Quick Sketching with Ron Husband By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
NVIDIA offers some major GPU muscle By Ko Maruyama Just in time for all of the crazy new supercharged software offerings from SIGGRAPH 2014, NVIDIA has given us the next generation of GPU muscle. This week at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA unveiled its Quadro GPUs which provide new tools and technologies. While it's not just for us VFX and Motion Graphics artists, the monster GPU power that sits behind the new lineup seems like it was made for us on the front line of these massive visual demands. ...Read More »
Lightwave3D & OctaneRender together By Ko Maruyama When SIGGRAPH comes around each year, new users and old alike look for the special offers that are often presented by brand new software companies, poised to lure visual effects artists to their program. This year, NewTek offers a huge bundle that includes a license for OTOY?s Octane Render 2.0 software. ...Read More »
"The Dry Brush Master" How do you capture the subtle brilliance of a dry brush artist in a documentary? For years, many people have tried to capture the beauty of painted artwork on video and film, and it is never easy. This is what filmmaker Ben Tobin was faced with when he decided to take on the task of telling Greg Ruth's story. Ruth is known as a Dry Brush Master, and his artwork and books have been celebrated around the world. ...Read More »
A Discussion With Ron Avery, mptv President Photography agencies often get a bad rap these days. Just the mention of them usually conjures memories of unflattering celebrity candids captured by ruthless and frenzied paparazzi, or eye-catching, but oddball stock shots of models interacting with generic food products. One agency, however, stands out for its commitment to sharing unforgettable moments in a way that respects photographers' craft, as well as the subjects they capture. ...Read More »
The Third Shift By Ko Maruyama The Third Shift is, at first glance, a story told through images in a calendar. But it's only part of a larger tale. The calendar is just a sample imagery found in the monthly stories that appear from the minds at Cryptonym Media, projected through eerie stereoscopic compositing. The creative writing and compositing are packaged into a tactile, technological, and interactive experience. ...Read More »
Sweet Sadie Helps Disney Theatrical Productions Commemorate "The Lion King's" 15th Anniversary A call was heard in New York that echoed around the world" was the emotional theme of a video produced by Sweet Sadie, Inc. for Disney Theatrical Productions commemorating the 15th anniversary of "The Lion King's" debut on Broadway. Disney provided the studio with a massive trove of stills and videos tracing the far-flung 15-year history of the show from which to draw. Employing After Effects, the Sweet Sadie team set about to bring this material to life by animating cast and crew images against new backgrounds, such as show set photography and crowd scenes complete with flash bulbs popping. 2.5D techniques were used to "cut out" foregrounds from backgrounds to stunning effect. ...Read More »
AFTER EFFECTS APPRENTICE By Ko Maruyama Trish and Chris Meyer have been writing books for Adobe After Effects users for several years. Their After Effects Apprentice book is currently in its third edition, which covers Adobe's current version of After Effects, CS6. This also offers lessons for those who may be using earlier versions of the software. The book is not only for the "Aspiring" motion graphics artist, but for anyone who wants to improve their all-around skills in the popular animation software. ...Read More »
iStockphoto Reveals The 2012 Stock Photo Trends By Rebecca Swift Rebecca Swift, Director of Creative Planning at Getty Images, offered her insights on some trends, including why Medical, Lifestyle, Concepts, Business, and People were the most searched categories throughout the year. After that some trends observed in 2012! ...Read More »
Three Things Publishers Should Be Doing Online (But Aren't) By Mik Stroyberg To succeed in the online publishing space, publishers need to think about what they offer from their readers' perspective. What are their customers' online and offline reading habits? How can they connect with readers where they are online? New platforms make online publishing quick and easy today, but to truly make the most of the opportunity, publishers need to do more than just upload a PDF version of their print publication to a website. If they want to use the digital publishing medium to connect with readers and expand readership worldwide, publishers need to put some thought into the process and develop an effective online publishing strategy. ...Read More »
Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection - drive home Adobe's continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced. ...Read More »
Giovanni Bucci's Feverish "Addictions" Video Grabs Hold A multi-disciplinary creative who works along the whole production process, in "Addictions" Bucci combines green screen, stop motion animation, filming with macro, motion graphics, visual effects and employs the Canon 7D with a 16-35mm Canon lens, with some shots created with the GoPro HD. ...Read More »
Getty Images Presents the Latest 27Letters Project Getty Images' 27Letters is a dedicated website for creatives that showcases the visual trends that are currently setting the global visual conversation. Collated alphabetically and updated every few days, 27Letters was first launched in 2010. The initiative features insights into the most used, referenced and talked-about visual trends in the media space, from over 250 influential media sites and opinion-forming blogs, providing "bite-sized" reports on the latest visual content. ...Read More »
Felix Design Video Helps Dow Chemical Communicate With Employees The video was shot by Felix Design at research and office facilities in Pennsylvania, a manufacturing plant in North Carolina and a trade show in Germany, according to Felix's Daniela Kuhn. Felix handled editorial. Using After Effects, the studio framed the entire video with a smooth flow of design elements embracing subtle color shapes and splashes while integrating images alongside employee comments that gave workplace and geographic context. ...Read More »
Content Insider - NAB Day 3, 4 By Miles Weston There are no longer creative content "centers" anymore. There are pockets that exist around the globe -- specialty operations and activities that exist where the people want to live not where the producers/directors want the cloud! ...Read More »
CUT AND PASTE By Ko Maruyama On Saturday night, hundreds packed into a location adjacent to Echo Park to check out a new design contest. Fueled by an interest in the new concept of an illustration battle, and moved to the mad beats as DJ Blockhead spins them into a frenzy, 8 designers sat behind computers and try to capture the essence of a theme in record time. ...Read More »
CINEMA 4D & HAIR By Ko Maruyama Student Chris Riehl is new to CINEMA 4D, but his teacher, a moderator in the DMN Forums and demo artist for MAXON COMPUTERS has noted how quickly he has taken to the software. I had a minute to sit down with Chris to ask him a few questions about C4D's new module: HAIR. ...Read More »
Adobe Creative Suite 3 (?Banana Split) On the Way? By Charlie White A look ahead at future development and releases of Adobe Creative Suite 3 was published by, a well-known Mac rumor site. The site has a reliable track record of presenting solid information, so let's take a look at the clues it has obtained and see what might be in store for users of Photoshop and Illustrator. Keep in mind that this is not confirmed information, and should be considered in the realm of what's possible and not necessarily what's probable. ...Read More »
The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book By Don Lee Every time a new version of a program is released, I have a feeling of dread because I know I will have to learn some of the new techniques being offered in the program. The real problem is teaching myself these new techniques before the next new version is released. ...Read More »
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