm and mitten.

Duplicating the Arm

In this lesson, your instructor demonstrates his unique methods of reposing a mesh using skeletal joints within Maya. We are sure that you will find it is much quicker than working with Transpose tools and far easier for beginners to learn quickly.

Holding the Broom

This lesson is really powerful and informative. Your instructor demonstrates a quick and easy way of modifying the mirrored arm, but also removes some of the mesh that is intersecting the mitten and is no longer required in the sculpt.

Finalizing Arm & Mitten
+ Polypainting
8 lectures 01:23:10

Okay, are you ready for some Polypainting? Now, our course gets really interesting and fun! Polypaint, we should mention, is NOT an easy thing to learn as a beginner… at least not by yourself. But, your instructor helps to make it as easy and smooth to learn as possible. Once you understand the correct way to set up your model for Polypainting, you'll probably be using it quite often in your future projects.

The Mittens

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use a Cavity Mask setting to allow us to paint using an "antiquing" style technique right within ZBrush. The use of Cavity Masking will make the job of hitting highlights and deepening shadows effortless.

Painting the Coal

This is a fun lesson with excellent stylized painting results. We'll learn how to mask and grow our subtool as well as paint the many layers of dark to light painting technique.

The Hat Stitches

Much to learn in this powerful lesson. We'll cover a myriad of useful techniques that, by the end, you will help you to have a really pleasing result to your painted top hat…and begin bringing the character finally to life…there musta been some magic in that top hat!

The Hat Brim

Similar to the last lesson. The Scarf painting is a great continuation of the same techniques to help you practice and hone your Polypainting, masking and cavity painting skills.

The Scarf Part 1

In this lesson, we'll continue working on painting the colors of our scarf and polishing the subtool to look its best.

The Scarf Part 2

We're rounding the corner and the light can finally be seen at the end of this amazing tunnel. In this lesson, your instructor will demonstrate how to paint the snow effectively. He will show how to balance the brightness of the blue by also adding a contrasting orangey/beige color to help tone down the saturation and give the snow a nice pleasant earthy feel.

The Snow Part 1

Congratulations! You're almost at the finish line! In this lesson, your instructor will show a number of final polishes, tweaks and fine tunings to massage the sculpt into its final completion. He will "hit" all the parts with a last color or pinch to bring it all together for a perfect 3-point landing.

“I hope you enjoyed this course and please be sure to share your work on social media and tell your artist friends about this course if you enjoyed it. I sincerely hope you learned a lot and be sure to let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or critiques for future lessons or improvements- Happy Sculpting!” -Michael

The Snow Part 2 & Conclusion