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Create a Game Character: Jouster - part 1

By Adam Fisher

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Date Added: 13th August 2013
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Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush, Misc
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This exclusive, free tutorial series will explore game character creation workflow. I will cover my entire process of taking a concept through to the final game asset.

You can see how the concept was designed by Marc Brunet on LayerPaint in his two-part tutorial.

The tutorials are intended for intermediate users with some knowledge of the software being used, plus a base understanding of character art workflow.

During this tutorial series I will cover:

1. Blocking in the proportions
2. Sculpting the face
3. Sculpting the armor
4. Creating the armor meshes
5. Finalizing the details
6. Creating the low poly model
7. UV unwrapping and texture baking
8. Texturing the armor
9. Texturing the face
10. Model presentation in Marmoset

There are many different processes, tools and workflows available when creating characters. I'll keep things simple by explaining the process and techniques that I use in my own workflow. Although some steps may focus on specific software tools, they should be somewhat transferable between different software packages.

I hope you'll find this series of helpful in some way and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. Let's get started!

Step 1: Do your planning

Before beginning any work on a new model, it's important to analyze the concept art provided and start planning how to create the character. It's also a good idea to gather any extra reference material you may need.

Marc Brunet has created an awesome character concept for this tutorial series. The character has a lot of cool, overlapping, hard surface features, so it's important to have a good understanding of how they sit and flow in relation to each other. Look at your concept and try to determine the best ways to create the different meshes and identify any potential problem areas. Having a plan can potentially save a lot of time further down the track.

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Step 2: Create the base mesh

The first phase of the tutorial is to block in the character proportions. This serves as a guide for when we start creating the armor on top. To begin, import a base mesh into ZBrush. You can use any standard human mesh - in this example I'm using a simple generic female base mesh.

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