I now have Mudbox for the Mac. I’m thrilled and can’t wait to see how it works. It will be great to run this in my native operating system instead of on bootcamp. Yes, bootcamp is nice, but when you have to log off and on to do other things that is a pain. Now, lets get busy on writing this Mudbox book “Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques For Artists.”

I am excited about working in mudbox, but the sculptor in me has a few concerns.

I want to be able to have a blob of clay- push and pull it until I “feel” what I want.
Doing this in mudbox can change the topography to something that is unworkable. So. I either need to learn another program and bring in what I want, or… perhaps retopologize what I create. But where does one find the retopologizing tools? That is the part of the learning curve as traditional sculptor goes digital.

Amy

My husband and I have been contracted by Focal Press to create a book titledĀ Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques For Artists.

I will be creating a portrait of this beautiful little girl digitally for the book.

I am also creating her traditionally in a water based clay and documenting the entire process. I will be making that video into an instructional video on sculpting a likeness that will be for sale on this website. My new intern Elizabeth is also creating the sculpture along with me, which is helpful because she is new to sculpting and I am taking note to my instructions to her as well as her many questions. I expect the video to be ready at the end of the year. The book Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques For Artists is not expected out until next year.

Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques For Artists.

I am thrilled with the idea because I feel this book begins a cross over between digital sculpting and traditional sculpting. Something that has not been done before. I am working on the book with my husband Mike de la Flor. http://www.delaflor.com He brings the digital sculpting to the forefront, and I on the other hand, approach this from an entirely new and different perspective. I will be spending hours and hours, not just writing but also working in this program, and immersing myself into more and more technology. Things are changing out there and the technology that is coming up is a great resource for traditional sculptors.

Stay tuned for next years Houston Symposium on New Technology for Traditional and Digital Sculptors. It will be out after the book of course, and will include

* digital milling
* digital scanning ( including digital a new digital scanner that is affordable to the average studio, Too cool )

* digital printing
* digital printing in bronze and gold ( TOO COOL!)
* digital milling in wood
* digital milling in stone!

and who else knows what is going to come of this. IF it works well we hope to duplicate it in other cities, let us know if you would like to sponsor such an event, or if you have new technology that you might like to include.

Meanwhile it is back to the grindstone. Must put in estimates for projects and get back to the virtual sculpting stand.