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Radeon ProRender with Maya tutorial

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Hello all and happy new year. Hope you are all rested and recovering from the festivities. Things are hotting up here already but for now I just wanted to share this tutorial I created for Digital Arts, all about using Radeon ProRender inside maya. It’s a great renderer, with a lovely material library and works a treat. Follow the link to read the tutorial and don’t forget ProRender is free, so grab it and give it a try. I had a lot of fun writing it and it was also a great reason to bring back MilgBot.

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Henry | Prologue

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This year has been a busy one, with speaking at events from FMX to hosting a show at THU, filming a load of content for various projects all on top of the usual client work. However, the most exciting project of the year has been preproduction on a film that I’m directing. Work has been ongoing for months and months now and we will soon be starting to share a whole bunch of things, from concept art, character his and production diary style posts. We are about ready to shoot the prologue which we will be using in our indiegogo…

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Newsletter, C4D R17 and iPhone 7

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This is a bit of a catch all post and there’s a fair bit to cover, so I’ll be brief. Thi summer has been so busy but for the right reasons. The 3D work has been thick and fats with some really interesting projects, including a set of renders for Techradar, which are all concepts for new handsets from the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony. These were all made using Cinem a4D and rendered with Maxwell Render. There are more of these on the way so keep checking, as we will share them too. The best way to…

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Laubwerk Plant kit update

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I've recently had the chance to test the latest from Laubwerk, developer of the fantastic Plants kit, which comes in various flavours, of which I'm using the Cinema 4D version. I was actually the first artist to use the new release and put it through it's paces and you can see my brief thoughts over at the Laubwerk site, along with one of the renders I created using it but I have to say I love it. I used previous versions and enjoyed them too but this one makes my life so much easier and my work more efficient. It...
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Syrp Magic Carpet

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While doing a spate of video production gear reviews I got my hands on a Magic Carpet from Syrp and I love it. I wont repeat myself by typing it all out here but you can head over to RGBHQ to watch the video and see a few photos. If you just want to see a few shots made with it check it out below. I shot this using the Canon C100 mk 2, with a 24-105 L f4. Graded in Premiere using Magic Bullet Colorista and Film.  

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One to one training

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    Is 2015 the year you want to change you job, or upskill. Maybe you just want to make a jump in skill level. Well, this year has well and truly started with the studio ramping up to full speed already. The new studio has been fitted out not just for the production work but also for training, with separate desk, wacom cintiq 24HD and everything needed to help artists learn new skills. Our first one to one session this year is underway, with James Rickards, of Renderbots, here to work with me and learn some new chops. We…

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Pixellab Pipes Generator

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My buddy Joren Kandel, from the Pixel Lab, recently revealed his latest product, the Pipes Generator. This is one of those plugins that you probably never knew you needed but is both fun and useful. If you do any kind of archviz work, or use 3D environments at all then this could be really handy. If you want to see it in action I’ll be adding a video to this post, so you can see how it works and what can be done with it. Pop back for that or sign up to the newsletter for news on new reviews…

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Pixel Nebula

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This image, entitled Pixel Nebula was inspired by a couple of things I’ve seen recently. First up was some of the amazing work by Lee Griggs, done in Maya using xgen and arnold and also by some of the vfx in Lucy. While I have mixed feelings about Lucy as a film, the visuals weren’t lacking at all and I’ll definitely be taking more inspiration from them soon.   Back to this render. While writing a review of Cinema 4D R16 for 3D World I’ve been experimenting and what you see here is almost completely built within it. There are…

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Working with a Wacom Cintiq

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Although I’ve been using a tablet almost exclusively for ten years or so it’s only for the last 6 months that I’ve been using the Cintiq (although I did try the smaller Cintiq Companion last year) and I thought I would share a few of my working practices here. I use the Cintiq now for everything, from email and browsing to 3D animation and painting. The joy of the 24HD touch is how configurable it is, not just in terms of software but also as a physical object. Being able to have it vertical and use it as a monitor…

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