Saturday, 13 September 2014

New short tutorial about Instancing in Lightwave

Just took time out to document how to symmetrically instance geometry in Lightwave as explained to me by Elvis Blazencic.



I've added it to the tutorial page as well.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Just a Brother Sister Act.

Okay, this stuff is neither classic nor cool, and will probably date really fast, but they're certainly something.

To tell the truth, I'm really not up with or interested much in contemporary music anymore, because I'm like, you know, old, but every so often I chance upon things that give me an eye-full of what's going on out there.

South Africa, who knew? Some stunning  and positively evil music videos from Die Antwoord.













Saturday, 23 August 2014

NATRON and KRITA, Open Source Apps.

I've come across these two separate open source programs that deserve some attention. First there is Natron, a nodal film compositing software that closely mirrors the Foundry's Nuke. It has access to many OpenFX plugins and exists to give students a way to learn the standard compositing workflow.

The other contender is a painting program, Krita, and I'm quite enthused to give it a go and see what it offers, it has a different take in that it is not a Photoshop clone, it's something else.



Of course, as is often the case, these being free, they'll get downloaded, perhaps installed, but will they get used?

I'll let you know.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Brilliant digital masterpiece

Going by the name of Borhan this "Newbie" submitted a jawdropping piece as his first ever post on the ZBrush Central forums.



Yes it's all a sculpt, he even sculpted the dress and clothing folds for everything in the scene.



One forum member sums it up perfectly in the comments section;
"Hello, I'm a newbie and this is my first post. I'm gonna destroy your brain with my insane work and get Top Row instantly!!!" Muah ha ha ha!!!" - remcv8

You can view the actual image in full detail here.

The next coming version of ZBrush, 4R7, will be the last update until the release of ZBrush 5, in which they move over into 64 bit. The coming upgrade offers an amazing new polygon box modeling workflow that takes this sculpting software into a new place, such that you might opt to do all your hard surface modeling within ZBrush from now on. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

More AnimeStudio work from Victor Paredes

I just wanted to post another delightfully colorful and fun piece by everyone's favorite Anime Studio Pro animator.  It has something to do with educational reforms in Chile. It's the same deceptively simple look that has become Victor's signature, although I should preface this by saying that a lot of the design work was supplied to him and he did the animation and compositing. Pretty colors, no black lines, nice.



I'm always looking for an excuse to show what this under-rated piece of software is capable of.

Friday, 25 July 2014

'Visiting'. A Work in Progress


This short film project has been in development for a while now, and the creator has just put up a website to properly document it. The subject is a small alien astronaut and his adventures on Earth, that's all we know at this stage.

















As you can see, the shot design is fairly high end, it's all the work of Louis Dumont, a young London designer who works primarily in Lightwave for his 3D animation, and who has been exploring the avenues of film production with SLR cameras and custom built rigs.

Camera Rig Test from Louis du Mont on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blackmagic cuts Pocket Camera Price in Half

News just in from RedShark, for a limited time you can buy the tiny Blackmagic Pocket Camera for half price. The offer ends on the 31st August, 2014.