Starting ZBrush Jewelry Workshop and my own Jewelry shop has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I truly believe we are going to create a community and education hub like no other. It took a long time to get the right team together to make it reality. We're here now and I'm so proud and excited to get started.
Tony Rodrigues began his work in jewelry in the ‘80s after realizing he could make a living creating beautiful things. He enrolled in a jewelry program at a community college and was soon selling his creations. He then did a five-year apprenticeship at Fey and Co., a family-owned, two-store manufacturing jeweler. This experience led him to Nordstrom, where he was Midwest Regional Manager of jewelry repair and design and created lines and custom pieces for the fashion and fine jewelry departments.
Hi I'm Eric Keller. I have been a visual effects artist for 22 years, been using ZBrush since 2004. I've written and edited numerous books on ZBrush and Maya. I taught ZBrush and Maya at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood for about ten years and I regularly author videos for the Gnomon Workshop. I also created some of the videos on Pixologic's ZClassroom, Lynda.com, and 3D World and 3D Artist magazines. I've been a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, SIGGRAPH, and the Smithsonian. I started out doing scientific visualization at the Howard Hughes medical institute. Moved to Los Angeles from DC in 2005. I've done work for feature film, commercial work, science communication, planetarium shows, Ar and VR. I'm passionate about entomology, cell biology, and biodiversity. I worked on a project for E O Wilson a few years ago and ever since then I've been using my art to promote biodiversity.
I'm the head nerd at ZBJW. I spent my undergrad and masters degrees focusing on computer science and electrical engineering. I have always had an impractical desire to become an artist and a fascination with the idea of making robots do all of my work for me. This lead to my passion for robot design, 3D printing, CNC lasers/routers/lathes, etc. Some years ago I started using my experience with those technologies to design and create my own jewelry.
Finally my two worlds collided as I became the developer for ZBJW. I get to build the website for these three awesome guys, learn from their every move, and design my own jewelry along side them.