In this month's issue of "The Digital Eye," Alexandra Pasian explores how Softimage's recent educational initiative is helping to push boundaries in 3D.
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MyToons.com has launched its latest art competition, "The Concrete Jungle." MyToons has teamed up with Grammy-award winning music and film producer Quincy Jones III to give artists from around the world an opportunity to help brand his upcoming hip-hop and skateboard movie, CONCRETE JUNGLE.
Artists everywhere are invited to submit original artwork and designs for a chance to have their work incorporated into the movie collateral and marketing materials of this new film. In addition, artists will also have a chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
i3DTutorials announces their latest training product for SOFTIMAGE|XSI, MASTERING THE ART OF ICE VOLUME I: BREAKING THE ICE. This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of SOFTIMAGE|XSI training products, teaches artists how to use one of the most stunning features of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the new Interactive Creative Environment, known as ICE.
Approaching ICE from an artist's point of view, learn to harness the power of ICE step by step. Learn about the ICE Tree, the tools and features that give the artist more power than ever before with ICE's amazing workflow.
Autodesk congratulates the recipients of this year's Autodesk Masters awards: Paul Neale, Dario Passariello, Andrea Maiolo and Piyush Patel. Through this annual program, Autodesk recognizes exceptional Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software artists and technical specialists whose work and dedication have significantly contributed to the advancement of computer graphics. The 2008 Autodesk Masters were announced Tuesday on Autodesk's AREA community website.
Autodesk 3ds Max Masters 2008
Softimage training partner Digital-Tutors announced at SIGGRAPH the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI 7 and INTRODUCTION TO ICE IN XSI 7 -- the first two comprehensive training titles developed for XSI 7 and the latest additions to Digital-Tutors' growing library of interactive training for digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development.
In this month's column, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson emphasizes the necessity of learning the latest tools.
Digital-Tutors has released THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO XSI 7. This marks the latest training DVD created in partnership between Digital-Tutors and SOFTIMAGE for the second consecutive year and bundled exclusively with SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development.
SIGGRAPH announces the return of the Artists in Residence program to SIGGARPH 2008, taking place August 11-15 in Los Angeles, California. This program was first introduced in 2007 and will feature six established resident artists -- with backgrounds ranging from art and computer design to architecture and engineering -- collaborating together and with conference attendees in real time.
3-D animation and vfx software maker Side Effects Software will release Houdini 9.5 on July 15, 2008.
Houdini 9.5 brings the 3-D industry's first node-based workflow to the Mac ensuring that 3-D artists can collaborate seamlessly in a multi-platform environment. Houdini 9.5 public beta release is available today for download on all platforms.
The sixth book in the d'artiste series -- DIGITAL PAINTING 2 -- features Master Artists Don Seegmiller, Melanie Delon, Daniel Dociu, and Marta Dahlig. For the first time, Ballistic Publishing offers pre-order customers the opportunity to download the majority of the Photoshop/Painter brushes used by the Master Artists in their tutorials.
Digital-Tutors Founder and CEO, Piyush Patel received a nomination for Autodesk Maya Master Awards, an annual program recognizing top artists and technical specialists making outstanding contributions to their respective areas for the advancement of technology, art, and visualization.
MPC has signed two of the industry's most creative individuals to add to their team of outstandingly talented Flame artists, vfx supervisors: Yourick Van Impe and Rob Walker.
Van Impe joins from The Mill. Van Impe's recent credits include a Pontiac spot directed by Pleix at Furlined, Audi R8 by Olivier Gondry at Partizan and Audi RS6 for Paul Hunter at Prettybird.
CG-GIG.com, is now online to help CG artists find freelance and full-time opportunities in the film, animation and game industries. CG-GIG is designed to help users look for "gigs" in the same way one person naturally seeks multiple resources. CG-GIG users are connected to all the best available CG job-seeking and career tools -- which means the more places there are to look for CG work, the more useful CG-GIG becomes.
The world's only exhibition that brings together experts from both the fine art establishment and the interactive entertainment industry to explore the art of the video game, Into the Pixel is now accepting submissions for the 2008 collection at www.IntoThePixel.com. Now in its fifth year, Into the Pixel is the one annual opportunity for published video and computer game artists to be recognized by renowned fine art experts, the art-loving public and by their peers in the video game industry. Artists must submit their work by May 21, 2008, for consideration by the ITP jury.
NVIDIA and CGSociety announced the winners of the latest NVArt digital art challenge, the second in a series of worldwide art competitions. The theme was "Art Space: Architecture and Landscape."
Artists from around the world were invited to submit computer-generated imagery of "awe-inspiring fusions" of architecture and landscapes, with an emphasis on imagination and artistic expression. The winning submissions can be viewed online at http://events.cgsociety.org/NVArt/02/winners.php.
REAL-TIME SHADERS WITH XNA is now the first release in a series of interactive training titles for aspiring artists using XNA, Microsoft's software, services, resources, and communities focused on enabling game developers to be successful on Microsoft gaming platforms.
REAL-TIME SHADERS WITH XNA from Digital-Tutors offers nearly four hours of project-based training for technical artists learning a time-saving workflow to XNA and the essentials to creating real-time shaders.
eyeon Software announced they have partnered with Digital-Tutors to complete a brand new Fusion training series.
Digital-Tutors is developing a library of training materials for new and experienced artists learning and using Fusion, eyeon's leading flagship compositing toolset for film, commercial broadcast, motion graphics and games development markets.
Hip-hop artists from the U.S., U.K., Japan and Europe have collaborated on a one-off music video to protest the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. The video was released today online, with additional broadcasts planned for other cross-channel digital media platforms.
Side Effects Software is breaking down barriers by eliminating the industry standard watermark from its new HD Houdini Apprentice package, a $99 version designed for artists and enthusiasts who want to develop personal CG projects and portfolios.
Softimage Co. announced a new 30-day trial version of XSI 6.5, available in English and Japanese.
Features include:* Advanced Polygon Reduction -- allows artists to reduce the size and complexity of any model while maintaining all the details and surface properties of a high-resolution model
* Attribute Transfer with GATOR (Generalized Attribute Transfer Operator) -- artists can transfer surface properties such as Weights, UV and even Shapes between models, regardless of complexity or topology -- all with the push of a button
In this month's "The Animated Scene," Joseph Gilland wonders if all this connectivity causes animators to lose connection with their work.
In this months edition of The Digital Eye, A2M CTO Martin Walker describes how this Montreal-based videogame developer has upped its 3D artistry with a new workflow and pipeline.
Digital-Tutors released MATERIALS AND RENDERING IN ZBRUSH 3.1, the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using ZBrush 3.1, the award-winning integrated modeling, texturing and illustration environment developed by Pixologic.
ITM Creatives, the artistic division of talent agency International Talent Management (ITM), has launched a site that allows producers to search for freelance artists, animators and related technicians by location, profession and availability. Operating across the three primary entertainment fields -- interactive entertainment, feature films and television -- ITM doesn't charge the hiring company for using its services and is committed to charging its clients a reasonable commission as part of their agency representation.
Minnie Driver will provide the voice for Lara Croft in GameTap's REVISIONED, the online animated series that will ask various artists to give their take on TOMB RAIDER for the first season. The 10-episode animated webseries debuts July 10, 2007.
"Minnie Driver really does have a fabulous voice," Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vp of content, said. "She's had experience doing animation as well, which was good. She was perfect."