In this lecture, Vitaly Bulgarov shows his process of creating a fully rendered 3D design for production-oriented pipelines. Using the example of an alien bust, Vitaly goes through the main steps of creating a sci-fi character design from scratch. He begins by making a quick bust sketch in ZBrush®. He then creates a detailed suit design in XSI® using the block-out as a guideline for the proportions of the alien bust. By doing this, Vitaly shows the techniques and tools he uses to create complicated surfaces like multi-layered metal plates, rubber pads, tubes, and attachments. Solving design on the fly, without making any preliminary sketches, he builds a fully detailed mesh for the helmet and suit, explaining why certain design decisions are made. Once the model is complete, Vitaly takes it into KeyShot® for raytrace rendering and then brings the renders to Photoshop® to finalize the design, push the overall look and bring more personality to the character by adding final textures and detail enhancements.
About the Actor
Vitaly Bulgarov is an award-winning 3D artist who is currently working at Blizzard Entertainment as a Cinematic Artist. He started his career in Moldova as a freelance artist about six years ago. After moving to Moscow he worked in major Russian game development studios as a full-time artist, while at the same time continuing to freelance for American and European studios. Vitaly regularly contributes to online CG artist forums and has won many awards including a CGChoice Award as well as the 3DTotal Excellence Award.