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01-02-06, 12:48 PM
Hi all, One year ago today I played with ZBrush for the first time. One year ago this month I made my first post on this forum , or for that matter on any forum, and it was of Frankenstein's monster . Since I started `05 with frankenstein I figured that I would end` 05 with frankenstein and post it in `06 on the day that I first got ZBrush. So here it is, hope you like it, I think it is better than the first one that I did still not as perfect as I would like it to be so I'll work on it some more, but I wanted to post it on this special day for me.
mm frankenstein 12.05.jpg
:eek: :eek: :eek: Wonderful!!....I'm a fan of your pictures Monstermaker...everything looks real in this picture :tu: :tu: :tu:
Great work as always! ( don't worry it's perfect enough!)
Keep practicin' :D
Happy New Year
01-02-06, 12:57 PM
Are you the same Rick Baker of Thriller and American Werewolf fame?
If so, you are a genius already!
I just looked at the wip for this today, and I and everyone else have appreciated the time and effort.
This pic is amazing - so much expression in the face and eyes - I love it.
I hope one day that I can achieve about 1% of your ability - with help from pros like yourself, who knows.
Keep it up and enjoy your day!
01-02-06, 01:03 PM
Vunderbar. Looks great. I also wish I could attain a small %age of your skill. And to get to that level in a year is pretty good. Well done.
Your a constant inspiration to me, and one of the reasons I keep trying to perfect some of my skills in ZBrush. Any time, any post is always a welcomed edition to my day!
Dang thats sweet looking modeling MM.:tu:
01-02-06, 01:18 PM
Ya, you need to keep practicing!! :D No for real -AMAZING, definitely got a handle on Mr.Frankenstein. Those eye-lashes look real. Cheekbones, mouth, eyesockets, brow-all look dang good.
Looks GREAT Rick! :tu:
By chance, did you use Modo for any of it?
he looks sad :cry::cry::cry::cry:
01-02-06, 01:49 PM
he looks ready to chase Abbot and Costello.
that is crazy good stuff!!!
01-02-06, 02:04 PM
I just started zbrush about a week ago, what an incentive!
Thanks for the inspiration :D
01-02-06, 02:04 PM
Nice to see you back Monster Happy new year!
Wonderfull rendering of your frankenstein monster...
01-02-06, 02:07 PM
....a BOMB, MonsterM:cool: :tu: :tu:
01-02-06, 02:20 PM
Great work, as always, and thanks for sharing and being an inspiration to all ZBrushers. :tu:
I hope 2006 is a great year for you. :)
congrats! looks like a photoshoot for the cover of his memoirs :) :tu:
I was hoping that Frankenstein on the top row was yours Rick. Really nice, the subtlety of the skin texture is beatiful, I wish I had the patience for that sort of thing. How did you end up doing the hair & DOF?
Good God, Rick, I thought it was a photo for a minute. Just outstanding! As usual...:D Gonna learn a lot from this guy. By the way, how did you do his hair?
Hope this year is a good one for you,
hey mm, nice work there. a lot of photorealism going on there so I have to ask, is it all zbrush or are we seeing a little photo merging going on too? Neverthelss, fantastic work mate, very life-like.
This is an amazing piece of work. Not only have you now gone and made something that's pretty close to photoreal but you've got such good emotion in his face. I love the slight frown as if he's contemplating what he his.
Forgot to add, did you render in Z-brush or Lightwave?
Top marks too.
Oh, seems to me that you bettered the skin pores, the difference of material between the prosthetics and the skin ( only that the prosthetic edge seems to blend a bit too much this time ? ). The hair looks great too, grazy and thick.
'Wish I had one critic to say. :D
01-02-06, 03:02 PM
Well, it looks like you have become a Master in a year! Beautifully textured and lit. The hair looks like plastic though;) . Or is that just me:qu:
01-02-06, 03:11 PM
That image is truley astounding! The black and white works the best I've ever seen in ANY render I've seen in black and white. How in the name of all thats holy can I NOT give this 5 stars.... in fact how about 50! I actually thought it was a photo when I 1st saw it..and thats the highest compliment I can give you.
I shudder to think what next years anniversary image is gonna be like. :o You lighting is fantastic, was any post done on this or is this a 'clean' render. (I don't mean that in any negative sense).
01-02-06, 03:12 PM
due to brain being fried after a long day
01-02-06, 03:28 PM
Eye Candy! One of Jack Pierce's Masterpieces. Thanks. 50.
Its inspiring to see a guy like Rick who's accomplished so much, getting in there, and creating great work,
I really like the hair detail, I'm presuming done in Photoshop? If that was done in ZB as well, awsome. I would disagree with the poster though, for when I first saw this model, the first word I thought was, perfect. ;)
01-02-06, 04:17 PM
Freaking wow. :tu:
01-02-06, 04:21 PM
Ok, the hair is greasy perfect, but now what about that ring in the head,:eek: . Otherwise I'm in love.
01-02-06, 04:27 PM
The wet/oily hair is also really nice. Is the hair modeled or a post effect?
Here's a link to the first version (http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=23367) for comparison.
If you think this one-year accomplishment is inspiring, that other one was only at week 3. :eek:
It says a lot for the value of actual sculpting experience, y'know?
01-02-06, 05:00 PM
Another fan of your work. Top notch on this Frankenstien. Love the detail you put into your creations.
All very inspiring:)
01-02-06, 05:31 PM
Hey, that's not too bad there. For a work in progress I mean. Slowly but surely your work is improving as time goes by. And I'm glad to hear that you're still planning on fixing those unsightly problem areas.
01-02-06, 05:39 PM
Absolutely brilliant 5 stars words fail me. And you have a big fan here. Hope to see more work hopefully with before next year :lol: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu:
01-02-06, 08:50 PM
Your stuff allways makes me think of Monster Magazine when I was a kid.
:tu: :tu: :tu: :tu: :tu:
01-02-06, 08:59 PM
Hmmmmnnnn!!! Frankenstein good!...Fire bad!
01-02-06, 11:05 PM
Love the black and white version here much better. This version beautifully conveys the emotion that the first version lacked.
I feel for the guy....
What a great anniversary present for us!!
01-03-06, 12:24 AM
incredible !! this one looks so real.
congrats and happy new year :)
Great..it looks like one of the star glamourshots of John Engstead !
01-03-06, 02:05 AM
Como siempre, buenísimo.:tu: :tu: :tu:
01-03-06, 02:26 AM
Wow,no words:eek: :eek: !!!There's really few imperfections in yuor Frankie...and I'm not so expert to criticize them...so only one thing....5 stars
IN THE WILD LANDS (http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=31156&page=1)
Great to have you back MM you're work on the forum has been greatly missed, great image too, was it 100% ZBrush or did you use any other apps to get the final image???
01-03-06, 04:06 AM
fantastic work :tu:
01-03-06, 04:36 AM
this is the best frank i eve seen in here congrats complete inspiration
01-03-06, 04:58 AM
this work style are INCREIBLE, this is my real influence, thanks¡
01-03-06, 05:35 AM
:D Wow very nice mr monstermaker... pure genius :tu:
01-03-06, 05:50 AM
time to grab the pichforks and rally the village people..:lol:
nice stuff MM.
01-03-06, 06:31 AM
your works always great :tu:
01-03-06, 06:59 AM
Truly inspiring, as allways. The sadness in your Frankenstein´s face is amazing. I felt that, at any moment, is going to rise the eyes and look at me... :o
Nice to see you here again. Are you going back to the work? any movies in the near future? Loocking youur work here and in CINEFEX is the some: amazing.
Good 2006 :D
01-03-06, 08:13 AM
...revisited ! :tu:
A Thinking monster is always a metaphysic question!
Have new happy year! :)
01-03-06, 08:30 AM
You've been away far too long. What an stunning piece of work!
We all have loved your experimentation and attitude from day one. It doesn't matter if your "cover" has been blown...from rough to finished product your work has always been an inspiration.
Keep'em coming my friend. Happy New Year!
01-03-06, 08:41 AM
great return, man :) :tu:
01-03-06, 10:21 AM
The second I saw that in the upper gallery I thought "Cool, Rick Baker came back." It looks just like Boris Karloff as Frankenstein. The resemblance is uncanny, and the feature details are superb as always. Love your stuff. You should record some of these monster making sessions, and release them as ZB tutorial DVD's. I doubt anyone would be able to keep them in stock. You have fans. :)
01-03-06, 11:28 AM
01-03-06, 11:48 AM
...lovely emotion in that face....
just one little thing...that white patch of light on top of his head...
....it looks like a very big bird....
...well you know what I mean....
...****...I feel like I have commited sacrilage now...:(
01-03-06, 12:19 PM
Wow thanks everyone for the nice welcome back. I just felt that I had to post something on my one year anniversary of the first time I started messing around with ZBrush. And as I said I thought I had to end `05 with ZB as I started with it. `05 will always be the ZBrush year in my memory.
I became so obsessed with it I just about used it daily for nine months. After siggraph and, after it came out who the old monstermaker was I kind of thought that it was time to move on to something else for a while.
I wanted to teach myself more 3D apps since I has so much fun with ZB. I messed around with Modo and Lightwave for a few months and had lots of fun with them too, but there is nothing like ZBrush.
Ok this is already way too wordy.I don't think I can answer all of the questions individually so I just do a generic answer. This is a ZBrush render,the coat shirt and for that mattrer a whole body was first modeled in Modo. The head started as the same base mesh that I have been using since my old man thread, and there is a bunch of post work in photoshop.
My original plan was to do a scene with the monster in a lab, which I created in modo and LW and I wanted to do something that I could later animate, but since I really don't know what I am doing that didn't work out so well. I did render a full figure image in color but it looked like a plastic model kit to me ,which in a way was kind of cool but not what I wanted to post. I also wasn't happy with the likeness, so this image started as a way to get the likeness better and I wanted to use some of the newer functions that I haven't yet tried like Zapp link, and Master marker, which by the way Marcus, is really great! I couldn't get zapp link to work in projection master on my mac but it would work on an image not in edit mode so I positioned the un textured models added the pores and details in 2.5d mode used zapp link to paint it up to a point. In photo shop I did the back ground added the blur adjusted the levels painted some shadows that didn't exist in the render and using the liquify tool tweaked the model a bit to fix the likeness. Someone asked if I used any photo merging and the answer is only on his bangs. When in Zapp link I cut bangs from a photo and pasted them in the proper place then re painted over them in 2.5d . Boy this turned out way too long and is probably totally confusing. sorry I'll stop now
hehe. No, not confusing at all. I think you underestimate yourself sometimes mm. Thanks for the response though. It was helpful.
Oh and also, even though I know some forum members said this to you before, you shouldn't let people "knowing" who you are keep you from posting as much as you used to. It's always good to see nice things from you or anyone else for that matter...it's even nice to see things that aren't so nice, so don't feel pressured that you have to only post things that look great or close to great.
And just so you know, you'll always be mm to me :)
01-03-06, 02:39 PM
One thing I forgot to mention in my wordy response is that even though I haven't been posting much lately I have still been keeping an eye on this forum and wow what a bunch of great work . There is sure a lot of talent here!
I just had to edit myself I started naming names and it got too long ,but the point that I wanted to make is I have been really impressed by the quality of the work here.
Now for a question I am a Mac user and as I said I could not get ZApp link to work in projection master .Any other mac users have that same trouble and are there any fixes. I was really excited by the possibilities of it , and am very disappointed that I can't use it to it's full capabilities
01-03-06, 03:11 PM
Once again an excellant showing Rick. And a belated Happy Birthday:tu: :cool: :tu: ...
ps. Win user...sorry...no help for the zapplink:(
Aside from the incredible likeness I hope that people notice the 10% extra that make the image really great. The short depth of field out of focus cheek really makes you think of photos from the 30s when film speeds were like 10 ASA.
Impressed as always.
I agree with willis on the depth of field, really nice touch, tha frankenstein rocks dude, holla!;) :tu:
If you want this Mac Zapplink fixed, maybe you could send a PM to Aurick or post this particular question in the troubleshooting forum ?
Good luck with that problem !
As always an outstanding peace of emotion. I don't want to speak about technical things or details. I want just to speak about THE EMOTIONS u r able to blow out in a pic. Everytime a see a pic of you...i see emotion in the eyes of your creature. A lot of people r able to do really well done meshes and details whit zb. Less persons r able to make thing like you.
Hope to see more...and please....if u make a video tut or a z recorded session from starting to finish....i think everyone here will be more happy.
Cheers from italy.
Hi, Mr. Baker.
My name is Eduardo Schaal I'm a concept designer who lives in Brazil.
I´m a great fan of your work as a special makup artist since 1984 when I saw American Werewolf in VHS (for me it's still the best werewolf design and transformation of all time).
I was 13 years old and I started to seek for movies that your work before that one (the low budget ones like the Melting Man and It´s Alive per example) and to follow your career after that point and watch the Oscar prizes coming for a lot of amazing creations in design and technical achievements in make up fx of you and your studio.
I saw a making of (I think it was in a MIB DVD, Im not sure now) with you doing a concept of a creature in Photshop in a notebook, and I thougt "Oh, man, this guy is doing things in CG now... very cool."
Now, I'm very glad to see your amazing work with z-Brush and your excitement with the new tools of CG3D, and I hope to see more of your creations in practical make up FX in cool movies and your digital projects creating life.
Cheers from Brazil
(and sorry for some mistakes in my English writing)
01-04-06, 07:48 PM
Willis and Beelow, thanks but the depth of field was the easiest thing to do on this it's just a blur filter.
Ron thank for the month late birthday wish nice to hear from you
Davlin, I tried the troubleshooting forum maybe I'll do the Pm route
Eidan, my new Italian friend thank you for your kind words they mean a lot to me
Eduardo Schaal, my new Brizalin friend thank you too. Your english is much better than mine.
Actually I have been designing on the computer using photoshop for about 17 years since PS1.0
The next movie that I have work in is a film called Click. It is not fun monster stuff but some age make-ups that I am really proud of.
Drummer and Seb great to hear from you guys again you both have been doing great stuff
Thanks again to everyone
01-05-06, 05:45 AM
...I kind of thought that it was time to move on to something else for a while.
I wanted to teach myself more 3D apps since I has so much fun with ZB.Welcome back, MM and great work :tu:.
(Entering Al Pacino mode)... No matter how hard you try to get out, ZBrush will keep pulling you back in. :lol:
01-05-06, 09:33 AM
OK, it's getting on for 5 months since I was able to visit this site for one reason and many more, but,Jeeeez!
Being a Classic fan, I know that publicity shot oh, so well from which you based your Karloff monster. Honestly folks, I know you lot are z-brush nuts and you are right,it is an inspirational piece, but from a classic movie buff point of view, that is freaking AWESOME! Rick, I know you are a fellow fan of the oldies and, yeah I know we should expect it from you anyway, but, you really have captured the whole likeness/ambience of the '31 shot.
01-05-06, 09:34 AM
How strange .. you can hardly see the eyes, and yet they're so expressive. Beautiful work, and welcome back.
01-05-06, 07:04 PM
Thanks Moochie, and Creighton Tull for the nice comments
Wing One, this is the Island where all of the worlds monsters are kept ,it's called monster island. I love that movie.
This image that I'm posting is by no means a finished work but I thought it was interesting. It has a kind of sss look to it and it is all just the basic shader. I'm sure someone has done this before but I didn't know about it. I was just messing with all of the different things that you can mess with in the basic shader and I saw this thing called Occlude Ambient and rendered one pass with that , basically with the lights turned off and another more regular pass and composited them in PS and it turned out like this. I think it has a cool fake sss look to it the only problem is you can't see any of the detail. I thought I would share it fake sss.jpg
01-05-06, 07:39 PM
Yeah, it's a shame the detail's lost.
The fake SSS is nice, I can't stop looking at the ear. (Is that weird?) :p
01-05-06, 08:06 PM
Maybe even more interesting results can be achieved with a little tweak on the composite. Still does very good for a cartoony effect of sorts...maybe tweaked saturations with dif apply modes. Shame bout the details. Keep on trucking/posting.:tu:
some really great stuff in that first render...would've thought it was a still taken directly from the original movie...and a zbrush render?...really nice work....especially the hair...not to mention the expression.
you keep getting better and better...
ambient occlusion is really fun to play with too. especially in other apps...
it works especially well for interior environments...:P
01-05-06, 09:07 PM
Just too cool to see someone so famous taking time to discuss with all of us...
It would definitively be great to organise some chatting room on zbrush central!
01-05-06, 09:32 PM
to be honest... i have no idea who you are but, this is excellent work.
i'll do a google.
01-05-06, 11:58 PM
Monstermaker,You captured the essence of who Frankenstein is with this piece, a gentle and confused giant, Great work. I can not tell you how many times in my life your work has scared the crap out of me and amazed me at the same time. Keep on ZBrushing.
Will you be attending Siggraph 2006?
01-06-06, 12:19 AM
to be honest... i have no idea who you are but, this is excellent work.
i'll do a google. heh heh .. this'll give you a flavour http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000711/
MM .. I can't get very good sss effects in ZBrush, although there are a few materials knocking around that go some way towards producing a reasonable skin. Though there are so many editable parameters in ZB materials that there ought to be a way to get a really good sss effect. Maybe Jantim knows?
01-06-06, 06:17 AM
The link didn't work for me, but I realized that it was the same as the first hit that came up from Google.
Nice Filmography. The new movies have some astounding effects, and some of the old ones I've watched over and over, trying to see some glimpse of how it was done.
I was flipping through some stills I keep on my computer just the other day and wondering how they got that guy to stick his head in the TV in VideoDrome. There are lots of ways of doing things now, but that seems pretty early for special effects.
It just goes to prove that time and skill translate well to this new medium.
I too really respect your work, Monstermaker. You've done things that have really inspired me. And that includes your recent Zbrush uploads. I've learned to see ever more subtle differences between renderings and photographs since computer animation started to come on the scene, but your black and white picture of Frankenstein's Monster that begins this thread defies my ability to distinguish the digital from the real.
Hi, I am very late with my reply but would like to add my congrats on yet another well done model! Such expression!
Before you became known here as who you were, you provided me with encouragement and always replied to my meager offerings. I was amazed that you would take the time. Thank you so much for that. Following Wildsketch's link, I can't believe how many of my favorite movies you were in on!
Again, thanks for sharing the how-to's , etc...
01-06-06, 12:19 PM
What is sss?
proteus: SSS stands for subsurface scattering, which descibes the way light hits and is subsequently scattered through the different layers of skin....
you can see it happen particularly in thin parts of skin...like if you put a flash light up to the webing of your fingers....or the sunlight hits the back of an ear...the bottom most layer of blood shines through bright red..
Nothing more to add really - fantastic work. Just wanted to mention that the first "Monster Maker" issue of Cinefex is my all time favourite issue. A wonderful depiction of a young kid following his dreams and pushing himself to do his best in life.
You're a legend, man. Well done, enjoy it!
01-06-06, 05:42 PM
thank you tiktok.
Superb state of art image Monstermaker!!
Wonderful likeness Monstermaker! Thank you for raising the bar here at Zbrush Central and inspiring us to all improve on what is possible with this awesome software.
Also congratulations on the enjoyable article in the latest Make Up Artist magazine issue #58. I was looking though the magazine for skin texture ideas and was pleasantly surprised to find your interview covering your Zbrush experience up to this date. I just wish this Karloff image could have made it in the article. Still, it is nice to admire your Zbrush work away from the computer.
Look forward to see more of your work in 2006.
01-07-06, 03:32 PM
UTTER RESPECT...feels proud to be next to your work in featured gallery...your effects work has been a great inspiration to me...and for many years to come...you've worked in such great movies and one to name is 1976's King Kong...thanks for inspiring. :)
01-07-06, 07:48 PM
I just pop in now and then to marvel at the superb work here and was amazed a while ago to see that my favourite movie SPFX Artist - Rick Baker was a regular Poster on these very forums! and a fan of Digital Modelling on Z-Brush!
I am about to dabble with Z-Brush and am glad to see any new posts by you Monster Maker as Your stuff is so inspiring!
All the best for 06 Everyone!
I Love this site!
It inspires the creativite urges no ends!
01-13-06, 07:22 AM
Stunning image!..beautifully sculpted!....a great example of the artist driving the technology :D
Are you still after some Lightwave rigging help Rick?
Take a look at our site....specifically the 'Asylum' project and the movies there in.
Its 90% Lightwave so feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions!!
01-14-06, 09:44 AM
Apologies in advance for this lengthy post. (Would LOVE to see a High Res of this Picture posted here.)
Well, Howdy Monster Maker and greetings to all yawl who are reading this. I am the very definition of "Noob" here. I have never used Zbrush & never done any modeling. I just sorta stumbled in here and this FRANKENSTEIN pic was the first thing i saw. OH WOW!!! I am simply BLOWN AWAY by this Picture. Like many others here have said, I too thought at first it was an Actual Photo. Once i realized it was done with Zbrush (and a few other programs as mentioned by THE artist), I nearly pissed myself. Then I of course noticed that it was infact Rick Baker who had created it and I thought "No Wonder". (taking nothing away from ALL the GREAT Artists whose work i have seen here. Loads of Truly Amazing work from Everyone)
But Talk about Inspiration. After seeing this Monster, I now am reading up on Zbrush and intend on getting it and trying my hand for the First time on Digital Artwork. At the same time, seeing something this Incredible has almost discouraged me from bothering to try (LOL).
As far as mentioning something about your Impressive career. Many Many things i could say but i will narrow them down to two. "It's Alive" was the first movie ever to make me have to sleep with my parents, and your "KING KONG" hit me (at age 8) the same way that Peter Jackson declares the original KONG hit him when he was a child. Pure Magic and Wonderment (if that is even a word) and is Still one of my Absolute Favorite Movies of ALL Time to this day.
Thanks for the Wonderful Memories (oh yeah, and the nightmares)
01-14-06, 10:17 AM
Beautifully made. such perfection.
The texture in the jacket is extraordinary realistic, well...all is extraordinary realistic and with the right atmosphere about it.
Great art :tu:
01-16-06, 11:47 AM
"I think it is better than the first one that I did still not as perfect as I would like it to be..."
What do you see wrong with it? I think it's awesome! Thanks for sharing!
01-20-06, 09:45 AM
Hi, I was going to wait till next Tues. to post this as that is the one year anniversary of my first post but, I'm going to be busy Tues. and today seemed like a good day.
This was black and white, well actually the model is in color but I de-saturated it in PS. I decided it wasn't festive enough , considering it's to celebrate my one year anniversary here, so I re-colored it Basil Gogos like in PS. I may post the B+W one later. Hope you like it
01-20-06, 09:48 AM
And to think.....
yes, monsters love cake too!
It looks great!
As aways Rick, it looks GREAT! :)
I think it would make a great poster without the cake.
I'm a big fan of Basil Gogos and I'm happy to say I was able to meet him at the World Famous Monsters Con about 10 years ago!
01-20-06, 10:17 AM
Luv it luv it luv it!
I specifically like seeing eyes beneath those heavy lids. The refraction of light brings the entire character to life. The hand is gorgeous. The lighting and color choices amazing. Well done! Happy Anniversary Monster Maker!
01-20-06, 10:23 AM
Hey MonsterMaker can I have a piece? Great job. Did you do that light bloom in photoshop? I didn't think it was possible in zbrush.
01-20-06, 10:41 AM
Hmmmmm Monster likes tasty candle!!!
Great idea to make something to mark the Milestone. I'm due in April 8-).
Well, ...Happy BirtZday!!!
01-20-06, 01:54 PM
wow! amazing Rick!!
01-20-06, 02:31 PM
I'm not exactly sure but is that lens flare off-center?
01-20-06, 03:09 PM
Looks Amazing Rick! Beautiful color too, red and green .
Your cake look better than mine! Looking forward to seeing what you will do in your 2nd year .
Happy anniversary Honey. You are looking even better this year. Lots of love from Denmark.
Don't worry MonsterMaker, I was talking to Mr. Frank N. Stein. ;)
Thanks for the Basil Gogos reference. Some excellent work there. Saw there is a new book out this February, very tempted to get that. The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos (http://www.creativemix.com/basilgogos/)
01-21-06, 08:48 AM
wow amazing!! i love your stuff, i have to ask you, are you THE rick baker?! that won an acadamy award for your work on American Werewolf??
Consider: If it's him, he probably doesn't want to be mauled by fans. If it's not, you're encouraging fraud.
Yes, it's him. Yes, hundreds of ZBrush users can personally verify this from having met the man at Siggraph. And yes, he spent most of the past year posting anonymously (and then not posting at all once discovered) because of this kind of attention.
He's very self-conscious about his digital creations, and (crazy as this sounds) doesn't feel most of them stand up to "THE rick baker" professional standards.
I know this is asking a lot, but please treat him as you would any other ZBrush user, and try to limit your comments to the work he submits here.
If we can't respect that line, this community will lose one of it's better artists. Again.
Oh! Hey! I didn't even notice the color version. I love the new additions, particularly the candle. The flame itself doesn't do justice, though -- feels very digital, and to my eye breaks an otherwise perfect illusion.
01-21-06, 11:21 AM
Yeah I have to second that. It's gotta be adrag for him to have to answer to questions like 'are you THE Rick Baker'. Obviously people are going to be curious but lets let me man show his digital work without a whole barrow load of questions.
I don't mean to offend anyone but I think its sort of obvious that he doesn't like that sort of thing. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
Either way this is good stuff, whether done by a famous name or a Johnny Nobody, the work stands clearly on its own merit. Just as all art should do.
that candle's awesome. Is that a zbrush render too? You got some really nice translucency going in the wax...
keep up the good stuff...
01-21-06, 12:47 PM
Hey, MonsterMaker don't be offended by my question, I know the answer anyway. :D Peace.
01-22-06, 11:14 AM
Hi thanks for the response.
abone114, ya I guess you could say that I am The Rick Baker but here I'd rather just be known as monstermaker. I must say that I miss those days of just being this anonymous guy named monstermaker I definitely felt more free to post work and replies to work that I liked. I also have to say that I don't really mind to here form people who have been inspired by my work in fact I like to hear that my work has had some impact on someone's life. It makes all of those long hours that I have put in over the years worth it. I posted the monster over on CGtalk forum I couldn't do it anonymously though, it got a really good response and a lot of are you the rick baker stuff, but I was happy to here that my make-up fx work inspired many to get into the FX industry. I also posted a couple of things in the 2D gallery which they felt quite free about criticizing. One thing that I am glad about posting there is there were a number of people who said Wow you can do stuff like that in ZBrush I'll have to check it out. I do love my ZBrush.
lemonnado, great to hear from you again I missed your funny remarks.
tittok, yes the candle and cake are both ZBrush renders, two renders in fact both basic shader one fairly normal, one with diffuse and ambient turned off and ambient occlusion turned up.
01-22-06, 11:39 AM
lol..i just keep bumping ito this frankenastein..its like everywhere lol saw it on cgtalk also and all i can say is ...damn good zbrushin congrats on the cgaward man!:tu:
01-22-06, 12:06 PM
Another beautiful job on the color monster, Rick. Yes, it is reminiscent of Basil Gogos. Thanks to the member who mentioned the upcoming Gogos book. I am the writer and co-editor of the book which I think is a long overdue tribute to one of the great movie monster painters whose vivid color work made such an impression on any monster fan growing up in the '60s or '70s.
Hey Monstermaker, please feel free to post you work as before. There always be a few newbies that will be asking who you really are, but I believe I can say that all the people that use to come on this very forum are making a clear distinction between the "real you" and the "Internet you". Plus, the way you're ZBrushing ( the " Old man and Free alphas " thread for instance ) is really interesting and learnful, so don't hold back. ;)
Another ZBrush project in mind already ?
01-22-06, 05:13 PM
Hey Gammillart, maybe its just my end of the stick, but the link doesnt show up...i can see it was called gogos_sc_cover.jpg, but its missing. Is it hosted?
01-22-06, 06:13 PM
...with this crazzy ArtRage 2 (http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html) :D
Happy B Day! :cool:
01-22-06, 06:41 PM
i saw the thumbnail earlier in the bottom row so he must have uploaded it....but it's not showing in the post.....
my guess is the att tags are missing
01-22-06, 08:05 PM
wow, well i didnt mean to reveal the man behind the curtain, so ill just keep it short, its an honor. keep up the great work and i hope you keep posting them for all of us to enjoy!
01-22-06, 08:30 PM
Happy ZBC Anniversary MM!!
I remember when you first came onto the forum scene...I was thinking, this guy is either damned good or a poser....didnt take long to realize you were the real deal with art.
Then came unmasking, which was kewl for fandom, but there is a difference....though I love the movie stuff...I have to share that with millions of people....but here your art is shared with a few thousand making your digital work alot more personal..and you are creating for your own tastes as opposed to what someone else hired you to do...I respect that a whole bunch.
Kudos and continue please to share you digital works with us here...they are and have always been a treat on ZBC.
01-23-06, 07:50 AM
Sorry about the trouble with the Gogos book image in my earlier post. It looked fine in my Safari browser but when I tried with other browsers it said there was an error in the file. I finally realized it was still in CMYK. I changed the color to RGB and reloaded it. It seems to be okay now. Growing up inthe '60s and reading Famous Monsters (where I first read about Rick), Gogos was always one of my idols. Doing the book was a real labor of love.
01-23-06, 11:51 AM
Monstermaker, love what you did with the colors, lighting and shadows. Can't wait to see what you do next!
Kerry, looking forward to the new GOGOS book too! :tu:
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