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Character Facial Sculpting

A 10-week course in which students will learn the anatomy of the head and what makes the portrait tell a story and makes it “alive”

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, a graphics tablet with a digital pen — no mice allowed :)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intermediate sculpting or drawing knowledge. Course Pre-req: Intro to Production Modeling, Zbrush for Concept & Iteration, and Anatomy for Production
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, a graphics tablet with a digital pen — no mice allowed :)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intermediate sculpting or drawing knowledge. Course Pre-req: Intro to Production Modeling, Zbrush for Concept & Iteration, and Anatomy for Production
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, a graphics tablet with a digital pen — no mice allowed :)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intermediate sculpting or drawing knowledge. Course Pre-req: Intro to Production Modeling, Zbrush for Concept & Iteration, and Anatomy for Production
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Skeleton

Introduction | Going over anatomical references of the skull and neck bones, and explaining the benefits of learning what is “under the hood”

Week 2 | Cartilage, Eyes, and Glands

Further examining anatomical references of cartilage, eyes, glands

Week 3 | Head & Neck Muscles and Fat Compartments

Adding muscles to the scene, and fat tissue

Week 4 | Skin

Building a generic face by laying the skin layer on top of the previously created layers

Week 5 | Portrait

To get a better understanding of portrait sculpting, one portrait won’t cut it, so we will create a new one.

Week 6 | Retopology

Retopology of the bust and projecting back the details onto the new topology mesh. Clean topology will enable more efficient detailing, and later posing and expressions.

Week 7 | Refinements and Detailing

Final touches and tweaks of the portrait

Week 8 | Polypaint

Polypainting the color map

Week 9 | Hair

Sculpting the hair (or fibermesh or xgen)

Week 10 | Expression Sculpting and Pose — The Final Image

For this lesson, retopology will have a big impact, as the head will be much easier to pose. Rendering different passes in Zbrush and bringing them into Photoshop for compositing into a final image.

Character Facial Sculpting
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Coming from a traditional drawing and graphics background as well as classical animation, Dmitrij, discovered his interest in 3D (ZBrush in particular) 9 years ago, which he pursued on his own. For the majority of his professional career he has worked as a medical illustrator, but never abandoned his love for portraying people, only transferring it to a new medium. He has worked on all kinds of projects; models for print, animation, commercials, movies and games. He currently works as a Lead Character Artist at Digital Dimension.

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Alex Wink

Dmitrij Leppee offers a state-of-the-art course and it was beyond my expectations. He’s also a brilliant artist and teacher, really generous indeed. The feedbacks were extremely helpful with a lot of detailed explanations. Although I was not able to follow all the lessons so far because of my work, I intend to continue studying with the videos and materials Dmitrij’s prepared to us. I can say that I’ve learnt a lot by now and I’m sure I’ll find much more precious knowledge through this learning path. Congrats Dmitrij and CGMA on this outstanding course!

Jacek Krzesinski

Dmitrij’s dedication is amazing. He really cares about the students and provides thorough feedbacks and explanations.

Miria Kutzner

I attended a 3D school before but through this course I learned so much more technical stuff, it really helped that we had such an experienced instructor!

Felix Benjamin Bader

Always available to answer questions thoroughly and in-depth. Seemed to really care about the issues students had. Honest feedback.

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