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Scott Spencer
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Book Description

Feb. 8 2011 0470572574 978-0470572573 2
A stunning, content-rich update to this top-selling ZBrush guide!

This second edition of ZBrush Character Creation has been fully updated for ZBrush 4, the newest version of this fascinating and popular 3D sculpting software. ZBrush enables users to create detailed organic models using a brush-based toolset and tablet. The startling results look as though they've been painted with real brushes and oils, and ZBrush is increasingly popular for use in film, game, and broadcast pipelines.

Author Scott Spencer is embedded in the ZBrush community and his movie credits include Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and the upcoming The Hobbit. Learn Spencer's invaluable techniques for texturing, chiseling, posing, costuming, and more with his newest ZBrush guide.

  • Explains ZBrush 4, the newest version of the revolutionary software tool for creating 3D organic models in a way that appears to be traditionally painted or sculpted
  • Shows you how get the most out of ZBrush, from the fundamentals to new tools for texturing, chiseling, and costuming
  • Offers plenty of insights and professional techniques for creating characters for films and games, drawing from the author's own experience on such films as Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and The Hobbit
  • Demonstrates the author's own techniques of using traditional sculpting and painting concepts and applying them to digital art for greater artistry

Discover the beauty of ZBrush with this colorful, in-depth guide.

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Become a digital Michelangelo

Learn to sculpt and chisel like the masters using ZBrush 4 and this beautiful, full-color guide. Sculptor and designer Scott Spencer blends cutting-edge technology with artistry to show you how to use ZBrush to create fascinating characters limited only by your imagination.

You'll learn new ZBrush 4 brushes and brush controls, how to sketch complex forms with ZSketch, cool ways to costume your characters, and much more. Above all, you'll master time-honored concepts such as sculpting gesture and sighting proportion—techniques that will help you become a better artist, no matter what the medium.

  • Bridge the transition from traditional to digital sculpting

  • Get familiar with ZBrush 4 sculpting tools

  • Learn valuable techniques for detailing, texture painting, and rendering

  • Explore ZSpheres, polygon meshes, and adaptive skins

  • Design a lion's head, a character bust, a biped figure, a raygun, and more

  • Create animations with the timeline, and export videos and highly rendered images from ZBrush

  • Gain valuable insights and tips from guest artists throughout the book

About the Author

Scott Spencer is a freelance character sculptor and designer. He is currently at the Weta Workshop in New Zealand, where he is working on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. He has created creatures and characters for film, games, and collectible figures. His credits include Iron Man, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Golden Axe, and Species 3. He is also a leading digital sculptor, longtime beta tester, and consultant to Pixologic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Dissapointing! Sept. 20 2013
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To be brief, this is a very detailed book, well written and comprehensive in scope. The included CD with its' resources is pure bonus. While it's not exactly written for the beginner in mind, it's easy to follow and comprehensible nonetheless. Highly recommended.
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Great book, lots of good technique and model to work with. If you dont know Zbrush you should get use to it before getting this book. 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect circle Sept. 4 2012
By Dan Mihaila - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the perfect tool if you want to get an idea about the whole process of working with a mesh for games or for movies. It basically takes you from the most basic sculpting tools and walks you through each process in order to get a final product ready for game or movie rigging. It explains you major things like Sculpting, Texturing, PolyPaint, and Zbrush Animation Tools as well as not so common stuff like Displacement Maps and Normal Maps (Scott Spencer is the first one who managed to explain me what these are and how you make them and how you use them), Considerations you should have when sculpting certain areas and many more.

On top of this, Scott Spencer backs everything you read with video tutorials which are great! There you will find much much more than you find in the book (which is a lot) since you can hear his reflections while sculpting... you can see how he sees things when he designs and what his approach towards sculpting is.

Before I end this, I want to recommand the other two books and I STRONGLY advice you to start with his first book, which is Zbrush - Human Figure. The book was made back in the 3.5 days but nevertheless is such an amazing tool to learn the basics of sculpting and the basics of Anatomy. He is a master of Human Anatomy in Sculpture and here is the chance to see him in action.. to go and take a Maya box man with about 100 polys and transform him into what you can see on the book cover.
Basically, the three books work together... You get the basics of Anatomy and Sculpting in the first one, than you get all the additional processes explained in Character Creation (texturing, mapping etc) and than in the last one you go through several types of creatures and characters and you are concerned with more advanced stuff like rendering and lighting, composition etc.

Take this book, take the other two as well, remove all your distractions and get on with them. You will fly through what used to be walls of questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book To Learn With Oct. 2 2012
By Quincy Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't imagine there being a better paced learning book for ZBrush. I work in a toy sculpting studio and have seen our interns become ZBrush proficient in the course of a week with the guidance in this book. ...Incredibly well written and thorough.

A real value for the cost. ~Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Very good purchase Oct. 1 2012
By B. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, hands down. I am a huge Zbrush fan and I am in the process of learning the Maya pipeline. I was looking for a professional level book that covered the use of Zbrush in creating characters destined for games or production film work as opposed to sculpts destined to be art in and of themselves. While "antimatable" topology is not covered (other than mentioning ideals), this book is about Zbrush and it's use as a sculpting tool, so i would not expect advanced topology concepts to be covered here but rather in an animation/rigging book.

Like others have mentioned, the chapter on displacement/normal map generation and use in other programs (specifically covers Maya, which was wonderful for me) is worth the price of this book alone. It even goes in depth about the Maya shading network setup, from scratch, needed to display the maps properly. The internet contains a lot of conflicting and dated information on these topics - primarily because Pixologic has been pumping out updates and revisions every few months that change the game again and again and a lot of the tools that people used to use have been replaced once or twice with new tools from Pixologic. This is the only thing i have read that has all of this information in one place.

That being said, with Zbrush being up to Z4r4 now, i would love to see a new edition of this book from Scott Spencer or a new book altogether including the massive updates to Zbrush since this book's publish date. It might be wise to wait for Z5 since that seems to be the next thing for Pixologic. Heed my only warning about this book, which is that it was written based on Z4 original release, and does not include any more recent topics such as dynamesh, insert brushes, fibers, noisemaker, qremesher from Z4r2 through Z4r4.

Author is great, examples are great, additional resources are great - If you like Zbrush, you should own this book, especially if you also use Maya. As usual, the concepts are not application specific, but it helps to have the actual menus and examples in Maya since I am currently learning.

Thanks Scott, this book is great.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great April 17 2014
By LoadNewGame - Published on Amazon.com
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There isn't one bad thing I can say about this book. Tons of material and covers a wide variety of topics to get you prepared and moving forward in ZBrush.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have in any ZBrush sculptor's library. Sept. 9 2012
By Sean Castle - Published on Amazon.com
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ZBrush Character Creation is a very thorough guide to ZBrush. My level of skill is probably intermediate, so this book is a great reference book and there is still plenty for me to learn from it. The digital copy is very useful, as I can flick through it on my iPad while I'm working. Scott is a great teacher; the pace of the book is just right and it is laid out in a logical and coherent fashion. I Highly recommend this book!
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