Thanks for all the great input… To get back to the original question I posted…
I’m not getting into baking, retopoing,and probably never into animation
Primarily, I “sculpt” with intentions of turning some into 3D prints. So most of this is way beyond the scope of my question, but very useful anyway.
While sculpting in Sculptris, I can move a slider for more or less detail (ie tris) in a specific area, or I can do the overall model by subdividing all. I realize that tri’s are not the best, but I have taken the models to a program that preps for 3D print, closing holes, eliminating excess detail and have had successful 3D prints made. I’m particularly pleased that Sculptris Alpha 6 has the ability to import quad .obj files. I have made quite a few with the old renegade program Hexagon, imported them into sculptris and added detail (a royal pain in Hexagon).
All of this without running through all the hoopla in ZBrush, its plugs, or external programs. I mix and match some of the lowbrow programs to build different parts (Rhino, Carrara, etc.) and get some passable results that probably would never pass muster with the average ZBrusher purist.
I’ve had ZBrush for years and a coupla weeks ago upgraded to 4R3 to see if it was any better or different…
It is, but with some issues like support telling me (after I’ve been using it for two weeks or more) that it does not run in Windows XP… :lol:
I thought that was cute and was something I looked for when I did the upgrade and found no mention of it in system requirements… anyway, I plan to up the system to Win 7 64 pro soon, meanwhile I still fiddle wit it on my system that can’t run it
Primarily an illustrator, I use 3D for certain projects, sometimes for fun and am working through some channels toward marketing figurines similar in character to the work I’ve done for Leanin’ Tree greeting cards since 1980 . It’s all about marketing and distribution… otherwise I really love the 3D stuff, but in my own unconventional way.
You guys are great, obviously out of my league with the high-tech hollywood stuff… I’m just a country boy who likes to doodle and have had enough fools supporting me to earn a living at it for over 40 years
Keep it up, I’m learning a lot and enjoying all of it… I use what I need and marvel at the rest;)
Leanin’ Tree stuff = http://issuu.com/nateowens/docs/artranch_lowrez?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222
Figurine Concepts = http://issuu.com/nateowens/docs/licensingconcepts?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222