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Creating a Fun Pokemon Scene | Perfect for Absolute Beginners

Creating a Fun Pokemon Scene | Perfect for Absolute Beginners

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Learn how to sculpt fun Pokemon characters in ZBrush from someone who has professionally worked in the toy industry on the Pokemon IP.

Starting from nothing and finishing with a final render in Blender. All while learning the ins and outs of Follygon's workflow to create a successful final image with 7 hours of narrated, real-time video tutorials.

Creating characters requires a large knowledge base of many different subject matters. It can feel complex and overwhelming trying to learn so much at once while simultaneously trying to nail down a workflow for creating a character, scene, and final image. That's why in this tutorial I will be breaking down this complex process into digestible chunks that will help you create a workflow for success.

Each successive chapter in this tutorial builds on top of the last. Start slowly by learning the ins and outs of ZBrush instructed with in-depth analysis and step-by-step instruction. Next, begin ramping up your knowledge and toolset with each chapter as fun brushes and new tools are introduced. Walk away from this tutorial with a deeper understanding of the ZBrush software, sculpting characters, creating environments, rendering in Blender, post-processing in Photoshop, and the overall workflow for creating a successful image.

I love to say that simple doesn't mean easy, so expect me to go in-depth on every aspect of creating this scene. My entire process is covered in this tutorial so that even an absolute beginner will be able to follow along. Additionally, there will be plenty of great information, tips, and advice for advanced users as well.

This tutorial is perfect for absolute beginners and intermediate users looking to learn in a structured, fun way. I'm really excited to share this knowledge with you and hope that you are excited to dive in!

Covered in this In-Depth Tutorial

  • Learn how to plan out your scene with a simple mockup.
  • Learn how to sculpt 7 fun Pokemon characters from scratch, with each chapter building progressively on top of the last.
  • Learn how to paint your characters in ZBrush.
  • Learn how to composite a scene together.
  • Learn how to prepare your files for rendering in Blender.
  • Learn how to render a professional-looking image.
  • Learn how to Post-process your final rendered image in Photoshop.

Tutorial Chapters

  • 1 Welcome - 2:11
  • 2 Plan Ahead with a Mockup - 7:59
  • 3 Sculpting Dugtrio - 44:59
  • 4 Sculpting Ditto - 26:45
  • 5 Sculpting Koffing - 55:01
  • 6 Sculpting Slowpoke - 37:53
  • 7 Sculpting Charmander - 32:11
  • 8 Sculpting Ekans - 30:42
  • 9 Sculpting Jigglypuff - 32:57
  • 10 Creating the Environment - 52:44
  • 11 Putting it all Together - 35:25
  • 12 Exporting - 25:34
  • 13 Rendering - 25:59
  • 14 Post Processing - 24:53
  • 15 Goodbye for Now - 1:38

Files Included:

  • 15 Step-by-step, real-time video tutorial chapters going through the stages of creating a fun Pokemon scene. (7 Hours and 15 Minutes)
  • 7 Pokemon character 3D models (ZTL and OBJ)
  • 1 Mockup Scene 3D Model (ZTL and OBJ)
  • 1 Environment 3D model (ZTL and OBJ)
  • 1 Composited Scene 3D Model (ZTL)
  • 1 Decimated Scene 3D Model (ZTL and OBJ)
  • 1 Premade Blender file with Camera and lights for rendering (BLEND)
  • 1 Final Blender file with Pokemon characters, environment, and lighting ready for rendering (BLEND)
  • 4K Rendered Wallpapers of the Final Scene


1. Is this tutorial beginner-friendly?

Yes, this tutorial is perfect for beginners! It's designed to build progressively one chapter at a time starting from the absolute basics to more advanced tools and techniques. It's also great for intermediate users looking to learn in a structured, fun way. Additionally, there will be plenty of great information, tips, and advice for advanced users as well.

2. Will you cover how to make other Pokemon/ characters other than those shown?

In this tutorial, I will only be showing the process for the 7 specific pokemon shown in the scene pictured above. However, using the tools and techniques shown in this tutorial you will be able to move forward confidently to create more complex characters in the future.

3. Which Pokemon are you sculpting in this tutorial?

In this tutorial, we will be creating a scene of 7 Pokemon, an environment, and a render scene to learn Follygon's workflow. The 7 Pokemon we will be creating are Dugtrio, Ditto, Koffing, Slowpoke, Charmander, Ekans, and Jigglypuff.

4. Where can I get your brushes, etc?

Follygon's Brushes

ModMesh: Heads + ModMesh: Bodies

Sculpting The Planes of the Head | In-Depth Tutorial

Sculpting a Stylized Female Head in ZBrush

5. What software is used in this Tutorial?

This tutorial uses ZBrush to sculpt, Blender to render the final image, and Photoshop for post-processing. However, the information and ideas here will be transferable to any software considering you know comparable tools.

6. How long is the video content in this tutorial?

7 Hours and 15 Minutes
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