Digital Workshops


  • With Seán Forsyth
  • 4/11/18/25 April and 2 May 2018
  • 6-9pm, Wednesday evenings
  • €130
  • There will be a maximum of 6 available spaces

  • Entry requirements: Level 1 - Beginners


This course is designed as a week by week introduction to the ZBrush software to help you realize and explore your concepts efficiently in 3D. ZBrush is an industry standard application commonly used in animation, VR, Film/ TV, and for sculptural practices.

The course is structured over a five week period, one evening per week. This is to ensure you have time to develop your knowledge and skills sets between sessions, as directed by the course tutor, Seán Forsyth. For further information on what will be covered during each session, please read below.

At the end of the course, you will understand the interface and basic workflows required to continue using the software to create your own 3D models. You will have an overview of the capabilities and uses it provides, and be in a position to use it in the development of your professional practice.

Day 1: Introduction to the interface

- Mapping your graphics tablet correctly

- Interface overview

- Polymesh3D vs Primitives

- Dynamesh

- Transform gizmo


Day 2: ZBrush tools, brushes, and modeling techniques

- Brushes

- Polygroups

- Masking

- Alphas

- Textures


Day 3: 3D sculpting

- Sculpting your object

- Make an object using the skills from days 1 and 2


Day 4:3D sculpting

- Zmodeller overview

- Subdivision and dynamic subdivision

- Creasing

- Live boolean


Day 5: Finalising your objectfor print, animation, and VR.

- Preparing & finalising your object

- Exporting for 3D printing, May, and VR



Seán Forsyth has been a 3D artist since 1997 and first started using ZBrush in 2004. He has spent 12 years in the animation industry, and has previously worked as an artist in numerous other industries including flight and pharmaceutical CBT systems and VR/AR surgical simulation. While working at Brown Bag films, he held the role CG Supervisor on the multi-Emmy award winning TV series Peter Rabbit and has worked on numerous other cartoon series as either Technical Director, CG Supervisor or Art Director. He currently works in Boulder Media as an Art Director on a CG feature film. In the summer of 2017 he studied figurative and portrait sculpture in the Florence Academy of Art. 



Is this course right for me?

ZBrush is a useful tool for a variety of industries including animation, 3D for film/ TV, advertising, concept art, 3D printing, VR and sculptural practices. Participants should be familiar with the basic concepts of 3D modelling and be interested in expanding their toolset. They will preferably have experience with a wacom tablet, though this is not mandatory. Participants should be comfortable in working with other computer applications such as, for example: Photoshop, Sketch up, or any other design or editing application. The course is suitable for artists seeking to use the advantages of ZBrush in their day-to-day workflow and adapting their learned skills into the above areas.

I don’t have the software, can I still do the course?

Yes. ZBrush comes as a free download trial for up to 45 days. For the course you will be directed to download the software before coming to the course. Fire Station has two fully licensed versions of ZBrush, 3D printer, and VR headsets and applications, and you may avail of these facilities after the course.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Yes, we ask you to bring your own PC or Mac computer/ laptop. Wacom tablets & HD monitor will be provided by Fire Station.

I’m not sure yet if I can do the course, but can I still book?

Yes. Please provide us with your email address and mobile phone number. Email us at the below address to provisionally book. This will be a first come – first serve booking process.

For bookings or expressions of interest in the course, please contact:

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