SO first of all, HELLO!! My name is Tom Thordarson…I have worked in the Themed Entertainment Industry for…well…embarrassed to say…35 yrs. Graduated and taught at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design…but before I was graduated, was working as a concept designer and illustrator/sculptor/art Director. If you Google : “Tribute to Tom Thordarson Disney”, or just my name, "Tom Thordarson and add either Disney or the word “Tiki”, you will see a lot of my work. Best known for my creating "Journey to the Center of the Earth Ride " for Disney Seas…and "WaterWorld Stunt Show " for Universal Studios Hollywood… from white sketches paper to production models.
SO as a long time sculptor, mostly for characters and props to use as Art Direction tools, I finally decided 2 years ago to teach myself “Z-Brush”. I crunched every youtube tutorial I could find…and took a class . I have become pretty good at it …for my needs!! HOWEVER…never learned any other 3D programs…maybe a little Sketch -up…but thats it.
Lately, I came across “sketchFab” and LOVED all the 3D Dioramas!!! I have designed many rides for Disney and Universal over the years…and had I had a tool to create these sorts of rotatable, painted, lit and textured “scenes”…my life would have been 1000 times easier!! lol .
I need help. I have no idea what the process/workflow is to create these dioramas I see here. I can sculpt just about anything in z-Brush…save .Obj’s or .STL’s or whatever…but can someone help me with where to find tutorials on the workflow I need to take to produce a simple diorama in 3D like these on SketchFab? Do I need to learn another additional program or two??? If so…so I don’t waste time…which? Are there ones more “time and user friendly” than stuff I would take a year to become proficient at?
Anyway…looking for your generous help!! Funny if I run across any former students of mine on here from the late 90’s/early 2000’s! Oh…I draw really well too…the old school ways!! But now can’t get over how awesome photoshop is for painting and concept drawings!
Best to yah all!!! Looking to hear soon!! ~~Tom Thordarson . www.ThorArt.com (my fun painting work for the Tiki crowd)