Self Portrait

I did­n’t look much like that image when I cre­at­ed it, but after shav­ing my head, it’s become some­thing of a self portrait.

It still does­n’t look any­thing like me, though.

…so just for fun, I adapt­ed it:

It’s a bit slop­py, but a fair likeness.


I make a lot of char­ac­ter sketch­es, mov­ing on from one to the next with­out both­er­ing to cre­ate a body or cloth­ing, much less a con­text for that char­ac­ter to exist in. They’re more a tech­ni­cal exer­cise than any­thing else; devel­op­ing speed and dex­ter­i­ty in my 3D sculpt­ing soft­ware. But it occurred to me one morn­ing that this actu­al­ly does echo a branch of com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­phy — the actor’s head shot.

Here’s a few:

timelapse: digital character sculpting

I’ve been sit­ting on this video for over a year, try­ing to record some kind of com­men­tary track. 

I’ve gone the instruc­tion­al route, I’ve gone philo­soph­i­cal, tried to explain the cre­ative process, tried to explain what drew me into this crazy world of dig­i­tal sculpt­ing in the first place.

Call me a per­fec­tion­ist, but I did­n’t like any of it. So I’m giv­ing up. Post­ing it silent. See what I care.

Note: ZBrush has had a major new release or two since then, so this does­n’t demon­strate any of the new tools.

Idea Ship

I made this image as a Christ­mas present for artist and activist Phil Yeh, who cre­at­ed and owns the Winged Tiger and Patrick Rab­bit char­ac­ters pic­tured, and reserves all rights to them.

Phil’s work is about pro­mot­ing lit­er­a­cy and cre­ativ­i­ty, and I used this project to pull myself out of a cre­ative slump. It seemed a poet­ic fit.

If you haven’t read Winged Tiger Comics & Sto­ries, the scene depict­ed might not make a lot of sense to you. Patrick Rab­bit is a car­toon­ist with writ­ers block, and the Winged Tiger is using its mag­ic to drag Patrick all over the uni­verse to ask artists where they get their ideas. Wher­ev­er pos­si­ble, the answers come from Phil per­son­al­ly inter­view­ing those artists, and the comic’s art­work incor­po­rates sketch­es that they give him. It’s an inspir­ing com­mu­ni­ty effort, as well as a tech­ni­cal­ly daunt­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion. To read more about or pur­chase Phil’s books, vis­it