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Making Realistically Awesome Sculptures With Zbrush

Reviewing: Pixologic Zbrush  |  Rating:
By Amanda Rinaldi on
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Zbrush model of Faun from Pan's Labyrinth, part 1

I recently was introduced to Zbrush, a 3D digital sculpting and animation software that is can create high quality models with realistic features. Zbrush is a common platform used for many video games and movies, particularly movies like Hell Boy, Pan's Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Needless to say, I was very nervous about using this software. However, once I opened the software and began to sculpt, I was immediately put at ease.

The software is so easy to use and the user interface, which at first did look daunting, really is not so bad. After only 3 days of using this software, I find that I have begun to really master some of the artistic techniques, and really only used ¼ of the features offered in Zbrush. What I really love about this is the soothing knowledge that even a mistake on the model is easily fixed, even by an amateur like me. What really astounded me was the model material itself. It feels like I am sculpting my model with clay, and every twist, bump, and imperfection on a facial feature is so easily managed.

Compared to other modeling software I have used in the past, Zbrush is by far the easiest, most versatile, most "hands-on", and most rewarding digital sculpting tool. Immediately as my model neared completion, I could not believe how realistic it looked. It is really great to know that I too can make a character that looks just as good as video game characters. It truly is a boost of artistic esteem.

Zbrush is a very powerful tool and is thus a bit expensive. I wouldn't recommend it if you do not plan to really get into digital sculpting; but, for those who are really serious about pursuing it, I would highly recommend purchasing this. It really is one of the best artistic software I have ever tried and I absolutely love it! And, as a little treat, I have included here my Zbrush model and the three-step process towards completion. Take a guess as to whom it might be!