The Inner Freak Exposed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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… http://www.visitportugal.com/en" 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 www.trojan-unicorn.com, 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 www.trojan-unicorn.com and follow www.facebook.com/TrojanUnicorn.

Classics Reborn

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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!

 

 

No Monkey Business Here

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Capturing the sentiment of a sophisticated creature is no easy task. This latest piece is a testament to the hard work and dedication needed to arrive at a believable conclusion. The advertisement was developed for Peta and ensures that only humans worked hard in the making of this short. Having ZBrush available helped with capturing high resolution details. Check out some of the breakdowns from The Mill to see how this little chimp came to life.

Riding Into Battle

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You may already be familiar with Maxence aka MFleuret on the ZBrushCentral Forum. He recently joined our group of guest artists for the 3D Printer World Expo “sculpt off” challenge. This latest piece sees him ride into battle on a new pony while solidifying a spot on the Top Row.

Fit For The Flash

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Valio Milk sets the bar a little higher with their latest collection of advertisements. Featuring the likes of the legendary Teemu Selanne and other notable elite Finnish athletes, the message is simple, drink more Valio Milk and anything’s possible. Check out the awesome behind the scenes making of shots to see how ZBrush was incorporated.






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