Archive for the 'Illustration' Category

Carving a style in ZBrush

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Every day on ZBrush Central, forum members will update their sketchbooks with their latest digital clay experiments. There’s a host of inspiration waiting to be explored! Take forum member makeusong’s collection of new works created for a Dark Stalker contest; this artist’s boldly charismatic creations are winning over the community, and encouraging us all to take our character designs and anatomy knowledge to the next level.

Check out some of the new works by makeusong and enjoy the chunky shapes, dynamic poses, and impressive demonstrations of human anatomy that make these images stand out in a crowd.

Rendering illustrations in ZBrush

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Ladislas is a 24-year old artist living in Paris, France. A ZBrushCentral member for a while, it was only recently that he decided to share his work. And what an incredible debut!

Based on a concept by Xa, ‘Butterfly Girl’ was modeled using ZBrush and Maya, and rendered in ZBrush. While Ladislas didn’t originally intend for the final image to have a 2D feel, he felt while working on the sculpt that the graphic touch and the unusual elements of the design lent themselves well to a flat illustration.

Using the posterization effect combined with various tweaks in the materials, Ladislas was able to get almost the final result from ZBrush itself. He used a combination of the Skin Shade 4 as a base material and rendered straight from ZBrush using Sharpen in the BPR filters. For the beautiful soft effect, he added a glow (from ZBrush BPR filters) and the Wax material. All that was required from Photoshop in post was some erasing of the tree and adding a background color!

Check out the turnaround of the ZBrush sculpt and wireframe:

Butterfly Girl Turn from Ladislas GUEROS on Vimeo.

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Lighting The Path

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ZBrush artist Katerin takes this latest addition to the ZBrush universe to the next level. Be sure to visit her ZBrushCentral thread where you’ll see breakdowns for how this stylized character and her mythical companion came to life. Features like Noisemaker, Fibermesh and Polypainting were instrumental in helping to bring this duo to life.

Join Pixologic at the CTN Animation Expo 2014

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Join Pixologic at the CTN Animation Expo 2014 from November 21st – 23rd 2014  in Burbank (CA) as we present renowned film and gaming artists giving live ZBrush demonstrations.

In case you haven’t heard, CTN is short for the Creative Talent Network and the expo will no doubt be a hot bed for creative talent. With live demonstrations, networking receptions, master workshops, panel discussions and professional exhibits, you can bet on this year’s expo being more popular than ever!

Some of the artists appearing at the ZBrush booth (B52) include:

  • Michael DeFeo (Freelance Artist: Despicable Me 2, The Lorax, Ice Age 4)
  • Chadwick Dusenbery (Freelance Artist)
  • Shaun Absher (Disney Animation)
  • Dylan Ekren (Disney Animation)
  • Alena Wooten (Disney Animation)
  • Matt Thorup (Disney Animation)
  • Tyler Bolyard (Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • Danny Williams (Dreamworks Animation)
  • Leticia Reinaldo (Freelance Artist: Frozen,Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, Muppets Most Wanted)
  • Steve Lord (McFarlane Toys)

To learn more about the artists, view some of their artwork and see a presentation schedule, visit the CTN Animation Expo UGM Page.

See you there!

The Back To School Special

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Sculpting one dinosaur is an undertaking most will find daunting. ZBrushCentral member ministerart@hotmail.uk.co decided to take things a little further. You may be startled to learn that 47 dinos were completed in 4 months for this incredible project. That’s right friends, you read that right! 47 dinosaurs in 4 months. We’re not trying to sell our math skills here, but it’s safe to say that’s a lot of sculpting. This maddening collection of feathered and scaled critters finds its way into a volume titled, “Knowledge Encyclopedia Dinosaur” by DK Publishing worthy of your utmost attention. It’s looking like a back to school special we can sink our claws into! Be sure to fill your head with more learning resources by visiting ZClassroom.

Digital Art Masters Series Volume 9

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3dtotal are pleased to announce the ninth volume of the Digital Art Masters series. Comprised of 50 of the world’s best digital artists, including seasoned professionals and talented students, the volume explains workflows while  inspiring readers to create their own masterpieces. It features some of the most popular images in the last year, including Mathieu Aerni’s Lindford, Sven Juhlin’s Guardian, and Fernando Ometto’s Dwarf, making it an essential addition to every artists’ bookshelf.

To The Point Of The Matter

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ZBSee member Kouji Tajima aka Tazn showcases his latest work with a unique blend of creatures and demons guaranteed to inspire! He’s been a busy ZBrusher with the release of his own book. Check it out on Amazon. You’ll be happy to know you can see more of his ZBrush work inside his user gallery. That should keep you satisfied until your copy of Kouji Tajima Artworks & ZBrush Technique arrives in the mail.

Glowing Green With TomatoVFX

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Materials, render passes and concept illustration are the name of the game inside ZBSee artist TomatoVFX’s thread. Adding to the already impressive breakdowns and information is a collection of cloth draping brushes. Be sure to download these great resources today. Look inside the TomatoVFX user gallery for even more digital sculpting goodies. If it’s resources you need, don’t delay! Visit the ZBrush download center for everything from materials, alphas, plugins and a whole lot more.

Blowing Off Some Steam

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ZBSee artist, Itay Schlesinger sounds off his arrival by blowing a steam whistle for his latest digital clay contributions. Visit his user gallery to see everything from a medieval inspired chess set to a swashbuckling dog.

Mechanical Mania

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Hard surface modeling continues to evolve inside ZBrush. Features like Panel Loops, Clipping Brushes and ZRemesher, are all instrumental in generating new and dynamic shapes inside ZBrush. This “ground drone” supplied by ZBSee member, Andyjonescreative pushes the possibilities of the genre further. Check out his breakdown for how to generate surface damage and paint wear. If inorganic modeling is your thing, be sure to watch our latest video tutorial series highlighting a wide range of features and functions inside ZClassroom.






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