Merry Christmas!!

Well, Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope Santa was good to you all and that no one got coal this year!!


I’m off on the East Coast this holiday. It’s always nice at the holidays to really remember what’s important, which to me is spending some quality time with family and friends. Remembering that old friend you may not have talked to in several months. Relaxing by a window curled up with a good book. Or even starting a project you’ve been putting off for so long. With the end of the year, there’s the natural reflection on what you have done as we count down the days. And if you haven’t finished some of your yearly “to-dos”, well, it’s not to late start them now before we ring in the New Year!

Happy Holidays to everyone and spend some extra time with a loved one and give them an extra hug!  As you can see here, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my favorite films of all time. My brother and I watch it every Christmas together. To me it’s a great reminder of what’s truly important in life, which we can forget sometimes when we get consumed by the daily hussle and bussle of our lifes.


Winter Semester at CGMA open

If anyone is looking to give a gift of learning to their artistic friends and family, another semester is coming up at CG Master Academy.


Winter term starts the second week of February and runs till 3rd week of April. Take a look at all of the amazing classes CG Master Academy has to offer – click here!  Registration is open now till February 3rd.


I will be teaching another semester of Matte Painting . Looking forward to another amazing semester with great students!
We’ll be dealing with multiple lighting conditions, landscapes (organic and urban), and utilizing 2d/3d techniques.

Previous works from students:



Can’t wait…anyone interested in delving into the realm of Matte Painting step right up!!

ZClassroom -Zbrush training

Sorry, I’ve been away from blogging these past couple weeks. Lots going on but I’ll get into that in another post.

Something a fellow co-worker, Brian LaFrance, showed me was Pixelogic’s Zbrush training called ZClassroom. Now there are a ton of resources these days to learn applications or brush up on some specific techniques. I find it very rare that the software company itself has a wide and varied list of tutorials on their own sites. Pixologic has a done a great job with their ZClassroom.


First off, it’s organized very neatly and succinctly.  You have a search parameter right off the bat. Easily marked sections based on skill level with Zbrush. There is a courses tab as well to follow a particular project.


Scrolling down you can also just click on a particular area of focus you like to explore in. I looked into the “Digital Sculpting & Modeling” tab.


Here my friend had recommended the “Architectural Design” one.


Now this project has 6 parts to it. It’s great to see each parts level of difficulty, and the time each clip will take to watch.


I went through these tutorials and they are awesome. The techniques that Joseph Drust shows are great. He quickly shows multiple techniques like using ZModeler, NanoMesh, Alpha creation, Surface Noise, and Zbrush to Keyshot Bridge. He clearly shows how he creates these great architectural buildings so quickly and beautifully. I’ll post some of my creations next time.

Take a look at all the tutorials they have to offer. Lots of bit size ones during a lunch break or some of the longer ones for more in depth techniques.