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About Digital Art / Professional Core Member Kurt PapsteinMale/United States Group :iconzbrushers-guild: Zbrushers-Guild
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Intro to Zbrush
Happy New Year!

For those of you curious about the new Transparent Creatures tutorial available now, here's a trailer to wet your appetite!

This tutorial will show you how I am able to start without an idea, and quickly render a creature to completion featuring transparent skin layers and organic forms. Sculpting the design from a sphere in ZBrush, I spend my time building up a foundation of anatomy and surface details. Working with Subtools to build out additional organic parts such as teeth, eyes, and organs. I discuss how I work with Polypaint to create convincing skin textures, and how I adjust my render settings in ZBrush to produce my final images. Finally, I share how to composite your renders in Photoshop, preparing the creature for final presentation.

Product Includes:
  • 8 part video series (2 hours and 53 minutes)
  • Streamable, downloadable
  • No time-lapse, Recorded live
Topics Covered:
  • Sculpting in ZBrush
  • Polypainting
  • Creating Teeth
  • Organic Subtools
  • Rendering in ZBrush
  • Compositing in Photoshop
Tools Used:
  • ZBrush
  • Photoshop
You can purchase the tutorial here Transparent Creatures
Thank you all for the continued support!
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Kurt Papstein
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States


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madkittymk2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
I can't remember if I already left a fangirl comment over how much I love your stuff.
(If not, here it is!)

I know this is a really broad question, that's usually difficult to answer but..
Do you have any certain processes or inspirations when you're designing inhuman lifeforms?
I'm obsessed with creature design but I can never seem to come up with anything decent on my own. It always ends up looking too forced or too generic..

I understand if you can't think of any specific advice to offer, just a bit fed up with my art block and figured it wouldn't hurt to ask some of my favorite critter creators :b
Ikameka Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks madkitty,

Actually, as cliche as it sounds, life drawing at the zoo helps a bunch. Understanding why animals are built the way they are is crucial in pulling from the many options out there. Knowing those reasons / rules also helps you break them and reach out beyond what is commonly scene. Hope this helps!
madkittymk2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Ah that makes a lot of sense! Thank you for the advice, that actually does help a lot!
Leppee Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Unique style and marvelous execution. Cheers!
Ikameka Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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