Join Ryan Kittleson for an in-depth discussion in this video Sculpting leathery skin, part of Digital Creature Creation in ZBrush Photoshop and Maya.
Leathery skin is a special sculpting challenge.…There's so much going on that it can become overwhelming.…There are so many things to keep track of that sometimes it helps to make a list.…The way that leathery skin looks is a combination of several things;…one, how the underlying bone and muscle push and pull on the skin to form cracks.…So for example, with this elephant, you can see that cracks are forming in a…certain pattern that's because the motion of this elephant walking everyday for…years has forced the skin into forming certain crack patterns.…
Two, the variation of bumps on the skin and how those bumps transition across the skin.…So for example, on this rhinoceros, you can see that there's where there's…large bumps and then there's smaller bumps and there's kind of this transition in between them.…That kind of pattern and the relationship between those different patterns can…add a lot of believability, variety, and artistic interest in your work.…Three, variations in thickness and firmness of skin.…
- Brainstorming and refining a character concept
- Installing custom brushes
- Optimizing tablet settings
- Posing the ZSpheres in ZBrush
- Sculpting muscles and midsize shapes
- Working with DynaMesh
- Using GoZ between ZBrush and Maya
- Creating topology for animation
- Sculpting fine detail
- Cleaning up a mesh in Maya
- Creating the UV layout
- Lighting and shading
- Painting texture maps
- Posing with Transpose tools in ZBrush
- Batch rendering a turntable animation
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Preparing Your Workspace
2. Designing the Creature
3. Basic Sculpting in ZBrush
4. Basic Modeling in Maya
5. Creating Topology for Animation
6. Creating the UV Layout
7. Creating a Pedestal Environment
8. Lighting and Shading
10. Posing the Model
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