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ZBrush modeling techniques

By Ali Noori
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Date Added: 5th January 2015
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Ali Noori runs through the ZBrush workflow behind the creation of his sc-fi alien character: Infested Marine


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In this tutorial I will explain a little about modeling my character; Infested Marine, and the techniques I used to create this model using ZBrush software.

Start sculpting

I started from a sphere in ZBrush and created a very rough pose. I used DynaMesh to allow me more freedom to getting my proportions the way I wanted. To adjust the proportions, I used the Move brush and the Standard brush to sculpt the muscles in the right place.

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Starting with a ZSphere
©Ali Noori

Creating armor

I used the InsertCylinder brush to create the extra geometry, and the ClayTubes brush to create the base of armor. From there, I started to add more detail to the model.

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Using two brushes to build up detail
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Body details

I started to add general detail to the body using the Slash3 and ClayTubes brushes. I tried to sharpen the muscles and give him a specific shape. DynaMesh helped me deform the model until I got the main idea.

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Sculpting the muscle
©Ali Noori

Creating weapons

To create the weapons I simply used a base cylinder and began to modify that by using the ClipCurve brush, along with some of the others displayed here in the picture.

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The brushes used to create the weapons
©Ali Noori

Hard surfaces

To create a better appearance for the hard surfaces armor parts, I divided the armor up into several parts and tried to make them sharper using Pinch brush. I also used ZRemesher to generate a better topology on my model.

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Refining the hard surfaces
©Ali Noori

Preparing final body

After I completed the weapons and armor I added more detail on the body to make the surface more suitable to bear the armor. I used ZRemesher create better topology for the body as well.

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Retopologizing the body
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The final model
©Ali Noori

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