Agree: If you make awesome ultra-hi poly model turntables then you have to ask somebody else to make them useful… then you sound like a slow character designer, why didn’t you just use a box of prismas? “Because then I wouldn’t be able to luxuriate over the delicate writing on the zipper pulls. See how the light catches on the edge of ‘TALON’?” … 1) Prismas and bigger paper; 2) Yeah, so what?
Nobody in the world anywhere needs you to be awesome. Productivity and wealth* come from giving people what they need/want. Find out what people need/want and work towards giving to them better than anybody else.
- wealth here means the ability to feed yourself and keep the internet on; it does not necessarily mean vast surpluses of income, sailboats in Cancun and fancy penguin love slaves.
Don’t forget that nobody needs “an awesomely sculpted model. full. stop.” They need “a model of this, meant for that.” Focus too much on being awesome at ZBrush and you become a technician who can’t really sculpt. Focus too much on being awesome at sculpting and you become a technician who can’t really deliver a character that makes people swoon/shiver/laugh/drool/scream/smile. And please, dear god, read a book on color theory. And massing. And anatomy. And lighting. And…
*** Do not set out to be a great Z-Brush user. Set out to be a great artist who uses Z-Brush. ***
And if in the course of so doing you find that Mudbox, or Photoshop, or SketchUp, or a box of Prismas suit your and your clients’ ends better than ZBrush then you’ll just move right on over without caring. Or perhaps, even with delight - OMG look at what I can do with this!
And you don’t have to get hired in the “I work for… My job is at…” sense. Maybe you break open the “screw physical stuff, buy this digital sculpture” market. Or maybe you fab limited editions hand painted by svelte penguins in… no, they have color printers that are as good as your models, screw the penguins. Or maybe you turn out to be a freelance commercial illustrator and do magazine art out of your sailboat studio in Cancun.
Maybe becoming awesome at ZBrush turns out not to be about the tiny writing on the zipper pulls but rather about the deftness and fluidity with which you create 3d spaces and you revolutionize set design (please, somebody, revolutionize set design. I’m begging.)
It might not end up being games and you might get to work for yourself making awesome ZBrush sculpts.
- Box of Prismas