Book Review: Sculpting From the Imagination: ZBrush
Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Title: Sculpting From the Imagination: ZBrush
Sculpting From the Imagination: ZBrush is a recent book published by 3DTotal.com. And rather than a simple "how-to" tutorial, which can be useful, but time consuming, the book is a collection of 50 ZBrush artists work along with their insights on their personal workflow, toolkit and how ZBrush aides/insights into using this powerful sculpting application.
The variety of artists chosen for the book is one of its most appealing aspects. There are artists from all nationalities present: asian artists like Xin Gao and Jia Hao, Canadian artists like Taissia Abdoullina, British artists James W. Cain and Eastern European artists like Martin Nikoloff (to name only a few). All 50 of the artists represented in this book are highly skilled and able to communicate their ideas and techniques clearly and with insight/enthusiasm. They clearly love ZBrush.
The layout of the book is excellent. I'd say 40% of the book contains examples of the artists work at various stages of completion. These illustrations are of exceptional quality and help the reader in understanding the context of each artists hints and insights. One thing that is particularly good is the binding of the book. Designed to lay flat so you can use your computer to explore the various artists ideas on your own computer, the binding is strong enough to withstand a lot of stress so it won't crack and leave pages falling out. This is a sign of the quality that 3DTotal has put into the making of this excellent book.
All of the artists are so good, it's hard to choose any standouts. However, was taken with the chapters by artists Carsten Stuben, Alexendra (Lex) Reeves, Laura Peltomaki and Pablo Munoz Gomez for their outstanding artworks using ZBrush, but also for the clarity of their thoughts and writing on how to effectively use the program. All of the artists are good at sharing their insights on workflow, but these particular artists stand out for me.
There is an index at the back of the book of all 50 artists featured in Sculpting From The Imagination: ZBrush with personal info and links to their respective websites. I highly recommend checking these artists out as their websites often have additional info/tutorials that are not only quite useful, but inspiring as well. It's a delight to see so much beautiful and compelling art being created.
Any artist who uses ZBrush should buy this book and place it permanently on their essential books shelf. Although not a beginners book per se, even those just starting out with ZBrush will find this book useful, plus you'll grow into the book as your ZBrush skills increase.
Sculpting From the Imagination: ZBrush is a marvelous book that provides much needed insight and essential information directly from the artists who are using the software every day. Highly recommended.
Be sure to visit the 3DTotal Store for pricing information and coverage of more books and services provided by this innovative company. There's also a very nice preview of the book at the shop where you can flip through the pages to get a sense of the content and layout.