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This is a game ready 3d model of an old book bearing the actual coat of arms of my family. Click below to see more!

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 Art Blog No Comments



A spooky skull on a spooky slugbody. Tools used: Zbrush, Photoshop, Unreal 4.

2017 update: I gave this image a slight makeover as I felt it was a bit too vibrant and colorful to match the subject. Hit the link below to view the old version!

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 Art Blog Tags: , , , No Comments

Space Vampire

Space Vampire

A futuristic vampire orbiting outside our atmosphere using modern methods to suck your bluud. Many hours were spent in Photoshop.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 Art Blog Tags: , , No Comments

Rejected Robots: Mobile Sniper Unit. Unreal 4 Engine.

Its been hard word to create these images of this awesome robot. I can say that because I didn’t design it myself. This model is fanart made by myself of a robot design done by my very talented friend and former colleague Robin Keijzer. It’s from his series of designs named “Rejected Robots”, and this one is named the “Mobile Sniper Unit”.

I sculpted the model from scratch in Zbrush (no prior lowpoly geometry as foundation), traced the lowpoly geometry in 3ds-Max and then handpainted the lowpoly model in Coat-3d. I then brought it into the Unreal 4 engine to create these images. I also handpainted the environmental assets in Coat-3d. It’s a nice tool for creating this painterly style.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 Art Blog Tags: , , , No Comments

Bust of Ludwig II of Bavaria, “The Mad Monarch” in Unreal 4 Engine.

This is a bust of Ludwig the second of Bavaria, also known as “The Mad Monarch” (or the Swan King, if you’re feeling fancy). He ruled Bavaria from 1864 until his mysterious death (possibly probably murder) in 1886. Everything about him was mysterious really, he built multiple grandiose castles and sought refuge in excessive opulence. His castles were filled with ridiculous amounts of invaluable art and had secret rooms and fake caverns on which he would float on a swan-shaped boat. He avoided the public eye and even his servants, having built an elevator for his dinner table to be raised and lowered through the floor down to the kitchens below. Basically he was a crazy hermit, with unlimited resources.

Last year, I went on holiday in Germany and went to visit what is certainly Ludwigs most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. The castle was quite impressive although waiting in line for four hours wasn’t as fun. The man left an impression though and when I was thinking of sculpting a bust in Zbrush for practise, it didn’t take long for me to pick Ludwig as an ideal subject.

Finally the technicals: I sculpted the bust in Zbrush, made the LowPoly Mesh in 3ds-Max, textured the model in Substance Designer and created this showcase scene in the new Unreal 4 engine. The mesh is intended to have a high fidelity look and is just south of 5000 triangles. That might seem a bit excessive but it’s a conscious decision as it was required to support a detailed silhouette.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 Art Blog Tags: , , No Comments

Illustration: Vegvisir

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This handsome lass is a reproduction of a photograph I found somewhere on the interwebs (do a google image search for “Levee Suicide Girls” if you’re curious… NSFW though!). The original image has very different colors and the girl has different tattoos and less clothing so it ended up looking rather different.

You might recognize the tattoo on her upper arm. The symbol is an Icelandic magic stave-rune known as the Vegvisir, otherwise known as the viking compass. It supposedly gives the wearer the power to always find the way in rough weather. Also Bjork.

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 Art Blog Tags: , No Comments

Furniture models

A few Furniture models made for Brandspanking Media Development. These are untextured SubDiv models, all modeled within 5 days based on provided reference. The visualizations above are made using 3dsMax and Vray.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 Art Blog Tags: , No Comments

Project-X model: Assembly Machine

Assembly Machine

I’m a little late with this one, I had actually forgotten about it but recently ran into the model during a folder cleanup. It’s one of Project-X machines, intended to assemble tools and weapons.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 Art Blog Tags: , , No Comments


Strange things happen when you watch Sharknado and Pacific Rim within a week of Discovery Sharkweek. I do believe I have gotten the sharkiness out of my system now.

This rude dude was created in a couple of days using exclusively Zbrush with a light touch of Photoshop.
The lighting was achieved mostly by utilizing Zbrush’ MatCap system.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 Art Blog Tags: , , No Comments

Samurai Mask

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This samurai mask and helmet are created entirely in Zbrush. The images are composed in Photoshop from a number of layers all rendered from Zbrush, as demonstrated below…

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 Art Blog Tags: , 2 Comments

Greetings, dear visitor!

I'm Jeroen Backx, a 3d artist with a focus on videogames. I am currently the art director at Sticky Studios in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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