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About Mech & Tech

In this 6-week course, Ad will take you through the entire process of making a mechanoid character from concept to game ready in engine. We will start with some solid design theories and show you how to gather reference, to help you start your journey. Next, we will continue to show you solid workflows in ZBrush ensuring correct proportions. Ad will then show you how to easily retopo, UV and texture the model and then slam that bad boy into Maya! We will send these amazing assets into Unreal Engine where you will learn how to set up materials and gain the tech-knowledge needed to become a Champion!

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a solid foundation of design

  • Learn efficient concept design workflows for production

  • Be able to bring your hard-surface designs to life in ZBrush

  • Learn high-end AAA texturing techniques

  • Get up and running in Unreal with quick integration techniques

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    Design and Concept

  • 3

    ZBrush Basics

  • 4

    Modeling in ZBrush - Part 1

    • Using Mannequin to Our Advantage

    • Beginning Your Model in ZBrush

    • Resources

    • Challenge #3

  • 5

    Modeling in ZBrush - Part 2

    • Polishing in ZBrush

    • Dynamesh Techniques

    • Challenge #4

  • 6

    Preparing the Model

    • Retopology with Zremesher

    • 3D Coat Retopology Basics

    • 3D Coat UV Basics

    • Advanced Retopo and UV Techniques

    • Resources

    • Challenge #5

  • 7

    Painting the Model

    • Baking Normals in Knald

    • 3D Coat Material Editor

    • 3D Coat Texturing Basics

    • 3D Coat Layer Management

    • Resources

    • Challenge #6

  • 8

    Texturing in 3D Coat

    • Texturing - Part 1

    • Exporting Textures

    • Creating Emissive

    • Adding Wear and Tear

    • Secondary Color

    • Detailing

    • Texturing - Part 2

    • Depth Details

    • Resources

    • Challenge #7

    • Challenge #8

  • 9

    Rigging & Export with Maya

    • Rigging Your Character

    • Skinning

    • Exporting the Character as FBX

    • Resources

    • Challenge #9

  • 10

    Becoming Unreal!

    • Creating the Unreal Engine 4 Project

    • Importing the Character in Unreal

    • Setting Up the Material

    • Retargeting Character Animations

    • Setting Up Your Character Blueprints

    • Setting Up Camera Zoom

    • Setting Up Sprint Controls

    • Setting Up Extra Crouch Animations

    • Resources

    • Homework

    • Final Words

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Software Requirements

  • ZBrush
  • 3D Coat
  • Graphics Tablet (Wacom or similar)
  • Knald
  • Unreal Engine 4 (Free) 
  • 2D Sketching program (Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Sketchbook, or even pen and paper)

Meet Your Instructor

Adrian Martuneac


From what I've experienced and learned, I think discipline and a well thought out plan is the key to approaching anything. I'm passionate about concept art in general, game design, character design, creature design, prop design, space ship design, I like thinking about the world around my creations and how well they fit in the context. I believe consistency is the key in any entertainment media for the viewer to be immersed in, but I also like to push the designs sometimes in order to get across a certain mood or personality aspects of what I'm trying to visually express.

Course Features

  • Unlimited Life-Time Access to the course!

    As an XMD Academy member, you get unlimited Life-Time access to the course. Every time the course is updated with new content, it is yours to keep!

  • Join an Evergrowing Community

    Join 1000s of artists in an online massive community where you can show your work, get insight, and critiques from fellow industry professionals.

  • Q&A Live Sessions

    You will have the opportunity to be a part of Q&A Live Sessions with the instructor. Each live session will be scheduled on the course calendar and recorded for your viewing later if you happen to miss it.

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    A FREE Membership to is included with your course purchase.

  • 10 Complete Modules

    There are 10 action packed modules for several weeks worth of learning.

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  • What is the difference between the Live and On Demand Course?

    The Live course includes live interaction with your instructor. There is a private session that only Live students can attend. This happens at least once a week. There are also live streaming sessions the students can attend. The on-demand course does not include instructor interaction. Think of it as a tutorial set.

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  • What am I getting for my money?

    This course will change your life. You are not only buying information, you are investing in yourself. The amount of information you will get from this course is insane. If you put the time in, you will grow as an artist.

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  • What kind of 1 on 1 interaction will I have with my instructor?

    You will have live group sessions with the instructor to get feedback and critiques. You may also contact your instructor in several other ways as well.