The Gnomon Workshop

The Digital Maquette Vol. 2

Art Direction and Digital Sculpting with Zack Petroc


Zack Petroc's Art Directing Series continues with "The Digital Maquette, Volume 2", in which he outlines the creation of the Froad Rider, the costume and peripheral accessories using ZBrush. Watch as Zack develops the character from a low-resolution organized mesh for the head, and box meshes for the costume and accessories. After posing the character using ZBrush's new Transpose tools he documents the process for outputting the character as a 3D print with Gentle Giant Studios. Zack presents the workflow with the artist in mind, highlighting specific tools and techniques and focusing on how they add to the creative freedom of the design process. He also discusses how to define your character from both an art directing and digital sculpting perspective. This lecture is intended for Art Directors and Production Designers who are interested in discovering how digital sculpting can add to their creative process. Additionally, it presents information for artists who are interested in growing their skills as design sculptors.

Duration: 180 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Zack Petroc

Model Supervisor

Zack Petroc has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Sculpture. He studied anatomy at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and figure sculpture in Florence, Italy. Zack's strong design foundation and unique approaches to digital sculpting enable him to contribute to all aspects of design, from concept to final sculpt. Zack was model supervisor on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and continues working with director Kerry Conran as an art director and model supervisor on John Carter of Mars.

  • " Zack Petroc's creative gifts place him at the forefront of the emerging field of digital art direction. Zack's great talent in all the traditional areas of artistic expression, coupled with a technical ability that takes a back seat to no one, combine to make him a truly unique talent. A rare ability to bring true artistry to life in a highly technical environment helps to set Zack apart. "

    - Kevin Conran
    Film Maker