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Discover the SpotLight feature Snapshot3D, convert greyscale or alpa based images to 3D models!
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Welcome to a 5 part Workshop that features an in depth look at how ZBrush's BPR Filters work. In each BPR Filter Lesson, we'll show 5 NPR examples, a ballpoint pen look, a pencil sketch look, several halftone examples with dots and lines, and finally a blueprint example.
BPR FiltersUniversal Camera
Make adjustments to your camera position and focal length between ZBrush and other 3D applications with Universal Camera.
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Organize your ZBrush creations using the Folder system. There's much more to Folders than you may think, discover the power of Folder Actions, play our Lesson videos to learn how!
FoldersZRemesher 3.0 - KeepCreases & KeepGroups
Let's familiarize ourselves a little better with ZRemesher's KeepCreases & KeepGroups functionality. In this Lesson example, we'll take a pair of mech designed wings with various types of topology and apply ZRemesher with the help of Creases and PolyGroups. Applying these functions can assist with future mesh editing including Dividing, sculpting, and PolyPainting.
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Let's familiarize ourselves a little better with ZRemesher's DetectEdges functionality. In this Lesson example, we'll take a gear model that has a triangulated mesh with no PolyGroups or no mesh ID, but has edges to help utilize the DetectEdges function. Once DetectEdges is activated, we can convert our mesh to quad based geometry, create PolyGroups, and most importantly retain our clean or hard edges. This function can assist with future mesh editing including Dividing and sculpting or features that utilize PolyGroups.
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Rococo Styled Proscenium Arch Theater Frame
This is a digital sculpt that I created last August for a client that wanted me to incorporate sandwich and food items into a rococo styled proscenium arch theater frame. The sandwiches are subs and the bottom piece is an orchestra of deserts and a pickle. It was meant to look hand carved out of wood. The frame is 2 feet long and it comes apart in six interlocking sections. It was going to be 3D printed, painted, and used in a commercial but the client decided to go a different route in the end. Still it's one of the most detailed, complex, and oddest digital sculpts that I've ever created but it was still fun to figure out and it incorporates my main work of ornamental architecture. Everything was sculpted in ZBrush.

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Rococo Styled Proscenium Arch Theater Frame
This is a digital sculpt that I created last August for a client that wanted me to incorporate sandwich and food items into a rococo styled proscenium arch theater frame. The sandwiches are subs and the bottom piece is an orchestra of deserts and a pickle. It was meant to look hand carved out of wood. The frame is 2 feet long and it comes apart in six interlocking sections. It was going to be 3D printed, painted, and used in a commercial but the client decided to go a different route in the end. Still it's one of the most detailed, complex, and oddest digital sculpts that I've ever created but it was still fun to figure out and it incorporates my main work of ornamental architecture. Everything was sculpted in ZBrush.

02-10-19

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Ornamental Architecture With A Twist (WIP)
An idea I'm messing with about mixing my ornamental architecture skills with my kind of creepy style. Everything still needs a lot of work and I need to resculpt the stretched out acanthus leaf at the bottom, that'll act like a stand for the piece, but I like the overall direction at the moment. Still thinking about incorporating some different ornamental things on the skull instead of just flourishes but I'll see where it goes. This will be one of many different designs and probably the only one that's centered around a human skull. Digitally sculpted in ZBrush.

01-18-19

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DICOM(CT Scan data) to 3D Printable File
For anybody that is interested in another way to use ZBrush, when used along with programs like 3D Slicer, OsiriX, or InVesalius etc. you can take the DICOM image information from a CT scan and turn it into a 3D printable model. Takes about an hour or so to learn how to do so, but it's still pretty interesting. Here are two renders of a rib cage and lungs(before I've started cleaning them up or anything). Zbrush is pretty awesome for these types of things because of the high poly count that it can work with. Here are some links to some of the free programs. https://www.slicer.org/ https://www.cti.gov.br/en/invesalius

12-27-18

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Here are the digitally sculpted(ZBrush) versions of the four medallions.

12-19-18

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Here are four large stone medallions that I digitally sculpted a few months ago(CNC milled and hand finished by master carvers) that are being installed in a Catholic church. I didn't get a lot of say with the designs lol. I'll post better pictures later when I find some.

10-16-18

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I will be designing some new stuff here shortly : )

10-08-18

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One of my personal digital sculpts that I created a few years ago. I had it printed in brass a few months ago. The print turned out nice. I've also included the renders of the original digital sculpt(the one with the paper background).

10-01-18

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What ZBrush Means To Me
Watching the live videos of ZBrush Summit 2018 over the weekend I couldn't help but think about what ZBrush/Pixologic has done for me since I first learned about digital sculpting. A little bit about myself. I'd always been interested in art and music since I was a kid. I joined the United States Marine Corps right after high school and spent 5 years as an F-18 Communication/Navigation Tech(basically Avionics). After I finished my enlistment I went to college for 3 1/2 years studying Media Arts and Animation. My main goal was to create 3D characters for games and movies. Ironically they never even mentioned ZBrush, they just focused on box modeling characters in 3Ds Max and Maya. To say the least, I wasn't very inspired by what I learned there. Before I left college(due to an issue between the VA and the college) I came across a picture of a digital sculpt created in ZBrush. A few months later I tried the program for myself and to be honest, it changed my life. See, after I left the Marines, I honestly couldn't seem to find a direction to go in life. I worked various jobs like being a maintenance man, home repair guy, fence builder, and a short time as a graphic designer for a furniture company. Even with college I hadn't found my niche in life. I'd lost the comradery and sense of belonging that I'd known while in the Marines. As I started learning about ZBrush and the community that it has, I reached out to people like Joe Menna, T.S. Wittelsbach, and other industry professionals, who were kind enough to give me advice about this and that. That's the amazing thing about the ZBrush community is that we share the same mindset, curiosity, and thirst for creative freedom. It's never about ego or status, it's about helping each other grow as artists regardless of if you're a novice or a seasoned professional. ZBrush has provided us with the tools to explore areas of 3D printing, CNC milling, movies, animation, games, education, illustration, etc. that haven't been explored yet. It truly allows the user to create his or her's own destiny and literally take dreams and ideas and turn them into a reality. I know for me it has. It's brought purpose and direction into my life again. It's provided me with a solid career that I'd only dreamed of. ZBrush is more than just a digital sculpting program. It's a powerful voice in this deafening world. Pixologic is more than just a company. It actually cares about it's users and what they are creating. That's a very rare thing. So I guess the purpose of this post is just to say thank you to the amazing team at Pixologic for such an amazing and powerful program and thank you to this awesome community of extremely talented artists. Also a big thank you to Paul Gaboury for taking an interest in my work and promoting it. You all rock!

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These are some personal pieces that I'm slowly working on. Eventually I'll 3D print the ghost girl pendant. For the plague doctor head candle and the zombie head Wacom pen holder I want to print them and then cast them in resin. Might sell those eventually. For the Wacom pen holder I used the ZProject Wacom file that comes with ZBrush.

09-26-18

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Here's my slow work in progress of my version of Dead Hand from Ocarina of Time. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid so I figured why not try to make it creepier haha. Eventually I'll 3D print it.

09-24-18

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One of the things that I do besides creating new digital sculpts for cnc milling out of limestone, is repairing 3D scans of existing ornamental architecture. A lot of times those original pieces have become weathered or damaged and I either fix the scan or re-create the piece digitally to restore it to it's former glory. Sometimes I have a detailed drawing or photo of the original(before the damage) and sometimes I just have to figure it out on my own. It can be a tricky process but it's also fun lol. (For size reference the eagle is about 4 feet tall) )

09-12-18

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Finally found two of the digital sculpts that I created for Vanderbilt University's new buildings carved in stone. Hopefully I'll find better pictures of them soon.

  • scorpio1951
    09-17-18
    You are a great artist sir. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
  • travisbarker3d
    09-18-18
    Thanks everyone you are too kind : ). I still have a ton to learn, but it's been a fun process so far.
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3D Printed Commissions
These are some random 3D printed commissions that I created over the past three years using ZBrush and Blender. The Imperius Fan Art model was printed and painted by Theodoros Kyriakidis.

  • travisbarker3d
    09-06-18
    Thanks and actually I've never seen or touched any of the stone pieces that I digitally sculpted in person lol. Eventually I'll take a road trip to see everything : )
  • travisbarker3d
    09-06-18
    In a lot of my work I use the ZModeler Brush. I'd heard in one of the ZBrush Tutorials about saving a copy of the ZModeler Brush for each preset that you use the most so I went ahead and did so. These are three of the ZModeler brush Presets that I made....
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Religious Buildings, Hillsdale College, etc. Digital Sculpts.
These are some pieces that I digitally sculpted for religious buildings, Hillsdale College, and a private residence(limestone fireplaces). Created in ZBrush and Blender, CNC milled out of Limestone and hand finished by master stone carvers.

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Yale University's New Residential Colleges Archways and Scupper
These are two archways that I digitally sculpted for Yale University's new residential colleges Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges. Created in ZBrush and Blender, CNC milled out of Limestone and hand finished by master stone carvers. The bull dog scuppers were created the same way.

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My Various Commissions Over the Past 3 Years
These are 14 pieces that I digitally sculpted/3d modeled for Vanderbilt University's new residential colleges over the past year. The original drawings were created by Patrick Pinnell, digitally sculpted by myself, then CNC milled out of limestone that was later hand finished by master carvers at Bybee Stone Co., Inc. Eventually I'll be able to post the pictures of them in stone and in place on the buildings.

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From ZBrush to CNC Milled Limestone
These are some pieces that I created using ZBrush and Blender. Lately I've started using the ZModeler brush instead of Blender(anybody know of a wire frame mode?) The digital sculpts were CNC milled out of limestone and were then hand finished by traditional stone carvers. These pieces were made for a temple here in Florida. The Agnus Dei piece design was changed to a crown of thorns piece instead so that piece is only about 70% finished.

  • brianlife
    08-25-18
    Great work! Progress shots! Thanks! I sculpt in ZBrush for trophies, so I focus on practical casting s, no undercuts, type work. It’s allot of planning, some limits but awesome when thought out. Thanks! Like your Barbed wire brush too!
  • CapnTRJ
    08-29-18
    Shift+F will show the edges on the surface of the model. No wire frame mode that I know of. This is great work, Such a large piece too.
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Barbed Wire Insert Mesh Curve Brush(Castable-No Undercuts) Free Download
This is a castable Barbed Wire Insert Mesh Curve Brush that I created. I’ve used it on jewelry pieces that were successfully cast in silver. It’s free to download on my website : ) https://www.theplaguedoctorsapothecary.com/3d-printable-files/barbwireinsertmeshbrush

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CNC Milled Digital Sculpts
These are some pieces that I created using ZBrush and Blender(still haven't mastered the ZModeler brush yet, but I'm working on it). The digital sculpts were CNC milled out of limestone and finished by traditional stone carvers. The two archway pieces are at the two main entrances to Yale University's two new residential colleges, Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College. The ornamental architecture pieces were designed for a private residence.

  • chrisd
    02-27-18
    Thanks for that info. I understand if you can't comment where you work, but I'd like to have specific examples of services that are milling from meshes next time I get someone telling me it can't be done, or they don't do that. Perhaps the competition...
  • zymon
    08-21-18
    I am facing a situation where the people that operate the CNC software tell me that obj and stl are not correct files for cnc milling. They can use the file but they say its not as easy to manipulate. Has anyone experience with this? Simon
  • chrisd
    08-21-18
    Simon, this depends on the software that makes the toolpaths (CADCAM) for the CNC machine. The service you are mentioning probably wants a nurbs (CAD) file instead of a mesh. If the nurbs file is the issue, its possible to convert a mesh to nurbs, but...
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Luke Raising X-Wing From Dagobah
This is my extremely rough 3D sketch/sculpt of Luke raising his X-wing from Dagobah swamp idea for the wheelchair. The front part where Luke and Yoda are standing will be on wheels. Not sure if I'll be able to finish this in time due to my work schedule, but it's a fun challenge anyways.

  • gabo1991
    05-24-18
    Great idea. Any new images to share?