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Dynamic Illustration Techniques Using ZBrush, Photoshop & Painter

From Concept to ZBrush to Final Illustration With Mike Thompson


When it comes to creating dynamic illustrations for clients such as Nike, Marvel, and Warner Bros., Mike Thompson is an industry expert. This insightful workshop takes you on a complete journey through his creative process, from choosing an exciting concept art (kindly provided by Cameron Davis) through the steps he takes to create a 3D model before tackling a final paint-over ready for client presentation.

Follow Mike’s complete process: From selecting an existing 2D concept through creating a digital maquette in ZBrush, and discover how he generates BPR renders to then composite those together in Photoshop to create the optimal base for a painting. He handles the final paint-over process using his preferred painting software, Corel Painter.

The process taught in this workshop details the workflow that Mike uses when creating dynamic package art and poster design for his clients. He thoughtfully details everything from his reference collection process and explains his entire sculpting process during the course of the workshop. For inspiring tips and tricks to add to your sculpting and painting arsenal, this is a must-see workshop.

Duration: 3h 03m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Mike Thompson

Freelance Sculptor & Illustrator at Mike T Artworks INC & Stylus League

Michael Thompson is an award-winning artist who has spent the last 30 years creating illustrations for clients such as Marvel, Hasbro, Dimension Films, Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros.

His incredible illustration work has been featured in books and used as videogame covers, movie posters, and toy packaging. Infiniti Motors and Coca-Cola have even featured Mike’s art in advertising campaigns, and he received two Clio Awards for the films Hidden Figures and Deadpool 2.

Michael’s digital-sculpting clients include Sideshow Collectibles, Reel FX, and Nike, to name a few.

Follow Mike on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

  • I’ve worked with Mike on various projects throughout the years, and his attention to detail still astonishes me. It’s nice to work with an illustrator that gets genuinely excited about the projects he is working on. His amazing body of work is a testament to this, and his art definitely speaks for itself. I will say, however, that what I like the most about working with Mike is his easy-going personality, professionalism, and willingness to get the job done.

    - Ricardo Komba Mireles
    Square Enix

  • Mike is an incredible talent; I have hired him to work on numerous original illustrations, and each time I've worked with him, he stretches the boundaries of his creativity a little bit more. In addition to his creative talent, he is really detail-oriented, manages his time very well, and is a dream to collaborate with.

    - Davina Lennard-Alladice

  • To say that Mike Thompson is talented is quite the understatement. Although already well known for his vivid urban illustrations, Mike is NOT a one-trick pony. His uncanny ability to capture the likeness of his subjects is quite the talent. But his ability to capture the very essence and soul of his subject is startling. An outstanding gift that keeps you coming back again and again to view his paintings. I can and have highly recommended this amazing artist in the past. It is just a matter of time before the world knows this master by name.

    - Cesar Dacol Jr.
    Creature / Concept Supervisor at SpinVFX