Photo by Aaron Poole/©A.M.P.A.S. Ofer Alon taking a selfie during his acceptance speech

On Feb. 15 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Pixologic cofounder Ofer Alon won a Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) for his design and implementation of the ZBrush software tool for multi-resolution sculpting of digital models.

“ZBrush was a game-changer because it was the first of its kind,” said host Kristen Bell. “Prior to ZBrush, digital models were created by sculpting figures in clay and scanning them to produce 3-D assets. This took weeks and was quite costly.”

According to the academy, ZBrush has enabled artists to create models far more quickly and with much greater detail than previous approaches. In Issue 103 of Make-Up Artist magazine, make-up artists reflected on how tools such as ZBrush and 3-D printers are changing make-up design.

Oscar winner Rick Baker has been using ZBrush for nine years and can be found in the online ZBrushCentral forum under the name MonsterMaker. Recently he posted to the forum images of ZBrush-designed work he then printed on a MakerBot Replicator2 3-D printer.

Alon took a selfie at the podium during his acceptance speech and said, “I can tell you that I’ve never tweeted in my life but this would be a great reason to do one.”

Alon thanked his wife and kids, his business partner, the Pixologic team and artists.

“Special thanks to all the ZBrush artists who have inspired us to do more, to do better and to break new grounds,” Alon said.

>>View his acceptance speech below.