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A Visit With Family

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Michael Defeo was kind enough to pop into the Pixologic booth at this year’s CTN for some live digital clay demo action. His characters and creatures have graced the screen in films like Ice Age, The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who to name a few. In case you couldn’t make it to this year’s Creative Talent Network Expo, Michael also had his own booth where he showcased his design process in traditional clay. You can see a recap here.

In this latest image, coincidentally begun at CTN, Michael or mdzb on the ZBrushCentral Forum gives a nod to the ever popular Morticia. The entire image was produced inside ZBrush and rendered using the BPR render system. You can learn more about rendering and lighting inside ZBrush at ZClassroom.

Legends of the Pitch

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Whether he’s working in the finest carerra marble or slinging digital clay inside ZBrush, Cicero D’Avila is always happy to give us an insider’s look at his process. In his latest offerings, Cicero aka Daviliano on the ZBrushCentral forum, has sculpted himself a place in the anals of Brazilian soccer lore.

In Brazil, soccer is life and the heroes who play the game on the international stage are treated like Gods. These latest sculptures, are being celebrated for their unique ability to capture the likenesses of some of Brazil’s most loved and cherished “jogadores”. He’s adopted a digital work flow incorporating the power of ZBrush to establish his concepts and final poses before sending the files to 3d printers. The final result is without question, awe inspiring.

You can learn more about rapid prototyping and 3d printing technology inside ZClassroom.

Created In ZBrush. Crafted In Wood.

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With technology rapidly advancing, this latest ZBrushCentral post is sure to keep you looking forward. The artistic possibilities of the future are only beginning to take shape. ZBrushCentral member Ben Godi knows this and is incorporating everyone’s favorite sculpting software ZBrush, into his traditional art pipeline. The result is a collection of wonderful wooden sculptures built with some new and old technology working hand in hand. Still, at the root of it all is that indelible search for artistic expression. In this case, Ben found his way to the end result using ZBrush.

To find out more about using ZBrush with external printing applications and processes, be sure to check out features like Decimation Master and our Plugins section inside ZClassroom. There, you’ll get the necessary info to get your creations off the screen and into your hands faster.

Who’s Afraid Of A Little Smile?

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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.

Peter Konig And The New Pecking Order

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Peter Konig is a man who needs no introduction in the world of freaky and creepy. He’s worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films and contributed his talents to the realm of video games. This latest ZBrushCentral post is nothing short of a twisted journey into the mind of a master designer. The Schpronk leaves us with the impression of  an existence in a place where humans are walking bird feed. The fine detail Peter is able to pull from his sculpture work is something to marvel over. We’re excited to have this latest piece added to Peter’s already dense body of work.

Plugin Play With Joseph Drust

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He’s at it again! Our good buddy, G.I. Joseph Drust aka Piggyson on the ZBrushCentral forum, has produced another set of resources for the community. This guy is the quintessential team player. With his latest offering, Joseph provides us with a handy solution for working with Insert Brushes, welding verts and generating clean tools. The InsertMesh Master will set your InsertMesh settings before creating an InsertMesh. This is only the beginning. For his next trick, Joseph provides us with the ZWelder. This plugin uses the Import Weld settings to weld verts on the model without leaving ZBrush. Finally, the Clean Tool Master will speed up your workflow when working with Dynamesh and standard subtools. While you’re downloading this incredible free content, be sure to stop in at Joseph’s website and see more of the madness behind the man.

Rising Up From The Deep

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If you are a fan of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, than this latest post by ZBrushCentral artist Gregory Stark is right up your alley. With an old school vibe, we are immediately flashed back to the nautical adventures of Captain Nemo and his mighty Nautilus. This particular sculpt is ready for 3d printing. Can you say pre-order? You can learn more about 3d printing and bringing your ZBrush designs to life, by visiting our video tutorial series on rapid prototyping inside ZClassroom.

The Making Of Cthulhu

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Bryan Wynia is no stranger to the process of making creepy looking monsters of mayhem come to life. He continues to teach creature creation tricks at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Recently, he was live on the floor at Siggraph 2012 with a really cool giveaway opportunity at the Pixologic booth. One lucky winner was able to take home a 3d print of his latest Cthulhu sculpt. Now, you can see the entire process and watch this tentacled beast come to life  in a series of videos on ZBrushCentral. To see more of Bryan’s work, be sure to visit his ZBrushCentral user gallery or his blogspot.

Facing Off On Network Television

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Taking a step back from our monitors and looking at the traditional side of the business for a moment, we are delighted that our own ZBrushCentral member Rod Maxwell makes an appearance as a contestant on Faceoff. Be sure to catch Rod and our old buddy Neville Page, who also appears as a guest judge on the Syfy network’s latest season of Faceoff. In case you are unfamiliar, the program takes contestants from the make-up and special effects industry and has them complete a number of design challenges to see who is the best. You can find out more about the series, now in it’s second season, by visiting the Syfy network homepage.

The Illustrated Dark Knight

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If you are familiar with the idea of DC comic’s Elseworlds publications, this latest anti-riot Batman by ZBrushCentral member bestialopolis will really get you going. In the Elseworlds publications, Batman is taken out of the traditional Gotham setting and transplanted to various places and times throughout history. The earliest concept for an Elseworld story idea dates back to Gotham By Gas Light published in 1989. This book featured the talents of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola and had the caped crusader battling Jack the Ripper in a Victorian era Gotham. The concept was a success and essentially laid the foundations for the Elseworlds stories that followed. This anti-riot Batman sure looks poised to take on crime fighting in the future.






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