Sculpting dog-canine anatomy in ZBrush Core for artists . In this tutorial series we focus mainly on sculpting Primary forms, secondary forms and tertiary details. Our main objection for this task is to understand what is going on under the skin, how is everything connected. Remember this is not only a hand sculpting tutorial but a medical study so it will require a lot of your time and patience. It is highly important to sculpt paying attention to every detail and give more time to study the anatomy of the specific breed you chose.
If you follow along to the end and with much practice, investing more hours in hand sculpting you will be ready to tackle any project. On the other hand this is not a beginner tutorial or intro to ZBrushCore but a hand sculpting tutorial. One thing we can’t stop stressing about is to not rush into tertiary details(fine details), you can use this break down if you want to:
Stage Time spent
Complete anatomy study 4 Weeks
Gathering reference 2 Hours
Primary forms 4 Hours
Secondary forms 6 Hours
Tertiary details 3 Hours
Sculpting Dog-Canine Anatomy In ZBrush Reference
Gathering reference can be sometimes very hard and tedious, it is important to gather as much reference as possible. In this case we chose a Pitbull breed, mainly because it was in the yard and there are not a lot of tutorial studies on this specific breed. Reference is not only still images but motion is very important, understanding how the muscles squash and stretch when the dog-canine is in motion. So before we even open ZBrush it is best to invest our time in studying the anatomy. To study anatomy more efficiently we recommend you grab our Dog-Canine Anatomy ecorche-pitbull which was made from real specimens and huge amount of dissection research.
Our main goal was to get as close as possible to realism, to provide assets that you can be trust. So we used real specimens and cadaver data as our reference, some of our reference board you will see on screen in the tutorial video. To create our own reference board that we could use on one screen, we used an awesome application called pureRef or you can use our free 3d reference board app to use 3d models as reference.
Canine-Pitbull Écorché 3D Model
If you having trouble using images as reference we have made available the Dog-Canine Anatomy Écorché 3D model for purchase, great anatomy écorché reference, with a base mesh, different file formats and subdivisions. If you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to comment below. Now enough with the talking, lets start Sculpting a Dog-Canine Anatomy Écorché in ZBrush Core.