Learn How to Create a Cartoon Bird in zBrush
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Learn How to Create a Cartoon Bird in zBrush

Step by Step Training to Creating Fun Cartoon Characters in zBrush!
5.0 (5 ratings)
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37 students enrolled
Created by Alan Balodi
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create Your Own Fun 3D Cartoon Characters
  • Learn Amazing Sculpting Techniques
  • Learn to Use Dynamesh and zSpheres Together
  • Setup Beautiful Renders Inside zBrush via BPR
  • Use Keyshot as the External Renderer
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  • ZBrush Software is required.
  • Keyshot (Optional)

This course is for anyone who wants to learn a great workflow for creating high quality 3D cartoon characters in zBrush. We will cover all the basics and show you how you can take any drawing and turn it into a clean high end 3D model.

We will cover important sculpting techniques and I will show you how to properly paint your model inside zBrush. We will also take a look at some of the more popular brushes and alphas which you can use to add fantastic skin detail and paint any design you want on your own character.

We will end the course by bringing our final model into Keyshot via the new zBrush to Keyshot Bridge plugin.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who loves character design and 3D sculpting.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Welcome to the course!
2 Lectures 01:55

Meet Alan, Your instructor.

Preview 00:33

What will you learn and what are the final objectives?

Preview 01:22
10 Lectures 01:47:50

We begin by setting up our reference image using spotlight and creating the initial body mesh from dynamesh.

Preview 08:01

Using the insert sphere brush we create the top and bottom shapes for our beak. At this point we need to make sure it is still low resolution so we have an easy time shaping our mesh.

Preview 12:29

Next, we create two simple eyes and eyebrows. We use our insert sphere brush as well as draw our eyebrows using tubes.


We will take advantage of the very powerful tube brush and draw our wings from the side. Then we will make them wider while the symmetry setting is on so we can work on both wings at the same time.


Using zSpheres we will build our leg and then mirror it to the other side.


In this lesson we will create the feather for our character. We will learn how to use polypainting and the importance of adding more resolution to achieve higher quality during painting.


We quickly duplicated our original feather mesh and rotated each clone. It is very important to use shift during our model rotation in order to achieve perfect alignment.

Feathers - Duplicate

Lets add a little detail by painting highlights on top of our model. Adding extra painting detail can make a huge difference during our final render.

Highlights - Polypainting

Lets take a look at rendering our character in Keyshot! We will use the new zBrush to Keyshot bridge plugin to bypasss setting up uvs, all of our polypainting detail will simply show up in Keyshot without any extra work.

External Renderer - Keyshot

Whats next?! Find out what other courses can assist you in taking your work to the next level.

Preview 01:36

Test your zBrush knowledge.

5 questions
Tips and Tricks
8 Lectures 40:39

Move your ui around creating your very own custom layouts and colors!

UI Customization

Lets create a cartoon feather using the texture map technique.

Cartoon Feather Using Texture Map

Performing boolean operations (subtracting shapes) in zBrush is simple and fun! 

Subtracting Shapes or Creating Holes

zBrush includes amazing IMM brushes loaded with awesome premade meshes.

IMM Brushes - Insert Multi Mesh

Lets create a beautiful eyeball by projecting a texture onto dynamesh sphere and adjust the resolution to hold our rich image.

Creating a Realistic Eyeball via Spotlight Projection

Cool trick to split your shapes into multiple pieces and only paint one section at a time.

Polygroups - Paint Inside Cavity (Mouth)

Using the panel loops will allow you to create super clean and polished forms, perfect for robots or anything that requires clean shapes.

Panel Loops

Use shadow box to quickly create geometry from your masks or import PSD files from photoshop and use them to extrude clean 3d dynamesh shapes!

Shadow Box - Extruding 2D into 3D
About the Instructor
Alan Balodi
4.6 Average rating
152 Reviews
1,449 Students
8 Courses
CoFounder/Sr. Game Design Developer at Ultimate Arcade, Inc.

I am very passionate about sharing my knowledge with others as I continue to learn and grow on my own creative journey.

I am a 17 year video game/web development industry veteran, creating my own projects for Ultimate Arcade, Inc. and top clients around the world. My main expertise is: 2D design, art, & animation, as well as 3D design, art, modeling, & animation, & Online and Mobile game development.

I have Master Level Training in: Unity 3D, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver, zBrush, and Keyshot. My gift is learning, implementing and then teaching what I learn.

If doodling, sketching, modeling, animating, lighting, texturing and creating excites you, you will LOVE my courses. I have a very stylized cartoon art style, but once you learn the proper tools and techniques I teach, you will be able to use this knowledge in your own work and art style.

I can't wait to show you how you can make money and get paid for following your heart and doing what you love most while helping others.

Join me now and let's get started designing, building, & monetizing your creations!