3 months of unlimited feedback via private Feedback Hub
Self-paced course with monthly Group Sessions
Due on weekly basis
lifetime access to all the recordings
Whether you envision yourself creating robotic creatures, or hybrid characters equipped with armory, upgrading that final quality is essential to have your art noticed. That's our goal.
Hard Surface characters can do amazing things for your portfolio. It's not just about helping you create your unique style. It's not about teaching you how to concept in 3D. It's not even making you excel at texturing and lookdev.
It's about showing you can master any piece with hard surface elements, and do it at a AAA-level.
Whether you're already confident with organic sculpting, environment, props or vehicles. There is an opportunity you might be missing. Maybe you are a hard surface modeler looking for a next step. We've got your back.
Over the course of 10 weeks, you will be taken through a full process of hard surface character creation.
You will start by working on a concept that excites you. Being your own art director, you will learn to make a judgement on aesthetics and mechanics.
Working with our mentors and your new professional community of other artists, you will be taking your piece to the next level, day by day. We'll get you all the knowledge, pipeline and feedback you need to produce this absolutely best piece in your portfolio.
There are no secrets. The main one is structured knowledge and trusting the process. No matter what is your starting point, you'll be a hundred miles further by the end of the journey. You will model, texture, render and showcase a hard surface character you're proud of.
Versatile artists get most attention and opportunities
BECOME A HARD SURFACE MASTER IN 10 WEEKS - AND GET THE SKILLS YOU will use IN ANY PROJECT
YOUR HARD SURFACE ARTIST JOURNEY IS JUST ABOUT TO GET STARTED
IS IT THE RIGHT FIT FOR ME?
Artwork by Max Pulliero
If you're starting out as a Junior 3D Artists, love hard surface creatures, we'd love to have you on board. This program requires basic Blender knowledge, but even if you are new to it, we'll help you close the gap.
Working on environments, vehicles, or anything else within 3D universe? Awesome, you've got a great platform to transition to hard surface characters and use this knowledge to level-up as an artist in general.
Been mostly working on organic characters? Add more versatility to your skillset, get (even) more comfortable with blender and polish your techniques. Bonus: new opportunities from the overlap of organic and mechanical worlds.
Set up Blender An introduction to some functionality concepts
We will use the sculpt tools in Blender combined with some boolean workflow and Grease Pencil.
We will see how mechanical articulations can affect the final design
Start with the high-poly. We will see when and how to retopologize or reconstruct the block-out geometry.
We will take a look at how the asset browser can be used to create and store redundant assets. Work with negative spaces, and add grids, pipes and cables to add some depth to the model.
We will set up EEVEE and we will create some basic material to start to visualize the model better
An introduction to the cloth modifier for hard-surface projects. Creation of decals and other maps to be used during the texturing.
Analyze the difference between real-time and pre-rendered models. Optimize the geometry for a modern AAA game production.
UV and Bake, a depth look at how to avoid common mistakes and a bit of theory about PBR. Paint the model in Blender and Substance 3D Painter.
We will learn how to export the model properly to Maya and Unreal Engine 5 and how to set up a flexible material in Unreal Engine 5
Live classes and Q&A sessions covering all the tools and techniques
Full Process in 10 weeks
A hands-on approach from a professional artist to the hard surface modeling
Lifetime access to regularly updating collection of workshops on building your portfolio, CV and career opportunities as a 3D Artist
This program is self-taught, so you can join it anytime!
You will need Blender, Maya and Unreal Engine.
All live events will take place US evenings. If you can't join us live, all recordings will be available for you. Feedback over forum is given asynchronously - meaning, post your WIP or questions any time and get unlimited feedback.
Yes. You will get an invoice as soon as you complete the checkout, and if you need a business invoice for reimbursement, email us and we'll be happy to provide this too.
Feedback is offered in private community of the program and via monthly Group Sessions with your mentor. Everyone has access to forum feedback and you can post your WIPs as frequently as you want.
Yes, you are eligible for a certificate upon course completion and submission of your final project.
The program duration is 10 weeks, but you will have lifetime access to all the sessions recordings.