Dustbin1_UK it's pretty much as I'm showing it here!
I'm new to working with ZBRUSH, finally got a decent computer and ZBrush 3 although I've been a big fan of this site for a while.
I've only attempted a few models previous and have managed to gain a basic knowledge of Z-Spheres, texturing, colouring etc BUT I only know enough to get by really!
I have no clue yet about lighting, propper rendering or even how to have more than 1 material type on the same model at once like matt moss on a shiny tree if it's actually possible?
So I'm basically building and posing the pieces how I want them in the final scene then saving the image in multiple textures and materials and then layering them in diff strengths in PShop to make the final character or whatever! lol! It works really well and I'm managing to get pretty much exactly what I'm after but I bet there's a propper/faster way!? lol!
The Pumpkin man was a layered pumkin model head added to a layered tree model body with extra tweaks and colour correction in PShop like the inside of the mouth and eyes. I added little things like the mushroom which was also done in ZBrush in fact I was mucking about with mushrooms just before to add to the scene somewhere later and the Jellybean Material is superb for those, it seems there's a texture or material for every ocassion lol!
Anyway I'm waffling but I absolutely love ZBrush because It feels so natural and organic to sculpt! I've never been any use at 3D modelling packages before
I'm a traditional illustrator/sculptor who always fancied the PIXAR thing but just couldn't ever get my head around the interfaces on stuff my mates use
but ZBrush lets you go to town straight away with a ball of clay and the learning curve and helpful comunity here are really great too!
Anyway Thanks for all the positives so far! I'm really getting a buzz out of this challenge and it's great to see all the contenders work in production although some make me scared silly just looking at their quality!
Woody - Mr Pumpkins body was inspired or at least I had in mind the Faun from Pans Labrynth I didn't look directly at him but remember he sort of blended into his environment and was very organic so thats the way I wanted to go, also I thought clothes on him would be a real pain and way too fiddly at my current level of skillZ! lol!