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Creation of Characters: From 2D to 3D

A course by Matias Zadicoff
Character Designer and Animator. Valencia, Spain.
Joined February 2010
, Character Designer and Animator

Learn techniques to model, texture, render, and print a 3D character with Substance Painter, V-Ray, and ZBrush

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (312)
  • 8241 students

Learn techniques to model, texture, render, and print a 3D character with Substance Painter, V-Ray, and ZBrush

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (312)
  • 8241 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 52m)
  • 13 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Matías Zadicoff has been dedicating himself to design, modeling, and 3D character animation for over two decades. His keen observation of each character's traits—facial features, body language, gait—have led him to collaborate with clients like Marvel and Disney, and his work can also be seen in commercials, video games, and VR apps.

In this course, learn all the techniques to turn an illustration into a 3D character. No matter your personal style, Matías guides you through the steps to design a character, from the first sketches to the rendering and 3D printing with Substance Painter, V-Ray or KeyShot, and ZBrush.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Planning
  • U3
    U3. Let's start modeling
  • U4
    U4. Next steps
  • U5
    U5. Render and 3D printing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know your teacher Matías and hear a little about his work and the artists that inspire him.

Start by choosing a character to transform into a 3D model and look for references with a similar aesthetic to help you with your final project. Matías shows you the configurations he works with in ZBrush and some tricks for a quicker and more efficient workflow.

He then teaches you to model the first volumes, starting with the head and moving on to how to sculpt the body using blocking.

Now take a look at topology and your character's pose. Learn how to achieve realistic facial expressions to convey different emotions. Next, it's time to get to work in Substance Painter where you can generate materials and create textures.

Once you're happy with your design, Matías walks you through how to do a quick render with KeyShot and a more professional one with V-Ray.

Wrap things up by getting your character ready for 3D printing.

What is this course's project?

Design, model, and render an illustrated character to be 3D printed.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, illustrators, animators, and anyone interested in learning to model three-dimensional characters from illustrations.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills and knowledge of human anatomy will help you get a little more out of the course but are by no means essential.

In terms of materials, you need a tablet and a mid-range computer with ZBrush, Substance Painter, and KeyShot or V-Ray installed.


8241 Students
312 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Matias Zadicoff

A course by Matias Zadicoff

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Character Designer and Animator

Matias Zadicoff began his career in the multimedia industry. After several years developing corporate websites, he decided to take up 3D design. He later moved to Canada where he worked on 3D projects for the video game company Fuel Industries. In 2005, he returned to Argentina and continued working as a freelancer for various studios around the world and collaborating with clients like Marvel, Disney, Pasozebra, Gizmo, Iacono, and Possible, as well as artists including Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquin Sabina, and Black Eyed Peas.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • Presentation
  • U2


    • Setup
    • Selection of the work to be done and search for references
  • U3

    Let's start modeling

    • Modeling the head
    • Modeling the hat
    • Details on head and hat I
    • Details on head and hat II
    • Eyebrows and final adjustments
    • Modeling the body
  • U4

    Next steps

    • Creating textures in Substance Painter II
    • Creating textures in Substance Painter I
    • Introduction to Substance Painter
    • 360 Pose
    • Topology and UVs
  • U5

    Render and 3D printing

    • 3d print
    • Render with V-ray
    • Render with KeyShot
  • FP

    Final project

    • Character creation: from 2D to 3D

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Creation of Characters: From 2D to 3D. 3D, and Animation course by Matias Zadicoff Best seller

Creation of Characters: From 2D to 3D

A course by Matias Zadicoff
Character Designer and Animator. Valencia, Spain.
Joined February 2010
  • 96% positive reviews (312)
  • 8241 students