Eric Keller posts a 4 part series covering working with materials in ZBrush, starting with the basics and showing how to create your own standard materials, MatCap Materials, and Layering shaders, as well as LightCap and materials.

This is a short tutorial that covers the basics of working with and designing your own standard materials in ZBrushEric Keller

Eric provides some great tips in this series and he notes that if you are coming from V-Ray or mental Ray, you might be a little confused when working with standard materials in ZBrush. ZBrush standard materials are nowhere near physically plausible energy conserving materials.

Eric has been an instructor teaching¬†digital sculpting at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and has also written several books on Maya as well as articles for 3D World Magazine. You can check out Eric Keller’s work on his site Bloopatone here.