The August issue of Newsweek featured the usual brand of in-depth news but this time with a twist. Those with a sharp eye may have noticed the cover art more than the headlines. Everybody’s favorite digital sculpting software ZBrush was at it again. This time, construction of the spiny hand featured in the “Border Crisis” cover story was the “handy” work of ZBrushCentral member wbstudio. The project came together with the help of an Insert Mesh brush found on the Bad King website. You can see more from the wbstudio inside ZBrushCentral.
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.
ZBrushCentral member Tore, takes us into a David Lynch inspired, digital stop-motion “who done it?” The overall vibe is weird to say the least. If your into Lynchesque films, you won’t want to miss this latest addition to the world of ZBrush. Tore used ZBrush for the modeling and retopology of his characters. You can take advantage of quick retopology inside ZBrush by incorporating the power of ZRemesher. Learn more about ZRemesher and other funtions inside ZBrush by visiting ZClassroom.
The ZBrushCentral forum is filled with incredible work by artists from around the globe. Recently, ZBrush artist dobbie demonstrated the power of using ZBrush for commercial advertising. Dobbie modeled and textured the main character using everybody’s favorite digital sculpting software, ZBrush. See more incredible work inside dobbie’s user gallery.
The latest addition to the Top Row gallery sees ZBrushCentral member nandlaskar join the party. This creepy dude was sculpted, painted and textured inside ZBrush. The “Mushroom Goblin” originally created by Adrian Smith, was produced with the intent of making a model kit available through the Industria Mechanika brand.
Syfy Network’s, “Face Off” continues to draw a crowd. The latest episode saw Neville Page going “head to head” in all out judges grudge match. The competition was fierce but in the end, Neville was able to take home the win while incorporating the power of ZBrush to establishing his designs. Learn more about Face Off by visiting the SyFy network’s homepage.
If you are looking to add more bite to your bark, look no further than the Phoenix Atelier’s latest offering. Andrew Baker guides students through an intense course designed to take their skills further. Andrew is an accomplished artist and currently a Senior Designer at the Weta Workshop. Sign up today!
Watch exclusive Digital-Tutors ZBrush training during SIGGRAPH for free all week long. Learn to create your own MultiMesh tools to efficiently sculpt elements such as vines, ivy, thorny branches and more. Plus get entered to win Wacom Intuos and more!
We’re getting closer to lift-off! The ZBrush Summit is only 14 days away! Register today to see LIVE artist demos, industry panel discussions, interviews and a sneak peek of the latest version of ZBrush. Remember, the ZBrush Summit is a FREE event happening LIVE and STREAMING around the globe. See you all soon!!!
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.