If you happened to attend the 3D Printer World Expo last month you may have witnessed the work of jewelry designer Tomas Wittelsbach. Visually captivating, The flowing line work found in Tomas' jewelry evokes grotesque masks and demonic visages from Japan, Tibet and Bhutan. Tomas' design sensibilities have evolved from his experience as the lead sculptor for Hollywood blockbusters such as Batman Forever, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Fish.
Tomas is now based out of Seattle and brings his vast sculpting experience to the jewelry collections at Inkmetal, a collaboration between he and Jim Tuttle of Green Lake Jewelry works. The jewelry featured on Inkmetal has a design aesthetic that is forged from Tomas' fascination with fantasy, mythology and the underworld. Tomas' organically precise structures are complicated yet achievable with software tools such as ZBrush and Modo, and he's very open to sharing his techniques to the general public.
If you missed out Tomas's presentation at the ZBrush booth you are in luck thanks to the educational generosity of Ryan Kingslien. Ryan is well known among digital artists for his ZBrush Workshop web site. Ryan is major contributor in the CG art education community and has taught many renowned ZBrush artists in the industry.
Schooled in traditional sculpting techniques, Ryan knows that jewelry design has been growing in popularity (thanks to 3D printing) but realizes finding a class to learn the process can be a challenge. Online classes are few-and-far-between and most curriculums are only just beginning to incorporate 3D printing workflows. Therefore, Ryan will be providing a free jewelry design webinar on March 20th that will be taught by Tomas Wittlesbach. The class is entitled "Designing Jewelry with ZBrush" and will showcase some important techniques that allow artists to bring measured precision to jewelry art using ZBrush and Modo. For class registration click this link.