3D Character Design: From Drawing to Modeling

A course by Segun Samson , Visual Development Artist

Visual Development Artist. Lagos, Nigeria.
Joined September 2020

Give a new dimension to characters by creating your protagonist in Photoshop before giving it depth and volume with ZBrush and Maya

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  • 1297 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Give a new dimension to characters by creating your protagonist in Photoshop before giving it depth and volume with ZBrush and Maya

A course by Segun Samson

Portraying a character’s personality when rendering in 3D begins with imagination and a 2D sketch. Self-taught visual development artist Segun Samson is passionate about developing captivating characters that connect with their audiences. He has worked with numerous studios including Triggerfish Animation, Dreamcast Animation, and Sunrise Productions.

Discover how to create a unique character concept into readable 3D designs filled with appeal and personality. Build your 2D character in Photoshop, before learning how to block out, sculpt, and fully render your protagonist on ZBrush and Maya.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 17 downloads

Gathering Ideas and References
4 minutes, 29 seconds
Sketching in Photoshop 1
14 minutes, 53 seconds
Sketching in Photoshop 2
16 minutes, 46 seconds
Blockout in ZBrush 1
18 minutes, 48 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (45)
  • 1297 students
  • 19 lessons (4h 38m)
  • 17 additional resources (9 files)
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  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a 2D and 3D character for a TV series project.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For anyone interested in designing a character in 2D and in 3D.

This course is for both beginners as well as professionals in the animation and games industry.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing knowledge and previous experience in sculpting in ZBrush or similar are helpful but not essential to take this course.

As for materials, you need a computer with Adobe Photoshop, Substance 3D Painter, ZBrush, and a graphic tablet or mouse.


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1297 Students
45 Reviews
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Segun Samson

A course by Segun Samson

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Visual Development Artist

Segun Samson has been working as a visual development artist with a focus on character design for over eight years. His love for animated movies, comics, and video games began when he was a child, and it's what motivated him to start creating his own characters and worlds as a profession. He is a self-taught artist who learned through mentorship classes and online art courses. He landed his first full-time job working as a comic artist for one of the biggest films in West Africa and hasn’t looked back since.

He has worked for companies like Triggerfish Animation, Lantern Books, Dreamcast Animation Studio, Gamsole, Genii Games, Flaunt Production (Monster High: Electrified), and Sunrise Productions (Jungle Beat: The Movie).


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Creating the Character

    • Gathering Ideas and References
    • Sketching in Photoshop 1
    • Sketching in Photoshop 2
    • Adding Colour and Finalising the Character 1
    • Adding Colour and Finalising the Character 2
  • U3

    Sculpting the Character in ZBrush

    • Blockout in ZBrush 1
    • Blockout in ZBrush 2
    • Blockout in ZBrush 3
    • Blockout in ZBrush 4
    • Detailing the Character 1
    • Detailing the Character 2
    • Texturing the Character and Refining the Pose 1
    • Texturing the Character and Refining the Pose 2
  • U4

    Setting up the Character in Maya

    • Setting up Shaders in Maya
    • Rendering the Character in Maya 1
    • Rendering the Character in Maya 2
    • Final Presentation
  • FP

    Final project

    • Character Design for 2D to 3D

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3D Character Design: From Drawing to Modeling. 3D, and Animation course by Segun Samson

3D Character Design: From Drawing to Modeling

A course by Segun Samson
Visual Development Artist. Lagos, Nigeria.
Joined September 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (45)
  • 1297 students