Laser Girls and The Painted Claws



3D printing is making serious waves across the world as of late. We recently took part in the inaugural 3D Printer World Expo and saw everything from helmet props for movies to shoes being turned out! Check out our recap videos inside the ZBrushCentral forum. This latest application sees a potential revolution in manicures! That’s right, now you can customize your very own set of 3D printed nails and add extra “bling” to your claws! The Laser Girls are leading the 3D printed nail charge with a collection of nails that leaves us wanting more.


Having A Laugh



ZBrushCentral member Leslie Van Den Broeck aka polydrawer’s user gallery has been updated. Stop by the thread and check out some great Dragon BallZ Challenge sculpts done by Leslie and other ZBrushCentral members. You’ll even get a glimpse of some early developments in the 3D Anime Challenge: Naruto vs Sasuke worklog. You can learn more about using mannequins inside ZBrush by visiting ZClassroom.

Bugging Out With Eric Keller



Eric Keller is no stranger to the ZBrushCentral forum. In case you don’t already know, he’s even written several books on the subject. Get your copy today!  It’s safe to say the man has an eclectic collection of obsessions and muses. If your squeamish, this thread will have you crawling in your seat. Robotball as he’s known on the ZBrushCentral forum, recently posted a myriad of insect sculptures waiting to get you feeling “icky” all over! This latest collection of work is also available in all its 3D glory inside our Turntable Gallery. Be sure to keep up with Eric Keller’s exploits by visiting his blog. If you are in the Los Angeles area, it’s probably a good idea to try and squeeze your way into one of his classes at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.


The Inner Freak Exposed



In this featured artist thread, we take a look at the work of new ZBrushCentral member Inner-Freak. These first few posts show a dynamic range of work from vehicle design to creatures and characters. We’ll be keeping a closer eye on this user gallery for more “choice cuts” going forward. You can learn all you’ll need to know about designing vehicles inside ZBrush with our dedicated video series hosted by automotive designer David Bentley. Be sure to check ZClassroom for constant updates to our video tutorial library.



Beyond Atlantis



The Vine FX team really pushed the envelope with their latest work on the BBC series “Atlantis”. You can read an in-depth article on the process and workflow at the Digital Media World website. Most of the characters are modeled using ZBrush. They are credited with 1000 VFX shots throughout the 13 episode series. Looks like we’ve got another program to watch!

Show Time Inside The White House



The kids at the Commonwealth Academy recently showcased their artistic “chops” by taking part in the inaugural White House Film Festival. The Cougar Game Design Studio is comprised of a dynamic group of fifth graders who are obviously hip to the game! You can learn more by watching their submission, “Building Concrete Pathways to the Future.”

Face In The Crowd



Be sure to visit ZBrushCentral artist Ivan.Lu’s user gallery for more views of this over the top sculpting project. This latest piece landed him a spot on the Top Row. Ivan is new to ZBrushCentral but it’s safe to say he’s hit the ground running! Great work. We can’t wait to see more. Remember, you too could land yourself on the Top Row. Keep sculpting and posting inside ZBrushCentral.

In The Hangar With Ben Mauro



ZBrushCentral artist Ben Mauro takes us deep into the process of conceptualizing a mech hangar. Follow along in this informative video as Ben explains his process for generating environment and set designs. There are more interesting mech inspired projects waiting inside his user gallery. Check out all you’ll need to get the most out of your hard surface modeling capacity in ZBrush.


The legendary Syd Mead announced as a speaker at THU/2014



Trojan Horse was a Unicorn 2014 (THU/2014) celebrates the addition of Syd Mead to an all-star presenter line up.

THU/2014, the international four-day artists’ conference to be held in Portugal this September, welcomes the master of design Syd Mead to an already impressive roster. Mead joins Oscar-winning artists Rob Legato and Andy Jones, and Scott Ross, founder of Digital Domain. Together, these four industry legends lead a bill of 25 additional industry speakers plus 13 artist mentors that will impart their wisdom to attendees from at least 29 countries.

The addition of Syd Mead – the father of inspiration – to the THU/2014 line up is just another step forward to shaping the digital arts event into a Mecca for artists the world over. THU breaks the traditions of what’s expected from typical conferences and provides educational talks and workshops with the addition of an atmosphere that will be crafted entirely to inspire and enthuse in one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

THU/2014 builds on the success of THU/2013 to create something even more magical for attendees. They will put faces to the names of talents they’ve admired for years on screen; they will shake hands with their idols and chat with Oscar winners over a beer; they can seek feedback on portfolios from recruiters and discover award-winning techniques; and, perhaps most importantly, they will revive their passions for an industry that is built on the raw skills of these remarkable people.

“Over the three decades I’ve been in this industry, I’ve attended every type of conference/festival imaginable,” said Scott Ross, Founder of Digital Domain. “There’s SIGGRAPH, a technical conference; FMX, an industry executive conference; Annecy, an animation conference… But there hasn’t been a conference focused on the artist. THU/2014 fulfills that dream: it’s a gathering of digital artists from around the world that share, play and imagine together in Europe’s best kept secret…" target="_blank">Portugal.”

Syd Mead’s influence on the art world is immeasurable, having influenced the lives of so many with his iconic visual language. The opportunity to experience this 81-year old legend in the flesh is almost priceless. “Bringing Syd Mead to THU/2014 is making history in Portugal,” said THU founder Andre Luis. “He is a true legend – the kind that can inspire and change your life. The THU/2014 attendees will be in for a fantastic presentation by this visual design master. He represents everything that we want THU to stand for… and I’m anxious to see what he’ll present to the audience. It’s exciting!”

THU/2014 will take place in Portugal on 17-20 September, with the venue to be announced in March 2014. Early tickets are available now via, with tickets already sold to attendees from more than 29 countries across four continents. Those interested in mingling with the greats and like-minded artists are encouraged to follow the THU Facebook Page for future announcements and competitions to win tickets. A THU/2014 newsletter has also been set up to keep those interested in the loop.

THU is a not-for-profit venture that aims to invest any money that is raised at the end of each event back into new projects and funding scholarships.

Discover the THU/2013 experience Vimeo movies, which offer a fantastic insight into the unique aspects of THU:
THU/2013 welcome day movie and THU/2013 experience video

Registered attendees currently hail from at least 29 countries, including: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Speakers already confirmed for THU 2014 on 17-20 September 2014 include:
Christian Alzmann – Visual Effects Art Director at Industrial Light & Magic
Karla Ortiz – Concept Artist (clients include NCSOFT, Ubisoft)
Michael Kutsche – Character Designer and Concept Artist (clients include Disney Studios, Dreamworks, Marvel Studios)
Ian McQue – Lead Concept Artist, Rockstar North Ltd (Assistant Art Director on Grand Theft Auto V)
Kyle Mcculloch – VFX Supervisor, Framestore (Gravity)
Ben Mauro – Freelance Concept Designer (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Catherine Mullan – Animation Supervisor, MPC (Wrath of the Titans)
Gavriil Afanasyev Klimov – Senior Concept Artist, Treyarch
Alessandro Baldasseroni – Lead Character Artist, Blur Studio
Andrew Hickinbottom – Freelance 3D Modeler and Character Designer
Rebeca Puebla – 3D Character Artist
Denis Zilber – Freelance Illustrator

For more information and updates to the expert panel of speakers visit and follow

Classics Reborn



3D printing is changing the name of the game when it comes to taking designs from screen to print! ZBrushCentral’s own monstermaker aka Hollywood special effects and make-up guru, Rick Baker is realizing physical renditions of classics like Popeye and others from his digital sculpting catalogue. Utilizing a MakerBot printer, monstermaker’s digital sculpts look to have gained new life! What this means for the production of creepy statues and prosthetic parts is a classic game of wait and see!



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