Saturday, February 9, 2013


I've always been fascinated with chess pieces - they are little sculptures unto themselves. This week, I designed a set of my own! I drew on inspiration from the famous Isle of Lewis Chessmen. I love the style with bulging eyes and solemn expressions.

My goal here was to create the concepts in Zbrush. At a later date, I will use these concepts as a guide while sculpting the physical set which will be cast in marble-resin.

I originally planned to include a recording of my sculpting this week, but I managed to bungle the recordings. I think I have worked out most of kinks, so I'll try and have one next time if I can remember not to delete my undo history.

These are the brushes I used for the Chessmen:

  • Clay
  • Trim Dynamic
  • Smooth
  • Move
  • Dam_Standard
  • Rake
  • Inflate
Most everything I do involves the Clay, Trim Dynamic, and Dam_Standard brushes.


  1. Those are really neat! I really like all the designs you have made, and usually I really dislike playing with non-standard sets. The models for each are very impressive, I can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. Thank you!! I am really excited to finish these. I'm planning on getting back to this project in late July/August.