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?
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.
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.
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.
I know I've been neglecting the blog for a bit, other projects have been occupying my time, however I did make this little screen capture tutorial to demonstrate a fairly easy method for creating neon style text.
I've been playing around with creating sub-D text, or techniques to do it easily,so I might do a future tutorial about that as well.