January 2017 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Thu 26 Jan 2017
By creating games that deliver emotional impact, stunning artistic design, and extend far beyond mere entertainment, Fumito Ueda has greatly influenced the history of video games. Tokyo-based LightWave reseller D-Storm interviewed Fumito Ueda—director and lead designer of the video games masterpiece Ico (2001), Shadow of the Colossus (2005), and The Last Guardian (2016)—to learn more about his creative inspirations and how he has used LightWave 3D extensively in his video game pipeline throughout his amazing career history. Get ready to be inspired!
Peter Waldemar—an extremely talented Polish artist—visualizes architecture and furniture in very impressive ways. Working alone or with a team of creative people, Waldemar creates top-quality archviz images for the furniture industry. Using the power of LightWave 3D and Kray together, Peter seamlessly blends photography into his 3D environments to create realistic and stunningly beautiful 3D interior designs. Teaming up with other brilliant LightWave artists—such as Janusz Biela—Peter’s architectural visualization also include fully immersive walk-throughs of virtual 3D interior designs. Just one look at this extremely talented artist’s work and you will recognize a true master.
From concept to cover, digital artist Graham Hutchings uses LightWave 3D to create revolutionary images for many of today's popular magazines. His most recent work consists of several beautiful illustrations for the February 2017 edition of the popular GQ Magazine. Mostly done in 2 days from sketch, concepts to rendering, these impressive images were entirely created with LightWave 3D. Take a closer look and see Graham’s fantastic work for yourself by following this link.
This year's edition of the Sundance Film Festival ended last night and Black Holes—a 12 minutes’ 3D animated short created in LightWave 3D—was finally revealed to public during the 10-day festival. According to the independent filmmaking news IndieWire, Black Holes was one of the 10 Must-See shorts at this year’s festival. The LightWave 3D Group would like to congratulate the filmmakers on their success! Watch at the Black Holes official trailer and find out more reading our previous Black Holes article here.
Brahain-based Muharraqi Studios impresses us once again with this great example of 3D animation created for the famous King Fahd Causeway bridges. Connecting Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, these series of bridges and causeways were built to improve the links and bonds between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Working on a traffic simulation to improve the efficiency of controls and vehicles maneuverability, the team used the power of LightWave to create this compelling 6-minute animation which includes an amazing environment, realistic cars/trucks’ rigs, and traffic flow simulation using Flocking.
A great show reel is one of your most valuable assets; it shows and sells your skills. Spanish-based 3D School FX Animation knows how powerful LightWave 3D is as a tool to express art. From visual effects to video games, students at FX Animation rely on LightWave to prepare for their careers in real-world production environments. Specialized in visual effects, character animation, ArchViz and video games, this show reel presents a great overview of students’ creativity during the 2016’s school year.
By the way, if you have a reel that you're particularly proud of, be sure to drop us a note with more details and your URL at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see your best work!
Developed using LightWave 3D and Unreal Engine 4, Tartarus is a new FPS action/adventure game set in 2230 in a dark sci-fi universe. Targeted for PC & MAC, this first-person adventure with text-based elements is expected to be released on Steam in 2017. Turkish-based company Abyss GameWorks discussed the production of their new adventure game on the online game magazine 80 Level.
Looking to expand your 3D bandwidth? Or add the power of 3D content creation to your 2D tools? Add LightWave 3D to your toolkit or upgrade a seat by taking advantage of the LightWave Add-A-Seat / Upgrade Promotion. For a limited time, the LightWave 3D Group is offering a special price of $695 (USD) for a Full License and $395 (USD) for an upgrade of LightWave 2015.