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Lesson 1

1. 2D and 3D Techniques

  • instructor

- Jama Jurabaev

  • apprentice

- Anthony Jones

Deciding which dimension to work in is a tough choice. To start things off, Jama will walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of using 2D vs. 3D, and the power of combining them together. We will then do a tour of 3D-Coat, including the tools and workflow Jama uses to create concept sketches.



1. Starting from silhouttes, create a futuristic cityscape. Try using different shapes from study to build a nice variety creating your own unique shapes.

2. Take those unique shapes and paint height maps

3. Render and texture your setup in Keyshot

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Here is my attempt with the techniques I learned from first part of the course. Hardest part for me is to create a texture that will not look awkward on the buildings. Also lack of experience with keyshot and 3Dcoat caused a bit of trouble.

Was great experimenting with this process. The only 3D I've really done before this is basic modeling in Sketchup, so this was definitely a level up from that. Looking forward to continuing with 3D Coat. Thank you Jama.

I learned a lot on this assignment.

Learn Squared is an invaluable resource to artists of all skill levels.

- Volen CK

I tried to create something ancient rather than futuristic with the same technique. As I don't have a license for Keyshot i used C4D/Redshift to render out passes for comping.

Homework for lesson 1, looking forward to the next lessons. I love the format of bite-sized videos, it's so much easier to go through than hours of slow talking :)

Week 1 homework.

Had a lot of fun learning these workflow techniques. C&C's welcome.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, 3D-Coat, Keyshot 5
Optional Software: 


I'm excited on day 1 but I would like more insight on the hotkeys and what exactly they are doing at any given point.

sounds like a very rudimentary question, but how does Jama use the Sphere tool but create rectangular voxel blocks? In Mesh Resolutions 0:35.. I am only able to create circular marks base on brush size