Gnomon Staff and Students to Speak at 2016 ZBrush Summit

Posted September 20th, 2016 by Jim Thacker — Category: Events — 0 Comments

This year's celebration of the world's best ZBrush work will feature 13 Gnomon graduates and instructors among the speakers and award nominees

The stars of the ZBrush world will gather at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation this month for the 2016 ZBrush Summit, Pixologic's international user event, while tens of thousands more will tune in online. But did you know that no fewer than 13 Gnomon graduates and instructors will be taking part?

Face Off judge Glenn Hetrick and concept designer Neville Page on stage at the 2015 ZBrush Summit. The event returns to Gnomon for the third time this year.

Returning to Gnomon for the third time this year, ZBrush Summit is a celebration of cutting-edge work created using Pixologic's digital sculpting software. Taking part at the school's Hollywood campus from September 30th to October 2nd, the event will feature presentations and workshops from leading ZBrush artists – including sessions from nearby facilities like Walt Disney Animation Studios, Naughty Dog and Blizzard Entertainment – along with the prestigious annual ZBrush Awards.

View the schedule for the 2016 ZBrush Summit

The Summit kicks off with a session from Avatar and Star Wars: Episode I veteran Andrew Cawrse, founder of AnatomyTools.com, and a former speaker at Gnomon's Masters of Anatomy event, followed by a session on Walt Disney Animation Studios' asset development pipeline that features Gnomon Workshop instructor Zack Petroc and former Gnomon students Dylan Ekren and Suzan Kim.

Suzan Kim's 2011 Gnomon student reel. Now a modeler at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Suzan will be one of the speakers at the 2016 ZBrush Summit.

The day closes with a talk on Naughty Dog's character pipeline on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End that features two previous Gnomon speakers: Senior Shading Artist Yibing Jiang and Character Artist Adam Scott, both of whom took part in the school's popular Headspace: An Evening With Naughty Dog event last year.

The following day, Blizzard Entertainment 3D Environment and Set Supervisor – and Gnomon Workshop instructor – Seth Thompson will be providing a fascinating glimpse into the studio's archives, showing off never-before-seen models from over 15 years of Blizzard's game cinematics. And on the Sunday, Glauco Longhi, a veteran of multiple Gnomon speaker events, will be providing practical advice in a talk on Sculpting Secondary Forms and Analyzing References.

All of the sessions will be followed by interviews with the speakers conducted by Pixologic veteran, school instructor and general man-about-Gnomon Louie Tucci.

Gnomon Workshop instructor Hossein Diba's sculpt of George Clooney has been shortlisted in two categories at this year's international ZBrush Awards.

And Gnomon's involvement with the Summit doesn't end with the speakers: at the ZBrush Awards, designed to honor the best digital sculptors in the world today, Gnomon Workshop instructor Hossein Diba has been nominated in two categories, while the elite group of artists selected to take part in the Summit's live Sculpt-Off contest include his fellow Workshop instructor Luis Carrasco, plus former Gnomon students Ara Kermanikian and Jared Krichevsky.

The 2016 ZBrush Summit takes place at Gnomon's Hollywood campus from Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd. Aside from the workshops, the event is free to attend, although you'll need to have registered online in advance. If you can't make it to Los Angeles in person, the event will also be broadcast free online.

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