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The Making of “RED MYST” With Maarten Verhoeven

Concepting Biomech Monsters in ZBrush, Marvelous Designer, KeyShot & Photoshop


Maarten Verhoeven is known for his dark and mysterious character and creature concepts. His optimized workflow allows him to sketch, sculpt, and post-process his signature designs at an impressive speed. This workshop uncovers his personal workflow, using his creature concept, “RED MYST” as the case study. You’ll learn how Maarten approaches his awe-inspiring designs, from a simple sphere in ZBrush through to the final, portfolio-ready outcome.

This 2.5-hour workshop reveals how Maarten builds up his characters from scratch, using custom brushes to his advantage. He’ll share his Marvelous Designer process for setting up fabrics quickly and effectively and will detail his KeyShot rendering process, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Maarten sets up his lighting and applies an HDRI and geometry. The last stage walks through his signature post-production process on the raw KeyShot render, using Photoshop for the final touches.

The goal of this workshop is to provide an insight into Maarten’s workflow that will help speed up your own process when creating organic concepts using ZBrush and Sculptris Pro. With this workshop, Maarten provides the custom brushes that he uses for both his personal and professional projects on a daily basis, along with the KeyShot materials he used in the creation of RED MYST.

Duration: 2h 37m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Maarten Verhoeven

Freelance Digital Sculptor, Monsters & Media

Maarten Verhoeven is a freelance digital sculptor with a love for the dark and weird. He specializes in work for 3D sculptures for concept art, fine art, films, commercials, prototypes, designer toys, and collectibles. With a background in art, he handles many different aspects of production, from original concept sculpts, high-res assets, engineering, and 3D prints. For the past 10 years, he’s working from Belgium as a freelance ZBrush artist, contributing his talents worldwide to various companies, publications and projects.

  • "Maarten is a tremendous sculptor and one of the masters in the digital field. From sculpting from life or imagination he has a great ability to twist the realm of reality and still make it believable. Each new work Maarten completes pushes the bar for digital sculpting higher; even a small insight into his creative process and techniques is worth it's weight in gold."

    - Joseph Drust
    Artist/Creative Development Manager at Pixologic, INC.

  • "Maarten's signature style is distinctive and easily recognised from afar. His brilliant portrait busts, figurines and creatures designs have it all. It’s always a pleasant surprise to see what he’s been working on; from a disturbing monstrous creature to erotic pin-up art to legendary film characters, he emphasises the shapes and poses perfectly for the mood and in his own unique way."

    - Rudy Massar
    The Moving Picture Company

  • "I have followed Maarten's work for years now. It never ceases to amaze me how stunning his work is. Each sculpture has its own sense of life. His work display a strong sense of gesture, weight, and most importantly character. I'm incredibly excited to learn from from his lectures."

    - Bryan Wynia
    Senior Character Artist

  • Trust me when I tell you: There is so much you are going to learn from Maarten. When it comes to learning ZBrush, Maarten is always one of the artists I recommend reaching out to for classes. His work is so inspiring to me and the ZBrush community. I feel like every new piece he posts keeps pushing the envelope of creativity and showcasing what you can do in the digital art world.

    - Paul Gaboury
    3D Product Development Manager at Pixologic Inc

  • Maarten is one of the most proficient digital sculptors working in the profession. His unique talents for storytelling and visual design complement his technical skills and software knowledge, [which are] reflected in his impressive body of both professional and personal work.

    - James W Cain
    Digital Sculptor

  • Maarten is a reference in the industry, really talented, polyvalent, and dedicated. He has a strong artistic and creative eye and pushes constantly his limits. Maarten has been an asset in many successful studios; he has a great sense of professionalism that makes him an asset in any project/production, artistic and production-wise.

    - Cedric Seaut
    Art Director & Co-Founder at Keos Masons