Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Building Generator is a procedural building generator script for Autodesk 3d Studio Max. (the script's creator, Tyson Ibele says that it works with 3ds Max 9 and above). You can downolad it for free here
The main User Interface and an example of a building made with the script:
Friday, September 25, 2009
Hiroshi Yoshii is a graphic designer and 3D artist from Japan. He creates these gorgeous little characters using Luxology Modo. What is is especially cool is that some of his creations are turned into real-life plastic toys, which you can buy here: http://factron.net/index.html , although it seems like you need to be able to read Japanese for that site!
Here is a video showing Yoshii doing some polygon modelling in Modo:
Find out more about Yoshii at his personal sites:
Luxology interview with Yoshi: http://www.luxology.com/community/profiles/hiroshi_yoshii/
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
And here are some handy VrayScatter tutorials (13 of them!) on mentalscatter.com: http://www.mentalscatter.com/tutblog/?cat=3&paged=2
VRayScatter 2.5.5 is a plugin for Autodesk 3ds max 2010 and VRay
The key features are:
- Generation and scattering massive arrays of VRayProxy by surfaces
- Capability of creation huge amount of objects in array
- Quick rendertime generation of objects with optimized RAM management
- Random transformations (scale, rotation) of objects in array
- Distribution of objects based on bitmaps or procedural maps
- Scaling of objects based on bitmaps or procedural maps
- Realtime viewport preview of objects placement
- Support of animated VRayProxy
- Different types of viewport preview of objects
- Special procedural map the VRayScatterTexture
- 64-bit support
If you are starting out as an arch viz artist and you want to learn more about the work process, check out this making of post, at: http://www.ronenbekerman.com/category/making-of/
Ronen Bekermen walks you through all the steps, from importing the CAD files into SketchUp, to building the final SketchUp 3D model ready for export into 3ds max.
I'm looking forward to part 2
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
How cool is this? Autodesk Sketchbook mobile is a layer-based sketching application for your Apple® iPhone® or Apple iPod touch®. And it's only $2.99 at the http://www.itunes.com/appstore/ More info here
Watch a YouTube demo here
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
From the DigitalXModels website: "Our next drawing will occur on October 1st, and this time we will be giving away 1 free collection to THREE lucky winners. Enter your email address on the free models page to be included in the contest."
Sounds good to me - enter here
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here is something new - a maxscript that creates a front end GUI for the VRay physical camera, allowing for faster access to basic controls. Get it here
I like how the creator says: " The compass is meant to heighten the geek factor of the script. By 150 % or so". LOL!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The legendary Neil Blevins has some great educational resources on his website (http://www.neilblevins.com/)I've learnt a lot from him and I really enjoyed his article on the use of color (A Study In Greens, Variety in Your Colors), which can be find here There is a maxscript called RandomMat that goes with the "Study in Greens" article on his site, here
He also has a whole host of Autodesk 3ds max techniques, scripts, tips and tutorials on his site. Many thanks to Mr Blevins for making them available for free :)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm loving this Honda RA-X concept by Xuacu Pérez! It looks like the spawn of an intimate encounter between a 2009 Honda Civic Type-R and a Lotus Exige, with the offspring being put on an intensive workout and training program! It manages to be puposeful, angular, lithe, muscular, distinctive and graceful all at once, a bit like an olympic sprinter or a hot female tennis player...I'm thinking Maria Sharapova, Dominika Cibulkova, Serena Williams, but I digress...
Xuacu designed the car in Rhino and used V-Ray for Rhino and Hypershot for the renderings. Check out more of his work here
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Click here to go to the tutorial on cg.tutsplus.com.
Here is my own early attempt at using Realflow :P
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
My how motion graphics software has progressed! I rememeber being blown away by the first version Of After Affects I got my hands on, It was a errr... cough, "free version", called "Adobe Dancing Monkey 3.1", way back in 1997 and had a sketch of a monkey on the splash screen :) I was hooked from the beginning! Thanks to www.creativetools.se for the link
Friday, September 4, 2009
Illustrate! by David Gould is a non-photo realistic renderer. It allows you to render your 3D scene in a variety of artistic styles, such a cel shading style, a technical illustration "hidden lines" style and more.
I've used this renderer before to export vector animations to Adobe Flash and it worked brilliantly. You can also export to Adobe Illustrator and Autocad DXF files.
More info at David Gould's site here
Here is a video tutorial from www.designreform.net showing how to use Illustrate! (Tutorial)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sometimes its handy to be able to access a calculator in 3ds max, for instance when you are doing timecode to frames conversions, or building an architectural model. All you need to do to access this feature is press Ctrl+N in any spinner slot
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Chek out this cool 3D CG video by Gabe Askew: