Human: Realistic Portrait Creation With Blender

by CG Cookie in Training

Attention CG Cookie members: HUMAN is available for all active CG Cookie members. If you have a CG Cookie membership (or plan on getting one) you do not need to purchase this course separately.

Achieving photorealistic 3D faces is among the most coveted skills in computer graphics

Just look at the curated community page or trending page of ArtStation’s "Digital 3D" category and count the number of realistic portrait and character renders.

Whether for movie VFX, video games, NFTs, or simply for the love of the craft, realistic portraiture is a worthwhile and deeply rewarding pursuit.

Portraits are hard, though. Like, really hard, right?

There’s no sugar-coating it: yes, portraiture is challenging.

However, like every creative process in Blender, creating a life-like human face can be learned. (And it has nothing to do with talent, by the way.)

HUMAN is here to prove that you, too, can create realistic human faces with Blender

HUMAN is a deep-dive course into the process of portraiture. In five chapters, I lift the veil on all of the workflows, tricks, decision-making and pitfalls that I encountered on the way - and I keep nothing hidden.

If you follow along and put in the practice, the results will blow your mind.

Much more than just a step-by-step recipe, this course is a journey into my creative process. In HUMAN, you will witness the entire journey from the default cube to fully-detailed photo-realistic portrait.

Together, we will explore the depth of Blender's capability!

What skill level is this course for?

From the beginning, I designed this course with all skill levels in mind. However due to the advanced nature of this subject, an intermediate level of experience is optimal.

If you’re new to Blender, want to brush up your skills, or perhaps switching to Blender from another 3D app - we’re offering a bundled purchase. The videos included in the Course Bundle will get you up to speed and ready - not only for HUMAN, but for any Blender project.

What is included in HUMAN?

  • More than 80 lessons across 5 chapters
  • Over 25 hours of video
  • Every step covered in detail
  • Project source files
  • anAtomic reference tool ($30 value)

What is included in HUMAN: The Course Bundle?

All of the above, plus, 6 Blender courses from the CG Cookie course library:

The total value of these courses is $225 + the value of the HUMAN course = $315

What do the Pros think?

"HUMAN is one of the most extensive and probably most newsworthy Blender paid courses out there..."


“Kent does a fantastic job of showcasing each step in the process of creating a digital human face in Blender. The user will be taken through the foundations of facial anatomy, texturing, grooming and lighting just to name a few. Kent has a produced a lot of great educational material here and the "straight to the point" tone in the videos makes them easy to digest.”

  DANIEL BYSTEDT, Senior Character Artist

"3D realistic portraits are often the ultimate goal of wanna-be CG artists and one of the hardest exercises there is. Kent has been a master at it for years and he's now providing the most in-depth Blender course to create any realistic portrait from scratch. He shows how to get outstanding results through a very methodical process that you can easily follow along. Anyone knowing Kent's obsession for details and comprehensive teaching will enroll day one, and so should you."

   PIERRICK PICAUT, Digital Artist & Instructor

"Astounding! A masterclass in masterclasses! Pure gold! A brilliant method brilliantly applied! The descriptions are superb, the knowledge is deep, the presentation is done with such approachable ease and effortless expertise. A must-have! 

   AIDY BURROWS, Digital Artist & Instructor

"An incredible one-stop-shop for learning how to breach the uncanny valley of digital portraiture in Blender. Kent graciously takes us through the wonderful, yet disciplined journey of turning a sphere into a fully actualized realistic portrait. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned veteran, there's something for everyone to learn and take away from this masterful course. It's the complete package, worth every cent and more!"

   CHRIS CHUIPKA, Lead Modeler at Tangent

"From proportion techniques from the old masters, to modern techniques to create realistic human portraits. The content that Kent put together on this course is phenomenal, a masterclass very well thought-out that will boost the learning speed of everyone who wants to jump into the subject or improve their skills."

      LUCAS FALCAO, Professional Character Artist

"Every video has a lot of good information. There's not one wasted video. It pushes Blender's capabilities to the limit. It's definitely one the best course on human creation in 3d out there."

      YUDITYA AFANDI, Professional Character Artist

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Meet your Instructor

“Hey everyone! My name is Kent Trammell and I am the creator of HUMAN. A graduate of Full Sail University, I’ve worked in the CG industry for a number of years before becoming a Blender instructor at CG Cookie nearly 10 years ago. 

This has allowed me to teach thousands of Blenderheads as well as hone my skills as a Blender instructor. HUMAN has taken me 2 years to research, refine, rehearse, and record. I hope you find my passion for the art of portraiture contagious and my dedication to demystifying it effective for your learning!

Want more CG Cookie Courses?

If you get inspired and would like to become a CG Cookie member after purchasing this course, send a message to [email protected] and we will be happy to help you set up an annual membership while discounting the amount you paid for this course on Blender Market.  A membership will give you access to our instructors, our community and 100+ CG Cookie Blender courses.  Be sure to mention your Blender Market Order ID and we will take it from there.

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Published almost 3 years ago
Blender Version 2.93, 2.92, 2.91, 2.9, 2.83, 2.82
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