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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From time to time, there are pieces of work that stand out because they are technically beyond our expectations. In the most hopeful of cases, the technical meets with a strong narrative combining to form a uniquely remarkable piece of work. The narrative quality of this latest Borislav Kechashki aka Galero sculpt, is without question in that category. We are left to fill in the pieces of an untold narrative and it’s easy to imagine that it belongs to a larger world of interesting places and other worldly creatures. Be sure to check out Galero’s user gallery for more interesting creatures. You won’t be disappointed and will probably walk away inspired to tell your own tales.
Tucho Fernandez Calo aka tucho on the ZBRushCentral forum, has just unveiled a new collection of his work. Check out his new online portfolio by visiting his website. You can see more of his creations by visiting his ZBrush user gallery. This latest work features a great collection of props and environment pieces. Remember, the Insert Multi Mesh (IMM) functionality gives you the ability to turn component parts like these into an easy to access collection of ready made pieces. Check out more on the latest features inside ZBrush 4R4. For free video tutorials on how to use these and other tools inside ZBrush, visit ZClassroom.