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Creating Stylized Hairstyles Using ZBrush

A Comprehensive Guide for Stylized Characters With Dan Eder


Learn how to use ZBrush's powerful tools to create dynamic and expressive hairstyles for your stylized characters. In this 2.5-hour workshop, Lead 3D Character Artist Dan Eder shares a deep dive into his process for sculpting stylized 3D hair with ZBrush. Starting from an original character as his subject, Dan walks through his complete workflow for approaching character stylization using ZBrush, teaching an understanding of what creates an appealing character and talking through the technical tools and practical applications he uses to achieve his distinctive style.

Through a series of step-by-step demonstrations, you will explore a variety of topics, including an introduction to ZBrush's essential tools and their capabilities when it comes to stylized hair creation; a look at the fundamentals of hair sculpting and styling for characters; strategies for adding texture, volume, and movement to hair; as well as Dan’s top tips for using color and lighting to enhance the look of hair in a 3D scene. He also shares his best practices for optimizing hair for use in games, animations, and other digital media.

You can expect to come away from the workshop with a solid understanding of how to create appealing and believable hair for your stylized characters, along with new knowledge about a variety of ZBrush tools that will help to level up your digital-sculpting process.

Duration: 2h 27m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Dan Eder

Lead 3D Character Artist

Dan Eder is a Lead Character Artist currently working on the platform fighter MultiVersus in Los Angeles, California. With over 8 years of professional experience in the videogame industry, he is widely recognized for his distinctive style in character modeling, sculpting, and texturing. Dan has a strong passion for character art and is known for his ability to create highly stylized and expressive characters. His work is characterized by its attention to detail, nuanced expression, and unique stylization. Dan has a prominent online presence and is active on various social media platforms, including Artstation and Instagram @3daneder, where he frequently shares his work and interacts with other artists and fans.

You can also follow Dan on Twitter @3DanEde and stay up to date with his career moves on LinkedIn.

  • Dan Eder is one of the best people to learn from in the industry. Not only does he have an incredibly fast workflow and knowledge of his tools, but his passion for his craft also shines through in all of his work. His demeanor is nothing but supportive and kind, and I've learned a lot working alongside him.

    - Kyle Disanjh
    Senior Animator at Blizzard

  • Dan Eder is one of the premier character artists of our time. If you've been online, you've seen and loved his work. His command of style, shapes, and substance are unparalleled, and I know from personal experience that he's not only a deep font of knowledge, but an absolute delight to work with.

    - Ian Kazimer
    Senior Gameplay Animator at EA Motive

  • Dan is an exceptionally talented and hardworking artist with a deep passion for stylized art. His vast library of appealing characters speaks to his dedication to his craft. He is a highly respected member of the stylized art community, and his willingness to share his expertise and insights with others has helped many artists grow and develop their skills. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, a glimpse into Dan's thought process and creative approach is sure to inspire and inform.

    - Kat Unsworth
    Senior Character Artist at DPS Games