2013 July

Z4R6withZRemesher

ZBrush4R6 Released

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We wanted to make sure that everyone knew the newest version of ZBrush has been released. This is known as ZBrush4R6 and is a free upgrade for all of those that already own a copy of ZBrush. All you need to do is visit your ZBrush4R5 folder and run the ZUpgrader application to update to ZBrush4R6.

For those of you that have already updated to ZBrush4R6 make sure you are running ZBrush4R6 Service Pack 2. You will know this by launching ZBrush and looking in the top left corner, it should say ZBrush4R6 P2 if you are running ZBrush4R6. If you are not all you have to do is run the ZUpgrader application in the ZBrush4R6 folder.

There have been some really great additions to already exsisting features but the big add is the new automatic remesher called ZRemesher. This remesher does a great job of following the sculptural flow and makes the DynaMesh to ZRemesher workflow work for just about anything.

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Beasts of the Mechanical Wild

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Make no mistake, Pierre Matter’s work is not Steam Punk.  Despite the cogs and gears, pistons and pumps, these are not the mechanized beasts of a mythical, steam driven era.  Integrated circuits, fluted  cables and wire networks offer proof that Pierre is focused on the future, yet deeply rooted in the now.  These are cautionary creatures, the work of a man profoundly concerned about the extravagances of our time.  Admittedly influenced by the worlds of Giger, Jodorowsky, Jules Verne, and TinTin, Pierre Matter draws inspiration from the “conflict between science and nature that could destroy the biosphere, or perhaps save it.”

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Evocative Beasts

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Beth Cavener Stichter’s work touches the heart and the mind.   There’s an undeniable intelligence to her work, in the way she marries the title to the subject.  This marriage of mediums, soft clay and hard words, is as perfect and painstaking as the process.  Read More

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Festival Dragon

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Ptolemy Elrington’s creatures speak for themselves—they are stunning assemblies, intricately detailed.  But Ptolemy’s choice of materials is equally remarkable.  His dragons and dragonflies, fish and fowl  are, for the most  part, made from hubcaps!  “All the hubcaps,” he states, “are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. I believe these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate, and so choose not to fill, overpaint or alter them in any way.” Read More

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Figures from Anime Expo 2013

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Anime Expo once again has come and gone. With every Anime Expo, there is an almost eclectic mix of fans from the most endearing fans who just like to draw their favorite series to the amazing costume designers of cos-play. One area of focus for SculptClub are the amazing figurines presented at this year’s Anime Expo 2013. Read More

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Exquisite Evening Bags

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In 1996, a group of jewelry designers, bead artists, and sculptors gathered at Ravensdale, a campground in Seattle, Washington.  This diverse group had one thing in common—polymer clay.  A relatively new medium, considered little more than a toy, this brightly colored, maleable material fused to a hard, durable plastic at low temperatures.  These artists knew polymer clay was more than a toy, that it deserved respect.

One of those foremost among them was Kathleen Dustin, a pioneer in the medium.  She had been working with polymer clay since 1972.  By the time the Seattle Polymer Clay Guild held the Convergence at Ravensdale, her work had been featured in books and publications, among them the prestigious “Ornament Magazine”.  At Ravensdale she introduced the first of her evening bags.  Incorporated in its construction were all of the varied techniques that draw artists to the medium including sculpture, cane work (a technique borrowed from glass artists), layered canes, clay intaglio, inlay,  and a host of new techniques Kathleen has invented.  That evening bag was one of the first of her Village Women series.

Since then, Kathleen has expanded the possibilities of polymer clay.  Her ability to draw, and draw well, enabled her to inscribe the clay with faces rich in emotion.  These colored pencil masterpieces,  protected by paper thin layers of translucent clay, replaced the sculpted faces of her earlier work while broadening the design possibilities.  Kathleen surrounded the drawing with intricate and colorful patterns, again combining these diverse design elements into a  sculptural whole.

Recently, Kathleen has focused on the world closer to home, the natural world underfoot, and the Smithsonian has honored her for her explorations.  Using her keen observational skills and talent as a sculptor, she has created realistic whimsically cracked rocks, giant seed pods, blades of wind blown grass, and subtly hued flowers.  Still, thoroughly utilitarian, Kathleen Dustin’s purses are the very best of wearable art.

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Article by Katherine Dewey

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Gowns of Glass and Iron

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In 1999 Karen LaMonte journeyed to the Czech Republic under a Fulbright Fellowship to master the art of glass casting on a large scale. Pursuing a vision she was told couldn’t be realized, Karen introduced lost wax casting to the world of glass and developed the technique and tools necessary.

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