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zbrush sculpt - steampunk character by Athey zbrush sculpt - steampunk character by Athey
I will start off by pointing you in the direction of :iconmarcusstratus: because it was his textile work that inspired me to make this guy.

I did a journal feature on the guy and his awesome work a bit ago and it can be found here:
Featured ArtistOkay, so I don't do 'features' - not because I don't like to, but it just never occurs to me to do something like that.

But there's this guy whose stuff I came across that's just so fucking awesome holycrap cool and it's TOTALLY not at all what a person would expect me to feature, I guess, but whatever!

He's a textiles artist - he makes clothes.  Really effing cool clothes.

Just... just so cool.

:iconMarcusstratus:  That's him.  Go there.  Look at his gallery.  It's awesome.  

I want to model a character wearing the clothes he makes.  

In fact, I'm pretty


So - Woo! I am beginning to feel like I'm a bit more capable with zbrush. Like, I actually have some vague idea of what I'm doing. There is still a small mountain of things that I have NO IDEA how to do in the program, but the mountain is growing smaller -- even if it's doing so very very slowly.

This is, of course, just the zbrush mesh. I still intend to use this to generate a lower poly version, generate normals, texture the thing, and make hair. I'm also considering making a hat... not sure yet.
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JonathanBiz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Very good! Congratulations!
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merage Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
I started to work on mudbox but may friend recommended Zbrush so which one is the best for sculpting?
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Athey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that zbrush can do a lot more than mudbox can do. However, zbrush is insane and ridiculous, and totally unintuitive to anyone who has worked with 3d before. Where as I have heard that mudbox is actually pretty straightforward and easy to catch on to.
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merage Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
thx a lot
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nightsage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work :D!
I particularly like how you did the folds under the arms and on the pants just above the boots. I was wondering if you've tried these brushes at selwy.com I found them extremly useful when sculpting cloth in Zbrush. There's a couple of things I'm not sure of though. The forehead seems to square off rather abruptly, it's most noticable in the profile shot and looks a little pinched in the 3/4 view. Not a big deal I suppose it will probably be hidden by hair, depending on the style. The fly also seems a little off, like it sits on the pants rather than being a part of them. Perhaps a fold or to will help it sit better...or maybe it's part of the design :)
Did you start this with zSphere's in Zbrush or a base mesh in max/maya?
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Athey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I dicked around with zspheres and zsketching to the point where I understood, fundimentally, how they worked, and decided I hate them. lol. I did actually do one part with zspheres, from nothing, in zbrush. The shoe laces. lol. That's it. The rest I started with a basemesh in 3dsmax that ook me about 2 hours to make, versus the days of pulling out my hair and cursing that would have ensued, had I tried starting from zshperes.

As for the forehead - yeah, I know, but I didn't really care, since I intend to cover it with hair. *shrugs* lol. The fly is a bit odd, yes. It's taken from the pair of steeplejack pants I was using as reference though. They had a very heavy cloth that they were using, and that piece looked very stiff. The whole thing snaps on from what I could tell. It's an interesting design.
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nightsage Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol Zspheres. I'm sure they only put them there to torment people. I tried to work with them but hands always looked more like they had tentacles rather than fingers :p

I figured that might be the case with the forehead. Love your work can't wait to see the finished guy. :)
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RuchiiP Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful as always!
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