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Surfing with the Alien - The Complete Series
Key Features
Learn the complete character workflow for VFX in Maya and ZBrush with all three volumes of Surfing with the Alien. This series was created by Jason Edwards who's a Senior Artist at Digital Domain, so if you want to learn how to make characters that reach production standards this is a project for you. All scene files and assets are included.



Surfing with the Alien vol. 1 - Organic Modeling & UV Layout
The first volume of Surfing with the Alien covers the workflow in Maya for character modeling based on concept sketches, followed by UV layout where you'll pick up a lot of good tips and time savers in this field.


  • Character Modeling in Maya
  • Polygon Plane & Box Modeling Techniques
  • Topology & Edge-Flow
  • Character UV Layout
  • Creating Clothes & Surfboard
  • Sculpting Muscle Tone


Surfing with the Alien vol. 2 - Maya & ZBrush Integration
The second volume covers a texturing workflow in Maya, ZBrush and Photoshop followed by shading, lighting and rendering techniques in Mental Ray with Subsurface Scattering materials and displacement.

  • Maya - ZBrush Workflow
  • Skin Sculpting & PolyPainting in ZBrush
  • Displacement, Cavity, Specular & Normal Maps
  • Texture Maps & Logos in Photoshop
  • Realistic Eyes
  • Bump Maps for Cloth
  • Subsurface Scattering in Mental Ray
  • Displacement in Mental Ray
  • Character Lighting & Rendering in Mental Ray
  • Constructing Shading Networks
  • Final Gather Light Maps
  • Mental Ray Approximation Nodes






Surfing with the Alien vol. 3 - Character Rigging & nCloth Workflow
The final volume in our series covers a workflow of how to easily rig your humanoid characters for animation and bring them to life at your own pace in nine simple and easy to follow chapters with great results.

  • Joint Chain /Humanoid Skeleton Setup
  • RP and SC IK Handles
  • Character Attribute Controls
  • Character Curve Controls
  • Facial Blend Shapes
  • Set Driven Key


  • Constraints
  • Linking Attributes via the Connection Editor
  • Expressions
  • Smooth Skin Bind
  • Weight Painting
  • nCloth







Save 10% when you buy all three volumes together (normal price $89.75).

  • Length: 19 Hours 47 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Software: Maya 2011 & ZBrush 4
  • Format: MPEG
  • Points Cost: 44
  • Price: $79.95
Lesson Breakdown
  • Lesson 1: Basic Character Blocking
  • Lesson 2: Hand Blocking
  • Lesson 3: Foot Blocking
  • Lesson 4: Head Blocking & Eyes
  • Lesson 5: Head Continued/Blocking Ear
  • Lesson 6: Rounding Out & Mesh Cleaning
  • Lesson 7: Mesh Cleaning Continued
  • Lesson 8: Sculpting Muscle Upper Body
  • Lesson 9: Sculpting Muscle Lower Body
  • Lesson 10: Refining Facial Features
  • Lesson 11: Modeling Clothes
  • Lesson 12: Modeling Accessories
  • Lesson 13: Unwrapping UV's Clothes
  • Lesson 14: Unwrapping UV's Body
  • Lesson 15: Unwrapping UV's Head
  • Lesson 16: Unwrapping UV's Surfboard
  • Lesson 17: Sculpting of head in ZBrush
  • Lesson 18: Sculpting upper body in ZBrush
  • Lesson 19: Sculpting lower body ZBrush
  • Lesson 20: Sculpting of clothes in ZBrush
  • Lesson 21: PolyPainting skin in ZBrush
  • Lesson 22: Normal maps in ZBrush
  • Lesson 23: Surfboard logos in Photoshop
  • Lesson 24: Eye textures in Photoshop
  • Lesson 25: Displacement maps in ZBrush
  • Lesson 26: Cavity/specular maps in ZBrush
  • Lesson 27: SSS shading & light maps in mr
  • Lesson 28: Rendering displacement in mr
  • Lesson 29: Joints & IK Handles Body & Legs
  • Lesson 30: Foot Roll/ Joints & IK Handles
  • Lesson 31: Joint Orientation Hands
  • Lesson 32: Hand Controls & SDK
  • Lesson 33: Curve Controls for Hips
  • Lesson 34: Curve Controls for Body & Neck
  • Lesson 35: Facial Blend Shapes
  • Lesson 36: Skinning & Painting Weights
  • Lesson 37: Proxy Model & nCloth Setup
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Surfing with the Alien - The Complete Series
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300 Mins
1300 MB
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8
300 Mins
1100 MB
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16
363 Mins
660 MB
Download Lesson Pack 4
12
224 Mins
789 MB
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19 H 47 M
3849 MB
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