Monthly Archive for October, 2012

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Print It Yourself. No, Really.



The Swedes are typically known as a progressive lot. Their design esthetic is celebrated the world over. It’s no wonder then, as we march toward a world dominated by products produced using 3d printers; that the Swedish firm Teenage Engineering is leading the way with a “print it yourself” version of their all new OP-1 synthesizer. Now, if you are new to the idea of 3d printing don’t worry. Shapeways is making it easier than ever before to get your files outta your computer and into your hands faster than you can spell STL. Shapeways is an industry leader in handling your 3d printing needs. The formula is simple. You generate the content in your 3d sculpting/design package of choice, hopefully ZBrush. Next you export the file and send it off to Shapeways for printing. It really is that easy. You can check out their online market place for all things 3d printed. For more information on sending files from ZBrush to 3d printers, be sure to watch our video tutorials inside ZClassroom. ZBrush comes equipped to get the job done right out of the box with the DecimationMaster and 3d Print Exporter included. Get printing.

Preserving The Past



The limitations faced by historians, archeologists and geologists, are derived from a dependency on available artifacts as primary evidence for telling our past. In many cases, scholars find pieces intact but a whole slew of others remain in a fragmented state. Rebuilding and maintaining these priceless pieces of our natural history is of paramount importance. With technology on their side, scholars are now able to maximize these fragments of our past and reconstruct precious historical narratives using software like ZBrush. Joakim Engel is a Creative Developer at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and member of the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. He is embracing ZBrush as a tool in the pursuit of this exploration. Joakim explores this new age approach to understanding history in his thesis, “3D Applications in Museological Context”. You can read more about how ZBrush is used in industry on our dedicated User Stories page.

Download the full thesis here.

New From Digital Tutors



Digital Tutors has just released EIGHT new ZBrush courses, including five from their Creative Development courses and one from their Professional Series! Be sure to check out more of their latest and greatest at our Third Party Training Page.

Creative Development: Sculpting a Creature Bust in ZBrush with Lee Magalhães

Creative Development: Animated Turntable Techniques in ZBrush and After Effects with Brad Groatman

Mesh Insert Techniques in ZBrush

Working Quickly in ZBrush

Creative Development: Sci-Fi Vehicle Modeling and Texturing in Maya and ZBrush with Maxim Fleury

Creative Development: Rapid Concept Art Techniques in Photoshop and ZBrush with Ismail Wamala

Professional Series: Game Asset Production Pipeline

Creative Development: Building Futuristic Armor in ZBrush with Peter Minister

At The Spear’s Edge



The ZBrush TurnTable gallery is continuing to grow with each passing day. The latest addition to the gallery comes from ZBrushCentral member, Spyridon Boviatsos. His latest creation will have you reaching for your suit of armor in preparation for battle. Don’t forget to visit his user gallery to see more great ZBrush sculpts. If you are interested in sculpting accessories for your models, be sure to visit ZClassroom for dedicated video tutorials on this and many other subjects.

3 For The Price Of One



In case you missed the action inside the Gnomon School of Visual Effects “Green Screen Hangar” on August 6th, 2012 we’ve got you covered. It was a star studded evening filled with great demonstrations by some of the industry’s finest. Authors Eric Keller, Scott Spencer and Pixologic’s own Paul Gaboury were in attendance promoting each of their books published by Wiley Sybex. If you are new to ZBrush you’ll especially want to check out Eric Keller’s, “Introducing ZBrush Third Edition” covering all the basics and tech edited by Pixologic’s own Louie Tucci. If its creatures you’re after be sure to check out Scott Spencer’s, “ZBrush Creature Design: Creating Dynamic Concept Imagery for Film and Games”. Lastly, in his first outing as an author, Paul Gaboury released,“Professional Tips and Techniques” detailing some of the most highly anticipated insider tricks in the game. Be sure to get your copies today! If you are looking for more learning resources, be sure to visit ZClassroom for in depth video tutorials covering everything from basics to advanced functions inside ZBrush.

Halloween Challenge 2012



It’s that time of year again my little pretties. Our favorite contest is back! That’s right, we want to see your creepy, crawly, insidious little horrors posted here. You’ll be competing for the title of Halloween Challenge Champion 2012. Remember, this is your chance to leave a haunting impression on the rest of the world. Be sure to check out some of last year’s frightfully fun entries.

Who’s Afraid Of A Little Smile?



Someone’s been a very bad_koala. This post by ZBrushCentral member Rodrigue Pralier aka bad_koala, takes us back to the late 1980′s when Eddie Brock had his unfortunate run-in with an alien symbiote known as VENOM! The story was the handy work of the mega talented David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane and is regarded by many as a key moment in the Copper Era of comic book history. Of course, Venom was an instant hit and has since played a major role in the web-crawler’s universe. Be sure to visit ZBrushCentral to keep up to date with your favorite ZBrush artists.

Clearing Out Some Head Space



There is an old saying that goes something like this, “practice, practice and then practice some more.” ZBrushCentral member Ben aka Selwy, has taken this to heart and his latest post is evidence that the old saying holds true. His hard work has landed him a highly coveted TopRow honor. Check out his user gallery for more head play, where he’s taken to the task of sculpting a fair share of head busts. Most interestingly, his thread showcases the process of milling one of his busts using a block of wood. Be sure to poke around his website where you’ll find interesting tutorials on everything from sculpting fabric and folds to a FREE ZBrush model.

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