Stylized Charaters in Zbrush

In just 6 weeks, master stylized character creation in Zbrush.
Learn all about character design in 3D following our workflow and the best character design pipeline.
We estimate 6-8. weeks to time to finish the program, with a min workload of 2-4 hours per week

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Feedback type
Unlimited feedback via program forum and optional weekly LIVE sessions
Skill level
Pre-requisites: Zbrush foundations

What you will learn

Final Project
Pipeline of stylized character modeling
You will learn a complete pipeline for creating an appealing and anatomically correct stylized character fit for videogames, VFX projects and collectibles industry. From the basic principles of the anatomy to the details of character stylization, this course will focus on understanding how to create appealing 3D characters. This course will help you develop a better structure behind any character project that you do in the future. By the end of the course, you will become skilled at sculpting and character modeling, you will know how to present your project better and how to give your stylized character stronger appeal and personality. Finally, the course will introduce Zbrush, Marmoset and Substance Painter as go-to-software apps for creating a complete character and will show you a process for linking the three. You should have a basic knowledge of Zbrush and should be familiar with the fundamentals of digital sculpting.
Character modeling fundamentals
Along the way, you will learn fundamentals of character modeling and anatomy.
You'll learn how to:
- read and understand a concept art
- translate and engineer details and accessories in 3D
- work with hard surface elements
Fully rendered and textured stylized character
Your final project for this course is a fully rendered and textured character, presented to fit your portfolio. You can use the character the way you want: showcase as your personal project, rig and animate, or even 3D print.

Course Program

The program is designed for self-study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You are expected to complete one module per week and report your progress.
Module 1. Stylized Character Anatomy
In this module, we start sculpting the character, starting from sculpting the head with a focus on anatomy. It's important to give it a thought and considerations before you start doing anything in Zbrush. By the time you complete this module, you will have completed all the fundamentals of the upper part of the body and the legs of the character. All the basic shapes are in place and your character design looks good.
Module 2. Character Sculpting Fundamentals
Sculpting hands and face are the two important lessons you will take in this module. You will learn how to sculpt a hand in a relaxed pose, starting from index finger. You will understand head-body proportions and micro details that contribute to an appealing face of your character.
Module 3. Modeling Clothes in Zbrush
We will be modeling clothes in Zbrush. In this module we will learn how to extract different pieces of clothes and how to make sure they are topologically-correct. We will be creating:
  • T-shirt
  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Cap
  • Boots
  • ...And whatever your character needs, because our goal is to make sure you can implement this process on any character of your choice.
Module 4. Hard Surface Elements
We're doing all the hard surface modeling in Zbrush, too. Hard surface details of the stylized character we chose for the program are not limited to a weapon, so you will see a variety of hard surface elements covered.
A few other learnings from this module:
  • Zmodeler main operations
  • Polygroups and how to work with them
  • Applying bevel
  • Dynamic subdivision
Module 5. Creating an Appealing Character
You will learn what makes a truly appealing character and know how to navigate:
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Perfect profile view
  • Proportions of the lips and the face
  • Character look and personality from different distances
Whether you are working on a female character or you're modeling a male character, you will know how to be sculpting face in Zbrush so that it serves your character best
Module 6. Details and Posing
There are so many reasons why you should never present your character in a T-pose or A-pose. By doing so, you will just lose an opportunity to showcase the strengths of your project and demonstrate its' full beauty. After completing this module you will make an overall pass and add tiny details that will add textures and story to your character.
Remember, you are an artist, and every piece you create is telling a story, so in this module we're taking the most important steps in finishing it.
Bonus 1. UVs and Polypainting
The first thing you will need to do if you're planning to texture your character is to create UVs for it. You might find some difficulties, so we will go through the whole process and try to address the most common issues and how to solve them, too.
Bonus 2. Texturing in Substance Painter
In this module you will grab the textures polypainted in zbrush and give them the last touch by creating additional maps. After finishing character texturing in Substance Painter, you will render in Marmoset.

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Our alumni and past students
Course Instructors
We're proud to bring you the expertise of some of the best artists in the industry
Marlon R Nunez
Creator & Art Director
Art Director and co-founder at Art Heroes, Marlon has been a part of some of the worlds' best teams, from EA and Blur to Goodbye Kansas and Realtime UK.
Marlon specialises on character art and his passion is stylized characters
Daniele Danko Angelozzi
Course Instructor
Daniele is a specialist at collectibles and statues and WACOM embassador in Italy. He's been working in the industry for over a decade and has taught thousands of students at live workshops.

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Meet our students

Brendan McCaffrey (Ireland)
Martin Carillo (Ecuador)
Francesco Gianfreda (Italy)
Alfredo Baro (Mexico)
When you complete your final project, receive a certificate of completion
(and a little gift from us)
Certificate of Completion
One year access
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Individual Feedback
Receive individual feedback from industires top experts, on forum or via weekly LIVE webinars
Networking with other artists
Meet other students from the program who are also going through the program with you
What makes this Program unique
Pricing and enrollment
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Access all course material
in 5 monthly payments of $99
  • 14+ hrs of HD video lessons
  • All project files for download
  • Private community access
  • Feedback via community
Live feedback sessions and networking
in 3 monthly payments of $299
  • 14+ hrs of HD video lessons
  • All project files for download
  • Private community access
  • Feedback via community
  • Course certificate
  • LIVE feedback sessions (weekly)
  • Sessions recordings
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