ZBrush Course - Creating Game of Thrones Style Panel Art
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ZBrush Course - Creating Game of Thrones Style Panel Art

Learn how to model hardsurface and organic scultping in ZBrush with this Game of Thrones inspired course
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Last updated 2/2018
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This course includes
  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Be able to work with Zbrush more confidently
  • Understand how to create base meshes in Zbrush
  • Learn how to use the hardsurface tools in ZBrush
  • Have a greater knowledge of Subdivision and Dynamesh
  • Be able to texture inside ZBrush
  • Understand the basics of rendering and output from ZBrush
  • Understand Alphas and there many uses
Requirements
  • Some knowledge of Zbrush would be good but not essential
  • I Use Photoshop quite a lot in this course so it would be good for you to have this
  • Not essential but I do use Maya for the first section although I also give you the files for ZBrush
  • I use Zbrush 4 r6 during this course other versions might have features in different areas of the Interface
Description

The Game of Thrones is an epic series with the launch of series 7, I decided I would do a series of courses based on a Game of Thrones theme! this ZBrush course will be packed with features and techniques.

"This course cover a lot of material I have tried to design the course so that at each stage you are learning a new or adding to a technique for this reason it could well be worth watching the whole course first and then choose your technique for your particular need!"

The Game of Thrones uses a lot of CGI so it is a great carrier to base my ZBrush courses on, in this course I will show you my method for creating a Game of Thrones style wooded door, the door will be highly detailed and it will give me the chance to show you a ton of techniques, on this journey we will learn the following:

  • Reference Gathering
  • Creating a Base mesh and UV Layout in Maya
  • Creating a base mesh in ZBrush
  • Using Hardsurface Brushes
  • Masking and Alphas
  • Mesh Insert and Creating Alphas from Subtools
  • Deformations and Initialize settings
  • Dynamesh and Subdivision
  • Custom interface and common brushes
  • Spotlight and polypainting
  • Splitting Subtools and Transposing
  • Output and composite
  • ZSpheres and Rigging techniques

This course is for anyone wanting to develop there skills in ZBrush and give you insight to the many techniques that can be used, the course should give you an arsenal of extra knowledge which you can adapt to your particular needs!

Have fun creating amazing Game of Thrones style panel art inside the amazing ZBrush!

Please note ZBrush 4 r6 is used for this course!!!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn ZBrush
  • Beginners to Advanced users will enjoy this course
Course content
Expand all 69 lectures 11:32:35
+ Creating a Game of Thrones Style Panel Design - Introduction
4 lectures 15:32

This is the promotional video for the course.

Preview 03:51

Lets discuss what we are basing this whole course on, have a look on the web and see what sort of design you want to create, as you can see the web is a great resource for ideas.

"Please note the images we look at here are on google and are owned by there respective companies, limited by the copyrights of these companies I cannot include any of the resources we look at online however you may use them for your personal non profit work as an educational tool or as a base to build up your own designs".

Preview 03:32

Go look for your base images as I have done, I have collected various images to use as reference whilst I produce the panels.

"Please note the images we look at here are on google and are owned by there respective companies, limited by the copyrights of these companies I cannot include any of the resources we look at online however you may use them for your personal non profit work as an educational tool or as a base to build up your own designs".

Preview 05:49

Here are the files for you to download if you want to follow along, remember you can google Game of Thrones Panel art and save the images to your desktop for reference!!

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - DOWNLOADS
02:20
+ Creating a Game of Thrones Style Panel Design - First Panels
19 lectures 03:46:31
In this section I am going to show you how you can create a base mesh in an external program for ZBrush in this case I am using Maya, please note you do not have to do this part but please watch it to understand what happens next all files are included within the downloads.
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - External Base Mesh
14:52

In this lecture I want to discuss the importance of geometry when used in ZBrush, it is extremely important to make sure out topology is equally quaded up this will ensure we have even resolution all over the Sub tool when we sculpt uneven topology could result in certain areas have less resolution than others!

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Importance of Geometry in ZBrush
13:37

Carrying on from the last lecture I demo the difference in geometry and the results from them

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Comparing Geometry at Sub Divisions
06:26

Now lets create a base mesh in ZBrush and then import it into an external program in this case Maya where we will then UV unwrap it ready for re-import back to ZBrush

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Basemesh in ZBrush
18:23
We now have the model back in ZBrush with the new UVs lets now setup a test texture in Photoshop and apply to the door within ZBrush
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Testing the reimported models
10:12
Lets do a bit of prep work on the door to prepare it for sub dividing in readiness for the Alphas we will apply to it
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Preparing the Door
03:50

Using the exported UVs from Maya we will create a design which we will use as a texture inside ZBrush to extrude our design from.

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Setting up the Texture
17:06
In This lecture we will look at how we could create a softened edge to our Alpha Extrusions we will do this inside Photoshop pay attention to what happens this will open your eyes on what you can do direct from photoshop and its effect inside ZBrush.
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Different effects in Photoshop
11:07
Lets now create a proper panel in Photoshop, ready for creating our first real panel in ZBrush
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - The First Panel
16:43

Lets now use the Photoshop file to produce the first panel inside ZBrush

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - ZBrush panel 1
09:46
Now let us look how we could utilize images to produce alphas for sculpting, please note this is just one way of doing it later in the course we will look at a better approach although quite a bit longer it yield better results
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Using images for Alphas
08:04
In this lecture we will build on where we left off and produce a significantly more complex design
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Part 2 Images for Alphas
18:57

We have looked at creating a single mask in the next lessons we will use multiple masks to build up detail

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Building up deatils intro
02:42

Now you will see how we can use the seconds mask to create additional detail on top of the last, this shows you the power of using well laid out UVs

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Applying the masks
10:26
Lets add another layer of detail to our panel
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Adding more details
11:08

We can also over lay masks to produce a secondary effect, watch how its done all from a simple alpha

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Multiple overlaying in ZBrush
06:11

In this lesson we will look at how we can drive a brush with alphas we also take a look at how symmetry can help us as well

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating a brush from an Alpha
17:19
So far we have created our alphas inside Photoshop what if we could create an alpha from a sculpt?? well we can watch me demo this to you, be aware we will be looking at more advanced techniques later in the next section
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating an alpha from a sculpt
16:18

In this lesson I will show you a technique for creating an insert mesh this will make it possible to drag actual geometry into your subtool the new geometry will already have an independent polygroup

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating an insert mesh
13:24
+ Creating a Game of Thrones Style Panel Design - A New Project
45 lectures 07:30:08

Intro to the new project we will learn

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Introduction to the new project
01:40

A quick lecture in Photoshop where we will quickly sketch out our design

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Sketching out our design in Photosho
13:04

We will now look at the final design we will be using as a guide for the work ahead

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - The final mocked up design
02:07

Lets now create our door frame inside ZBrush using the ZModeller brush and a basic plane

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating the base Door frame
09:44
Lets now create the inner frame of our door
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating the inner frame
14:23

In this lesson we will stretch our geometry and then add in more edge loops using ZModeller

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Stretching and maintaining even geo
04:33
In this lesson we will create our circular pieces three in total
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating our curcular pieces
08:11
In this video we will look at the corner circles and position them
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating the corner circles
14:06
Watch now how I fix geometry by using mirror and weld great for when you need the model to be symmetrical or fix issues
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Mirror and weld
08:45
In this lecture i will show you a rigging technique to use existing geometry to be able to work on as a base, by the way this method is often used to redo topology or flow of the edge loops for animating
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - ZSphere rigging technique
11:57

In this lesson you will learn how to create an array this is a fantastic method of creating multiple copies of the same subtool and have the ability to create amazing patterns and shapes I suggest you have a play with arrays they are very powerful

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - The power of Arrays
17:39
Again we will start with a basic plane and build a nice little feature
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating some nice emblishments
12:17
Back to using the array to create our detailed framework
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Block array
06:35

We did this earlier in the course we will use multiple masks to pull out our grid pattern

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Alpha grid
06:08

This lecture will demonstrate what happens when we crease or add edge loops to our subtools before smoothing

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Adding creases and edgeloops
06:45
In this lecture we will just tidy up our corner circles
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Finishing the small circles
03:59

In this lesson I will show you another technique to soften hardened edges

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Controlling smooth
02:57
In this lesson we will now start adding our final details to the corner circles, we will use alphas
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Adding a motif
09:33
Lets pop back into the arrays and finalize our edge work
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Finishing the array
09:41

In this lesson I want to demo what we are doing next

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Methods for Panel detailing
09:54
In this lesson I want to quickly run through methods for creating a base mesh that we have not looked at yet
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Methods for scultping
09:02
Lets create a base mesh for our tree with ZSpheres
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - ZSheres part 1
06:22
lets add more detail to our ZSphere model and finalize it to a sub tool
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - ZSpheres part 2
08:21
In this lecture we will use dynamesh to carry on sculpting detail into our tree
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Dynamesh our tree part 1
03:38
Lets carry on building in the detail into our tree
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Dynamesh our tree part 2
14:51

We will now grab a ZDepth image of the tree to use as an alpha! watch this video carefully it open new doors in creativity

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Grabbing a ZDepth from the tree
09:13
Now we created the tree and grabbed the alpha we can now apply that to the plane, careful positioning is needed so we use the drag mask
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Applying the tree alpha
13:13
Now we have the tree in position lets do some freehand sculpting to make it look the way we want
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Final tree
12:18

Using alphas now we will use and image to create a fantastic look for our leaves, it really starts to bring the whole piece to life

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Adding leaves
17:28

Looking at the panel I don't like the grid going under the leaves so I am going to remove parts by using polygroups and masks this is a non destructive work flow because we are merely hiding the pieces we do not want

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Split the grid
15:25
Just as a test I wanted to try a design behind the tree as it turned out it did not work but I thought I would show the lecture in any case
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Playing around
16:12
Using the same technique we used for the tree I am going to create a demon head I will use a pre made head to do this
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Demon Head part 1
07:10

In this lesson we will use Zapplink to save a custom view, we also use spotlight to make sure our head looks like the demon

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Demon Head part 2
18:20
Lets now apply our demon alpha to our plane, we will also add more detail on top of the inflate
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Demon Head part 3
18:25
Using an image we will add a background to our Demon panel I will also freehand add texture as well
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Background for demon
18:00
Lets set up the subtools for our top circles, this will receive the details later
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Top Circles
05:11
We will now do a mesh extraction from a mask to give us our top circle emblems
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Mesh Extraction
13:28
Polishing can help the form in some cases lets see this here
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Polishing
07:29
Lets now have a look at our finished model
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Finished model
00:52

In this lesson I will show you the problem that can occur in ZBrush with applied textures it is important you understand these principals of poly painting as opposed to texturing by UVs which is eventually what the polypainting will become if exported out to another application

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - ZBrush texture basics
08:40

We must make sure all our subtools have enough resolution to get a nice texture from the wood we can then polypaint through a spotlight across all subtools and get a universal grain look across the whole model

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Creating the wood
11:55
Lets look at how we can add another level of detail using cavity masking and filling with a percentage of colour
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Cavity masking
09:24
Lets finish the texturing
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Final texturing
12:18
Time to render out an image of our fantastic panels!
ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - The render
08:42

Final lesson lets now out the renders together inside Photoshop


Well done if you have made it this far I hope you have learn't a ton of new technique and had fun!

ZBrush Creating Game of Thrones Panel Art - Composite in photoshop
10:13
+ STUDENT HELP FILES
1 lecture 00:24

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BONUS LECTURE - HELP AND ADVICE
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