All posts for the day July 2nd, 2010

In this second of two DVDs, Cameron Davis discusses how he brings a character to life by fleshing out the design in Adobe Photoshop?. Not merely coloring, the design continues to evolve in the digital stage. Cameron takes you step-by-step through this process, covering Photoshop techniques, color studies and color theory, and understanding the psychology of audience reaction.


In this first of two DVDs, Cameron Davis discusses character design at its most fundamental. He begins with basic design theory, color and shape, and shows how to use them to visually tell a story with a character. Beginning with a loose story, Cameron takes you through his thought process when designing for games or animation. From brainstorming to loose sketching, reference gathering and silhouette studies, Cameron shows all the stages of ideation and ends with a finished line drawing that is ready for color.


In this DVD, Phil Noto shows you his illustration techniques for creating comic book covers and pinups. Using a completely digital workflow, you will see how he goes from a preliminary sketch to finished art. He demonstrates how he uses Adobe Photoshop? for sketching and coloring, and Smith Micro Manga Studio? for inking the art, while discussing the benefits of each program’s toolset. Phil covers topics such as line quality, silhouette, proportions, Photoshop layer and channel management, color palette, brush selection, lighting and texture. Throughout the lecture Phil shows how he balances line, light, color and details to refine his illustration.

or – CINEMA 4D: Designing a Promo | 750 MB
Releases: 06/30/10
Genre: Video training

Join Rob Garrott in CINEMA 4D: Designing a Promo as he demonstrates how to create a 15-second promotional video that looks and feels like a professional advertisement. Learn how to use a combination of CINEMA 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator to go from concept to script to screen, creating sketches, adding animation, and rendering the final promo. This course focuses on real-world techniques, culminating in a finished, usable product. Exercise files accompany the course.


Topics include:

* Project planning, covering the scripting and initial drawings
* Using hand-drawn artwork in After Effects to time the animation
* Creating text and logo elements
* Animating the camera
* Organic modeling techniques
* Rigging models for animating
* Fine-tuning animation timing
* Adding realistic textures
* Lighting and shading techniques
* Rendering and compositing a finished animation

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Vue and Maya integration

This tutorial provides extensive training on e-on Vue 7 xStream and Autodesk Maya 2009 integration. In this tutorial we will:
Create Infinite Terrain and customize its material with the Material Editor.
Setup the lighting and atmosphere using the Atmosphere Editor.
Use Global Radiosity for indirect lighting optimized for animation.
Configure Vue scene for animation inside Maya.
Optimize Maya?s workspace for animation and efficient integration with Vue.
Substitute Vue OpenGL preview with Maya IPR.
Use Maya Dynamics to add particle simulation effects to our animation.
Batch render the scene in separate layers with Maya.
Composite multi layered renders in After Effects.
Add final touch to the renders like color correction, camera shake, motion blur etc.