Borg Process

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Here’s a slide show of the process I went through to create the Borg Image.

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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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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-LoboDirty pencil drawing for the Lobo Challenge this week. It was great fun letting loose and digging into the page with a soft pencil and pushing it around with a paper stump and eraser.

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Merry Xmas


Merry Xmas to all you nuggets! Hope you have a fabulous New Year….

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Iron Man

ArtNuggets-NickSmith-IronManHaving done some Iron Man sketching at Drink’n’Draw the other night I fancied inking and colouring him up.

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Johnny Voodoo’s Barber Shop

ArtNuggets-NickSmith-JohnnyVoodooThis piece was commissioned by Johnny Voodoo’s Barber Shop in Camira, Queensland, the result of a chance meeting at Supanova. Really enjoyed working on this. One of those great commissions where the client just wants you to do your thing. Great fun.

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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-RihannaI’ve been wanting to paint this pic for a while. After the success of the Connery one I had to give it a go.


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Bond, James Bond

ArtNuggets-NickSmith-ConneryThe original and still the best.

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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-PilotA quick concept of a pilot and her wings.

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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-SCassEver since I started using Zbrush I’ve wondered what it would be like to create a caricature using it. Recently I was lucky enough to be commissioned to do such a thing.

Surprise! Surprise! It turns out that Zbrush is ideal for creating caricatures. With this piece I used Zbrush to get the bulk of the head likeness sculpted, before bringing it into Photoshop to apply colour and paint the body and setting. I’m looking forward to applying this technique to caricatures of the rich and famous as part of the Caricaturama Showdown 3000 on facebook.

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