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ZBrush 4 R8 – Creating a Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones

Learn techniques inside Zbrush for creating swords and weaponry in this fast paced action packed course
Instructor:
UK Online Training Centre
161 estudiantes matriculados
English [Auto-generated]
Become a better Hard surface modeler
You will be able to create any Bladed weapon in ZBrush
Learn the latest techniques using ZBrush 4 R8

In this course we will be creating “Long Claw” from the epic series The Game of Thrones!

This course is a great way to showcase some of the features of ZBrush 4 R8 we will use these new features to create a bladed weapon inside ZBrush during this course we will cover the following with tips and tricks along the way:

  • Creating low poly bases
  • Use Gizmo tranforming effects
  • You will learn to use the ZModeller brush and see how effective it is for hard surfaces
  • Learning to crease smooth edges
  • Previewing and using the Dynamic Subdivs
  • Welding and duplicating a tool
  • UV unwrapping and using Goz as well as traditional UV techniques
  • Learn to sculpt in Dynamesh
  • Cavity and Masking techniques
  • Render doc size
  • Boolian techniques to get results quickly
  • Adding surface noise and using masking and alphas inside the noise generator
  • Problems you could face like duplicated faces
  • Adding materials and colour to your subtools

As you can see there is a lot of stuff packed into this course, it is fun and fast paced and remember any problems I am a click away!!

See you in there!!

ZBrush - Creating a Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Introduction

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Introduction to the Course

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Introduction to the course

Welcome to the course during this lecture I will be preparing you for what we will be doing during the course, and for beginners we will feature a quick bit on navigation :)


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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Checking the reference

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Get the reference!

Let's look at the reference.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Download Packs

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Download Centre

Download the Course resources here!

ZBrush - Creating a Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - The Course

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Wolf Head Part 1

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Defining the shape - PART 1

During the next few lectures we will start to sculpt the Head of the sword using the following techniques:

  • Basic Sphere creation
  • Dynamesh for even resolution
  • Basic brush techniques

Common brushes used during this phase of the course

  • Clay build up
  • Move brush
  • Clay tubes
  • Damian Standard
  • H Polish
  • Smooth

The techniques used in this section are the pillar stones of sculpting in ZBrush start with low resolution and build this up gradually.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Wolf Head Part 2

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Adding Detail - PART 2

During the next few lectures we will start to sculpt the Head of the sword using the following techniques:

  • Basic Sphere creation
  • Dynamesh for even resolution
  • Basic brush techniques

Common brushes used during this phase of the course

  • Clay build up
  • Move brush
  • Clay tubes
  • Damian Standard
  • H Polish
  • Smooth

The techniques used in this section are the pillar stones of sculpting in ZBrush start with low resolution and build this up gradually.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones -Wolf Head Part 3

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Further Refining - PART 3

During the next few lectures we will start to sculpt the Head of the sword using the following techniques:

  • Basic Sphere creation
  • Dynamesh for even resolution
  • Basic brush techniques

Common brushes used during this phase of the course

  • Clay build up
  • Move brush
  • Clay tubes
  • Damian Standard
  • H Polish
  • Smooth

The technniques used in this section are the pillar stones of scultping in Zbrush start with low resolution and build this up gradually.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Creating the Long Claw Handle Part 1

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Base Mesh - PART 1

During the next couple of lectures we will build the handle in this part we will create sections and use welding to weld duplicate copies together!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Creating the Long Claw Handle Part 2

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Base Mesh - PART 2

Now we will start to manipulate the subtool to get the diagonal bands and also taper the handle as per the reference!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Creating the Long Claw Handle Part 3

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Creasing - PART 3

To get the handle to look more realistic once smoothed we are going to crease a few of the edge loops, after we have finished this we will then position the handle and the head of the sword.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Long Claw the Blade Part 1

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Long Claw the Blade - PART 1

In this lecture we will create the base of the sword, we will use the ZModeller brush to do a lot of the heavy lifting for us and to get the geometry clean and tidy we will also be making poly groups as we go which will be used later for UV unwrapping!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Long Claw the Blade Part 2

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Long Claw the Blade - PART 2

In this lecture we will focus on the blade edge I will show you how poly groups can be scaled and also how to weld points together, using weld distance.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Long Claw the Blade Part 3

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Long Claw the Blade - PART 3

Now we have the blade we now need to add a little details and refine it we will also be looking at Dynamic Subdivs!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Long Claw the Blade Part 4

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Long Claw the Blade - PART 4

Lets finish the Blade

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Quick Blade Variations

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Blade variations imagine a shape and make it so!

So we went through quite a procedure in the last few lessons to create the balde, it is good to be able to do what you just did and will also be great later for UV Laying out however!

We will now use some of the basic shapes and a few transform actions in the Gizmo to quickly create almost any blade shape you want!

We will further enhance this using the new boolian live features

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - The Hilt of Long Claw Part 1

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

The Sword Hilt - Part 1

Lets move on to the Hilt of Long Claw, using a simple sphere we will generate our geometry from poly groups we create, extensive use of the ZModeller brush is used with masking!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - The Hilt of Long Claw Part 2

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

The Sword Hilt - Part 2

In this lesson we are going to mirror and weld our Hilt and make further modifications.

Also as a bonus we encounter a problem (I love problems it give me the chance to show you guys how to fix them!) we have pinching going on, this was because there was another set of faces under the geometry this can easily happen especially if your duplicating or accidentally press the CTRL key whilst in the Gizmo! lets fix this and finally finish the Hilt!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Finish the Wolf Head and Add the Ferral

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Finishing the Head and Handle

Lets now add the metal Ferral to the top of the hilt and site the handle and wolf head into position, we will also continue to work on the Wolf Head.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Poly painting the Wolf Head and Handle

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Painting the Wolf Head and Handle

I will now show you Polypainting techniques that will really make your sculpting pop!

We will use Cavity control masking and layering techniques, plus the noise generator.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Adding materials and Noise

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Touching it with material and surface noise

In this lesson we will go over all tools adding materials and surface noise

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - The Blade Perlease Noise Effect

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Blade special noise

In this lecture I will add a perlease noise to the blade edge to give it an extra feel of Valerian steel.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Unwrapping our Blade

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

UV Unwrapping

We are now going to UV unwrap our blade, basically we are creating a flat map we can texture on that will match up with the geometry of the blade, this is where the poly groups we created really help us!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Using Goz with Photoshop

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Goz to Photoshop

We will now take our newly unwrapped blade and take it across using Goz to Photoshop, this will give us the ability to paint or texture our new UV map and automatically send the texture back to Zbrush!

I will also show you a more traditional technque for exporting the UV Maps

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Pattern for the Blade

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Photoshop texturing

Now we have our UV map in Photoshop let us make a simple pattern to put on the blade I will show you one technique for doing this feel free to experiment its great fun and quick!!

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Adding our Maps

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

Surface noise and layer control

In this lesson we will talk about a few ways to detail the blade based off the UV maps we created.

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Sword Long Claw The Game of Thrones - Final Render

ZBrush 4 R8 - The Game of Thrones Long Claw 3D Sculpture

FInal Render

Now you have created the Sword well done we will now do a quick render out from ZBrush and we are done!

Well done and thank you for your continued support
all the best
David
UK ONLINE TRAINING CENTRE

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