Online Character Workshop - July - August 2020


This Online ZBrush Workshop - 2020 - was broadcasted in July - August

Class started on Tuesday 21st of July 2020 and finished on Tuesday 25th of August 2020 and was streamlined LIVE weekly every Tuesdays.

The workshop lasted for 6 weeks.

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Week breakdown

Week 1 - Anatomy part 1 - ZBrush - Sculpting Realistic heads

Week 2 - Anatomy part 2 - ZBrush - Sculpting Caricatures

Week 3 - UV Unwrapping techniques & Substance Painter Metal/Stone/Wood texturing on 3D Scans

Week 4 - 3DScan processing /Texturing with Ten24 3dscans /ZWrap & Skin texturing /shading process for PBR workflow

Week 5 - XGen grooming in Maya part 1/ Grooming techniques

Week 6 - XGen grooming in Maya part 2 /Rendering with Marmoset VS Arnold


In this course you’ll learn:

1. How to Improve sculpting on the face/head. Taking it onto the next step (secondary to tertiary details)

2. Skin texturing (How to texture a full body and look believable in real time engine such as Marmoset.)

3. Lighting tips for a full character (tips and tricks to make a model look good). Arnold and Marmoset Toolbag

4. Eyes modeling, texturing and blending them into character (making the character feel alive)

5.The process of translating the character for A pose into a pose with all his props. 

The main theme behind the workshop will be how anatomy fundamentals can be used in the stylisation for games, animation, caricature for illustration and 3D Printing. 

Anatomy - analyzing and breaking down your reference (relationship between muscles and bones)

Sculpting Digitally using ZBrush - primary /secondary and tertiary forms

Retopologizing using Dynamesh, ZRemesher and Maya Quad draw tool

Unwrapping using UVMaster, Maya Bonus tools

Texturing tertiary details using custom Alphas, Polypaint and Photoshop

Baking Maps for PBR

Rendering, lighting and shading in Arnold 5

Projections with ZWrap Plugin for ZBrush

Hair grooming with Xgen in Maya 2018/2019

and more…

4 assignments were given in total

I went over all aspects of my Pre-production and Production process.



You will need the following software:

  • Pixologic ZBrush ( All versions except ZBrush Core)

  • Autodesk Maya 2018/19/20 either versions

  • Substance Painter 2020

  • Marmoset Toolbag 3

  • Arnold 5 renderer

  • ZWrap Plugin for ZBrush

and more undisclosed free softwares


About me

More of my work can be seen here:

My name is Pierre, I’m a digital sculptor, specialized in high and low-poly modeling and texturing. I work on a freelance basis on various undisclosed NDA projects for Game and Animation companies worldwide as well as 3D Printing.

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Why should I sign up for this?

- If you want to accurately interpret concept art into 3D form

- If you already have basic knowledge of ZBrush but want to push yourself to sculpt accurately and creatively

- If you have trouble thinking of your own concepts

What mistakes will I learn to avoid?

- Sculpting details too early in the process makes your work appear amateur

- Not using proper anatomy reference that can lead to unrealistic final product


Frequently Asked Questions

- When does the course start and finish?

The course starts on Course Starts at 9.00 PM (Greenwich London GMT ) Tuesday 21st of July 2020 and finishes on Tuesday 25th of August 2020 . It is a completely self-paced online course - You decide when you want to watch the videos if you can't attend the live sessions.

- How long do you have access to the course content and videos?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

- What level is this course aimed at?

Beginners to intermediate (and more advanced level techniques will be taught as well)

- When will the first class session take place?

Course Started on Tuesday 21st of July 2020 at 9.00 PM - Greenwich London GMT

- How long were the live sessions?

The live sessions are two hours long.

- How do I talk to the teacher?

You can talk freely during the class and also via the Facebook group and Discord private channel/ forum.

- Are there demonstrations or lectures?

Yes its a mixture of both . All classes will be live and recorded as well. All downloads will be available to you via google drive.




Neil Gallagher - Senior Lecturer BA & MA Games Art & 3D Animation at the University of Hertfordshire

As a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire I have seen many ZBrush master classes in my time but Pierre Benjamin skills totally blow me away. We were honoured to have him come and teach our students. Pierre’s lesson went above and beyond in explaining current studio practices and efficient pipelines to help speed up work flows. His presentations were very professionally laid out to help explain very complicated tasks and he had a very confident manor in his explanations for the students which they all greatly enjoyed. I would highly recommend him for any task and you would be lucky to have him, he is one of those rare and gifted artistic individuals.


Amongst my past taught students you will find :

  • Jessica Hurst / 3d Artist

  • Aleksandra Lenart / Character Artist @ Hardsuit Labs

  • Christopher Williams / Junior Character Artist at Rebellion Developments

  • Jack Roberts / Character Artist

  • Lorenzo Stazi / Character Artist

and 100's more!!

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6 videos of 2 hours length + 6 PDF's + a minimum of 12 Bonus Videos of pre recorded modelling and texturing videos

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