ZBrush 3.5 Bundle Review
In this Eat3D training title "Zbrush 3.5: A Comprehensive Introduction," you are taken through the fundamentals of Zbrush and introduced to new elements of 3.5. The DVD is geared towards new users as well as experienced users that are looking for a refresher of 3.5 services. The DVD is 4 1/2 hours long and the instructor, Michael Pavlovich, does a great job of presenting and explaining the material.
The 21 chapters on the DVD follow the building of a severed head, making it fun and interesting to learn the techniques while covering the subject matter in a clear and concise manner. I was very impressed in the basic UI section when Michael describes the difference between a Zbrush document and a Zbrush tool and explains the difference between 2.5 D. and 3D. This is an important aspect for new users to understand and it was nice to see it explained right up front to avoid confusion in Zbrush’s unorthodox UI and workflow. Other sections I was particularly impressed with include the thorough explanation of projection techniques using Projection Master and the many other available methods in Zbrush to generate detailed projections. Sections on ZSpheres and ZSketching go over the tools and different brushes to bring your Zsphere works to a new level.
In the second set of this DVD series, Michael picks up where he left off in creating an impressively ghoulish character sculpt, pose, and rendering. In this DVD, you are taken through the sculpting of an entire character. Michael demonstrates sculpting the character’s body and muscle structure as well as facial muscles and bone. Next he moves on to clothing and props as well as leather straps and some hard surface armor. It is not an in depth look at “real” anatomy or medieval armor but what I enjoyed greatly is that it takes you step by step through all these areas to give you the experience of sculpting cloth, straps, hard surfaces, organic characters and more. After sculpting, the DVD moves on to poly paint and projection painting techniques. Again, because of the project based workflow, you get a great look at painting different types of surfaces such as scratched up armor and multi layered necrotic skin. Both DVDs also have some great bonus videos that show some cool tips and tricks. All in all, I have to say this is a great quality DVD set for new and advanced users.
- Michael McCarthy