Appeal Academy

Learn how to create appealing characters
At your own pace with personal feedback on your progress

Personal Mentorship

Appeal Academy is not your traditional online course. It’s also a Mentorship, providing you personal feedback crafted specifically for you and no one else.

With each assignment that you complete, you will receive a personalized feedback video to help you push your character even further.

By the time you go through the entire course you will have received 8 videos, each around half an hour or longer. That’s over 4 hours of video content crafted specifically for you and you progress.

What’s Included

  • Receive immediate access to all 7 Appeal Academy lectures taking you through creating an entire character of your choice.
  • Receive 8 personal feedback sessions hand crafted specifically for you and your progress as you go through the Appeal Academy.
  • Build a strong foundation of character design principals so that you can find and improve appeal in your work.
  • Master the art of efficiently blocking out characters and refining forms.
  • Learn how to sculpt an appealing face, create clothing, and pose your characters in ZBrush.
  • Go through the lectures at your own pace and submit your character for review when you are ready.
  • Improvement focused assignments that will result in a finished 3D character.
  • Receive lifetime access to all lectures and mentorship sessions.
  • Receive lifetime access to the Appeal Academy’s private Discord group where you can network and learn with your peers, as well as have personal contact with the instructor.


Do I need to know ZBrush for this course?

Yes, although the Appeal Academy features many helpful tips for tools and workflows within ZBrush from a technical standpoint, the focus of this class will be on learning design fundamentals to sculpt and improve appeal. You should have previous ZBrush experience and knowledge, as the course will assume that you have a firm grasp on the software from a technical standpoint.

Is this a design class?

No, you will not be designing characters of your own. Instead, you will be learning design fundamentals that you will use to translate a character of your choice to 3D.

Will this course focus on making a 3D character ready for a real time engine?

No, the focus of this class will be on learning design fundamentals to sculpt and improve appeal.

What all will I need for the class?

ZBrush. Seriously, that’s all you need. And because the Appeal Academy focuses on sculpting from an aesthetic standpoint, the version of ZBrush that you are using does not matter.

Still have a question?

Your Guide

Ben De Angelis “Follygon” has a background in sculpting appealing characters for toys and life size figures for production in a variety of styles. Ben has worked on such IP as Pokemon, Barbie, Ghostbusters, Shrek, Hotel Transylvania, Madagascar, Flintstones, Clash of Clans and many more. He’s done heavily stylized characters such as the Looney Tunes, and as realistic as life-like pilots for the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Now Ben works as a freelancer and enjoys spending his free time creating content for others that enjoy digital sculpting.

You can see more of Ben’s work at or

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