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NVIDIA Studio Highlights 3D Artist Hsin-Chien Huang

Artist’s award-winning artwork/VR experience, ‘Samsara,’ portrays the journey of life, death, spirituality, and awakening.

Recently the NVIDIA Studio blog shared the journey of 3D artist, virtual reality expert, storyteller, and educator Hsin-Chien Huang, whose award-winning artwork/VR experience, Samsara, portrays the journey of life, death, spirituality, and awakening.

Huang,  a distinguished professor in the Department of Design at National Taiwan Normal University, lost sight in his right eye as a child, regaining it after a Sri Lankan cornea donation. The experience inspired him to dive into virtual reality and to make content sharing his unique vision.

The artist and his team program and create multiple 3D animations and interactions to convey the intended concepts and invoke emotions. Accordingly, the artist says that color, materials, sound, and music are critical story elements that drive the narratives of his artwork.

The team uses various parametric modeling tools in Autodesk Maya, Houdini, iClone, and Unity, with the key being setting up 3D geometric objects - shapes that can be changed once parameters such as dimensions or curvatures are modified — removing the need to reshape the model from scratch.

“We use Unity for integration and interaction and Xsens and Vicon for motion capture,” said Huang. Unity’s light baking and Autodesk Maya’s Arnold renderer both require powerful GPUs, and his GeForce RTX 3070 GPU was equal to the task.

The creative programs used to create Huang’s artwork also benefit from accelerations, and AI features powered by his GeForce RTX GPU, which he notes is an indispensable tool for 3D artists. Overall, Huang acknowledges and embraces the creative possibilities of advancements in technology. Check out the NVIDIA Studio blog post for a much deeper dive into Huang’s artwork. 

Watch “Samsara behind the scene:”

Source: NVIDIA Studio Blog

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.