What can I say and where I may find the right words to describe the feeling that I got when my name was announced on the ZBrush Awards Ceremony as a winner in the “Image of the Year” nomination? I am an artist and not really sure that I will be able to find those words…
Flooded with emotions? Feeling of gratitude? The honor of being in one line with such an incredibly talented people and worldwide known studios? Achieving the goal and the beginning of something new? A look back at the 16 years traveled road behind? Understanding how much I still need to do and learn from others? Responsibility for such recognition, at last?
Of course. All of the above, but also much much more, just believe me here.
It’s 2 hours After the happening. I am on the 10th floor of the hotel, watching the Hollywood night streets, holding that heavy and uncompromising Award in my hand, and only now I’m starting to realize and understand what’s just happened. Yes, this is all real!!! It’s me right here, right now! This Award is so crazy heavy that it can’t be a dream or fantasy in any kind! :))))
Thank you Pixologic! Thank you Every and Each of you who voted for artwork and supported me! Thank you my dear Family for listening, helping and understanding me no matter what. Especially for listening and being able to hear. This Award is for YOU.
So here is how it was:
Talking about the Award by itself, again, it’s so heavy and massive, WOW! And everything made in top-notch level to the last finest detail. Impressive.
I asked Paul Gaboury for the Making Of photos that were shown during the Ceremony, here are they. I am sure the process of creating will be as interesting for you as it was for me.
Awards were created in ZBrush by Paul and Joseph Drust and were molded in the deepintheheart.net (Texas).
Some more photos from the ceremony:
Aaaaaand… I’m announced! Heart fell down…
ZBrush Awards 2016 nominations and nominees (as it appears on the official Pixologic website):
IMAGE OF THE YEAR – ALEXEY KASHPERSKY
SCULPT OF THE YEAR – HOSSEIN DIBA
3D PRINT OF THE YEAR – DANIEL BEL
TOP ROW POST OF THE YEAR – DISNEY ANIMATION
STUDIO THREAD OF THE YEAR – DISNEY ANIMATION
GAME ART OF THE YEAR – NAUGHTY DOG
FILM ART OF THE YEAR – DISNEY ANIMATION
Congrats guys! It’s a true honor to stay in one line with you.
Award of Honor and Inspiration went this year to amazing Neville Page. Btw his speech after the ceremony was reach and deep. Really recommended to listen (see the video upwards).
What was after the main ceremony? Heh… after the ceremony I felt like an astronaut who returned to Earth from planet Mars. Guys, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your kind words, hands and hugs, all the attention that you gave. It was a truly gift. In fact, these moments are those for which any artist lives and works.
Jaime Labelle, (COO) at Pixologic, Inc.
Frank Tzeng, Naughty Dog, LLC
With Joe Menna and Louie Tucci
Left to right: Ryan Lang, Furio Tedeschi, me, Joe Menna and Louie Tucci
With Elena Bespalova and Dmitriy Gaborak
As one said – the beautiful ocean surface is not possible without ugly dark depths. Only closest ones know what stands behind every big happening, award or name. How much broken hopes, sleepless nights, and thousands of working hours laid on the altar. You, as an artist, definitely understand what I mean.
So I totally realize how much I blessed to hold this award today and that there are thousands of others who deserve it just as much.
Some more photos from the ZBrush summit by itself.
See also the GNOMON GALLERY EXHIBITION 2016 which were a part of ZBrush summit.
Find me in 30 seconds :))
There were a lot of questions on behalf of ZBrush Summit and Awards, here are some answers:
– To be nominated for ZB Award you need to post your artwork to ZBrush Central where 3 nominees in each category will be selected by user voting.
– To be nominated for ZB Award you need to have valid ZBrush license.
– Unlike other events of this kind ZBrush Summit is absolutely free to attend. And if compare it to other conventions – it’s different, much more warm and friendly experience, and inspirational atmosphere. Almost no officious and completely no pathos and upturned noses. Just believe me here or read numerous posts and videos of people reviews on Facebook and Youtube. ZBrush Summit is TOTALLY different from anything. If you are in USA in September and not sure where to spend your time, which convention to visit – come ZBS and you will not regret.
– Money and Hotel question.
I am not sure about the airplane ticket, it depends of the country and airline, this calculations is all on you, but I can definitely tell you a couple of words about the hotel.
When yo will choose one for yourself – make sure you taking the best possible for your budget.
Past year I decide to save some money and choose the hotel for $215 per night, in the center of Hollywood, in 15 minutes of walk from Gnomon School, and it was my worst hotel experience ever. The name of that “Hotel” is Ginosi. Never… never. If you ever hear this name – RUN!!!
So looking back on previous year experience, this year I decide to act clever :)) We bought really nice room in the W-Hollywood Hotel just across the street from the old one. Yes, it’s pretty pricey, but comfort and the view from window totally worth it.
Hope this information was useful for you. Thanks again for support!
And of course, SEE Y’ALL NEXT YEAR!!!