Sculpting Gabby The Papillon in ZBrush

She’s a feisty little redhead Papillon who just wants to be like her big Collie sister, jumping through hoops and running as fast as she can.

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I did a few thumbnail sketches to warm up and get into the Papillony-mood (it’s a thing you know). I used these references kindly borrowed from the good people of the Google Search Engine. Thank you for your inspiration.

Reference Images and Thumbnails for Gabby

I then made a rough representation of her Character in a stylised way. In hindsight I didn’t stick too much to this concept whilst I was sculpting as I wanted her to be a little bit more realistic.

Gabby the Papillon Character Sheet

She was sculpted in ZBrush and then transferred to Blender where the rest of the work began. This is her progress throughout the sculpt. She began as a chihuahua Zee Zoo collection of ZSpheres where I had to adjust her proportions to fit my Papillon references.

This is my FIRST sculpt in ZBrush. It was a lot of pushing and pulling the mesh around but I think I finally got it to a place where she looks cute and stylised but also will be somewhat relatable to a Papillon once she’s got those big flooffy ears!

Stay tuned to see her fluff up in my next weeks post!


All works shown here were designed, and sculpted in ZBrush and Adobe Photoshop by Sarah Brawn. The design and sculpt of Gabby was inspired by real life photographs of Papillons courtesy of Google Images.

Images of work owned and copyrighted by Brawni3D and you must request permission prior to use.


Contribute to Gabby’s acting career by buying her a biscuit!

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