So here is another breakdown, but this time of the Biker model I made. I hope its informative and helpful to any of you out there.
Sorry the GIF is really low quality due to file size limitations.
This is the Render straight from Zbrush using all default settings.
The general process of how I sculpted it.
So the beard was really hard to create and I went through many iterations to get to the final look. There was really no reference that had the right mix I was after.
I wanted a beard that felt natural, sculptural yet true to the feel of the character. Now most sculpted beards are either flowy, or really noisy like using fibremesh.
So I began building the beard up right from the head sculpt rather than a separate mesh. I just prefer the look of a seamless transition. I then used the smooth brush to smooth it off, and using the standard and dam standard brushes to refine it and add more hairs. I used the spiral brush on low intensity to make it curl, and now and again pressing ALT to make it curl in the opposite direction.
I then duplicated the head, deleted alot of it but kept the beard and the general surrounding area so it would still blend into the original head seamlessly. I Zremeshed the beard to get better polyflow, and then projected it to get some details back. I started to refine the forms of the beard with the move, standard and snakehook brush, to create more variation in the silhouette. The final touch was then to just add a few smaller strands of hair with the curve tube brush,
I hope this GIF along side the explanation will help you understand more clearly.