Studio Daily’s Peter Plantec, recently announced this year’s recipients for the Golden Pixie awards. You guessed it, ZBrush took home the hardware for best digital sculpting software. ZBrush wasn’t the only winner. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipients including VFX guru, professor Paul Debevec. Here’s to the winners and best of luck next year!
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Sometimes you get the chance to watch history being written while at the same time, living in the moment and off the cuff. If you’re lucky, the entire experience appears like an old silent film waiting to be infused with the soundtrack of your life. This is what it feels like to take part in the industry’s most electric meeting of the minds. The Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn may have a strange name and take place far from the usual haunts typically associated with computer graphics conferences, but in all reality, it couldn’t happen any other way!
Tucked far from the noisy streets of Europe and surrounded by water, a point much debated by artists and attendees across the entire 4 day event, THU awakens the island of Troia at a time most would consider “off season”. Rest assured, with a collection of globally recognized artists, visionaries and over the top, talented attendees making the journey, there’s no “off” button in sight.
Only a short drive from Lisbon to the water’s edge and visitors wait patiently for the ferry to the island of Troia. The entire process feels like a complete rebirth for the first time attendee or guest speaker. The departure from the mainland by way of this “birth canal of cool” helps promote a physical sense of separatism from whatever life one lived before. This is by all stretches of the imagination, a baptism by fire into the world of art! Even before the event begins, attendees and speakers become aware that by their physical and geographical location, the outside world is just that, outside and almost forgotten. As if the water wasn’t enough, the mountainous vistas serve to reinforce this feeling of artistic sanctuary by providing a natural buffer to the outside sounds and distractions of the everyday. Clear sky’s abound and provide a path for instant connections to fellow “tribe” members. Electricity already mounting!
The Tribe is a term coined at the opening ceremonies by the legendary Scott Ross. Ross’s appraisal is not unwarranted. This is an incredible family affair. Whether new to the mix or an old friend from a previous professional endeavor, the THU is the place to light the flame of inspiration or fuel its growth even further. Attendees sit with professionals from a wide range of industries across a week long artistic and educational tour de force. The event features classroom workshops, mentoring sessions, key note presentations and fireside talks with industry legends!
The Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn wrapped on Sunday September 21, 2014 to unanimous shouts of ole, ole, ole, ole as a procession of artists marched to the water’s edge to warm the cool sands in a race to beat the sun. There, they danced and gave worship to the ancient spirit of creativity that brought them together.
Thanks to Andre Lourenco and the entire THU Team for assembling the world’s finest! Until next time!
Sending a warm breeze and a strum from this here guitar.
When we get hungry, we reach for a Snickers. It’s hard to deny the taste of smooth caramel and peanuts with a layer of nougat all wrapped in a chocolate coating. It makes “ZBrushing” that much more enjoyable and even faster! After all, you can’t survive on digital clay alone. Or can you? The latest Snickers advertising campaign sees a unique use of ZBrush come to life on the streets of Korea. Recently, an interactive advertising campaign popped up and put a “zombie” twist on satisfying hunger. Watch ZBrush artist Gio Nakpil and a talented team of digital effects artists scare some unsuspecting commuters. Visit Gio’s user gallery inside ZBSee for a closer look at this ZBrusher’s process.
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.
The Digital Sculpture Project is an undertaking of magnificent proportions. Professor Bernard “Bernie” Frischer leads a team of dedicated men and women committed to the preservation and restoration of priceless artifacts from the ancient world. The program represents the future of archeological preservation and strives to expand the study of how 3D technology “can be applied to the capture, representation and interpretation of sculpture from all periods and cultures.” Learn more about how ZBrush is being used to hold the past together in this telling video breakdown.
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!