Lighting Design in CG

I recorded a talk about how to design lighting in CG and create (hopefully!) good looking images. We are looking at references, techniques that classic and modern art painters used and how to transfer them to CG, how real world photography works and how that translates to CG. We will look at the importance of values and how to guide the viewer through our image so that we can tell […] Read More

LEGO 90s Pirates Poster

View 6K full-res poster (right-click open in new tab to avoid lightbox) Inspiration This is a modern interpretation of LEGO posters/catalogs from the early 90s. Something that always fascinated me as a kid – even though I wasn’t really able to put it into words back then – was the rich composition, vibrant colors, and the life that was brought into those little plastic bricks with the help of some […] Read More

Exploring LEGO Material Part 3

The classic 2×4 brick. If you have read part 2, you might think, well that minifigure looks kinda nice and all, but what about good ol‘ classic bricks? And what happens if we go even closer, so we can see all the micro details? Taking it to the next level Please pardon me if my blog posts are not completely straightforward. Part 1 is a bit more theoretical and part […] Read More

Python to Lua Cheat Sheet

My first impression: Lua has somehow similar syntax to Python but there are enough differences to make this confusing. So here is my Python to Lua cheat sheet:

Katana OpScript How to

After 3 years of Python scripting, I finally reached that point where I can confidently say that I roughly know, what I am doing. Then I fall in love with Katana and while interface and node graph stuff can be accessed/modified via Python, OpScripts are – for performance reasons – Lua based. Well, off to something new then. tongue I consider this blog post as a dynamic place that I will […] Read More

Exploring LEGO Material Part 2

In this blog post, I would like to take a closer look at how to actually render LEGO. If you missed Part 1, you can still read it if you like smile Because I grew up in the 90s and I love the old LEGO pirates sets, I decided to do the lookdev for the infamous Captian Redbeard.

stPipelineTools

Maya & Scene Management   While Maya gets more bells and whistles with every release it is still pretty useless in a production if there is no one, caring about all the data management. The problem is, if scene/cache imports, exports and versioning is done manually we tend to produce a big ugly mess. Especially if we are in a hurry. Nobody wants to spend time typing in data, prepare scenes, or […] Read More

Exploring LEGO Material Part 1

LEGO is – without a doubt – the best toy in the world. The problem is: sitting on the floor the whole day hurts, big time! Luckily, with all the modern 3D tools and thanks to ldraw and mecabricks I’m still able to play with it digitally. Up to now, I’ve made two brickfilms already. A stop motion one and a CG one. At the time of making those movies, I was pretty proud. From […] Read More

Wacom tablet and Photoshop CC pressure sensitivity

With Photoshop CC 2014 Adobe introduced the stupidest “feature” Adobe has ever introduced. (And that’s saying something!) From now on Photoshop uses Microsoft’s Windows Ink API, which simply doesn’t work. There are odd circles appearing around your cursor, right click doesn’t work reliable and pressing alt (to pick a color for example) takes ages to temporary switch the tool. Luckily it is possible to disable this Windows Ink thing.

modify normal map intensity in maya

I have never been a big fan of normal maps. It’s difficult to manipulate them, it’s hard to guess how they might influence your shading and – probably the worst part – it’s not possible to modify their strength in maya. This is why I avoided them most of the time in favour of bump maps even though normal maps can look a lot better. Luckily, I found this thread where NextDesign posted […] Read More