Make a Robot Concept with ZBrush

Youtube Trailer:


This is a step by step tutorial on concepting a robotic character from start to finish (NO TIME-LAPSES). The tutorial runs at normal speed with real-time explanations of what I'm doing, so it's better suited for beginners and not advanced users.

We use ZBrush to create a rough sculpt of the character and explore the design, we briefly transition into Keyshot for some fast and easy renders and we finalize the image with Affinity Photo to paint some panel lines and other effects to make our final image look awesome!



  • Useful Brushes.
  • Concepting in ZBrush.
  • The 70/30 rule.
  • Using Kitbash for extra detail (I used a paid pack but there's a lot of free ones out there you can use) .


  • Simple Lighting Setup.
  • Basic Materials and extra Render Passes.
  • Camera and Render Settings.


  • Painting out mistakes and drawing Panel Lines.
  • Experimenting with our Render Passes.
  • Using adjustment layers to change the colors.
  • Overlaying textures for detail and effects.


Duration: 10 hours of video recordings (aprox. 7 hours of ZBrush and 3 hours of Affinity Photo, Keyshot usage is short and basic).

Speed: The entire tutorial runs at normal speed. NO super accelerated time-lapses.

Audio Commentary: Real-time commentary as I work on the project (English).

Software used: ZBrush (Sculpting), Keyshot (Rendering), Affinity Photo (Compositing and Extra Effects).

Additional Assets: Custom UI and Hotkeys, ZBrush ZTool, Keyshot Scene, Affinity Photo Final Project File (original layer stack - not flattened).



I don't own Affinity Photo, can I just used Photoshop instead?

Yes, they are both very similar photo-editing software and a lot of what you see will still apply. Using Affinity Photo is preferable if you want to follow step by step but it's not absolutely essential.

Can I use the 3D Model for printing?

The included 3D Character Model is not a water tight mesh designed for printing, though it could be with a few modifications, but those are up to you.

Release Notes

I'm super embarrassed, I found another small oversight. The custom hotkeys file I included did not contain my full set of hotkeys and was missing a few.

Just so you don't have to re-download the entire resources folder I set up a special link with just the Hotkeys.

Same as before, if you don't want to use my hotkeys then you can ignore this update entirely.

Sorry everyone, I always check all of this before I upload, but no matter how hard you try sometimes things just seem to slip by anyway.

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License: Standard License
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