Weekly Drills 035 - #UnderwaterCreature

Weekly Drills 035 - #UnderwaterCreature

This week we want you to create an underwater creature project. Then simply tag it #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #UnderwaterCreature.

This week we want you to create an underwater creature project. Then simply tag it #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #UnderwaterCreature.

The oceans are filled with countless incredible creatures both big and small. We need you to pick one creature this week and recreate it digitally. You can create marine mammals, cephalopods, crustaceans, ocean fishes, turtles and even sharks and rays. Find one that inspires you to pick up a wacom pen and get creative.

To get some feedback on your work-in-progress project before you submit it, head over to Discord channel and chat with other artists having a crack. To see all the Weekly Drill projects just follow this link.


  • Use your favourite art supplies, software and workflow.
  • Only submit work created during this week.
  • Submit as many entries as you want.
  • You can use concept art, models, textures and other assets and include it in your project. However, make sure to credit the artist by linking to their work and explain exactly what you created.
  • You must tag your project with #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #UnderwaterCreature
  • Submission open Friday, November 28, 2020
  • Submission close Friday, December 5, 2020


Justin Mohlman will evaluate entries and select a winner based on quality, creativity, and adherence to the challenge theme.


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To enter this Weekly Drill, simple create a project for your portfolio and tag it. Remember, keep these drills loose and stress-free. This drill is about growing our digital skills, together, as a community.

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Judges Review Session


Weekly Drill #35 - Jellyfish | The Rookies
Jellyfish is a real underwater predator so I decided to make one. There are so many types of it, in different shapes and colours so I had wide creative field :) I used mostly Maya for blockout/retopology, Zbrush for sculpt, Substance Painter and Marmoset Toolbag to render with Photoshop support.

Second Place

Weekly Drills 035 - #UnderwaterCreature | The Rookies
Pipeline:Reference gathering with PureRef/ Blockout + concept sculpt in Zbrush/ Retopo + UDIMs in Blender/ Detail Reprojection + Final Sculpting Pass + Displacement Maps in Zbrush/ Textures in Substance Painter/ Shading + Rendering in Blender (Eevee)/ Post Processing + Compositing in Photosho…

Third Place

#UnderwaterCreatures - Rookies Weekly Drills | The Rookies
My final submission for the Rookies Weekly Drills, hopefully on time :)

Honorable Mention

Weekly Drills 035 - #UnderwaterCreature | The Rookies
Kemp Turtle for the weekly challenge.


How many entries can I submit?
As many as you want.

How do I tag my project?
During Step 2 of the project building process, you will see a tag input field in the right column under your project title and description input fields. Note: Do not include  "#" with your tag (e.g. #RookiesWeeklyDrills), the tool already handles that for you. See below for example.