ZBrush Tutorials: The Making of Hard Surface Models(2)

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

Follow part one, Fox Renderfarm, your best cloud rendering services provider, still share the process of using hard surface technology to make a sci-fi style head model in ZBrush from 3d Artist ZX.

The following part explains the production process,

1. Drawing reference

In this step, ZX uses the standard brush. First, remove the sculpting function of the brush, turn on RGB, select red, and draw the hard edge part of the helmet that needs to be made as a reference.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

2. Topology

When the reference line of the edge is drawn, you can refer to it for retopology. Personally, ZX likes to use Zbrush's tool topology. It is easy to use, fast and the final result is good, which can improve ZX's work efficiency. Of course, the explanation here is not about topology on ZSphere, but topology on the basis of brushes, which can also keep files concise.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

The usage is simple, just use the brush to draw on the helmet model, simple and easy to use.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

After the red line is drawn, we only need to click on the model part to generate a thick model from the red line.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

For the hard surface model that needs to be made on the corners of the helmet, in addition to the thickness, it also needs to have a concave-convex structure. With a structure, it will be more abundant from other angles.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

3. Crease

We also need to add some lines to the corners of the crease to keep enough lines to support the hard surface. Then ZX used the ZModeler tool, selected the line mode, and selected crease.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

In this process, we can select crease, Edge, EdgeLoop Partial, EdgeLoop Complete. Hold down the alt key and click to delete the edge.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

The function used together in this process is the crease pg. If we don't want the effect of the crease, we can also use an increase to remove the crease.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

4. Preview

We can press the d key to preview our hard-edged effect, and we can cancel the preview by shift+d when we don't need it. Smooth Subdiv can be used to adjust the model smoothly.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

The above is an introduction to the process of making the entire model. If we are not particularly familiar with the ZModeler tool, this step can be made in 3ds Max or Maya. However, if time permits, please try Zbrush's topology tool, it is really good to use.

One of the most troublesome parts is that Zbrush does not support 5-sided, so many places need to be adjusted, which is more cumbersome.

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

ZBrush Tutorials The Making of Hard Surface Models

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