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Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course

Zbrush and Keyshot course
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 18h 43m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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In this course we will do scary dragons!
And brave knights!
And also a … horse.
So basically we will do this guy.
The concept is from Taran Fiddler
This is  Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course – Dragon knight edition.

My name is Niko, and i will be your host for around 50 exciting videos, full with trilling cartoon character sculpting in Zbrush, along with some tips and tricks. Expect also some peptalks and wise life advises and stories, here and there.

My experience and facination with cartoon characters goes long way since i was a little boy, drawing from comic books, and reaches up to this day. So now, my 15 years of experience in the game industry help me help you make the best characters you possible can :).

This course is mainly for intermediate Zbrush users, and if you are a complete beginner, you should look for my Absolute beginner Zbrush course or my other Zbrush, Blender, Substance painter course for beginners, and then get back to this one.

In this course we will start by loading my interface and hotkeys, i will explain why you will work 2 or 3 times faster with it, and at the end of the course if you don’t like to work that fast, i will tell you how to revert back to default Zbrush UI.
Then i will talk about my process of thinking when i start working from concept a bit. After that we will do a dragon’s head, which is not even in the concept, but it will definitely be fun.

Then we will went on to model the body and the arms, talking a bit about how real anatomy affects even the cartoon characters. We will make the legs and then we will concentrate a bit on the horse, by talking a bit about horse anatomy and the importance of references when we sculpt.
When we are ready with the overall shapes of the horse, we will do the horse and dragon tails, the spiked ball and the mighty dragon wings! We will do some of the horse clothes and straps too. Then it will be time to start the helmet of our dragon knight. It will be a process full of pain and difficult obstacles, but also with joy and new knowledge. When we are ready with the basics of the helmet we will do the pike and start detailing various things like the horse hair and doing some polypaint. We will also work few videos on the helmet to polish and finish it, because it is a pretty important part of our model after all.
We will then continue detailing the dragon rider by adding some fine details here and there to prepare it for posing.

After that we will pose the character using the latest Zbrush technologies of posing, that i use for about a decade now. When we are done with the posing and we are happy with how our character look, it will be time for the bonus section of our course – Keyshot. I will get you familiar with everything you need to know in this pretty easy program, capable of handling all the millions polygons and the polypaint, from Zbrush. We will make some materials, lights and finally i will show you how to make a render and a turntable video for your characters.
This course is for intermediate Zbrush users, but if you are a beginner, don’t worry, go to thе “Absolute beginner Zbrush course” or my other “Zbrush, Blender, Substance painter course for beginners”, and then get back to this one and you will be fine.

Since the dawn of time people were afraid of dragons and they were facinated by them. So after thousands of years all the stories and fables of dragons and knigts, are finally combined in to one character. It is up to you to explore how this character is modelled and rendered in Zbrush and Keyshot, and even do your own version! So lets dive in to it!

You will learn

✓ Making cartoon character from scratch in Zbrush
✓ Tips and tricks of making a clean shape in Zbrush
✓ Modelling a horse in Zbrush
✓ Basics of rendering in Keyshot


• Intermediate Zbrush knowledge required

This course is for

• Intermediate Zbrush users

How much does the Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $14.99. And currently there is a 82% discount on the original price of the course, which was $84.99. So you save $70 if you enroll the course now.

Does the Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the Making a Cartoon Character in Zbrush course course, but there is a $70 discount from the original price ($84.99). So the current price is just $14.99.

Who is the instructor? Is NIkolay Naydenov a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

NIkolay Naydenov has created 11 courses that got 2,499 reviews which are generally positive. NIkolay Naydenov has taught 9,699 students and received a 4.8 average review out of 2,499 reviews. Depending on the information available, NIkolay Naydenov is a TRUSTED instructor.
3d character artist and tutor
I have interest in arts since i was a very little kid. I was drawing all the time at school and at home. I was barely going out to play with the other kids, and later to go to night clubs. Drawing and books were my passions. Later i became a Graphic Designer and now i am 3D character artist at Gameloft from 2009 till present days. When i discovered Zbrush it was like a revelation for me. What freedom it gives you to do whatever you want. I love this program.   Zbrush for me is like Notepad, i feel super comfortable in it and i love using it professional and freely at home to do some imaginative creatures. I love to teach people and watch them grow their skills.


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Platform: Udemy
Video: 18h 43m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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