Additional Sculpting Tools
I haven't really begun to actually model on a serious level yet, but I'm planning to. From my earlier stints into software like 3ds max, Maya, and so fourth, I've learned enough to know that I am confident in my skills in this regard. The more a person gets used to the various tool and functions the software offers, the less it behaves like software and just becomes another tool.
When it comes to Vertex modeling, I'm actually really "at home" feeling in Carrara. So far all I ever really do is Box modeling, which can take me pretty much everywhere I've ever wanted to go with modeling in the above named apps. I've yet to push Carrara to those degrees, but so far it seems to handle it's own.
Anyways, there are 3d modeling apps and there are sculpting apps. Some, like Blender,( I think?), do both. The big examples of sculpting apps that come to mind are Mud Box and Z-Brush. Z-Brush has such a strong reputation and following that it becomes hard to even look at Mud Box, being much more expensive... unless of course you really know your sculpting features and know more about their differences.
Stu uses 3d Coat, and I was just about to pester him some more in his physics thread and decided to stop derailing his thread and start my own. Sorry Stu. If any of you have seen Stu's work in 3d Coat, you begin to find it hard to even look at Z-Brush, being so much more in cost. I just watched the intro video on the 3d Coat site before clicking the 'Buy' tab to check the cost. For what that does, it sure is reasonable.
I own Hexagon, but have barely even opened it's doors yet. I cannot help but remembering things that I've seen at the "What is Hexagon" page, here at Daz3d, especially where it says:
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't 'Microdisplacement Brushes" like the tools used in Z-Brush sculpting? or 3d Coat, etc.,?"Sculpt - The new geometry and high-resolution relief (microdisplacement) brushes bring unique and highly creative tools to refine and add extremely fine details to the 3D models."
If that's not what I'm thinking, have a quick look at the Brush Modeling caption, and the next two features mentioned in "What's New in Hexagon", if you would. Pretty exciting stuff, if you're like me, and looking to get into 3d sculpting. Doesn't it look like Hex is a sculpting app in addition to a modeler?
Daz3d also sells Curvy 3d Pro version 2.0 by Aartform, and at their website they have a good assortment of short videos that make it look an awful lot like 3d Coat, unless I'm just mistaken there. If you can't tell, I'm new to this portion of the game.
From becoming involved in a bundle of software, I ended up becoming a registered owner of Curvy 3d 1.6 and I'm pretty excited about it. Being incredibly swamped right now, I've only had a few seconds in that software when I initially plugged in my Wacom Tablet to test it out. Very strange, yet incredibly cool, how you do all of your modeling by drawing... you guessed it... curves! Draw your first curve and then another one to alter the first, and so on. Depending on the brush your using, you can just sculpt away either adding, subtracting, texturing, painting, whatever else it does.
So to me, it appears that I currently own two sculptor apps. One of my better skills as an artist all throughout my life has been sculpting. Mostly with stone, but I also enjoy making Warhammer 40K, Warhammer and D&D miniatures with sculptor's Epoxy as well - and I've even purchase pewter and plastic mini's when I couldn't find what I was looking for, and sculpt the existing one's into what I did want.
Then when my buddy turned me on to 3ds, I was amazed at how similar the concepts can be. But these sculptor apps are quite amazing at actually modelling in the fine details rather effortlessly compared to box modeling, which I still love to do.
I'm looking for any words I can get from anyone who has used any sculptor apps and might have anything to say about them. Negative, positive, I don't care. I'd really like to hear about your experiences, likes, dislikes, whatever. 3d Coat looks like it's fantastic. And an app at that price is much easier for me to strive for than something like Mudbox or 3ds. Hexagon is already here, as is Curvy 3d and I'm very interested in both - even though I'm also not afraid to expand. Finally, just because Z-Brush and Mudbox seem out of reach right now, tomorrow could be another day entirely. So I'm very interested to hear from owners/previous users of those as well.
Thanks in advance for anything you'd like to share.