I finally have my set up my workstation the way I always wanted, 2D on the left - Cintiq 12wx, (old tech but great for what I do in 2D - screen area is proportional to workload).... and on the right 3D land, wirless Intous pro 13, which will be used for 3D - Modo. Maya, 3Dcoat and of course ZBrush.
Stoked because it all works togethr - was really getting irritated with my hands in the way in 3d land, went back to my Intous, then really missed drawing on screen for my digital painting stuff - now I have the win win scenario - and yeas I know I could set the Cintique to slave on my main screen - but I like this division of hardware/tools/mindset.
Its great to have a bit of free time at work play/learn and to finally finish this guy off. A quick test render today with ZBrush's fiber mesh, I don't quiet have the full control of the hair fibers yet, but will keep on playing with variations. I have added wrinkles and pores - I will need to push them further and make the wattle under his neck more obvious. Its not so much of a rough sketch now, but I really do need to finish it off soon and move on.
Nerdcore set - up pt1, soon to be supplemented by a swing arm.
I recently started working on a digital tablet (Bosto Kingtee 19 MA) with a mapped gamer keyboard (Razor Nostromo), so far its been a bit of a learning experience, getting used to a new way of working (its probably going to stuff me up at work where I use a wacom and a standard keyboard - but what the hey!).
The Nostromo works beautifully, now that I know where I have mapped what keys to which button.
The Bosto - is good for the price you pay and no doubt as the tech becomes more available (i.e. cheaper) more people will work this way, but it has an annoying viewing angle issue which can make things difficult to see (especially with Z Brush's dark U.I.). I am hoping that by combining it with a swing arm monitor I will be able to get a better viewing angle (s). I do like the size of the Bosto and for the price you cannot complain - if I get into the big league I can always pay for the big boys. Speaking of the big boys another unfortunate is that I cannot keep my current wacom tablet in use while using the Bosto - I do hope that that gets sorted and wacom/windows allow for sharing of the pen input - as I still prefer to use tablet over a mouse even when using a digitiser/monitor.
Below is a pic of my Z Brush doodle, yes its an alien concept sketch - once I am more comfortable with my new set-up I will get back to more traditional sculpts- So far working this way seems to give me more energy, it could be the early stages of hardware love, but it seems to free me up get me to be bit more gestural.
First nights study, male torso un-posed. made from ZSpheres - no Dynamesh. (+-2 hours + about 2 hours dicking about with reference images) . Bridgeman, Loomis and the usual suspects as well as the obligatory Google image trawl. Anyway I at long last I get ZBrushs' Z spheres - not too bad a tool. Tomorrow I will be working up a more dynamic sculpt for the second study ( female torso).
Playing with an old base mesh in Z Brush, looking at a couple of artists for reference - Kris Kosta amongst others. I might finish him, will have to see how he goes over the rest of this week. I think he is moving towards the life form aquatic hence the blue PS colour wash.
One of my first mini jobs at Cutting Edge was a bit of modeling for an insurace commercial for GIO.
I modeled the rocket and missile silo based off the agency concept - a thunderbirds-esque style, and made up the base colour,spec and bump maps. I will post up some WIPS and an initial more Jules Verne style one soon.
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