Sketch your own Bust in Digital
(Introduction to Digital Sculpting for Miniatures Lover)
by Daniele “Found” Trovato
this is Daniele 🙂
This article and video is designed to all who never have sculpted something in digital and would like to start doing it. I’ll explain you the basics of ZBrush and how to create your own sketch as a bust.
My idea is to give you the essential info to get started.
No philosophical approach, no excess words. Simple and direct. 🙂
Let’s begin 🙂 🙂
Why digital sculpting
You can find a big article about “how to become a miniature sculptor” here:http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2018/10/article-i-want-to-be-miniature-sculptor.html
Daniele, so, why do you want to explain how to sculpt something in digital?
First of all, this is a personal consideration, let’s try to clarify: who is a sculptor?
Definition from Merrian-Webster Dictionary:
I’m sure that probably, I will raise a big sensation with my sentence, but it is only my opinion, nothing else. If you make a 3D sculpture, in my opinion, you are not a sculptor: you are a Digital Artist.
The proof of this is that many 3d sculptors can’t sculpt something traditionally.
Conversely, a traditional sculptor knows well how to sculpt in 3d.
It doesn’t mean to diminish talent, nor is it a provocation.
They are two very similar processes, but also very different.
Let’s see together the advantages and disadvantages of 3D sculpture compared to traditional sculpture:
ADVANTAGES OF 3D SCULPTING:
- Very easy for beginners, you have “only” to learn the software to get started.
- You have SIMMETRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!! Very easy approach!
- Faster than traditional sculpting
- You can print your model on different sizes
- You don’t need to study hours of human anatomy (it helps of course)
- You can use mesh pre-sculpted from other digital artist
- You can use reference WHILE you’re sculpting
- You don’t have to frustrate yourself in “which material use to sculpt” 🙂
- You don’t dirty your hands
- You can create your sculpture BEFORE posing it (symmetry helps) !
- Less mess on your desk (not mine)
- Cheap, until you print in 3D your models
- Infinite Levels of details compared to traditional
- If you’re not able to sculpt traditionally you’re not a sculptor (my personal opinion), you’re a Digital Artist.
- More expensive when you print your model in 3D.
- Less engagement during the sculpting process
- You don’t “feel” your sculpture under your hands
- You don’t dirty your hands 🙂
- You can’t imagine the real sculpture finish until you print it!
- If the 3d printer is not high quality printer, you’ll have a blurry sculpture, not good. (unfortunately high quality printer are so expensive, also if you use a service)
- You need to buy Zbrush/software in order to create something
- Your sculpture is not handmade, you created it with your computer
- Less originality?
- Boring sculpture?
- Less fun?
- Flat sculpture?
What is Zbrush and why is the most used software in digital sculpting.
- The User Interface and Brushes settings Let’s explore the basics of ZBrush UI . You’ll learn how to customize it in a faster way and what are the most important Brushes to sculpt something.
- What are the most used and important brushes
- Playing with Brushes Explore the different brushes you can use and discover the different results.
- Understanding Dynamesh
- Understanding Brushes
- Let’s Sketch So let’s start to play with your imagination
The Video Tutorial:
Traditional or Digital?
(personal opinion and personal consideration)
Obviously, studying anatomy is never wrong, but this is true in any figurative art.
There are digital artists who are real masters.
Could an illustrator not able to draw using a pencil??
Link and resources:
-To contact me : http://me.foundminiatures.com
-My FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/foundminiatures
-Zbrush Official Page
-Zbrush Classroom with more tutorials
-Great tutorials and ebooks from Pablo Munoz