Art Spotlight: Slythe Bust

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In Art Spotlight, we invite Sketchfab artists to talk about one of their designs.

Hello Sketchfab community!

My name is Luis Melendez, I go by Wicked Designs. I am a self-taught artist from The Bronx.
For this model I decided to use Z brush exclusively in the interest of time. I decided to create it as part of a series of “Cartoon Villain” studies. I also made it as an homage to a cartoon popular in the late 1980’s called Thundercats. I tried to stay faithful to the original source material (Example).

For the main part of the bust I started with a polysphere with a low polygon count. I blocked out the main shape that I wanted then subdivided to sculpt the details. For the protruding portions like the ears and spikes I sculpted them as separate subtools also from spheres. I duplicated and positioned each part accordingly using Transpose and Subtool Master. I did the same for the eyes and teeth.

I used basic shapes to create the head gear. For the main part I used a polysphere tool at its lowest subdivision. With some vertices masked and symmetry applied I extruded faces with transpose. For the jewel I used ClipCurve to halve a sphere and placed it atop a flattened cylinder both at high polygon counts.

I turned on RGB channel and turned off Z Add to paint the model. I used Mask by cavity then inverted the mask and filled in with black on low intensity to accentuate crevices.

Finally to prepare the model for upload I merged all its subtools and fused them using Dynamesh. I then unwrapped the model using the UV Master Plugin.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the overview of this workflow! Also, thanks to Sketchfab for providing a venue that allows 3d artists to showcase their work. Stay tuned for a retopologized version of this model and others.


Thanks Luis!

You can see more of Luis’ work here on Sketchfab.

About the author


Bart Veldhuizen

Head of Community at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead. Running BlenderNation in my spare time.

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