Archive for the 'Artist Spotlight' Category

Carving a style in ZBrush

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Every day on ZBrush Central, forum members will update their sketchbooks with their latest digital clay experiments. There’s a host of inspiration waiting to be explored! Take forum member makeusong’s collection of new works created for a Dark Stalker contest; this artist’s boldly charismatic creations are winning over the community, and encouraging us all to take our character designs and anatomy knowledge to the next level.

Check out some of the new works by makeusong and enjoy the chunky shapes, dynamic poses, and impressive demonstrations of human anatomy that make these images stand out in a crowd.

Seven deadly sins

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Marco Plouffe - Digital Sculptor - Seven Deadly Sins

Marco Plouffe – known as Marco Splash on the ZBrushCentral forums – has been captivating the community with an exotic collection of models that he calls the “Sinners”. Each model is designed, sculpted and PolyPainted in ZBrush; he then uses Quixel for texturing, KeyShot for the shaders and rendering, and finishes in Photoshop to compose the image and handle post-production.

Be sure to head to the ZBrushCentral forums to check out the full collection. He has also created a step-by-step tutorial to show his process, plus turntables for the models can be viewed on Marco’s website.

Rendering illustrations in ZBrush

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Ladislas is a 24-year old artist living in Paris, France. A ZBrushCentral member for a while, it was only recently that he decided to share his work. And what an incredible debut!

Based on a concept by Xa, ‘Butterfly Girl’ was modeled using ZBrush and Maya, and rendered in ZBrush. While Ladislas didn’t originally intend for the final image to have a 2D feel, he felt while working on the sculpt that the graphic touch and the unusual elements of the design lent themselves well to a flat illustration.

Using the posterization effect combined with various tweaks in the materials, Ladislas was able to get almost the final result from ZBrush itself. He used a combination of the Skin Shade 4 as a base material and rendered straight from ZBrush using Sharpen in the BPR filters. For the beautiful soft effect, he added a glow (from ZBrush BPR filters) and the Wax material. All that was required from Photoshop in post was some erasing of the tree and adding a background color!

Check out the turnaround of the ZBrush sculpt and wireframe:

Butterfly Girl Turn from Ladislas GUEROS on Vimeo.

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The art of sculpting collectibles

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Whisper detail by William Harbottle on ZBrushCentral William Harbottle has proven to be a huge hit on ZBrushCentral over the years. After a hiatus from posting new works, he has returned with a jaw-dropping collection of character sculpts that have got the community excited about his skills and techniques. The works presented are prototype sculpts for statues that William created while working for Gentle Giant Studios, where he was employed for nine years.

Originally a traditional sculptor of action figures, when he moved into the digital realm he simply “started replicating the same methods”. By popular demand, he offers a glimpse into his work in progress so we can all learn a little from this master! He also shares some wise words on the topic of 3D scanning in digital sculpture.

Be sure to scroll through the pages of his thread to see the full collection and read his professional advice.

William Harbottle is now a Senior Sculptor at Sideshow Collectibles.

Lucky by William Harbottle on ZBrushCentral

Lucky process by William Harbottle on ZBrushCentral

Hans Rudolf Giger: A Lifetime Of Creativity Remembered

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Conquering New Frontiers

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Alex Alverez just wrapped production on two DVD tutorials featuring everything you’ll need to build your own “brave new worlds”. That’s right, this is your chance to dive in with a true digital art pioneer for over 10 hours of focused learning. The DVD’s titled, “Creating Terrains with Satellite Data, Volume 1 and Volume 2″ are available now through the Gnomon Workshop. Check out Alex’s process and see how ZBrush is playing a role in helping him get the job done. The Gnomon Workshop provides high-end digital art training covering everything from drawing to sophisticated 3D modeling techniques.

Sculpting Our “Face Off”

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Be sure to tune into SyFy network’s hit television program, “Face Off” on March 25, 2014 to see ZBrush in action. The program will feature ZBrush artists Zack Petroc, Mark DeDecker, Stefano Dubay, Meats Meier, Alvaro Buendia and Rafael Grassetti. Without giving away too much, the show is titled, “Freaks of Nature” and features Neville Page as a guest host and judge.

 

Generations: Abdullah And Khalid Al Muharraqi

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The “father-son” combo of Abdullah and Khalid Al Muharraqi are set to make history on the island of Bahrain on March 3, 2014. The evening gala will see the duo exhibit a collection of their works inside the Shaikh Ebrahim Mohammed Al-Kalifa Center for Culture and Research. The Center for Culture and Research is a leading institution in the preservation and advancement of art in the region. With a reputation that extends as far as France, Korea and Spain to name a few, the two artists are poised to continue the tradition of excellence associated with their work through the generations in this first ever “father-son” show. You may already be familiar with the work of Khalid, whose dynamic ZBrush sculptures were featured in an Artist Interview on ZBrushCentral. If you are in the area, the show is a must see!

Painting Outside The Lines

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Loic Zimmermann, aka e338 on the ZBrushCentral forum, is scheduled to release a new art book along with a 3D character bust in conjunction with 3DTotal. You can help make the projects a reality by visiting the Kickstarter campaigns. Loic has contributed concept design work on blockbuster hits like Thor, Iron Man 3, True Grit and more! Be sure to check out more of Loic’s work inside his user gallery, or by visiting his website.

If you are in the Burbank area this month, be sure to stop by the Pixologic booth at CTN 2013 from November 15-17th. You’ll see demos featuring Loic and other industry pros across three days of digital clay magic. It’s a rare opportunity to get answers to questions and network with other digital artists just like you.

The Slippery Grip

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This slippery snake finds a warm spot to rest and we couldn’t be more impressed. ZBrushCentral member Elden, demonstrates that even cold blooded creatures can’t resist the allure of a clean, well-tuned engine. This highly detailed reptilian played star for a recent Volvo truck advertisement. Not too shabby!

Visit ZBrushCentral artist Elden’s user gallery for more great images incorporating features like ZSketching.






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