Hello and welcome to another packed issue of 3D Artist! We’ve got loads of exciting content for you this month. First up is our sculpting feature ‘Muddy good skills’ where we take a look at how 3D artists are embracing traditional sculpting techniques as a way of improving their modelling skills. It contains a real insight into how some artists work, plus information on tools, materials, software and tips to apply to your art.
Elsewhere, we’ve got an interview with the digital art master Benedict Campbell – he talks about his past, the future and how to tell a good 3D artist from a bad one. We also take a look at how educational institutes are responding the converging skillset of films and videogames in our ‘Higher Learning’ feature.
As for tutorials, Ferdi B Dick reveals how to make fluid creatures using Houdini and ZBrush, Richard Yot explains the techniques behind creating fabric characters with photorealistic rendering. Meanwhile, Gavin Goulden takes you through the third and final part of the Futuristic Femme tut – it covers rigging, weighting and posing and is not to be missed. However, if you open space is more your thing then check out the guide on accurate terrain modelling in Rhino – there’s even an AutoCAD file included on the disc to get you started.
In the workshop you find handy how-tos focused on making realistic fire and smoke in FumeFX, using SkinMorph for better character deformation, creating craters in Vue, and adding grass to renders in Photoshop. There’s even a bit of After Effects action awaiting you in the form of a ‘Back to Basics’ article, helping you transform 2D into 3D.
That’s not all, though. Issue 27 of 3D Artist includes reviews of the latest software and hardware releases, interviews with the team behind Battle: Los Angeles, career advice from Lucasfilm Animation’s Josh Robinson, all the latest community and industry news, plus loads more.
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