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A New Awakening

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

LT

To The Point Of The Matter

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ZBSee member Kouji Tajima aka Tazn showcases his latest work with a unique blend of creatures and demons guaranteed to inspire! He’s been a busy ZBrusher with the release of his own book. Check it out on Amazon. You’ll be happy to know you can see more of his ZBrush work inside his user gallery. That should keep you satisfied until your copy of Kouji Tajima Artworks & ZBrush Technique arrives in the mail.

Creepy Creature Crash Course

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Long-time creature creator Bryan Wynia hosts a new Creature Crash Course brought to you by CGWorkshops. Bryan will guide you through eight intense weeks of digital sculpting madness with an emphasis on developing two full figure creatures in ZBrush. You’ll gain experience and the knowledge needed to take your ideas from concept to completion and who knows, maybe even scare a few of your friends along the way! Classes start July 28th, 2014. Sign up now!

The Queen And Company

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ZBSee artist Tes3d, chisels his way into our digital clay hearts with his evil queen and twins! We appreciate the digital “scare” and encourage you to high tail it over to his user gallery for more on how this composition came together.

 

Going Techno!

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Brazilian outfit Techno Image continue to produce quality content with a twist! ZBrushCentral memeber Pedro Conti was kind enough to share this latest piece with the community. You can learn more about Techno Image by visiting their website. If you are looking to see more of Pedro’s work, visit his user gallery for some classic ZBrush sculpting Brazilian style.

 

The Best Of Both Worlds

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What’s better than a Jurassic Park and Alien crossover? A Xenomorph Rex that’s what! ZBrush artist Rythem02 get’s the groove right on this one to take some much deserved Top Row honors. Check out more inside Rythem02′s user gallery. The project was sculpted and rendered inside ZBrush. Rythem02 took the idea from a nebezial concept who obviously took great influence in the design from the legendary Giger.

 

 

The Crystal Still Shines

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Chances are, if you grew up during the 1980′s, Jim Henson and Frank Oz played a significant role in either leaving you petrified or inspired. ZBSee member stumpf, recently re-imagined the Skeksis featured in The Dark Crystal. This rendition of an all-time classic was brought to life using features like NoiseMaker, ShadowBox, Dynamesh to name a few. Take a closer look at stumpf and his digital sculpting exploits inside his user gallery.

 

Sister To The Divine

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The team of Masters and Munn lay the foundation for what could invariably be the shape of things to come in the world of traditional sculpture. Using ZBrush to design the feathers for this divine creature takes a progressive approach at propelling classical figurative art into the digital age.  Each feather is sculpted using ZBrush and brought to life by way of 3D printing. Once the feathers are printed, a copper plating process is incorporated. We’ll take one! Be sure to see more cutting edge sculptural works from this dynamic duo by visiting their website.

Visit ZClassroom for video tutorials highlighting features like FiberMesh and MicroMesh. You’ll be one step closer to designing your very own “winged wonders”.

 

A Shelf Full Of Monsters

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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.

Mastering Human Anatomy in ZBrush

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Anatomy Tools and Gnomon School of Visual Effects have joined forces to bring you a 5-day workshop to titled “Mastering Human Anatomy in ZBrush”. This instensive workshop takes place at the Gnomon campus in Hollywood, from April 2nd – April 6th for 8 hours each day.

Work one-on-one with industry giants Andrew Cawrse and Kris Costa as you sculpt from live models and have your anatomy woes solved with step-by-step demonstrations.

With over 50 hours of instruction, demonstrations, and literature, this workshop is a must for all digital artists who want to master the human form.

Register now at AnatomyTools.com to reserve your spot!






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