What can ZBrush do?
Well… a lot, let’s start with that. However, if you are interested in animating a character within ZBrush for instance, you will find that it is not design for that. ZBrush is a digital sculpting software that allows you to do modeling, sculpting, texturing, painting, rendering and a bit of animation (such as turn tables to showcase your models). For example, I use ZBrush mostly for concept art and illustration. The video on the right is a “making of” time-lapse from one of my illustrations, to give you a rough idea on one of the ways it can be used.
Where to start?
At first the ZBrush interface can be a bit overwhelming, even if you have prior knowledge with other 3D software. I’m putting together an easy to digest Get Started with ZBrush Guide which you can follow and get sculpting in minutes!
The ‘First Steps’ with ZBrushCore
ZBrushCore is a more streamlined version of ZBrush. It is a great introductory software designed for anyone new to the world of 3D sculpting. I have put together a series of very short videos on how to get started with ZBrushCore, that will help you understand some important concepts to get you sculpting withing minutes.
ZBrushCore is a separate software from ZBrush, but what you learn with it, will translate seamlessly to the full version of ZBrush when you decide to upgrade. Click HERE to learn more.
ZBrush uses a lot of terms that you will find in other 3D software; if you have experience with any of them, you might find the terms familiar. But, if you are new to 3D in general, here is a quick guide / glossary with some concepts explained in very simple terms.
What are the tools?
There are many tools, they could be anything that help you shape your idea from a book, to a piece of software. In the resource page, I compiled a series of links to various tools I use or have used in the past, these are indispensable to me and I believe they could be extremely helpful to you too. There are a few other things in that page like Materials, UIs, Models and Projects that you can use later on.
Chances are, if you are just starting up with ZBrush and digital art you might need to invest in software. If you are serious about CG, it’s a great investment and totally worth it; but if you are just testing the waters, there are a few routes you can take before spending the big bucks. ZBrush has a younger brother called Sculptris that is entirely FREE, here is a quick guide about it and how to get started with it.
Online 3D Sketching