Over the past year I have been transitioning from a traditional sculptor to a digital sculptor. Using Maya and Zbrush, I finished my first 3D sculpted and 3D printed statue a few months ago. It was a Thor statue for Upper Deck and Marvel. Iíve wanted to create a 3D printed piece for years but it seemed that the modeling technology just wasnít very intuitive, that was until I discovered Zbrush. It is an amazingly powerful modeling program and has really made my dream come true.
STEP 1- Here is the turnaround that I recieved from Upper Deck to create the Thor statue. The turnaround was done by Miq Willmott.
STEP 2- I started box modeling the statue in Maya using the turnaround. Then this was imported into Zbrush for sculpting.
STEP 3- This is the final Zbrush sculpt. There were 29 subtools. After this was done I was able to send the files off to be 3D printed
STEP 4- Here is what I recieved back from the 3D printer. Because this was a lower quality plaster based 3D print the parts were rough and grainy, So I had to clean them up, I made some quick throw away alginate molds of these parts, then I poured wax clay in the molds to make copies of the parts that I could clean up.
STEP 5- This is the cleaned up clay parts. The cape and wings were cast in resin and sanded at this stage because of how thin they are. I also made some additional tweaks to the statue at this point per Marvels request, mostly to the face and helmet and the hammer was rotated. Once this was approved by Marvel, I made silicone molds of all of the parts. Then I poured resin in the molds to make the final parts.
STEP 6- These are the resin parts from the silicone molds that I made. I was commisioned to do 3 copies.
STEP 7- Since I wasn't commisioned to do a painted prototype on this statue, I did a quick digital paint job and screen cap to see how the final product would look. I love zbrush.
This is a fantastic community!
Thank you Pixologic for creating an amazing program that has truly made my dreams come true!
If you'd like to see my previous traditional sculpting and art here is my gallery http://malottpro.deviantart.com/gallery/
Thanks! Larry Malott