May 2015 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Fri 15 May 2015
New LightWave 3D design challenge offers loads of great prizes!
LightWave 3D artists have the opportunity to participate and win in two design areas: ART and ARCHVIZ. The caveat is that all entries must incorporate Mechanical Spring objects into their designs to qualify and be entered in the challenge. There are no limitations to designs. You can be really outrageous or magnificiently realistic. Just make sure you create your design in LightWave 3D and add "Springs" to the design. The time to get creative is now! The challenge ends June 30, 2015.
We have a new series of training videos from resident LightWave Artist Lino Grandi, which are designed to get you up to speed with features such as the Camera, Displacement, Render Target, FiberFX, and Instancing. See how these videos can help shorten your learning curve when using OctaneRender with Lightwave 3D.
Oscar Nominee Shuhei Morita relies on LightWave 3D to deliver impressive results—like those in his Academy Award nominated animated short “Possessions.” One of his latest works is “Tokyo Ghoul,” an anime television series based on insatiable flesh-eating ghouls in modern day Tokyo. Watch the trailer followed by an interview with Morita as he discusses his creative process for the entertaining anime series.
The LightWave community posed the question in the LightWave forum and Bryan Phillips (aka, BryPhi77) offered the solution to create halftones with Instancing in LightWave 2015. Watch this hands-on video to see how you can get creative with Instancing, too.
Harmonic Defomer from Tool Chefs is a freeform deformer plugin for LightWave 11 and LightWave 2015 that uses a closed mesh (cage) to deform a high-resolution mesh. Its implementation is based on the SIGGRAPH Paper from Pixar about Harmonic Coordinates for Character Animation. V-Deformer will let you deform a mesh using multiple magnet handles, a polyline, or a spline curve and is particularly useful for morph creation and combing hair. Get the details and download links here.
Lorenzo Zita is no stranger to creating amazing (and unusual) characters with LightWave 3D. He recently created a tutorial for 3D Artist magazine that details how he modeled and textured a slimy snail with LightWave 3D and Zbrush. He expands the article with a video tutorial that you won’t want to miss.
The Advanced Placement plugin by Hurleyworks Inc. is an interactive physics-based tool for placing scene items and their instances or clones into a LightWave 11.6.3 or LightWave 2015+ scene. View videos about this new plugin and get more details here.
The LightWave 3D Group Facebook community continues to grow by leaps and bounds! Join us as we share the latest news, spotlight incredible artists and studios using LightWave, and deliver tips and tricks that are designed to help you be informed and inspired. We also encourage you to post your own tips, tricks and LightWave creations to share with the LightWave 3D community, too!
We are excited to share the news that Digital Tutors has added the first LightWave 3D tutorial to its popular online training store. One of the newest is to hit the virtual shelves is Modeling a Realistic Helicopter by Phil Nolan. We encourage you to check it out and see for yourself!