Animation basics: 5 pro tips for getting your character to walk
After rigging, the first task that is needed for most character work is a walk cycle, which is the (reasonably) simple task of setting up a basic looping animation of your figure walking, usually on the spot (the global positioning is done later). Read more
Creating Sony Ericsson Logo with Coreldraw x7
Sony Ericsson stands as one of the youngest mobile phone companies in the cut-throat mobile world of today. This very fact is enough to help it have a stream of loyal customers who eagerly await Sony Ericsson’s trendy and stylish mobile handsets and flock to their outlets whenever a brand new mobile phone enters the market. Read more
Environment Modeling V-Ray in 3D Max
This is a preview video from our upcoming course about real-time walk through using V-ray in 3D Max. This will be an awesome course for anyone who wants to be on the cutting edge of the real-time movement, virtual reality and even video game creation Read more
9 ways to find logo design inspiration
You’ve just taken a new brief from a new client and now you’re sitting at your desk waiting for inspiration to strike. But do you really expect the perfect logo design to pop up, fully formed, in your mind? Believe me, it could be a long wait.
Instead, it’s up to you to seek out logo design inspiration. If you let a wide variety of ideas collide inside your brain, gradually they should coalesce into the logo you’re looking for. The trick? Knowing where to look for inspiration in the first place. Read more
How to create dynamic lighting in Photoshop
As concept artists, our job is to reach out to our audience and connect with them on a profound emotional level. One of our primary tools to achieve this goal is lighting design. For this workshop I’ll build a scene using light to create visual interest and emotion. My process is to explore the idea through thumbnails, then bring them into Photoshop for colour development and finish. I’ll rework the scene several times using different lighting palettes to create a range of emotional beats. Learning to do this gives each of us the ability to become a visual storyteller, much like a musician who can score an entire movie with its emotional highs and lows rather than striking a single cord. Read more
Improve your creature art, Aaron Blaise
It takes time, patience and countless hours of practise and Illustrator tutorials to master the art of character drawing. During my early days at Disney, while working on films such as The Lion King, Mulan and Brother Bear, we would go through hundreds of variations of character designs. Because these films were hand drawn it wasn’t too difficult to imagine how these rough designs would look in the finished film. Read more
How to paint a painful expression
Discovering how to draw various facial expressions is no easy task. And not using reference is a sacrilege as an illustrator! I’ve taken workshops with some of the most legendary artists in the industry and they are the first to tell you to get some sort of reference, even if it’s just making faces in the mirror. But if you can’t, there are some characteristics that apply to any creature with human-like facial features. Read more
Rapid prototyping using Photoshop CC
You may not realise it, but Adobe’s Photoshop is a great tool for rapid prototyping. With every revision it has added more functionality for web designers wanting to quickly createwebsite mockups to share with a client or build a design ready for a developer. The useful rapid prototyping features in Photoshop CC include the ability to isolate layers, tweak corners with the live rounded rectangle feature, and the ability to copy CSS attributes from individual layers – and the Creative Cloud provides useful collaboration elements, too. Read more
Animation basics: 5 pro tips for using keyframes
Learn how to get the most out of your keyframes with these useful tips from Rob Redman.
Animation is a task that lends itself to minimalism but by this I’m not talking about the action in your scene (although simple can be best there too) but in the keyframing of your action. It’s very easy to add keys to everything and you will soon be faced with a timeline that looks intimidating at best and unusable at worst. Read more
10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes and How to Avoid Them
We all have them – design projects we’d like to take back. Some of them you can attribute to a bad design brief or youth; others you just want to hide forever. The good news is that you can often avoid design mistakes; the bad news is that every designer will fall in at least one of these traps at some point in his or her career.
But part of the key to avoiding designer mishaps is knowing what they are, so you can be aware if you feel yourself slipping into one of these bad habits. Read more