Sculpting & Texturing a Chinese Dragon | Zhelong Xu

In this collaboration with Levelup.Digital, world renowned Zhelong Xu demonstrates his process for creating an intricately designed Chinese dragon from start to finish. Learn his expert sculpting and texturing workflow in this fully narrated, step-by-step tutorial.

Zhelong begins by introducing his reference sketches, followed by a breakdown of his workflow. Watch as he shares his personal tips and techniques for sculpting and high-res modeling. Learn his full process for material and texturing in Substance Painter.

Get ready to be inspired by this legendary artist.

FormatVideo Tutorial, Narrated in Chinese, with English SubtitlesSoftwareZBrush, Substance Painter, RizomUV, MayaLevelIntermediateDuration10.5 HoursPrerequisiteFamiliar with software usedArtistZhelong XuPortfoliowww.artstation.com

  • Reference Breakdown
  • Sculpting
  • High-Res Modeling
  • Material & Texturing

Zhelong is a world renowned freelance digital artist, working in film and on personal projects. He was born in JingDeZhen, a town in China famous for producing porcelain. Zhelong’s work is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese culture, evident in his design and color choices. A fan of dragons, they are a recurring theme in his projects and are instantly recognizable as carrying his distinctive art style. A speaker at Substance Days Shanghai 2019, Zhelong’s work served as Substance Painter 2017’s splash screen. In 2019, Allegorithmic published a collection of Zhelong’s work in a book called “Yechawood: The Art of Zhelong Xu.”

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