hld4ransom My mutual "Woman Crush Wed." is with the dark hearted enchantress @old_hag ... She is the distance echo of crows alighting. Her soul, the rustle of the Oldest Night Forest. Her breath, an endless reach of stars. Her shadow resides in the deep unknown. With all, my heart smolders. #wcw #swedensqueenofdarkhearts 17h

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hld4ransom One of my favorite artists @sandra_yagi just joined Instagram. Please follow her if you seek heartbreaking beauty caressed by the soft, patient kiss of mortality. #sandrayagi #painterofsoulslostandfound 1d

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hld4ransom I'm making a small forest of CG trees for a few @ransom_mitchell projects. I've grown fond of this lady's craggy bits. #keepinitrealish #ifaCGtreefallsinavirtualforestdoestheghostinthemachinehearit #ransommitchell #fakebelieve #zbrush 2d
  •   blk_n_irish Speedtree and/or onyx are great for realistic trees and cuts/eliminates sculpting time. You would just need you make better textures for them, IMO. 2d
  •   iamakittehcouch Hashtag 2d
  •   artaissance Always nice work! 2d
  •   hld4ransom @blk_n_irish those two asset makers r super cool 4 mass productions. 😀 I'm creating one of kind set decor for my @ransom_mitchell printed artwork so I prefer to sculpt & paint my own work. The work we are using the trees for is all original & created by us. 2d
  •   blk_n_irish You can always customize them and do additional sculpting on them in zbrush. I'm just saying if time is ever a factor. 2d
  •   hld4ransom @blk_n_irish it's true, those sorts of tools are prefect for mass creating backgrounds more efficiently. I'm using ZBrush with a more hands-on mindset. For our work, we prefer to build practical sets & props. You can check out fakebelieve.net to see how we work. CG is tool in our shed tucked behind the knives & nail guns. :) thanks as always for the insights! 1d

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hld4ransom THIS Sat the must-see @rat136 show opens at @spoke_art - The show is comprised of 100s of meticulously hand cut & painted wood pieces, all housed in equally detail-rich thematic frames. The breadth of topics run the gamut - pop culture, rock & roll, anatomy, sci-fi & all points in between. His nostalgic pieces create eye & heart happiness & his spectacular craftsmanship begs for the closest inspection. If you are in the Bay Area, do not miss the chance to see these works in person! Doing so will invite unbridled joy to seize your soul and never let go. #mattritchie #rat136 #thismanisagenius #spokearto 3w

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hld4ransom Spent the afternoon with my pal @tuggywuggy who works on a tugboat in the San Francisco Bay. This is one of the many epic photos he posts to his feed. I have lived here for 15+ years and know this town pretty well, but his gorgeous photos of the various bridges & enormous shipping vessels constantly amaze me. Give @tuggywuggy a look if you love pics of bridges & boats. Much respect to ya Scott!! 3w

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hld4ransom The most beautiful map of the mighty Mississippi River I've ever seen. Located near the Exploratorium Observation Gallery where I could get lost for days pouring thru the many interactive displays of historic maps, atlases, statistics, geological info and more. #geekingoutondata 3w

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hld4ransom Raw bird I sculpted in #zbrush - the top is the final unpainted sculpt. (The painted bird is posted in my feed.) I made the body & two different feathers which I duplicated & manipulated individually to create the wings & tail. There are also 2 sculpted wing joints that merge the wings into the body (but they look too weird to break out) ... Thanks again to @joemenna_sculptor for the steady flow of hand holding & cheerleading. #keptmefromthrowingmycomputeroutawindow #thedogtoo #gratefulforsmartandtalentedfriends #learningCGainteasybutitisworthit 4w

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hld4ransom Bird I sculpted & painted in #ZBrush - it's another tiny background element in a @ransom_mitchell portrait that @impureacts & I are creating of @betweentheditches @niksin666 & #bryancunningham for the Sept. #littleindignities show at @redtruckgallery ... #ransommitchell #CGbirdspoopless #fakebelieve #nothingisreal 4w

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hld4ransom Alive seal pup. #justbarely #seemslegit 4w

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hld4ransom The care of the earth is our most ancient, most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster it's renewal, is our only legitimate hope. ~ Wendall Berry #letusbestewards 1mon

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hld4ransom Devil's gotta keep up wit iz bidniz. #setlife #rainbowbeast #rockbandland #ransommitchell #beaversbiver 1mon
  •   birdmanphotos Lmfao!!! 1mon
  •   satronimus Wow. Modern day satyrs. 1mon
  •   tenhun Wish I was a fly on the wall for this shoot 1mon
  •   bryanhollandarts Typical day at the office. 1mon
  •   mishka_sf Sorry for the off topic question but.. Would you guys happen to know anyone selling a studio camera stand? 4w

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hld4ransom Not every story has a happy ending. #rainbowbeast #rockbandland #ransommitchell #beaversbiver 1mon

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hld4ransom Did you hear the one about the clown, the devil & the beaver? #rainbowbeast #rockbandland #ransommitchell #beaverbiber #neveradullmoment 1mon

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hld4ransom Fav shot of my son Ozlo by @sabrinabotphoto for the French clothing line Les Petits Carraeux. She creates ethereal work & it was an honor my son was called for the project. If anyone else needs a long haired blond boy give @scoutmodelagency a call! #hisgoodmannersandkindnessarestillwhatmattermost #thathairtho 1mon

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hld4ransom My son Ozlo (the long-haired blondie) now models for @scoutmodelagency . This shoot with the sublime photographer @sabrinabotphoto was for French clothing line Les Petits Carreaux. I was "stage mom" that day & it was a pleasure watching Sabrina create such magical images with the kids. #lespetitscarreaux #sabrinabot #summerinSanFranciscohasperfectWinterCollectionweather #boyswithlonghairbreakheartsharder 1mon

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hld4ransom The very last hand painted, resin pumpkin crab by the talented @jimmckenzie now resides in the @ransom_mitchell grand parlor (aka @impureacts & my living room). The details on this little fellow are gorgeous! We've been fans of Jim McKenzie for many moons and we are so honored to have his special guy live with us forever. #punkinsaremynewspiritanimal #gratitudeforgoodfriends 1mon

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hld4ransom Put the needle on the record this Fri with @winstonsmithart , @onewhoharms (Nick Harmer, bassist, Death Cab for Cutie), @lad_design (album art designer Lawrence Azerrad) & @pesco (David Pescovitz of @BoingBoing ). They'll be speaking at @OaklandMuseumCA from 7-8:30 about the enduring power of vinyl. Doors open at 5pm for this @noisepop event with an open bar & kids under 18 are free, with 1/2 price admission for adults. 1mon
  •   markforephoto Wish I could make it 1mon
  •   pesco Thanks so much buddy!!! 1mon
  •   kellynoellesparks Thanks Stacey! It's actually @noisepopfest :). See you there! K 1mon
  •   hld4ransom @pesco @kellynoellesparks yah, I decided to go with their twitter name since I pushed this there too. They have waaaay more followers over there. I did tag this photo with their Instagram name tho! All this social media stuff is so complicated - it sucks when folks have different names for the 2 services. 😕 1mon

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hld4ransom I'm learning a new CG program (which has been humbling) & I thought I'd share 3 master-level digital artists whom I deeply admire. Left: @joemenna_sculptor Mid: @markgmehling Right: @elcoro36 Additionally, they all are master painters (oil & graf) and/or sculptors ... further proof that any art tool, digital or traditional, can be extraordinary in the hands of a genius. #alwaysmoretolearn #learnfromthebest 1mon
  •   elcoro36 @hld4ransom that's actually Wes Burt's drawing just to be clear. Not my work. Thanks for the shout out tho! :) 1mon
  •   markgmehling Thanks stacey... I feel honored being part of this excellent selection and even more for being an inspiration for someone like you! #happy #mademyday 1mon
  •   hld4ransom @elcoro36 aw crap. (Palm to face) well, I can confidently say ALL the artists at Massive Black (past & present) are the best of the best! I admire you all Wesley included! 1mon
  •   joemenna_sculptor @hld4ransom thanks again for the inclusion and I'll second what @markgmehling said! 1mon

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hld4ransom Details of a metallic CG picture frame I sculpted. This will be background decor in a @ransom_mitchell portrait of the Red Truck boys @betweentheditches @niksin666 & #bryancunningham for their Sept show #littleindignities . (Big thanks to @joemenna_sculptor for introducing me to #ZBrush - check him out to see what a master sculptor can do with this 3D program!) #imayneveruserealclayagain #digitalclaysmellsbetter #mydogcanteatit 1mon
  •   blk_n_irish Pretty good, keep in mind you can draw/scan desigs in PhotoShop or illustrator and bring them into zbrush as well. Probably a better/faster workflow for you. Might be better for printing as well. 1mon
  •   hld4ransom @blk_n_irish I placed my photoshop sketch under this on the grid as reference. Is that what u mean? ... We use the 3D CG aspect of photoshop, but it's a tad limited, so I'm digging how easy it is to manipulate sculpted forms in ZBrush. We have a upcoming project that I'll be creating minions that must be placed in about 100 different poses, so ZB seems the easiest program for that. However, I am still having trouble exporting the texture & UV maps back to photoshop. A problem I need to solve. (Grumble... I hate learning curves!) none the less, I'm hella into ZBrush right now! 1mon
  •   markgmehling Supernice!!! 1mon
  •   betweentheditches Wow 1mon
  •   blk_n_irish In the texture pallet to the right, you should just be able to export the texture to .psd unless you don't have UVs set up on it. Digital tutors has great entry level tutorials for zbrush. A good amount of hand holding. The gnomon workshop as well for slight more advanced stuff. 1mon
  •   neirus_art Love!!! 1mon
  •   hld4ransom @blk_n_irish yah! I figure gnomon is where I'll go in about 6 months when I'm more way more adept. My pal @elcoro36 over at Massive Black thinks they are tops. (Which is a killer endorsement) In the meantime, I've been deep in the Digital Tutors lessons getting my learn on. They are good teachers! 1mon

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hld4ransom Stop by @zerofriendssf tomorrow from 2-4pm to pick up their newest book and get it signed by the following amazing artists @alexpardee @davecorreia @quake1986 @bowenstuff @69n8vandyke @theartofskinner @brettamory @rickywatts @wayshak @rat136 !!! (The book also features art by @taramcpherson @craola @jasonedmistonart & Mike Mitchell) There's no charge to meet all these talented gents & if you want the book (and all their signatures) it's only $29.95. Plus you'll get a free 8x10 print of the cover art with your purchase!!! #noextrachargefordickdoodles #whatanawesomebunchofdicks 1mon

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