We were thrilled to see ZBrush in action in The Creature Technology Company’s awe-inspiring show reel! This is a company truly combining state-of-the-art technology with artistic mastery to craft some of the most remarkable animatronics for arena spectaculars, theme parks, exhibitions, stage shows, and events we have seen to date.
Find out more about The Creature Technology Company and check out the show reel:
The Creature Technology Company SHOWREEL 2014 from The Creature Technology Company on Vimeo.
3DPrintingIndustry.com has reported that, from April 6 this year, My Mini Factory Academy will offer students the tools to learn 3D design and printing – in none other than New York City! iMakr, the company behind the My Mini Factory printables community, believes that these hands-on workshops will even help people learn how to start their own businesses.
Lessons will take place Monday to Friday, 10AM to 5PM, for 10 weeks. Everything from design techniques and scanning to modeling in ZBrush will be covered. By week 8, all students will be able to tackle their own practical projects!
Registration is open now.
Photo: The first successful My Mini Factory Academy in London introduced small classes to the world of 3D printing through an intensive workshop series
At just 80 x 100 x 20 microns in size, a nano sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz is officially the smallest creation of the human form in history. Taking this impressive feat even further still, Hurwitz created an entire series of the smallest human portraits of all time. Discover how these remarkable creations were realized using the groundbreaking 3D-printing technology, Multiphoton Lithography, on Jonty Jurwitz’s website.
“To some extent this series of sculptures reminds me of how the film industry works,” said Jonty Hurwitz in an interview with Popular Science Magazine. “You need large teams of thinkers, builders, creatives, and amazing technology; the sculpting software we used, ZBrush, is one of the main monster-making tools in the Hollywood special effects world . . .”
Scott Spencer is well known for his incredible character and creature ZBrush creations. So it will come as no surprise to learn that he has recently been in New Zealand producing remarkably detailed statues for the Weta Collectibles line!
And his favorite?
“Thorin. I had a great time working on this one. It’s a challenge getting every detail down – even counting the number of plates in his sleeve armor or matching the number of plaits in a braid. Attention to details like this is all part of the process,” Spencer reveals in his ZBrush Central forum thread.
Margo from Bold Machines is a feature film project that is being developed from 3D-modeled characters – but not in the traditional sense! Rather than following large-scale box-office productions, Margo instead begins with character collectibles and focuses on narrative; the story itself about Margo, the main character, whose parents are lost on a space mission exploration.
Jose Alves da Silva is the 3D character artist that is crafting the characters to spec in ZBrush. These characters are then 3D printed, and painted by Adrian Yablin. So far a host of characters have been created for this exciting project, including Margo and her dog Eddie, Mr Walthersnap and his diver Kyrgstzt, and Tom Baker, an extraordinary mechanic! Even Margo’s scooter and sidecar has been modeled and printed for the project!
Once the characters have been modeled, 3D printed, and painted, they will then be transformed into a feature film with the help of a production company. What’s more, you can also download and 3D-print the characters yourself from the Thingiverse website!
Stay up to date with the project’s developments on the Bold Machine’s blog. And visit Jose Alves da Silva’s website for more fantastic 3D character creations!
The new Industries section on Pixologic reveals how ZBrush is used in various industries around the world, including:
Follow the links above or head to the Industries section to get a fascinating insight into ZBrush’s universal applications!
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.
William Harbottle has proven to be a huge hit on ZBrushCentral over the years. After a hiatus from posting new works, he has returned with a jaw-dropping collection of character sculpts that have got the community excited about his skills and techniques. The works presented are prototype sculpts for statues that William created while working for Gentle Giant Studios, where he was employed for nine years.
Originally a traditional sculptor of action figures, when he moved into the digital realm he simply “started replicating the same methods”. By popular demand, he offers a glimpse into his work in progress so we can all learn a little from this master! He also shares some wise words on the topic of 3D scanning in digital sculpture.
Be sure to scroll through the pages of his thread to see the full collection and read his professional advice.
William Harbottle is now a Senior Sculptor at Sideshow Collectibles.
Pixologic will be returning to the 3D Printer World Expo for the second year! If you’re in the Burbank area, be sure to join the Pixologic crew for a host of industry seminars from MakerBot, Gentle Giant/3D Systems, and Disney Interactive, as well as selected freelancers from the forefront of the 3D printing field, including Adam Ross and Brian Wade. Plus witness the largest assortment of 3D printers held under one roof!
You won’t want to miss our live Pacific Rim-themed artist sculpt-offs, either! Who will demonstrate the best organic skills? Which artist will dominate the battle? Watch live and place your votes! If you can’t make it to the event, you can still join the fun: stay tuned to Pixologic’s Facebook Page on Saturday 31 January to see the photos and cast your votes!
Check out the schedule and artist line-up. We hope to see you there!
Cristina Franceschini is no stranger to the world of 3D printing. Having being exploring the possibilities of 3D printing in shoemaking for several years, as soon as desktop printers made a leap into the affordable realm, she purchased one to prototype her incredible designs. In this insightful interview with 3D Printing Industry.com, Cristina reveals how she learned ZBrush online, discovered the right balance of shapes, materials, and finishes, and uses Shapeways to craft the perfect heels.
Read the interview in full on 3D Printing Industry.com.