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Minataur by Kaduflyer Minataur by Kaduflyer
Not much to say about him really. I've just started learning ZBrush and this is my first effort.
There's a lot wrong with this; the neck got screwed when I tried to pose him, I squished and folded the mesh of his horns so badly I couldn't do anything with them and for some reason his edges were all jaggy and pixelated...go figure! I also think he's a bit 'ZBrushy' but I'll get better...honest!
When I was sculpting him I thought he looked a bit like a native American and planned to give him a complete Sitting Bull makeover (bull...Minataur...get it?). But as soon as I started throwing paint on him all I could see was Morgan Freeman...so I went with it!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very lovely, talented and patient Brooke Dibble for the lunch break tutorials, answering my dumb questions and never telling me to 'just read the bloody manual!' (I'm a guy...It's genetically impossible for me to read manuals!). Check out her work and say 'hi' at: [link]

P.S.
I don't have 'other' views of him. For me ZBrush is going to be a design tool for creating 2D paintings, so this is all you get. He was finished in PhotoShop.
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
great look!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks
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DANNY-DED Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A very personal & successful interpretation on this famous character. The best minotaur I've ever seen!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thats very kind of you to say...I'm glad you enjoyed him so much.
:)
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Estigmaxxx Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
wow
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:iconstayinwonderland:
stayinwonderland Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck with learning Z brush. Never used it myself but I would point out that most people's mistake when posting Z brush art is a lack of attention to its default black shadows. Would suggest lighting stuff a bit better to bring out the forms, bit of a rim light or ambient light etc. Amazing sculpture work by the way!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's a very good point...and maybe one of the reasons I can spot many 3D originated things a mile off (see my last journal entry). I'm hoping this wont be a problem in the future as I'm using the program purely for design purposes. My 'Goofy Alien' post was a way more primitive ZBrush sculpt, painted over in PhotoShop and I'm working on a piece right now where I simply used ZBrush to solve a compositional issue so nothing at all is left of the 3D model.

Thanks very much for the input, it's only when someone points something out that you kinda go 'Oh yeah...how blindingly obvious!'...:)
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stayinwonderland Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, glad I could be of help! :)
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:iconkaduflyer:
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:)
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jvel4073 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is totally Awesome, Great work here.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you..glad you like him.
:)
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:iconmrnorth:
MrNorth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
wow your using Z-brush did you know that Rick Baker uses this software? I tried to learn this back at Uni but I found the interface abit tricky to use.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Z-Brush is fast becoming the industry standard design tool...I guess because it allows those with limited drawing skills to employ their sculpting skills to produce designs. So for me it's great as I've always been able to sculpt faster than I can draw.

Rick has been a champion of Z-Brush for ages now and you can often find him on Pixel Logic's website forums. Obviously he has had an enormous influence on the use of the programme which is odd as he's not actually regarded as a great designer, great make up artist yes, brilliant sculptor, absolutely!...but his own designs are kinda tame and often a little hokey!! I do like his Z-Brush work though, mostly because he doesn't produce work that looks obviousely 3D..it has a nice painterly quality that I really admire.
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MrNorth Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Which creature designs are little tame? Have you used z-brush on any recent gigs ?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
His zbrush work consists mostly of Frankensteins and werewolves...classic creatures...beautifully done...but kinda tame. All the cool stuff for MIB and such are done by other designers; Carlos Huante for instance. I'm not dissing Rick, I'm just not wowed by his design ethos.

I've used Z-Brush for Dr Who...but htats the only time I've used it in anger so to speak...I'm still learning.
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MrNorth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
true,still Rick's is an good example that's Its never to late to learn something new.

What you to say is your design ethos? and have you seen any of ADI's youtube videos?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I don't think I can put my design ethos into a nutshell...I just try hard to do what I do a little differently from what I've seen before. My hard drive is full of unfinished projects because I get part way through something and think 'you know what?...I've seen this a dozen times before' and then abandon the thing.
Much of my personal stuff also comes from the frustrations I have in my day job where I have to comply with a clients wishes, or I'm restricted by censorship or the perceptions of good taste or political correctness.
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:iconmrnorth:
MrNorth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Yeah I can relate I work full-time on Browser/Facebook games and in my spare time I like to work on animation and game's projects with more creative freedom just for the fun of it.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think most commercial artists do the same.
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GameFreakZone Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
LOL i don't read manuals either when i putting something together i.e. tables and/or chairs, I just go with it (maybe because i am very handy) =D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm not handy...just lazy
:)
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Macciooo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
devilish
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Daequitas Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Artist
i would not have noticed anyof the faults if you havent pointed them out :D
it was almost i could hear the hoofs beating the ground and the moist breath rushing from his nostrils :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks dude!!
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Daequitas Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artist
you are more than welcome :D it is always a treat for my eyes to look at the details on your work :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:)
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f0rTyLeGz Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Wow!
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Psh, I think he looks fantastic!
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:iconkaduflyer:
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
:)
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Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Zbrush is great, isnt it? It took me my fellow student 5 minutes to teach me the basics.
Very intuitive interface. Love the program. And very cool devil, you got there. The parts in and around the eyesockets look really, really cool.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It is actually pretty easy yes. Like so many computer programmes it LOOKS very complicated...I think the computer nerds make it like that deliberately to make themselves seem cleverer than they really are!

I hope you're going to post some ZBrush things soon then?
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Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
I wont post them here. They are 3 years old I think.
Im staying with 2d animation.
But if you want to see them, here are the links:
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Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ah, good question. Thats what Im trying out as well, right now. I actually gave up on 3d alltogether. I tried out Anime Studio as well, but I didnt get too much into it.
The workflow seemed a bit clumsy, though I had an experienced teacher, that loved Anime Studio. So I dont want to damn it completely.
But I found a free aftereffects script, that does a similar job and Im much more comfortable with animating in AE. You can rig your puppet and then you can throw the little fucker around and he even remembers the floor. Smashing him around with the mouse alone is fun as hell. You can find the script here:
[link]
There is also a good tutorial for the basics in the tutorial section. I still havent figured out all of the functionality. Apparently there are conditions you can give your different body parts, like wiggle and stretch/squash stuff, that I havent checked out yet.
I made a quick test. Im still clumsy with my spacing though:
[link]
But theoratically you should be able to do it the way, you thought up for yourself. Making the base in Zbrush, maybe overpaint some in PS, then animating a puppet out of it in Anime Studio, then back to AfterEffects for postpro. Although Id recommend you to look into DudufIK, since it safes you a step and gives you the Aftereffects functionality and filters right away. If you are looking for a way for digital cutout animation, thats your way to go.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Is that digital 2D animation...and if yes what program are you using, it's something I'm kinda interested in and have been looking at Anime Studio.

You could carry on using ZBrush as a design tool....and then render them out in 2D for your animations...that's what's kinda in my head to try!
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool:D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks
:)
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome:)
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really cool stuff!! First attempt?? and you build Morgan Freeman?? Doesn't need to get any better than that, but Iv no doubt you will bud, Stunning work!! :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thankyou...yeah there's still things I want to achieve that tis doesn't....but I'll get there...I'm very excited about it all!
:)
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your welcome!..Its a superb program with endless possibilities!! and Iv seen your work, You,l definitely get there bud, Its a bit out of my price range at the moment but hopefully this year Il get it, Iv been using Sculptris, and for its limited tools is surprisingly powerful and a great little program!! Cheers :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sculptris is very cool...and anything you make in that can be transferred at a later date to ZBrush for detailing etc.
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, Thats handy, Iv got a nice little collection of Sculptris models just waiting for Zbrush!! :)
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconshuffelinplz:
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broodovermind Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Looks really amazing!!!

If your basemesh gets to the point where you don't have enough detail, you could try using the dynamesh feature to redistribute geometry.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I did keep banging away at the dynamesh button...I'm still not really sure how best to use it...I guess it's something I'll become more familiar with in the future...(hopefully)
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Lagutin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great to see a digital sculpt from you! It`s always a pleasure to see how real media master is conquer the digital tools!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thankyou...not sure I'm a master..but I thank you for the compliment!
:)
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Tanathiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Niiiiice :D :D

Minotaurus ^^ And yea, really reminds me of Morgan Freeman now that you mentioned it :D :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:)
Thanx!
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work! Impressive for a ZBrush first timer.
His neck looks fine, just like he's turning his head towards the viewer. That's pretty clever, meshing a idea of Sitting Bull with a bull and coming up with this Minotaur concept. I love those horns, how they rest atop his skull and curve downwards with those little tines at the tips. Good call on making his eyes the same color of his horns, makes them really stand out and tie the composition together. Neat war paint, too.
Can't wait to see more.
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