2021 ZBrush LIVE Sculpt-Off - Updated October 6


October 6 Updates

  • Prizes! Over $30,000 prizes will be given away this year.
  • Theme! Learn about the “Reimagine” theme so that you can start planning and practicing.
  • Judges! See who will be judging the competition this year (and therefore won’t be competing against you).
  • Competitors! The page has now been updated with the current list of competitors and their channels. It will update automatically as new contestants register.

We are excited to announce something unique to this year’s 2021 LIVE ZBrush Sculpt-Off. This year, EVERY CONTESTANT that submits their final themed image on time and has not broken any rules will receive a Lifetime XMD Premium Toolbox 2.0 for FREE! This is a $69.95 value full of brushes, alphas and Toolbox 2.0 plug-in system.

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The Ultimate ZBrush Experience returns! The ZBrush Summit will be streaming live, October 23rd-26th, kicking off with the 2021 LIVE ZBrush Sculpt-Off on October 23rd, 2021.

In celebration of our amazing community, we are once again opening the opportunity to the public to compete online in the 2021 LIVE ZBrush Sculpt-Off.

Contestants will be required to stream live for the duration of the competition.

All ZBrush artists are welcome to participate, including users of ZBrush, ZBrushCore, ZBrushCoreMini or the ZBrush 2020 Trial version. If you can stream ZBrush live, you are eligible to be featured in the live event.

You must have a ZBrushCentral account to participate. Contestants will be asked to post final renders on ZBC to be eligible for prizes.

  • If you already have a ZBC account, please use the email address that the account is under when registering to compete in the Sculpt-Off.
  • If you need to create a ZBC account, please do so at the same time that you register for the Sculpt-Off. Be sure to use the same email address for both registrations.

Register for the Sculpt-Off Here

Contest Rules

Stream Setup

Please contact zbrushsummit@pixologic.com with any questions.

Important: The registration deadline is 2021-10-20T07:00:00Z

Stay tuned here at ZBC and the Summit pages as we share more information about the Summit in general over the coming weeks. You can also go to the Summit site to register for its newsletter so that you don’t miss anything!

Image above courtesy of Brad Myers.


I gotta do this now. haha.
Question: Are we allowed to import custom bpr render settings?

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Im in…and in a fightin mood…lol

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Rule #20 makes that a yes. :slight_smile:

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Registered! :smiley: I never do these sort of things, so this should be fun! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with :smiley:

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@The_Mongrel_Dabbler Welcome to the competition. Trust me, doing a challenge like this really pushed you as an artist, at least that’s what I’ve found.


I will probably warm up with 7 pieces a week to make sure I am perfectly ready for the D Day !


I can’t tell from the rules, but is compositing different render passes in a program like photoshop allowed, or does the render of to come straight out of Zbrush and submitted?

This is covered by rule #10, which specifies the only software that may be used during the competition.

  1. You can only use the following software during the competition: ZBrush, ZBrushCore, ZBrushCoreMini, or the ZBrush 2020 Trial Version.
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Wo! Scary stuff

Think I’ll sit it out this year as observer wimp :sweat_smile:
Check it out then have a stab at it in 22, how many participants were there last time?


When the ‘Theme’ of this year Sculpt-Off will be revealed ? :innocent:


when it is going to be reveal the theme I want to practice and get ideas :open_mouth: ZBrush Summit Very soon :open_mouth: soo exciting!

The theme has been revealed in the OP.


14.BRUSHES: You are allowed to use any sculpting brushes you want during the contest, except for inset mesh brushes.
It’s pretty clear here but I just wanted to be sure. Are we allowed to use custom alphas and VDM brushes ?

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I’m from Australia and I have a question about the time of the contest.

When I use a timezone conerter it corrects PST to PDT, should I ignore the PDT adjustment and go off of PST?

This will be my first ever sculpt off, or any type of sculpting with Zbrush via a Livestream. I can’t wait for the challenge!

this will be my first scuplt off with all the basic tutorials i watched on zbrush central to get started. can we use the brushes for hands and legs that are included in the zbrush interface?