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July 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 18 Jul 2014

Summer is in full swing and we've uncovered ssome fresh new things being create with and developed for LightWave 3D software. First we'll shine the spotlight on Salif N'diaye, a talented Ivory Coast freelance artist living in France who is using LightWave to create imagery for high-profile ad agencies and  some of the biggest brands  in the world. We also focus on LA-based Ghostlight who used LightWave to design a robot for its indie spoof of "Robocop." Want tutorials? Ian Thompson has a four part video tutorial focusing on camera matching in LightWave, and SimplyLightWave.com gets a new look with new tutorials for LightWave 11.6 in a library of over 350. Add in new product announcements for LightWave (Oculus Rift and Simply Plants) and there's lots to see and discover this July. 

June 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 17 Jun 2014

This month, the Artist Spotlight shines on Don Foley, whose LightWave works of art grace the cover of today's popular magazines. The LightWave Group and SketchFab have teamed up to create an exporter plugin to seamlessly export 3d models for publishing and interactive 3D viewing in the SketchFab web platform. Cast your votes for LightWave 3D Group products in the 3D World CG Awards 2014, take the LightWave 3D Space Command Challenge, winners will have their work featured in the upcoming Space Command movie (and win a suite of products from the LightWave 3D Group, too). Discover the mystery of the LightWave animated short "Golem," check out a LightWave 3D printing of the Hubble Telescope, discover the new Medical Courseware for LightWave from 3D Garage, and visit the new and improved Community page for everything from LightWave magazines to the Plugin Database.

May 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 15 May 2014

Let's start with a behind the scenes of a "Category 5," a made for TV movie  filled with LightWave visual effects from NY-based Platinum Platypus. You'll also find four video tutorials, covering everything from flocking fruit and camera mapping in LightWave to playing with fire using TurbulenceFD and making faces with FaceShift. We also do a call out for content and a chance to be featured in the SIGGRAPH 2014 LightWave Live Stream, sponsor CGtrader's Flora and Fauna Contest, and uncover "George Activated" a cute animated short created with LightWave.

April 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 22 Apr 2014

This month the spotlight is on an incredible recreation of Benczúr Gyula's 19th century masterpiece "Budavár Repossession,” which hangs in the National Gallery of Hungary. Artist Ekho Farkas turned to LightWave to recreate Gyula's incredible masterpiece in 3D, with stunning results. Artist Graham Hutchings goes 100% LightWave to create stunning cover and feature images for Popular Mechanics' March 2014 issue. Artist David Aguero goes old school with LightWave to create and animate a frog on a turntable of rippling water. And, Cortical Studios wins a gold at the New York Festivals for its scientific information film about probiotics, created with LightWave.  It's also time to cast your vote in the 3D World CG Awards, submit your LightWave art to Cgsociety.org's and LightWave's Gallery, and create a 3D weapon for gameplay with  LightWave for Humster3d.com's 3D Weapon Render Challenge.

March 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 07 Mar 2014

We head into spring 2014 highlighting the work of  LightWave Power Artist Steve Mcardle. Not only is Mcardle a fine artist, illustrator, sculptor, animator and director; he’s also an incredible LightWave 3D artist. Check out his work and we think you'll agree. We also go behind the scene of the 2014 VES award winning "Space Shuttle Atlantis" project to see how LightWave played a key role in the creative pipeline of this istunning project. Filter Film also shareshow it used LightWave in the creation of the heavy metal animated video for Messugah's "I am Colossus" music video. In the news, the HDR Light Studio Live Connection plugin for LightWave is released along with video tutorials DJ Waterman created for the program. We also discovered "Just add Milk," a new blog that offers up everything from barebone templates and Python tips to scripts, libraries and cheat sheets for LightWave. WTools3D offers a 20% discount this month on LWCAD 4.5.1 and David Aguero goes into space with a LightWave tutorial.

February 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 18 Feb 2014

February has been a month of sheer greatness for the LightWave community. We have extended the $500 off the full version of LightWave 11.6 promotion through March 2014; existing LightWave customers can upgrade for $495 (a savings of $200). We also shine the artist spotlight on Jason Allen Lee and his use of LightWave to create some pretty incredible advertisements and product videos for Rocky Elements work boots. Next we send out our congrats to the LightWave artists who worked on the 2014 VES Award winning "Space Shuttle Atlantis" project, follow the win with a behind the scenes story of the "Atlantis" project from Digital Media World and you understand why it was a winner. Get inspired with LightWave artist Chris Jones's latest WIPs, his newest video garnering more than one million YouTube  views, and Steve White's in-depth video tutorial for creating a dolphin using SubDs in LightWave. Speaking of inspiration, longtime LightWave artist Khalid Al-Muharraqi and his father artist Abdulla Al-Muharraqi will be honored at the "Father and Son" art exhibition opening in Bahrain next month. We round out the month with a call for social activism and motion graphics reels for our NAB 2014 show reel.

January 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 17 Jan 2014

We ring in the new year with news of educational pricing for ChronoSculpt and NevronMotion for LightWave 11.6 software. Follow that news with news of a 2014 Academy Award® contender "Possessions," by Shuhei Morita created using LightWave 3D, and the year is off to a terrific start! Then we shine the Artist Spotlight on Paolo Zambrini whose incredible architectural visualizations created in LightWave are designed to evoke emotion in clients. We go viral with Artistomenis "Meni" Tsirbas and his love of using LightWave to make people gasp on YouTube. Our 2013 Holiday Challenge winners are revealed and extra winners are announced, PropShop delivers props for high-profile films with LightWave and 3D printing. and 3DTotal publishes a LightWave tutorial for creating and lighting products. We close out the month with a video tutorial from jennifer Hachigian that shows how to use the new Raycasting feature in LightWave 11.6.

December 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Wed 18 Dec 2013

We close out 2013 with wishes for a wonderful holiday and prosperous 2014 to you all. The limited time $995 LightWave price is still in effect, so if you've been on the fence about buying or upgrading, now's the time, before it all comes to an end. This month, our Artist Spotlight  shines on Sebastian Smolak, whose self-taught LightWave skills keep him extremely busy creating architectural designs and renders for clients around the world. We also head to Tokyo for the annual LightWave Winter Creator's Session where you can watch our own Rob Powers and Lino Grandi share the latest and greatest from the LightWave 3D Group. We also kick off a Holiday Design Challenge that offers up a suite of products form the LightWave 3D Group to one lucky winner. We also unveil a new Architectural Showreel that highlights some amazing architectural designs and renders with LightWave 3D. You can also get inspired with an incredible product video created in LightWave and After Effects by Jason Allen Lee for Rocky Elements Boots, anjd we close out the issue with an invitation to join and participate in the LightWave 3D Forum to share with and be inspired by other LightWave artists.

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