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ZBrush Creature Design: Creating Dynamic Concept Imagery for Film and Games by Scott Spencer

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Chapter 7

Sculpting a Mermaid Character with Dynamesh

In this chapter, we will create an ichthyoid character, a different take on the mermaid archetype. Ichthyoid is the technical term for a fish or fishlike vertebrate animal. We will execute this design using a different ZBrush tool for generating base meshes. Previously, we have worked with imported models, generic meshes, or ZSketch strokes. In this chapter we will explore a new development in ZBrush 4 R2 called Dynamesh. Dynamesh allows you to dynamically build up a character using what essentially amounts to a ball of dynamically updating clay. We will be able to push and pull a single ZBrush Polysphere and even add new parts—seamlessly incorporating them into the original volume. This ...

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