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.
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!
It’s been said that the art world is filled with unsung heroes. Well, DC Collectibles is doing their best to wipe the slate clean and give credit where it’s due. If you’re a ZBrushCentral fan, chances are good you’ve heard of the “hardest working man in the toy business”, Joe Menna. Joe is regarded as an industry leader and torch bearer in the ZBrush and digital art worlds. A quiet, yet explosive talent who makes it look easy, Menna gives readers an inside line on what inspires him, how he got here and potentially where he’s going. Check it out!
Hey there ZBrushers! ZBSee member adamsacco takes us into the world of 3D printing and toys with his latest addition to the ZBrush universe. These green critters were designed using features like Dynamesh, ZRemesher and Decimation Master. But wait, there’s more. They may seem like cute additions to your shelf, but they also double as characters in a mobile games app called, Cut The Rope 2. Get your very own green friend from Figure Outlet. Check them out today! Don’t forget to visit adamsacco’s user gallery to see more interesting and fun ways to use ZBrush.
ZBSee member Steve Talkowski, aka SketchGuy’s TikiBot is the latest iteration in the SketchBot family. Check out how TikiBot came to life and learn more about designing your own vinyl toy sensation. Be sure keep up with our latest video tutorial updates inside ZClassroom. You’ll get the inside line on everything new and exciting inside ZBrush!
The ElseWorlds series of comics and figures from DC continues to inspire. For the uninitiated, the Elseworlds concept took characters from the existing DC universe and placed them in alternate realities. This Viking Batman hits all the right notes. He was a recent submission for the Game Artisan’s ComiCon Challenge. ZBSee member Caleb Nefzen ranked among the Top Ten and gave the Norse Gods something to cheer for in the 2014 challenge! Visit Caleb’s User Gallery to see more.
ZBSee member Michael Milano takes us on a journey into the realm toy sculpture. Take a closer look at his process with this time-lapsed, video walk-through. Creating your very own toy sculptures inside ZBrush is only a few moves and stretches away. Advance your digital sculpting skills with dedicated tutorial videos highlighting everything you’ll need to create your own “digital clay” masterpieces inside ZClassroom.
ZBSee member mhfrandsen showcases a series of dripping cool creature busts in his latest thread. Look a little closer and you’ll see that one of the lucky beasts has even made the transition from screen to 3D print in the form of a resin kit! Yes it’s true, you too can wonder in delight at the possibilities of taking your very own designs from ZBrush to your table top. Visit Mikkel’s homepage to see more of his digital sculpting projects and a list of available resin kits.
Everyday millions of toys ride trucks to the shelves of toy stores around the world. This latest post reminds us that no matter how big or small, ZBrush helps to make some of those toys a reality. Be sure to check out more toy designs inside ZBSee member devoid’s user gallery.
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.