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  • Daily Inspiration #007

    Daily Inspiration #007

    Seasons is an awesome animation by  Erica Haowei Hu, which begins with Spring and follows all four seasons throughout the year.  The rhythm that this piece has creates a very engaging animation and taking advantage of C4D in conjunction with Maya gives some really cool results. Check in every day for more videos and inspiration!

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  • Artist Focus – Noe Leyva

    Artist Focus – Noe Leyva

    Hey everyone, today I wanted to kick off a new Artist Focus segment of the site.  Once a week or so, I would like to feature work from around the community and introduce artists people may not know as well as others.  Today, we will take a look at work from concept illustrator Noe Leyva. 3DSkipper:  What artists would you say you draw the most inspiration from? Noe:  Dang. That’s a hard one.  I draw inspiration from many artists, whether […]

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  • Daily Inspiration #006

    Daily Inspiration #006

    Today’s inspiration is a recent short film uploaded to Vimeo named “R’ha”.  This is an exceptionally inspiring video, because it was almost a one-man effort.  Kaleb Lechowski wrote, directed and animated the entire short – receiving help only for the sound effects and voice acting. The film is about an alien who has been captured by the robotic rebellion they have been at war with (in the style of the Terminator series).  Unable to reason with the AI, the alien […]

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  • Daily Inspiration #005

    Daily Inspiration #005

    Today we have a really extensive and visually stunning vfx breakdown from MPC (The Moving Picture) studios’ work on the 2012 feature Prometheus.  Amazing environmental work really sets these scenes apart from other sci-fi films, especially the fog and cloud aspects of each composition. Check out more work done by MPC here Check back daily for more inspiration!

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  • Daily Inspiration #004

    Daily Inspiration #004

    Happy Friday! Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from an amazing and very well known motion graphics artist named Patrick Clair.  He is probably most well known for his infographic, “The Anatomy of a Computer Virus” but this more recent work is a true testament to how great typography and transitions can really sell a concept. Check in daily for more inspiration!  

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  • Daily Inspiration #003

    Daily Inspiration #003

    Today’s inspiration is a project named “Resonance” by SR Partners, which has gained a lot of momentum in the cg community. In their own words, “Resonance is a collaborative project with over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The aim was to explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.”  It is a great example of how having cohesion between sound and visual effects an really make a scene feel more immersive. Watch the video, then head over […]

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  • Daily Inspiration #002

    Daily Inspiration #002

    Happy Monday guys!  Today’s Inspiration comes form Troublemakers.tv.  This video is a commercial for CCTV, (A Chinese Television Station) which retraces the history of China through the use of a simulated ink drop effect.  They achieved this effect from a ton of places, utilizing everything from krakatoa and fumefx, to an actual trip to China.  There is also an awesome “Making Of” you can watch here.  This is a great example of how being creative with new workflows and techniques […]

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  • Daily Inspiration #001

    Daily Inspiration #001

    The Mill has been one of my favorite visual effects studios for some time now.  They are an awesome team based out of London, New York, and Los Angeles, and have been in the effects business for over two decades.  Check out their showreel from earlier this year to get an idea of just how much quality work these guys push out.   To see more from The Mill, check out their site here.

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  • ShapeShifter – An Inspirational Short by “Charlex”

    ShapeShifter – An Inspirational Short by “Charlex”

    I was cruising around Vimeo last night and I came across this animated short by Charlex.  It was just a quick reminder of why some of us make art – to create extraordinary concepts in our heads and utilize tools to bring them to life.  3d animations allow us to give vision to what often does not or cannot exist.  So go make something cool!  One person can do a lot and “ShapeShifter” is a great example of what is […]

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  • Tutorial 3 Preview

    Tutorial 3 Preview

      Hey guys!  So Mir Vadim over at Rayfire Studios was kind enough to loan me a copy of Rayfire for my next tutorial.  It is going to be an animation of something similar to these test renders.  We will be modelling a simple bullet and drinking glass, using particle systems (see tutorial 2), implementing hdri maps, and of course BLOWING STUFF UP in Rayfire! So get ready, the new tutorial should be up within a few days.  Meanwhile, head […]

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