The annual Game Artisans ComicCon Challenge has come and gone. Yes, it’s hard to believe that another year of comic book action has already passed us by! This ZBSee post features an incredible collection of work created for the epic challenge. Visit our dedicated forum space for a walk down memory lane and your chance to see all the incredible ZBrush work leading up to the final days of the contest. ZBSee members Ballo, joymepls, Stepanchikov, Danpetro and CgNara landed themselves at the top of the superhero heap. They placed first through fifth respectively. It looks like ZBrush helped these artists land a crushing blow!
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Take your industrial design skills further with this in-depth look at automotive design. Car Stylus: Digital Tools & Techniques for Vehicle designers is a website dedicated to advancing your skills in the areas of vehicle and industrial design. With a mantra “geared” toward helping designers master the newest and latest tools, Car Stylus ensures “that busy designers get timely tips, tricks and techniques that’ll help improve digital workflows.” The video tutorials are thorough and hammer home key concepts that will no doubt help with your next project. For even more industrial design tutorials, check out our latest video series on designing a futuristic helmet.
These new vinyl toy designs come from long-time ZBSee member and Shinbone Creative’s own Scott Wetterschneider. It’s great to see the latest in vinyl toy madness coming from this eclectic ZBrusher. Visit Shinbone Creative to find out how you too can create your own toys! The Shinbone Creative hits you with a myriad of resources while keeping you inspired. You can see more of Wetterschneider’s work by visiting his user gallery.
ZBSee member Aidin Salsabili recently shared news about an Iranian virtual museum exhibit. Check out Aidin’s videos for a behind the scenes look at the process used to create these priceless artifacts. Aidin’s user gallery will keep you busy exploring countless artifacts recreated using ZBrush.
Funny Garbage seems to be on the curve of what’s hip and cool in the world of digital clay. Fred Kahl, a Creative Director with the firm is utilizing ZBrush to bring an old american favorite back to life using 3D printing technology. Luna Park at Coney Island represents a time and place locked in the American sub-conscience. The place is part myth, part fantasy but all american. Of course Kahl’s Coney island is a miniature representation of the historic coastal playground. We think Luna Park founders Frederic Thompson and Elmer “Skip” Dundy would approve of this miniature version produced using the help of a MakerBot printer.
The ever popular “monster” in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein recently received the reboot treatment. This latest installment sees the famed monster sharing the screen with some new beasts in the form of Gargoyles. ZBrush was instrumental in helping artists at Iloura formulate the initial concept designs and finalizing the proportions, anatomy and surface textures for these new allies. Oops, there’s a spoiler! You can read about the making of I, Frankenstein by visiting the ARTofVFX website.
Visit our industry pages for more behind the scenes and “making of” info on your favorite films!
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.
The husband and wife combo of Alex Yaremchuk and Olga Bekreeva first caught our attention with their incredible 3D printed cat, dog and spider dolls. The BJD Pets serve as the foundation for the latest offerings from this dynamic duo. What makes these critters so special? ZBrush plays a vital role in bringing them to life! Alex and Olga have been hard at work putting together an awesome website experience that takes us deeper into their latest designs. This outing has them bringing the Eve doll line to life. The collection includes Angel, Michelle 1/12 and Fantasy Girl! Check out an in-depth breakdown of their entire process here.
Recently, The Pixologic Team took part in the inaugural 3D Printer World Expo at the Burbank Convention Center here in sunny California! The event was highlighted by our first ever LIVE “Sculpt Off!” featuring industry pros, Alvaro Buendia, Katon Callaway, Justin Fields, Maxence Fleuret, Rafael Grassetti, Jared Krichevsky, Frank Tzeng and Dominic Qwek. These digital clay warriors battled for 90 minute intervals through 4 rounds. Each contestant had their sculpture printed and on display for public voting.
It took 6 hours of live ballot box and online voting to crown our grand champion! Rafael Grassetti took home a formlabs Form 1 3D printer once the dust settled. Frank Tzeng was a close second and left with a new Wacom Cintiq tucked under his arm!
There was never a dull moment across the two day conference. Our booth was jumping with 3D printer friendly demos featuring even more big names, showcasing a wide range of industry specific applications. Our guest demos included the likes of Joseph Drust, Derek Pendleton, Adam Ross, Steve Talkowski, David Vennemeyer and Tomas Wittelsbach. These multi-talented artists provided ground breaking insights into their respective workflows. Special thanks to everyone for stopping by the booth. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and video recaps of the entire two day event.
We were also very fortunate to host industry keynote seminars with Legacy Effects and Neville Page respectively. These provided audience members with an incredibly rare opportunity to sit with major players in the movie and special effects industries.
We were delighted to take part in this inaugural event. It was an incredible fusion of design and technology. Visit our User Group Meeting page to keep up with our events and stay up to speed with when and where the Pixologic Team will be at an event near you. See you all again next year!
Taking ideas from simple design sketches to finished products has never been easier. Every day, artists continue to publish creations that push the envelope of what was once considered science fiction. Tareq Mirza is on a mission to rid the world of tangled headphone wires. The Bud-E ear bud wrapping case is a unique and exciting little invention that makes untangling and wrapping up your wires a thing of the past. Recently, Tareq shared his process and inspiration for his latest industrial designs. When asked how it all came together, the answer was simple, “none of these designs would be possible without ZBrush and features like Dynamesh and Curve slice brushes. Adding to this, Decimation Master gave Tareq the freedom to “easily adjust the design” without worrying about topology.