ZBrush Character Creation: Advanced Digital Sculpting Paperback – Jun 3 2008
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From the Back Cover
Break Free from the 3D Mold
ZBrush is taking the world of 3D modeling by storm, allowing CG artists to create spectacular organic models in a way that feels like traditional sculpting and painting. Like the software itself, this beautiful four-color guide perfectly blends technology with artistry to give you a thorough, hands-on tutorial in creating 3D characters with this revolutionary software.
Digital sculptor Scott Spencer guides you through the full array of ZBrush tools, including brushes, textures, and detailing. You'll learn how to sculpt in ZBrush, design a character bust, and dazzle viewers with your creations. Above all, you'll discover how to apply time-honored methods of traditional sculpting and painting to a digital formatand emerge a better artist, no matter what the medium.
Bridge the transition from traditional sculpting to digital
Explore the ZBrush interface and toolsets
Learn valuable techniques for texturing, posing, and rendering in ZBrush
Master ZScripts, macros, and other methods for customizing the interface
Transfer your ZBrush creations into Maya® and prepare for use in film, game, or other formats
Gain valuable insights and tips from guest artists throughout the book
VALUABLE COMPANION DVD
Support files for the book's tutorials are included on the DVD, so you can try out the techniques as you go. It also includes ZBrush movies to further illustrate the step-by-step sculpting process, as well as a trial version of ZBrush 3.1 for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
About the Author
Scott Spencer is Digital Art Director at Gentle Giant Studios. Creating creatures and characters for film, games, and the collectable figure market, Scott's credits include Iron Man, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Golden Axe, Species 3, and others. He teaches digital sculpting and anatomy at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and serves as beta tester and consultant to Pixologic.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I can see this book being a favorite among tradition sculptors looking to make an easy transition to sculpting within Zbrush, as well as digital artists that want to improve their traditional skills and human anatomy.
The chapter on creating displacements from Zbrush data is worth the price alone, in my opinion. Thanks for that.
This book is going to be a great resource for me when teaching classes on Zbrush this year. I wish I would have had this book years ago, it would have saved me a thousand nights of trying to figure out how to do many things inside of Zbrush. Scott really has unraveled many great working methods that will save me a great deal of time.
Also of note is a chapter written by Alex Alvarez (the owner of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and the Gnomon Workshop) that details his working methods when creating a cool illustration inside of Zbrush and Maya.
Below is my review for the original edition which came out in 2008:
A truly incredible book, written by a master of both traditional and digital character sculpture. This book contains lessons that go beyond the software drawing on Scott's experience in the industry and artistic and anatomical training. I've studied with Scott personally over the past few years and I've gained a great deal from his teaching. ZBrush Character Creation encapsulates his own style and ability as a teacher and includes many extras submitted by the best Zbrush artists in the world. This book is intended for intermediate users, Scott goes through the basics of the software very quickly so this is not recommended for people who are new to the software. If you know enough to get around the interface and create a simple figure then your ready for Scott's book.
The book begins by explaining the relationship to traditional sculpting techniques, to those applied while digital sculpting in ZBrush. This is one of the great strengths of the book. It covers not only the technical aspects of ZBrush, but also the artistic, the true driving force and advantage of ZBrush. From this initial chapter, you will then be lectured on such topics as; Sculpting Techniques, Detailing, PolyPainting, ZSpheres, and Displacement mapping, among many, many other topics I will let you discover for yourself.
Another great strength of this book is the mini-tutorials from various other artists that are added into the already information-packed pages. Contributing artists include; Cesar Dacol, Ian Joyner, Jim McPherson, Zach Petroc, Alex Alvarez, Ryan Kingslien, and Fabian Loing. Having all of these different techniques and perspectives on the art of digital sculpting, adds a lot of knowledge and expertise to this book.
I cannot say enough towards the value of this book. It is hands down the best ZBrush resource available in print as of this time. I hope that Scott and company with continue to share their extensive knowledge of the arts and of technology with the digital art community.
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