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EPISODE 19

Tomas Wittelsbach // Ink Metal

THE ART OF 3D JEWELRY DESIGN

TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • How Tomas left Hollywood and found himself as a 3D jewelry designer.

  • Teaching the art of 3D jewelry design

  • The challenges of working for yourself - and others!

  • Why Tomas insists on owning a 3D printer as a way to perfect your work as a 3D jewelry designer
Art Heroes Podcast ep.19:
Tomas Wittelsbach // Ink Metal
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Who is it
Meet Tomas Wittelsbach, a digital sculptor for objects of jewelry and art for print for the last 16 years. He worked as a sculptor in the film industry for over 20 years but left due to personal reasons, and was later introduced to digital sculpting by a friend.

Why should you listen
In this episode of Art Heroes Podcast, Tomas shares his career in Hollywood and how it inspired him to leave and make a much simple life for himself. He talks about the challenges he faces every day, from sculpting on a computer, to the production process to working with other people.
Summary
Meet Tomas Wittelsbach, a digital sculptor for objects of jewelry and art for print for the last 16 years. He worked as a sculptor in the film industry for over 20 years but left due to personal reasons, and was later introduced to digital sculpting by a friend.

In this episode of Art Heroes Podcast, Tomas shares his career in Hollywood and how it inspired him to leave and make a much simple life for himself. He talks about the challenges he faces every day, from sculpting on a computer, to the production process to working with other people.

Listen in to learn how technology has changed the production of 3D jewelry printing. You will also learn why Tomas recommends not caring too much about the set rules of designing when you're first starting.
KEY MOMENTS OF THE EPISODE

  • [1:20] Learn the story of how Tomas started working on jewelry.
  • [4:03] Why did Tomas leave Hollywood for a much simpler career?
  • [8:43] Tomas shares what he's currently working on- the projects and teaching initiatives.
  • [12:43] The challenges he goes through making jewelry for his projects.
  • [15:33] He describes the hardships of working on other people's projects as compared to when he's working on his projects.
  • [19:45] The depth of details in 3D jewelry printing that makes it necessary to own a printer since the computer doesn't give the exact image.
  • [22:00] How Tomas fell in love with jewelry designing even though he had never had the desire before and a story of how his bold sense of style got him a job in Disney back in the early 90s.
  • [27:22] What materials and printers does he use and would recommend?
  • [32:32] Tomas explains the process from design to production and how technology has changed it.
  • [41:01] Why you need to learn and gather the necessary knowledge from the expert and not YouTube and Google.
  • [45:12] The importance of not imposing strict rules on yourself when you're just starting with 3D jewelry designing- get a printer, Zbrush and get to work.
  • [51:34] How he is creating a one-stop hub for artists to learn and market their art.
  • [57:54] He answers the fun ten questions.
"Design freely, try to make a beautiful object, print it, wear it, and you'll see where it rubs on you...and then edit the design"
"Jewelry is not only interactive, its collaborative.
The people who are successful one-stop shops are people who were raised as bench jewelers so they know all the stuff about bench jewelry before learning on the computer."
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