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ZBrush Character Creation: Advanced Digital Sculpting Paperback – February 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470572573 ISBN-10: 0470572574 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470572574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470572573
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Become a digital Michelangelo

Learn to sculpt and chisel like the masters using ZBrush 4 and this beautiful, full-color guide. Sculptor and designer Scott Spencer blends cutting-edge technology with artistry to show you how to use ZBrush to create fascinating characters limited only by your imagination.

You'll learn new ZBrush 4 brushes and brush controls, how to sketch complex forms with ZSketch, cool ways to costume your characters, and much more. Above all, you'll master time-honored concepts such as sculpting gesture and sighting proportion—techniques that will help you become a better artist, no matter what the medium.

  • Bridge the transition from traditional to digital sculpting

  • Get familiar with ZBrush 4 sculpting tools

  • Learn valuable techniques for detailing, texture painting, and rendering

  • Explore ZSpheres, polygon meshes, and adaptive skins

  • Design a lion's head, a character bust, a biped figure, a raygun, and more

  • Create animations with the timeline, and export videos and highly rendered images from ZBrush

  • Gain valuable insights and tips from guest artists throughout the book

About the Author

Scott Spencer is a freelance character sculptor and designer. He is currently at the Weta Workshop in New Zealand, where he is working on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. He has created creatures and characters for film, games, and collectible figures. His credits include Iron Man, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Golden Axe, and Species 3. He is also a leading digital sculptor, longtime beta tester, and consultant to Pixologic.

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There isn't one bad thing I can say about this book.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about upping their zbrush skills.
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I finally brought out this book by Scott Spencer I'd bought when I first got zBrush.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Mihaila on September 4, 2012
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This book is the perfect tool if you want to get an idea about the whole process of working with a mesh for games or for movies. It basically takes you from the most basic sculpting tools and walks you through each process in order to get a final product ready for game or movie rigging. It explains you major things like Sculpting, Texturing, PolyPaint, and Zbrush Animation Tools as well as not so common stuff like Displacement Maps and Normal Maps (Scott Spencer is the first one who managed to explain me what these are and how you make them and how you use them), Considerations you should have when sculpting certain areas and many more.

On top of this, Scott Spencer backs everything you read with video tutorials which are great! There you will find much much more than you find in the book (which is a lot) since you can hear his reflections while sculpting... you can see how he sees things when he designs and what his approach towards sculpting is.

Before I end this, I want to recommand the other two books and I STRONGLY advice you to start with his first book, which is Zbrush - Human Figure. The book was made back in the 3.5 days but nevertheless is such an amazing tool to learn the basics of sculpting and the basics of Anatomy. He is a master of Human Anatomy in Sculpture and here is the chance to see him in action.. to go and take a Maya box man with about 100 polys and transform him into what you can see on the book cover.
Basically, the three books work together...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quincy Robinson on October 2, 2012
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I can't imagine there being a better paced learning book for ZBrush. I work in a toy sculpting studio and have seen our interns become ZBrush proficient in the course of a week with the guidance in this book. ...Incredibly well written and thorough.

A real value for the cost. ~Q
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Caldwell on October 1, 2012
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This is a great book, hands down. I am a huge Zbrush fan and I am in the process of learning the Maya pipeline. I was looking for a professional level book that covered the use of Zbrush in creating characters destined for games or production film work as opposed to sculpts destined to be art in and of themselves. While "antimatable" topology is not covered (other than mentioning ideals), this book is about Zbrush and it's use as a sculpting tool, so i would not expect advanced topology concepts to be covered here but rather in an animation/rigging book.

Like others have mentioned, the chapter on displacement/normal map generation and use in other programs (specifically covers Maya, which was wonderful for me) is worth the price of this book alone. It even goes in depth about the Maya shading network setup, from scratch, needed to display the maps properly. The internet contains a lot of conflicting and dated information on these topics - primarily because Pixologic has been pumping out updates and revisions every few months that change the game again and again and a lot of the tools that people used to use have been replaced once or twice with new tools from Pixologic. This is the only thing i have read that has all of this information in one place.

That being said, with Zbrush being up to Z4r4 now, i would love to see a new edition of this book from Scott Spencer or a new book altogether including the massive updates to Zbrush since this book's publish date. It might be wise to wait for Z5 since that seems to be the next thing for Pixologic. Heed my only warning about this book, which is that it was written based on Z4 original release, and does not include any more recent topics such as dynamesh, insert brushes, fibers, noisemaker, qremesher from Z4r2 through Z4r4.
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Into third month of learning zBrush using YouTube (very valuable) and zBrush website (very skimpy). It seems both methods leave out little details that are essential. It sometimes takes a lot of struggling & hunting to figuring out a project. I finally brought out this book by Scott Spencer I'd bought when I first got zBrush. It is very comprehensive and covers every detail you need to succeed. I am studying zSpheres now and by simply checking the index found the all the info I needed — way more detained information than any other source. Highly recommend even if your not going to make scary creatures.
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By Ken May on December 23, 2014
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I've been using ZBrush for a few years now and this book has been really helpful.

There's so much information on the web and tutorials galore to learn ZBrush, but it's nice to open a book sometimes. This is one of the best. I still refer to it, or just check if I've missed something.

For those just starting out in ZBrush, you'll do yourself some good by following through on some of these projects.
Scott Spencer teaches art in an 'artistic' manner that just makes sense.

This book is eye-opening, mind-opening and not only feeds, but nourishes the ZBeast within!
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ZBrush Character Creation is a very thorough guide to ZBrush. My level of skill is probably intermediate, so this book is a great reference book and there is still plenty for me to learn from it. The digital copy is very useful, as I can flick through it on my iPad while I'm working. Scott is a great teacher; the pace of the book is just right and it is laid out in a logical and coherent fashion. I Highly recommend this book!
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More About the Author

Creature creator, sculptor, author, caffiene enthusiast.

Scott Spencer has worked extensively with ZBrush for visual effects, toys and collectible design and digital maquettes. Currently Scott is working at Weta Workshop as a designer on the film "The Hobbit." Scott has taught classes at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, produced numerous video tutorials and manuals for the ZBrush community, and is the author of the highly-regarded ZBrush Character Creation: Advanced Digital Sculpting and ZBrush Digital Sculpting: Human Anatomy, and ZBrush Creature Design. Scott graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and studied classical figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

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