Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Starting Fresh...

  My plan is to do one Z-brush project and then one real sculpt, then one Z-brush project, then one real sculpt ... etc. Well, I just finished Pascal so I'm supposed to find the next thing to digitally sculpt. The problem, however is that my current 'learn ZBrush' method is horrible. I've been using the learn-by-doing approach, which is fine if the program is simple enough. I've managed so far by finding Youtube videos to answer my questions, but the farther I get along with this, the more specific my questions become and the less likely Youtube will be able to help me. I've finally decided to be responsible and just shell out the $50 for a real Z-brush tutorial book. I picked up 'Introducing ZBrush' by Eric Keller. It was the only ZBrush book that Barnes and Noble had, which is good. I don't need a lot of choices between books. I just need one that really takes me through this program the proper way. I'm only on page 47, but I'm very happy with it so far. It's already answered some of my questions. The downside is it will be a while before I really can show any good progress project-wise. I'll reassure myself with the knowledge that the next project I do will be infinitely superior BECAUSE of my studying.

.... and on a side note... this photo of my workspace sort of shocked me into realizing I NEED to clean up my workspace.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Well, here we are. 17.5 hours from start to finish (not including the work on the base or drying times.) I'm very happy with him. He's a little larger than the original, but not by much. I'm actually very happy with how the base accents the grey, adding a little bit of color. All the maquettes I've done in the past have been painted the same 50% grey color as the sculpt. So I might make stained wood bases the norm from here on out.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pascal: Hour 16.5

I made sure to use the right sandable primer. I prefer Rust-oleum, however they offer two different primers. One is clean metal primer and the other is automobile primer. Clean Metal tends to never truly dry. It stays tacky for days and days. The auto primer, however dries in an hour and is sandable in 4 hours. I had long since forgotten which was which, so I baked a little rectangle of clay to test on. Once I was sure, I went ahead and finally gave Pascal his initial primer coat. This photo is the final sanding after that coat. 

Pascal: Hour 15.

At hour 15, Pascal is baked, sanded, apoxied and sanded again. While baking, the tail spiral sagged a bit to the right, so I had to break it completely off and re-attach it. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pascal: Hour 12.5

 I worked on him for an hour and a half until I was forced to stop. I need to make a quick mold for his skin texture and I have to wait until I'm at work to do that. I'll make sure I take photos of the process when I'm there.