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3D Creature Design: Alien Rock Grubber

Concept, Model, Texture, Render with Jerad S. Marantz

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In this DVD, Jerad Marantz shares his creature design techniques in an extensive lecture and demonstration. Beginning with a brief description of the creature, Jerad begins the design process with some loose sketches on paper. These are scanned as Jerad then discusses traditional and Photoshop techniques for executing a rough concept. From there the design is brought into ZBrush and the creature is sculpted using a wide range of tools and techniques for both blocking forms and detailing, all while Jerad shares his thoughts on how to effectively design a creature that is imbued with character while fulfilling its narrative role. Once the digital sculpture is completed, the creature is then textured and posed on a base. From there the tutorial moves on to getting highly realistic renders in Keyshot. The lecture also covers the importance of animated turntables and final Photoshop composites of the creature from multiple views for presentation to a client. Whether you are an industry professional or a student, this in-depth DVD covers Creature Design, Sculpting and Painting in ZBrush, Keyshot and Photoshop and will inspire your workflow as Jerad shares his talents and years of experience.

  • Modeling in ZBrush
  • Keyshot Shading and Rendering
  • Compositing Process in Photoshop
  1. Defining the Creature and Working with Reference
  2. Concepting the Creature: Paper and Photoshop
  3. ZBrush and Working with Dynamesh
  4. Roughing out the Creature in Zsphere
  5. Finding the Form: Working with Low Geometry
  6. Sculpting with Sub-Divisions
  7. Dynamesh and Refining the Anatomy
  8. Zremesh and Projection
  9. Detailing the Sculpt
  10. Fast Uv’s
  11. Polypainting the Rockgrubber
  12. Sculpting the Rock Base
  13. Posing the Rockgubber
  14. Lighting and Rendering in ZBrush
  15. ZBrush Turntable
  16. Importing and Keyshot
  17. Keyshot Turntable
  18. Keyshot Renders
  19. Compositing the Renders in Photoshop Part 1
  20. Compositing the Renders in Photoshop Part 2
  21. Wrapping it up and Final Thoughts

  • Product Code: JMA01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-719-4
  • UPC: 805366018450
  • Duration: 381 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Pixologic

  • Luxion

  • Adobe

Jerad S. Marantz

Creature / Character/Concept Artist

Jerad S. Marantz started his career at an early age interning for special effects houses. Trying a little of everything enabled him to narrow his focus to character design, creature design and costume concept illustration. His acquired skills in sculpture, painting, illustration, 3D modeling and Adobe Photoshop all aid his unique sense of design. Marantz’ s many credits include Batman vs. Superman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Noah, Clash of the Titans (Lead Designer), Sucker Punch (Lead Designer), Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern, Snow White and the Huntsman, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Riddick, American Horror Story, Grimm, Infamous 2 and others.

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"I always look forward to Jerad’s creatures. He’s got a unique and realistic design style that is a great balance between fantasy and function. You believe these creatures were alive at some point. He has a raw talent and understanding of imagination, mixed with that human touch that you don’t find in most creature designers. Jerad Marantz is a true and pure creature designer to the core, even before all the new technology. Look at his sketches and you can see it there first."

- Constantine Sekeris
Concept / Creature Designer, Costume Concept Illustrator

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