3D artist and board game miniaturist sculptor Carlos Garcia Zapata discusses the creation of his Ryu sculpt, and shares work from his portfolio...
3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Carlos Garcia Zapata:
I'm a digital sculptor located in a coastal city on the east of Spain. Most of the time I do miniatures for board games, and in my free time I try to do bigger things, detailing the miniatures in order to try to reach the statue level and drawing in order to keep the flow.
3dt: What software and plug-ins did you use to create this image? Did you face any difficulties, and how did you overcome them?
Well, normally I use ZBrush
, and for the Ryu Statue that wasn't different. These programs cover all the tools I need for my day to day work, but in the past I have also used 3ds Max
, that means a good support in some cases.
3dt: Are there any particular techniques that you use often? Or do you like to experiment?
I like to experiment a lot but I'm working most of the time. Because of that, I can't spend too much time trying things, so I have a solid pipeline for every project I work on. My workflow as digital sculptor is very easy; I try to get closer to the way classic sculptors worked. The silhouette and volumes are the first things I focus on, after that; I detail, then render and back to ZBrush for cuts and export to STL, and then the figure is ready for printing. In addition I use Dynamesh and Zremesher a lot, these tools let me work faster on the first steps.
3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?
I would like to experience working on videogames or movies in the future, but for sure I also want to continue doing miniatures and statues for a long time. The jewelry industry has my attention too.
3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
I have in my mind for a long time the idea to learn Marvelous Designer
for better clothing.
3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
In RN Estudio we have a big project cooking, a sci-fi based board game with a range of collectable miniatures of different races in the vast universe we have created. I will sculpt all of them and I'm really passionate about it.
Head over to the RN Estudio site
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View Ryu Statue in the gallery
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