September 2015 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Sun 13 Sep 2015
Summer is over and students are back in class, ready to learn and push themselves in all directions with 3D. Vision West Nottinghamshire College in the UK has adopted LightWave 2015 into its courseware and instructor Anthony Hall shares some of his classroom experience teaching students to use the tools to become experienced artists and animators.
If you haven't made the move to LightWave 2015 yet, now is the time to make it happen. From now until October 12, 2015, save $100 (USD) when you upgrade from LightWave 11.x or earlier. Pricing will never be better than this so take advantage of this offer while you can.
Top Vision West students share their art and discuss learning LightWave in a matter of weeks, applying their skills to a variety of projects. We showcase their LightWave art and offer up a little background on the projects they produced.
At SIGGRAPH 2015, CGW Chief Editor Karen Moltenbrey sat down with LightWave 3D Group President Rob Powers to talk shop, get a better understanding of Rob's background, and to learn more about LightWave 2015 and some of its many benefits for artists and animators. Watch the CGW video. Rob also spent some time with CGShare during SIGGRAPH, too. See the video here.
Energia Productions sent us a link to the Remastered edition of Star Wreck (2005) - which was created entirely with LightWave 3D. Samuli Torssonen, visual effects artist on the film, told us the production began in LightWave 5.6 and was more recently updated with LightWave 11. They anticipate it will be complete end of 2015, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the film.
Creative Director Juan Manuel Mollevi, who is also a Master Student at FX Animation, showcases a shot breakdown of a LightWave model rendered with the Maxwell Render plugin. He offers up some tips for using PhotoShop and the Maxell plugin to achieve the look you're after.
The LightWave Spring Into Summer Challenge is a wrap and everyone who competed was a winner with rendering credits from the Render4U Render Farm. Many thanks to all the sponsors for their generous prizes: 3rd Powers, DB&W, Tool Chefs, VoluMedic, and WTools3D. Check out the winning entries in the Art and Archviz categories and give them props for their wins.
A great show reel can really tell your story and sell your talents. We love discovering stellar new show reels from LightWave artists like the one showcased here. If you have a reel that you are 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!
Visit often because the Quick Start video library continues to grow. These Quick Start videos , Aare designed to get you up and running with LightWave, covering everything from licensing your software to the inner workings of Modeler and Layout to specialized features. Check in often for tips and information to get you started with LightWave 3D.
If you haven’t visited the LightWave 3D Gallery in a while, drop in. There are many new artist submissions that will surely inspire and motivate you. From beautiful archviz renderings to fantasic sci-fi fantasy shots, there is something for everyone to view here. We also encourage you to submit your best LightWave 3D images for consideration, too. It’s fun to show off and be noticed.