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.