Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cyborganic Organic Session

Here is a new project that I am working on in ZBrush. Pushing more of the interaction between flesh and tech.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fallen Angel's Lair For The Oculus Rift

I have been working on a UDK level for quite some time in anticipation of the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset. We received our two development kits of the Rift at FIEA about 2 months ago. I have been working and tweaking this level ever since to create an interactive virtual reality art piece/experience.

Things are not perfect or where I want the final experience to be but things are far enough along that I am going to release this out to the wild and improve over time.

Here is a video in the non-rift mode that can give you an idea of what the level is all about:

Here is a video in the rift mode, if you have an Oculus Rift you can view this video in full screen on the Rift and you will get the full 3D effect of the level through this video:


If you don't have the Oculus Rift you can still download and play the level in regular mode. Just download and install using the .ZIP file.

Playing in Non-Rift Mode -

If you want to play the game in Direct X 11 mode, take the UDK.exe and make a shortcut to it on the desktop. Now right click on the shortcut and go to the properties for the shortcut. You should see a Target area that has text showing the location of the shortcut, add this text to the end -dx11. (It should look something like this C:\UDK\FallenAngelsLair\Binaries\Win32\UDK.exe -dx11) Then hit apply. I have already created a shortcut for you in the download package, but you will need to have the level installed on your C drive here C:\UDK\FallenAngelsLair\ in order for the shortcut to work.

Playing in Rift Mode -

Build a shortcut for the game using the process described above to play the game in DX11 mode.

I have included to config files that need to have values changed in order for the Oculus to run correctly (These files UDKEngine.ini, UDKSystemSettings.ini) Just take these files and copy/replace the existing ones in this location C:\UDK\FallenAngelsLair\UDKGame\Config.

That is it, launch the game using the shortcut you created and you should be up and running.

Keyboard and XBox Wired Controller Controls -

Keyboard -

WASD -Movement.
Mouse - Spin your character and set your direction.
Q - Puts you in a fly mode. (This is very fun in the Oculus Rift to fly, use your head as the direction you fly to.)
E - Puts you back in walk mode.
Shift - Sprint, while you hold sprint you can jump a bit higher as well.
1 - Puts you in a slow motion mode.
2.- Puts you in regular speed motion.
Space - is jump, press space while in air after your first jump to double jump.
Left Mouse - Fire primary weapon.
Right Mouse - Fire secondary weapon.

XBox Wired Controller -

WASD - Left Thumbstick
R Thumbstick - Spin your character and set your direction.
Left Bumber - Puts you in a fly mode. (This is very fun in the Oculus Rift to fly, use your head as the direction you fly to.)
Right Bumper- Puts you back in walk mode.
X Button - Sprint, while you hold sprint you can jump a bit higher as well.
Y Button - Puts you in a slow motion mode.
B Button. Puts you in regular speed motion.
A Button - is jump, press space while in air after your first jump to double jump.
Right Trigger - Fire primary weapon.
Left Trigger - Fire secondary weapon.

If you try the game out, please leave feedback, I would love to get your thoughts on your experience with this little art level that I have created! (Just know...right now it is not really a game..just an experience.)

Hope you all enjoy!

NickZ. :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dyna Sketching Concept Sketching In Zbrush

This will be a quick time-lapse video that covers how to use ZBrush in a concepting fashion. There is a part in the video where there are horn like structures that are made on the creature, this was done using the snakehook brush. Other than that, everything else is explained with call-outs throughout the video.

I edited this further the other day (8/14/2014) and rendered some passes out of ZBrush and comped everything together in Photoshop.

Friday, May 10, 2013

ZBrush Poly Painting

I recently created a free video series that covers a wide range of ways to utilize polypainting in Zbrush.

If you would like follow along you could purchase all the source materials on my 3D model shop over at

CLICK HERE for a direct link to the source content page if you are interested.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

DemonGhost Dynasketch in ZBrush 4R5

Dynasketching (3D sketch in ZBrush 4R5) About 2 hours??? Color grading and outlines added in Photoshop

Saturday, January 5, 2013


addMarkersJointsToVerts.mel - Here is a little script that I hacked together, it will allow you to take a selection of verts from a model and build a marker and joint that will follow that vert where ever it goes on the surface of the source mesh. So you could make blendshapes with a mesh and attach buttons, eyelashes or whatever you like. (It is basically a rivet system) It uses Maya particle emitters as the follow point. You could also use this with a simple ncloth mesh and bake out the animation onto the provided joints that you are using. Or you could do something like dynamically driven rope. So I will provide the script below, please don't laugh at my scripting abilities...I hacked this together...My hope is that one of you smart maya mel/python people could clean this up and make it into something even cooler. (Thanks for those who tried to help me with the string renaming process...still don't fully have that figured out. So the script isn't as smart as I would like it to be.)

I will add the scripts in the comments section of this post. 
Let me know if this helps you in anyway! :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Human Male Athletic Version 2

A New Year (2011) and a New Mesh.

After making the last Human Male Athletic model that I provided here, I used it in a project of mine (Heavy Demon Character)

Through ought this project I discovered some things that I would like to change on the mesh. Here is the updated new mesh and a video that explains some of the changes that have been made.

If you would like to download the model visit one of these links:

Here is a video that describes some of the changes that have been made:

Monday, October 15, 2012

I recently created a video that will show you how to achieve a rendered look in Maya that is similar to the way that Google Sketchup creates an illustrated/toon render. In the video we will look at a 3 tone toon shader and also how to set up toon outlines.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creating Concept Silhouettes In Maya

In this video we will take a look at how to use Maya to quickly make complex mechanical objects and build Silhouettes from them that can be used in the concept discovery phase.
If you would like to download the Maya 2013 Scene file CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

NickZ's Artblog Slideshow