February 2013 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Wed 06 Feb 2013
While most men dream of owning and driving cool cars, Australian artist 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 for this artist. From modeling with Sub-Ds or the Shear tool to surfacing, texturing and lighting, Waterman knows how to utilize the features of LightWave to create the cars of his dreams.
Curious about the powerful new features in LightWave 11.5? We've assembled an action-packed video showcasing the many new features in this latest release. From the all new Genoma character rigging system and interactive modeling tools to the enhanced After Effects and Zbrush interchange to soft body Bullet dynamics and new predator and prey flocking capabilities, LightWave 11.5 is a high-performance tool for 3D modeling and animation. Watch it here!
3D World Magazine's Technical Editor Rob Redman gives his first impressions of the newly released LightWave 11.5 software and zeroes in on his personal favorites: "The new modelling tools should be top of the feature list. Tweak mode is so simple yet enables easy and fluid modelling without the need to jump around menus or remember hotkeys. The modelling goodness doesn't end there either… this update brings Lightwave back up to date and in some areas (such as modelling) pushes it ahead."
Are you a registered owner of LightWave 11? Now is the time to login to your account at www.lightwave3d.com and get your FREE upgrade to LightWave 11.5. The download is fast and easy and the many new features in LightWave 11.5 are sure to enhance your production pipeline from start to finish. Haven't made the move to LightWave 11 yet? There's no better time than now to improve your productivity with the most significant version of LightWave in recent years. Go on and upgrade today! You'll be glad you did!
Now that LightWave 11.5 is officially on the streets, we thought it would be a good idea to bring back the Genoma character rigging system tutorial to help you better understand the power of this new LightWave 11.5 feature. LightWave's resident rigging guru Lino Grandi created this tutorial to share the many benefits of this compelling new rigging technology. Get started here and get ready to rig.
If you haven't visited LightWiki.com—a community designed to learn and share LightWave information—you're missing out on a tremendous resource for LightWave artists and designers. Artist Paul Hutchens recently added a free downloadable 1957 Aston Martin LightWave model that he created for the LightWave community to LightWiki that we like very much! Go get the model and be sure to give props to Paul for creating this thing of beauty.
Who doesn't love libraries of 3D models? They can save you time and money and eliminate the frustrations of populating scenes. We discovered MX 3D Models has many fantastic libraries of 3D models for architectural visualization—all created with LightWave. Get started with their many free downloadable 3D models available on the company website, and be sure to investigate the many assets libraries offering everything from seating and lighting to kitchens and bathroom fixtures.
TheFinancialist.com reporter Mara Gay recently wrote about the digital revolution in Hollywood and how filmmakers are literally getting more bang for their buck with digital visual effects. She identified LightWave as a key mover in this digital revolution and spent some time talking with LightWave President Rob Powers about the growing trend to save time and money with digital VFX.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we say: Chocolate is overrated. Give them a tee! What better way to show you care than with a LightWave limited edition tee! It lasts longer than candy and is much better for your figure. Save $5.00 on each tee ordered in the LightWave store this month. Click here and show some love!