You know the only thing wrong with the holiday season? Not enough monsters. Luckily, between now and the 23rd of December, CGSociety is giving you the chance to upload as many creepy, slimy, toothy, hairy, leggy, scaly, craggy, smelly, weird or just plain scary (or even beautiful) beings as your heart desires.
Your creatures can be 2D or 3D – they can be WIPs or fully realised – they can be whatever you like. You just need to upload them to your CGPortfolio before December 23rd 2013 and put them in the “Creatures” category.
After this date, the five judges (all contributors to The Essence – Creatures ) will each choose their favorite piece, and tell us why they like it. There are no other criteria – it’s entirely up to them (and their decisions are final!)
Winners will receive a free slip-case copy of The Essence – Creatures, a years’ free CGSConnect Membership and a free CGTOD of their choice. Your CGPortfolio will also be showcased via CGSociety’s social media.
The judges are:
Jim Van Den Bogart
Happy uploading! Post any questions in this thread (or links to your CGPortfolio, if you like).
Our newest member of the Turntable Gallery, Damon Woods (aka DK Woods at ZBrushCentral), has provided a few incredibly detailed characters, along with closeups of each one. Damon started his career as a 3D generalist, but has spent his evenings working in ZBrush to hone his character design skills. We think he was pretty successful!
Check out Damon’s work at our Turntable Gallery, and see more of his creations at his user gallery at ZBrushCentral.
The results are in!
After six weeks of work by the many participating artists, the completed entries were sent to our distinguished judging panel to arrive at ten finalists. We then moved into a public voting phase where the community was able to weigh in via Facebook.
Now at last we have our winners! Each is listed below, along with information about the entry and the prize that will be awarded.
Please join us in congratulating each of these outstanding artists!
Winner: gkhopatk (View ZBC Thread).
2nd Place: jayantamazumder (View ZBC Thread).
3rd Place: scottleroc (View ZBC Thread).
Check out the Twisted Horror Forum at ZBrushCentral to see the WIP threads of all the contestants.
In case you couldn’t be in attendance for our Naughty Dog UGM here on the grounds of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, sink your teeth into the recap video featuring Michael Knowland, Bradford Smith and Frank Tzeng at our UGM Page. These guys were part of the incredible team that brought us the hit game, “The Last of Us”.
To kick things off, Michael demonstrated his approach to sculpting realistic cloth for games. Next up, Brad took us into the realm of environment props with a demonstration on tiling-textures for production. Some of the key features used in his workflow include ZRemesher and Micro-Mesh. Last up for the evening was Frank with a showcase of his methods for sculpting realistic human faces.
Michael, Bradford and Frank left no stone unturned with their in depth presentations of typical workflows in the lives of production artists. If you’re looking to take your sculptures to higher levels of realism, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to watch these industry pros in action. Be sure to keep your eyes on our events calendar for upcoming events!
Watch the video recap here.
Alejandro Pereira is a highly talented freelance artist with more than 7 years experience in the world of film and animated series production. He decided to focus his knowledge by mixing two of his passions: 3D animation and traditional sculpture. Eventually, he narrowed that to just sculpture.
To date, Alejandro has worked with a large number of important licensors: Marvel, DC, Disney-Pixar and Universal Studios among them. Other credits include ARH Studios, Gentle Giant, McFarlane Toys, Pop Culture Shock, Funko and others.
His 3D printed statuettes are spectacularly detailed, with a great sense of form and movement. We hope that you enjoy this journey into the mind of a First-Class figure creator!
Check out the interview!
Want to see your work in a high-quality art book? 3dtotal has announced its annual call for submissions for Digital Art Masters Volume 9. Simply submit your work following the guidelines before 25 Nov 2013 for your chance to be featured in print! Voting takes place in December. 50 artists will be selected from the submissions – each will receive 2 hardcover copies of the book plus an 11-inch resin male anatomical reference figure.
Digital Art Masters is stocked in bookshops around the world and exhibited at all the major expos, so this is a fantastic opportunity to have your art reach new audiences. Previous contributors have included the mighty Rafael Grassetti, Pascal Blanché, Matthew Burke, Marek Denko, Eric Durante and more, alongside many up-and-coming talents. Could this be your year?
Find more info and submission details at 3DTotal.com.
Pixologic is once again supporting, our UK ZBrush reseller, bluegfx, with their annual bluegfx expo event which is being held on 30 Oct 2013 at the London Film Museum (Southbank)… just a 5 minute walk from Waterloo train station. Glen Southern will be demonstrating the latest features of ZBrush 4R6 plus his recent work on “The Last Days on Mars”. Glen will be hosting both a morning and afternoon session and also showing off his skills on the Wacom stand in the exhibition area.
The bluegfx expo is a day dedicated to the latest in 3D technology and other highlights include a Skyfall presentation from Framestore plus an early preview of V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max. Please register at www.bluegfxexpo.co.uk.
Take a tour of our Turntable Gallery and you’ll notice a new addition. ThePriest showcases the harder edge of digital sculpting. This remarkable steampunk hummingbird started life as a simple Dynamesh sphere that was quickly chopped, cut and manipulated into its present form. Other key features used in the development of this piece included ZRemesher, Panel Loops and Multi-Mesh brushes. You can see more of ThePriest by visiting his user gallery. If you are interested in using Insert brushes and Multi Mesh brushes, visit the dedicated Multi-Mesh Repository inside the ZBrushCentral forum.
For this contest, you must sculpt an iconic character from one of the horror films listed on the contest page. However, you must put a twist on your character by re-imagining him (or her) in an unexpected scenario. Something that would shade (pun intended) a new light on the character. What would the character do if he (or she) were not in a horror movie? What if Frankenstein was a nurse? Freddy Kruger as a mailman? Maybe Samara from “The Ring” moonlights as a hair dresser? Use your imagination and surprise us!
Get all the rules, regulations, and most importantly the list of prizes at the official 2013 ZBrushCentral Halloween Contest page.
This September the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn Festival will take the beautiful Troia Peninsula in Portugal by storm, by gathering some of the best artists and companies in the VFX, Gaming and Animation industries. It’s a festival for the fearless. The passionated. The restless. The eager to learn. It’s talent having fun in a paradise setting. With a roster of great speakers from Pixar, ILM, Luma Pictures, Framestore, Massive Black, Platige, Blizzard, Ubisoft or Sony Imageworks, as well as a stellar cast of freelance artists, the THU Festival will provide an excellent opportunity to learn and network with the best in the business. Check out what the THU Festival is all about at www.trojan-unicorn.com.