Orc Cyborg Character Creation in Zbrush

Do you hate it when the big muscular creatures you model, don’t come up the way you want them to? Do you want to learn how to make nice muscular body anatomy, mechanical parts and model great guns only in Zbrush, fast and efficient?

Then I welcome you to Nexttut education’s “Orc Cyborg Character Creation in Zbrush” course.


My name is Niko and I am a 3D character artist for games for about 10 years now. I have worked for numerous games and currently, work for one of the world’s most famous game companies –  Gameloft.


By the end of this course, you’ll be able to model nice muscular orcs with armors, guns, artificial cyborg arm and a base in Zbrush from start to finish.


  • Sculpting the orc head
  • Sculpting the orc muscular body
  • Refining the head and body with skin detail
  • Making the 3D sketch of the whole model
  • Making the robotic arm
  • Making clothes, belts and armor
  • Making a bulky gun
  • Making a base and a monster head
  • Poly paint the character
  • Posing the character
  • Rendering the character with passes
  • Composing a final render in Photoshop

We will start by spending 30 minutes to customize our workflow in Zbrush so we could work much faster and efficient. Then we will make the head of our orc where I’ll explain what you should watch for, when modeling head from a concept. Then we will make some metal parts on the head and the metal skull. After that we will make the body, again from a sphere, following our concept.

After we are done with the body, we will start making 3D sketch of our model, to get the correct placement of all our accessories, clothes and armors. This is a pretty important stage, at the end of which we will have a very good idea of how our model will look when it’s finished. Then it will be time to start extracting belts, armors and boots.

After that we will start refining all those things that we have made, and the model will start to look pretty good. Then it will be time to do the weapon of our character, which will be a hard surface gun done entirely in Zbrush, and add it to the scene.

We will also make a base with a monster head below the orc, so he could look more grounded.

Once we are happy with the overall look of our character I will show you how to make good pose with the transpose master in Zbrush. Finally, we will make the render passes in Zbrush and combine them in Photoshop, to achieve the best possible look for our model.


  • I have designed this course for intermediate 3d modeling students, who want to model beautiful looking production ready bulky and muscular characters but they struggle to get it because they don’t find a tutorial which is step by step, no fast forward, no skip and coming from a production artist who is doing this for years.
  • The course is also for artists who want to speed up their workflow in Zbrush and improve their skill in making muscular male anatomy, clothes, accessories, guns and robotic arms.


This course is not designed for absolute Zbrush beginners, I expect you to have some sort of Zbrush experience. But intermediate Zbrush users and even professionals could learn a lot from the techniques and workflow I show in this course.


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  • One of the very best ZBrush teachers

    Niko is an amazing teacher and so funny! This course will teach you so much, no matter what your level, although I recommend you be intermediate or above. The most valuable parts of this for me are how Niko uses 3d sketching to roughly model all of the hard surface materials before actually modeling them. It all helps to build important practice while referencing 2d concept art. It’s nice to see that he also goes through the “lumpy” phases and it does not discourage him because he knows how to address it and teaches you how to do it, too.

    This is a must-own course. Really entertaining and full of professional techniques. This guy is a ZBrush master.

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  • Incredible!!

    I bought this just to challenge myself and it was great! Niko makes the course super enternain and sometimes he says some funny things while he is explaining and that makes you laugh and remember a lot of things. Thank you so much, I learn a lot and I can make new projects on my own!

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  • Amazing Tutorial , Thank you Niko

    Amazing Tutorial , Thank you Niko

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