Hello and welcome to the December issue of 3D Artist. Issue 36 of the magazine contains 35 pages of step-by-step guides covering a range of styles and 3D software. The magazine also comes packaged with two free gifts: the first ever 3D Artist calendar and a disc packed full of resources!
Tutorials include creating custom 3D typography with CINEMA 4D and Photoshop, how to create photorealistic arch vis, mastering motion graphics, plus ZBrush 4R2’s Wax Modifier and LightCap tools are explained.
Our Masterclass focuses on creating concept cars in Maya and also comes with nearly 7 hours of video tuition packaged on the disc, courtesy of Digital-Tutors. It takes you through the whole process – from thumbnail to final render.
If photorealism is what you seek to achieve, you’ll love our six-step Octane Rendering guide. The Q&A section is also home to short tutorials on creating mossy rocks in Vue, abstract art with particle flow and the GhostTrails plug-in for 3ds Max, a guide to 3D printing and posing a giant centipede in ZBrush and Maya.
Character rigging is the topic up for discussion in the Back to Basics this issue – it also comes with video tutorials and a character template to help get you started.
As for features this month, Lynette Clee talks to Massive Black about the studio’s latest project and partnership with Unity Technologies. There’s even an introduction to this revolutionary software thrown in for good measure too.
Meanwhile, we pay UK-based studio Finger Industries a visit to chat about animating elves, bacteria and advice for budding artists.
If you’re looking for the best budget workstation, tech expert James Morris is here to help. He’s put together a guide to budget setups, including how to upgrade your existing workstation for less than £300.
We’ve also got interviews with Jorge Montiel from The Mill, the animation director of Modern Warfare 3 and Pixomondo talks dinosaurs and VFX for Terra Nova.
There’s all this and loads more besides. 3D Artist issue 36 is available to buy now from all good newsagents and supermarkets. You can also buy it online at the Imagine Publishing online store, or through the Apple Newsstand (simply search for ‘3D Artist’).
Enjoy the issue, guys!