ZBrush Hard Surface Techniques

In this DVD, Instructor Mike Jensen goes into depth on many hard surface techniques in ZBrush. Mike starts off by explaining in detail many techniques like customizing the ui, creating meshes, brushes, and stamps. Next he then takes you through the process of creating an entire mechanical character and covers everything from starting with a concept mesh to creating a clean base mesh and detailing. Mike then takes the final model into 3ds Max and uses V-Ray to create materials and render out layer passes. Last he takes the renders into Photoshop to composite them together.

This DVD is perfect for those who want to learn how to create hard surface characters inside ZBrush.

About the Instructor:
Mike Jensen is a character artist from the US who specializes in creating mechanical characters in zbrush. He has created several training packages on ZBrush including the book "Zen of ZBrush" and the e-book "ZBrush Techniques". Mike is currently a freelancer who is dedicated to developing new techniques within ZBrush to produce mechanical characters with the same quality, precision, and accuracy of a traditional 3d modeling package.
Apps Used: ZBrush 4
Duration: 7 1/2 Hours
Instructor: Mike Jensen
DL Filesize: 1.5 GB
Project Files: Included are the ZBrush files, stamps, and alphas as shown in the DVD. Subtitles Included!

User Comments


April 12, 2017 - 2:19pm

Dear Mike Jensen:
I bought your classes, but my ZIP can not open it, either on MAC or Windows.
You look like a formidable artist, and I feel like I can learn from you. Please give me a solution. I can add some money and so receive the video in physical.
Here in Peru there are no specialized 3D schools, and I am a self-taught artist.
Sure there are hundreds of orders, letters, but this human needs your knowledge to be a little happier.
I will thank you if you support me with my modest request.

Sincerely: Salvador


May 11, 2017 - 6:07am

Excellent. My language is not English, but the teacher Mike Jensen speaks clearly, and I understand what he says. Their method is clear, and the common tools shared with generosity.
Thank you very much, Mike.

Before I could not download the files because I had a limited internet speed, now , I have a good speed. Thanks to these acts of education. Así el mundo será mejor.



August 1, 2014 - 7:43pm

I am really pissed off that the base mesh is not included; I was hoping the basics shape pattern will be thought, It will be my first and last buying from this site, selling incomplete stuff is really dishonest.


April 15, 2013 - 9:57am

I wish Mike would have talked more in-depth about how he created the concept meshes. I am not too sure how he created some of the meshes. From the project files i can see that most of the meshes were created from zpheres, however he states in the video that they were made from unified skins and oblong spheres. Kinda confused! Sad. There really is no point in knowing the following process if you don't know how the concept was created. Please help me understand?

PedroBoffa (not verified)

March 11, 2013 - 6:05pm

Same problem here " when I create a alpha stamp, there is always a white border. how do I assign the border area to be gray? " when i creae an alpha with the 3Dplane like u show in ur video not only the alpha i created but the entire plane goes with.. not only the part i sculpted. pls help

donald (not verified)

July 26, 2012 - 3:42pm

when I create a alpha stamp, there is always a white border. how do I assign the border area to be gray?

Tyler Durden

July 21, 2012 - 5:21am

This is an awesome training DVD! Certainly one of the best out there. I am most grateful to Mike Jensen for sharing his extensive experience and knowledge.

However, Mike Jensen says "go ahead", "can go ahead", "I'm gonna go ahead" waaaaay too MUCH! It is obviously some sort of verbal 'tick'? It becomes annoying and very distracting to keep hearing him say the same thing over and over again! Just need to extend that vocabulary a little Mike! Eye-wink

STEVONATRON (not verified)

June 13, 2012 - 6:24am

Truly excellent tutorial, Mike does a great job explaining his methods and takes time to demonstrate his techniques. Thoroughly recommended.

eflint (not verified)

June 2, 2012 - 2:42pm

I have one question about your DVD's; What is the library version package? What is included with it?


May 22, 2012 - 6:58am

One question where can I get the material, is it possible that you can share material. I don't find any material that you attach on the project


January 25, 2012 - 9:03pm

@murlives, Max and C4D are similar in the fact that they create 3d assets thought various meshes and if you are familiar enough with C4D, you should have any issues in translating between them Smiling


January 25, 2012 - 7:46pm

can you use the same principles of this DVD for zbrush to Cinema 4D? I don't have MAX and i'm assuming that they are both similar programs. No posts on this page in a while so I hope someone gets back to me:)


July 17, 2011 - 9:46am

This sound Eat3D use is epic. Classic Unreal map sound to it. Makes me wanna buy the videos even more. Eat3D is king!

ASHOOR (not verified)

July 14, 2011 - 11:05am

Thanks you mr Mike Jensen
it's very amazing tutorials

Rob (not verified)

May 31, 2011 - 6:23pm

With the purchase of the download, what is the format of the videos? reason is that I use my ipad as a player, freeing up my main computers monitors.
Thanks - Rob


May 31, 2011 - 12:08am

very cool dvd. I am novice in zbursh but it reduced a lot of work in hardsurface modeling in Maya


May 31, 2011 - 12:03am

Partial Mesh Visibility
Show mesh portion – Shift+Ctrl+Click & Drag
Hide mesh portion - Shift+Ctrl+Click, Release Shift, Drag
Show entire mesh - Shift+Ctrl+Click Background
Show only selected Polygroup (on fully visible mesh) - Shift+Ctrl+Click
Hide selected Polygroup (on fully visible mesh) - Shift+Ctrl+Click twice
Hide selected Polygroup (on partially visible mesh) - Shift+Ctrl+Click
Reverse visibility - Shift+Ctrl+Click & Drag Background


May 29, 2011 - 4:11pm


kordza (not verified)

May 17, 2011 - 10:48am

can you import this model into game somehow?

eddy (not verified)

April 23, 2011 - 5:53am



March 12, 2011 - 5:21pm

This looks so awesome but i do not have 3ds max. i am on a macintosh with just zbrush 4

kropped (not verified)

March 10, 2011 - 5:51am

That is soo cool!

Anonymous (not verified)

March 7, 2011 - 10:19am

Amazing!! Awesome!!Worth the money
If it's possible to add a Maya option even downloadable!

tasarhane (not verified)

March 4, 2011 - 1:53pm

It's really fantastic...

Ryoni (not verified)

March 2, 2011 - 1:59pm

This is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you so much! It's fantastic!

Anonymous (not verified)

March 2, 2011 - 9:56am

Yo, this look very cool but i was wondering what the starting point is on this tutorial. do you make the concept character to, or do you start from a pre made model like the 02 Concepting pic above here

Bruno Américo (not verified)

February 27, 2011 - 6:46pm

Oh... my god! This is what I've been wainting for a long time. Thank you so much.

Pid (not verified)

February 26, 2011 - 9:16am

Thanks for this very nice and usefull dvd. Worth the money Eye-wink
Just a personal opinion, it would have been even better using zb materials and BPR instead of 3ds max for passes render, but that s just a little part of the product
In one of the introduction chapters, a few words about layers wouldn t hurt also Eye-wink

Anyways, it s a must have for those who want to learn hard surface in zbrush 4. I can feel the enthousiasm of Mike while he builds the model, and it s contagious


February 26, 2011 - 9:06am

Ok, i have purchased this dvd. but im confused that when u say its gonna be tough to unwrap this model since its quite high res, it basically means its just a model to show off. can u do a companion tut so that that we can prepare such model for industry use. thanks and good job


February 25, 2011 - 9:51pm

Abojung, DVD covers all points of creation and is outlined with screenshots of chapter topics. DVD is over 7 hours in length, very thorough and inspiring.

A worthy investment in my opinion.Smiling I'm watching and working along through the chapters right now.