Creating a Stylized Prop Using ZBrush & Substance Painter

Check out this brand-new 9-hour course to learn how a professional character artist works creating stylized props for characters.

The course is prepared by Mario Stabile, a Senior Character Artist and studio owner of Ophion Studios who are working in the AAA game industry. He's worked on franchises such as Call of Duty, Mafia, Hitman, Alien, and others.

In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to create the final results that you see in the images and trailers. Next to this, the same techniques can be applied to almost any type of environment.

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The mentor notes that all the modeling and low poly will be done in ZBrush, however, the techniques used are universal and can be replicated in any other 3d modeling package. The textures will be created using Adobe 3D Substance Painter and previewed in Marmoset Toolbag 3.

'We will start by going over our reference and then we dive right in and create the base of the knife high poly with zmodeler. Then we will detail it, create our low poly and finish everything up in Zbrush. After that, we will continue to 3ds max to create the UV unwrap and smoothing groups. Then, we will bake in marmoset all the pieces separately to achieve a clean result. Next, we will proceed to Substance Painter where we will create stylized textures mostly using the output from the bakes. And lastly, we will do a cool presentation in marmoset for our portfolios using dramatic lighting to accentuate the shapes of our model!' shared the creative team. 

This course is targeted more toward intermediate artists who already have a basic understanding of the programs mentioned. Everything in this tutorial will be explained in detail, however, if you have never touched any modeling or texturing tools before the team recommends that you first watch an introduction tutorial on those programs.

Tools used in the course:

  • ZBrush
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Substance 3D Painter
  • Marmoset Toolbag 3
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There’s a total of 11 videos split into easy-to-digest chapters. All the videos have logical naming and are numbered to make it easy to find exactly the ones you want to follow. Also, subtitles are offered for this tutorial in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

You may get the course here. Don't forget to use the special code EIGHTYLEVEL to receive a 20% discount for all the courses created by the FastTrack Tutorials team

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