Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Everyday Robots. ZSpheres and the power of time re-mapping.

Here's an interesting video that uses the screen-record format in an artsy way, keeping the beats with the use of time re-mapping.



In case it's not obvious (and to some it might not be), this is a head being sculpted in ZBrush and screen recorded, with the footage then being sped up and edited to keep in time with the music. A simple idea.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Another Mike Scott Animation.

I figured that this is about as good as anything else out there with regards motion and sound, plus it sort of continues the South African thing I had going with the Die Antwoord clips.



Goldfish - Soundtracks and Comebacks from Mike Scott on Vimeo.

I mean it's not even new or anything, but good is good and I want to be able to watch it when ever I like so that's the other reason for posting it.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Some Kinetic Typography Fun

I finally got the last director into my "Six Directors" piece. Purely for my own enjoyment and to test out some ideas I present this short movie about movies.



Mostly After Effects, used Lightwave 3D for the Plexus look and some Anime Studio pro for hands and faces in the Lewis segment.

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.