RoboCop burst onto scene in the 1987 cult classic of the same name and immediately became a sensation. The dude even had his own video games that spanned across the 8 and 16-bit genres! No small task for a lone cop from a future Detroit! With a signature phrase that would leave the Terminator speechless, Murphy’s “Drop It!” can still be heard through the hallways of our office from time to time. Rejoice fellow ZBrushers, because your favorite cyborg cop is back and this time he’s got a high-tech suit designed in ZBrush. Check out this incredible behind the scenes, “making-of” footage from Legacy Effects! You’ll see how a simple concept sketch can transform into a fully wearable, blockbuster movie costume!
If your trigger finger is itching to design your own “robo” inspired suit, you’ll need to start with a high powered helmet! Lucky for you, we’ve been hard at work updating a video series covering just what you’ll need to get the job done! You’ll have to get your own Ford Taurus.
Be sure to visit ZClassroom for even more educational content and learn how to take your digital sculpting further.
In preparation for this summer’s Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn festival happening in Portugal, ZBsee member CarlosVidal “cooks up” a little crab meat to keep our appetites in check. Take a look at how Dynamesh, ZRemesher and UV Master come together to help finalize his designs. Visit CarlosVidal’s user gallery for more beach ready digital sculpting.
Fangs, wings, scales and other creepy staples are what you’ll find inside ZBSee member Swordlord’s thread. Living up to his username, the beasts have been officially “slayed” and his clients at SpecialOne are probably reveling in glory! Check out some cool animation breakdowns and a user gallery filled with more cold blooded critters than you can shake a tail at! Be sure to visit the ZBrush download center to download alphas and other useful resources designed to help add dynamic layers of realism to your work. The download center is full of community created content being used by other ZBrushers just like you.
The team at the Weta Workshop takes us behind the veil with this often unseen look at their process. Check out the magic of movie making and see how ZBrush is used by the pros. They recently had a hand in bringing the Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the big screen. Watch, as the practical effects world collides with your favorite digital clay. You’ll see everything from costume production, mechanical prop manufacturing and digital asset production brought to life by 3D printers. The men and women from down under sure can “spin a web”.
The Spider-Man franchise continues to weave a web through movie theaters. The latest iteration of everybody’s favorite “web-slinger” hit the big screen to rave reviews with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check out ZBSee memeber, monstermash’s renditions of Spidey and a new take on the Rhino. These concepts were developed for the Aaron Sims Company and helped formulate new looks for the characters in the film. Check out more of Jared’s ZBrush work inside his user gallery.
Hossein Diba draws inspiration for his Top Row winner from what looks like a “Taxi Driver” era DeNiro. To find out if he’s “talkin’ to you”, visit Hossein’s user gallery. You’ll get a breakdown of Hossein’s workflow and see how to generate everything from eyes to hair. Take advantage of our video tutorial library inside ZClassroom.
We recently had a chance to sit with acclaimed designer, Aitor Throup. He was fresh off the foot-heels from completing work on Damon Albarn’s(Gorillaz, Blur) new, “Everyday Robots” music video. Check out the “Everyday Robots” video to see how ZBrush and the power of ZSpheres were used to bring a rock icon to life in digital clay.
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 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.
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