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Into the CG Minds of "Iron Sky"

LightWave CG masters Samuli Torssonen and Kelly Myers discuss the production of the popular indie hit

Thu 25 Apr 2013

What does it take to make a movie about steampunkish Nazis who fled to the moon in 1945, only to return 60 years later from their lunar lair in space-worthy Zepplins? The answers are revealed in the indie feature film Iron Sky, which premiered in theaters worldwide in April 2012 and released to DVD in early 2013. Get behind the scenes insidght in this interview with longtime LightWave artists Samuli Torssonen and Kelly Myers on the creation of this visually rich experience.

Hair, Glorious Hair

LightWave Artist Dan Barker turns to FiberFX to simulate fur in LightWave

Tue 23 Apr 2013

In this step-by-step tutorial, LightWave Artist Dan Barker covers using FiberFX in LightWave to simulate the fur on a woolly mammoth character. To give a broader example of how to use FiberFX, Barker uses multiple layers of fur, going from the shorter fur underneath to several layers of thicker, shaggier hair on the main body and head.

The Day Dragons Attacked the World

Rogue State turns to LightWave 11.5 to conquer CG dragons and 220 visual effects shots for Dracano

Tue 23 Apr 2013

In the  indie film Dracano, a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest spews lava, steam and fire—along with eggs that hatch ancient, menacing, winged dragons that prey on man. Dracano viewers, however, would never suspect that three visual effects animators at Burbank-based Rogue State completed the movie’s 220 visual effects shots in just six weeks using LightWave 11.5 3D software.  See how this story is inspiration for indie film visual effects artists around the world.

The Creation of "Shabyat"

Artist Khalid al-Muharraqi turns to LightWave to create the popular UAE TV show "Shabyat"

Mon 22 Apr 2013

Bahrain Artist Khalid Abdulla al-Muharraqi, founder of Muharraqi Studios, relies on LightWave throughout his production pipeline for countless projects, including the creation of a Ramadan-themed cartoon environment for the television show Shabyat, which aired in the UAE and GCC. in fact, Muharraqi and his nimble team of six artists managed to create the 3D scenes for the entire Shabyat project in as little as 20 days.

Laughing at "Normal"

French Artist Sylvain Delmé creates online parodies with LightWave

Thu 18 Apr 2013

In an interview with French Artist Sylvain Delmé, we learn how he creates 3D web parodies that are often based on politics and top of mind situations—like the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. To create these amusing webisodes, which have garnered fans around the world, Delmé relies on LightWave to create and render his comic creations. We caught up with him to get more insight into his creative mind and how he uses LightWave to create entertaining 3D. Recently Delmé moved to LightWave 11.5 to create his parodies and shares his favorite new features with us.

Cooking Up "Ratatouille" Kitchen

Artist Ben Cooper gives a shot breakdown, using LightWave 11 to create the vision

Tue 12 Mar 2013

Artist Ben Cooper is a talented artist working at The Dreamvision Company/Character Matters in South Africa. He took on the challenge of recreating the kitchen in Pixar’s notable “Ratatouille” film using LightWave 11. He offers up a shot breakdown to shares how he made this compelling recreation happen. 

Picture Real-Life, Only Better

Power Artist Eugenio Garcia Villareal creates stunning visuals from deep in the heart of Mexico

Tue 12 Mar 2013

If you read 3D magazines and frequent online galleries, you’ve undoubtedly seen the work of 3D Artist Eugenio Garcia Villarreal. While he’s a relative newcomer to the industry, he’s prolific in the creation of environmental 3D stills and generously shares his techniques and workflow with other LightWave artists in the global community. We are pleased to name him the LightWave Power Artist for March 2013.

From Cars to Cartoons

Power Artist DJ Waterman turns his love of cars to works of art with LightWave

Wed 06 Feb 2013

While most men dream of owning and driving cool cars, Sydney, Australia-based Des "DJ" Waterman likes building them in LightWave. Whether it’s a VW Beetle, Alpha Romeo, or Mini-Cooper, bringing 3D cars to life has been a long-time passion.