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Borg

ArtNuggets-NickSmith-BorgHaving seen some of Ben Mauro‘s latest stuff, I felt I owed it to myself to get some Zbrushing done. I wanted to get something sculpted quickly out of Zbrush and then painted over in Photoshop. The sculpt turned out a little more tech and hard edged than I’d anticipated, which lead to a long paint over process than I was hoping for. The head, in particular, was pretty undefined and meant I had to go back into Zbrush to give it a bit of a kicking, and even then it took some serious paint over trial and error to get a result I was happy with.

Having said that, this experiment really showed me that I can go straight into Zbrush with nothing more than a vague idea in mind and come up with something interesting. Certain areas of this character I feel pretty confident in saying I would not have come up with if I’d started by sketching. I’m thinking of the ribcage stylings in particular. I’m keen to give it another crack soon.

 

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Concept Design Workshop – Wellington Day 1

I’m currently attending the Concept Design Workshop in Wellington. This one week workshop features top artists Greg Broadmore, Ben Mauro and Aaron Beck from Weta Workshops, along with special guest Robh Ruppel. In preparation for the workshop I started learning Zbrush last week and after today’s session with Ben Mauro I’m really excited about the possibilities this powerful application can help me realise. I’ve attached my initial efforts from last week, as well as today’s sculpt and paint over of what I’ve termed a pig-dog assassin. I’m looking forward to what inspirations and revelations tomorrow’s session will hold.

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