Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Poser Webinar: Poser 11 New Features Overview Webinar

February 10, 2016

Poser Pro 11

I had a chance to check out the new Poser 11 overview.Their are new great features and updates that make this the best version of poser yet. Not sure? Check out the video overview for yourself.

Cick the link below to watch the poser 11 video

 Poser Webinar: Poser 11 New Features Overview Webina

Poser Pro 11 is the complete solution for creating art and animation with 3D characters. Includes over 5 GB of human and animal figures and 3D elements. Render scenes into photorealistic images and video for web, print, and film projects. As a standalone character animation system, or as a component in your production pipeline, Poser Pro 11 is the most efficient way for content creation professionals and production teams to add pre-rigged, fully-textured, posable and animation ready 3D characters in any project.

  • NEW! Physically Based Rendering
  • NEW! Improvements to Cartoon OpenGL Render
  • NEW! Area lights, caustics and volumetric materials
  • Fitting Room to convert your existing clothing and props to fit any figure Weight Map Creation Tools
  • Max, Maya, C4D, Lightwave and GoZ Integration
  • Network Rendering
  • 64 Bit Native Application
  • Game Development Features
  • 3D Content Creation Tools
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A Better Way to Use Reference Images

August 22, 2015

If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll remember my post about http://www.ctrlpaint.com as the best resource for digital painting in Photoshop. Matt Kohr(owner of control paint) posted of video demonstration of a new simple software for organizing and arranging your photo references. You are able to pan, zoom enlarge, re-arrange your images on a single layer, on a single document that can be very good for time saving and less hassle. The program is called PureRef ,and they only ask for a donation to download the software.

Click the links below:

video demonstration for using PureRef at ctrl paint,

http://www.ctrlpaint.com/videos/a-better-way-to-use-reference-images

link to the actual software below,

http://www.pureref.com/

 

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Illustration Age Blog

July 26, 2015

I’ve been following Illustration Age blog for a few years now. I recommend it to artists, illustrators, and other creatives related to writing, drawing, designing, publishing, etc. Their are tons of resources to help aid in artists careers; as well as continuing creative education. Check out some of the brief details below on what Illustration Age is about.

We regularly feature new, inspiring, and sometimes groundbreaking artwork from professional Illustrators all over the world. Whether you’re an Artist, Art Director, Artist Representative, or a lover of Illustration, Illustration Age is for you.

We also produce our own illustration-related content, such as:

Back to blogging

January 28, 2015

I know it seems like I’ve vanished from word press. I can assure you I’ll be posting more resources, news, info, reviews for art, illustration, concept art, 3D, animation, figure drawing, still life, art history, and more very soon. I will make an effort to post more often; at least twice a month. Stay tuned and continue to follow my blog.

Than You for following me

Urban Rockwell

Artist Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell) Featured at Raw Artist Event July 11

June 20, 2013

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It’s Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell), I’m back on the art scene. I Will be one of the featured artists to showcase at The Raw Artist Event. There will be a wealth of talent to see from visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, photography, dance, etc. I will be displaying my new talked about work “Mother Earth-Conservation Project” as well as my books, classic images and t shirts collection.
Come out and support if you can, I need to sell 20 tickets to be a lifetime member and have access to the organizations inter/national resources. MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE TICKETS FROM MY RAW ART PAGE,UNDER THE NAME URBAN ROCKWELL TO GET CREDIT FOR IT THANKS! (need to purchase before event date July 11)
Price: $10.00
When: July 11th
Where: Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 8pm-12am
My Raw Artist Page Link below:
http://www.rawartists.org/urbanrockwell
All Featured Artists Page Link below:
http://www.rawartists.org/chicago/elevation
Thanks in advance,
Michael Burton/Urban Rockwell
A July RAWkstar!

New Mobile Artist Pose Tool by Riven Phoenix

January 16, 2013

 From the founder and creator of “The structure of Man Human Figure Drawing Course”- Riven Phoenix has developed a cool,  slick 3d figure application for smart phones(androids).

Description

Breakthrough figure posing tool for the artist. Declared the Top 10 must have App by ImagineFX magazine, Now you can always have your very own reference model with you. You can create any pose quickly with an easy to use pose interface. Its simple, just select the body part and then pose the figure. You can pose both the male and female figure. The coolest feature most important to artist is the figures use no constraints allowing geometry to intersect. This allows Artist to pose from realistic to extreme poses. Use it for Drawing, Manga, Illustration, Character Design, Animation, Story Boarding, Comic Books.The Post Tool 3D was designed by the Artist Riven Phoenix author of the breakthrough figure drawing course ‘The Structure of Man HD’ used in over 68 Countries.The Pose Tool uses state-of-the-art 3D Engine that allows you to pose organic figure models.”Top 10 Must-Have Art App” – ImagineFx magazine #92″Once you get a feel for it, Pose Tool 3D is a great little reference tool for digital artists” – ImagineFx magazine #92

“Pose Tool 3D is a great way for artists on the move to experiment with character poses.” – ImagineFx magazine #92

Touch Controls:

– One Finger – Orbit around figure

– One Finger Tap – Select body part

– Two Finger Pinch – Zoom in and Out and Pan at the same time. This feature gives you the ability to setup dramatic shots for your poses quickly. Very powerful feature.

Menu Features:

– Pose Buttons – Help Menu – Save Current Pose – Load Last Saved Pose – Center Figure – Reset Figure to T-Pose – Hide Menu Bar – 3 Point lighting System – Muscle Maps Mode – Gesture System mode – Life Drawing Mode – Mannequin Mode – Cube Guides – Average Male/Female body type  – Heavy Male/Female body type  – Old Male/Female body type  – Skinny Male/Female body type  – Muscular Male/Female body type

Male and Female Organic Moving Parts:

– Head – Neck – Shoulders – Upper Arm – Lower Arm – Hand – Finger – Chest – Abs – Upper Leg – Lower Leg – Feet

www.AlienThink.com

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alienthink.posetool3d

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AJN677S

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Do you want to be an Illustrator or Concept Artist? Feng Zhu breaks it down

March 20, 2012

Many creative people in visual arts or other design fields have so many options and directions they can go into career wise. It can also get a little confusing as there are similarities and interchangeable roles an artist and or designer can use his knowledge and skills. If you are uncertain about your major, or maybe you want to change your major from an illustrator to a concept artist, industrial design; maybe it’s vice versa or both; then you should definitely check out this video by master concept artist and teacher Feng Zhu.

fzdschool.com

Drawing The Skull and Muscles Re-Visited

December 22, 2011

Its been a year or so since I worked along with the Riven Phoenix Figure Invention series. I decided to re-visit anatomy and study from several anatomy and figure drawing books. I feel this time around I’m more familiar and experienced with studying and understanding the head. My goal is to be very fluid and consistent with my anatomy studies;  and enough understanding and mastery to teach it, and excel in my concept drawings and illustrations.

Moving forward, I decided to do a study of the skull from several views. The muscle drawings were not as detailed as I would have liked to illustrate, considering all the studies were on a small 8.5×11 sketch sheet. I plan to do a large, and clearer  detailed studies of the muscles and skulls soon. One last note, I also improved on the form and extruding the skull(especially the side view) as the earlier studies of the skull were a bit to narrow and short for the back half of the skull.

Book Resources:The Human Figure-an Anatomy For Artists by David K Rubins,  Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing:Design and Invention by Michael Hampton.

To see the earlier studies follow this link.

https://urbanrockwell.wordpress.com/category/figure-drawing-info-reviews/page/3/

Poser Debut

June 16, 2011

Poser debut is great for 3d operations, but its also great for 2D artists that need refrence for figures, models, lighting, characer studies and development, etc.,

We’ve all watched 3D movies or played 3D games, and most of us have dreamed about making our own 3D art and animation. You probably thought that 3D software is too hard to learn, or too challenging to be fun. Now, there’s Poser Debut. Finally there’s an easy way to learn 3D and be creative, even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class. Poser Debut is a 3D playground. Create scenes, add 3D characters, pose them, animate them and make cool images or videos. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s Poser Debut.

Poser Debut comes with everything you need to get started in 3D. You’ll quickly learn 3D with our easy to follow, step by step project guide. And Poser Debut’s library includes dozens of ready to pose 3D characters from cute cartoon characters and animals to robots and accurate photo-realistic humans. Poser Debut also includes lots of clothing, props to build scenes, cameras, lights and pre-built poses that can be dropped right onto your characters. Within minutes you can start to render 3D scenes into gorgeous art and cool animations that will impress your family and friends.

Why Use Poser Debut?

The easiest way to learn 3D and have fun at the same time!

Create cool 3D art even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class.

Affordable, yet fully featured, Poser Debut creates still images or animated videos

Poser Debut includes over a gigabyte of ready-to-go 3D content so you can get started right away.

Learn the basics of 3D and 3D character animation with our easy to follow, step by step project guide.

Expand your 3D skills with included training videos and tutorials.

Features

Over 80 fully rigged, fully posable, 3D characters

Includes 2GB of clothing, hair, props, textures, pose sets, cameras, lights facial expressions and hand poses.

In-app Project Guide teaches how to use Poser with video and easy to follow instructions.

Drag and drop content into the scene from the Library Search.

Content Paradise™ from within Library for additional Poser content.

Turn 3D scenes into images or animation with Poser FireFly rendering engine.

Supports advanced Poser 8 rigging system for better bending 3D characters.

OpenGL real-time scene preview.

Supports spot light lights, point lights and infinite lights.

Performance optimizations for posing and rendering improvements on multi-processor systems.

System Requirements

512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended); OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipsetrecommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred); 24-bit color display, 1024×768 minimum resolution; 2GB free hard disk space (4GB recommended); Internet connection required for Content Paradise; Adobe® Flash® Player 9; DVD-ROM drive (physical product only).

Windows

Windows: 7, Vista, XP; 700 MHz Pentium class or compatible (1 GHz or faster recommended); Windows® Internet Explorer® 7.

Macintosh

Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5; 700 MHz G4 processor (Intel Core Duo or 1 GHz G4 or faster recommended).

http://www.contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=17194

Ian McCaig “A Favorite Artist”

March 20, 2011

I was extremely inspired by Ian McCaig when I saw him on the panel at Gnomon Live in the summer of  ’08. McCaig has been working in the entertainment industry as an artist of many hats; cconcept designer, illustrator, animator, and screenwriter. I purchased his DVD training tutorial titled, “Visual Storytelling with Ian McCaig” What’s unique about this title is the many dimension in which he breaks down the fundamentals of drawing and storyboarding.

In Vol.1 he explains while simultaneously tells and draws out the Anatomy of a story. It’s really amazing how he wings a story, explains the basics, of story telling, and able to draw it as fast as he’s telling it. Very nice details are in the drawings as well. Once he’s finished sketching and telling the story, he show’s you his painting process.

I highly recommend getting this DVD.(There are 4 volumes to complete the set)

Other notes on Ian McCaig:

Iain is an internationally recognized and award winning artist and one
of the motion picture industry’s leading conceptual designers. His exceptional command of human anatomy, character, emotional expression and visual narrative make him on of the most sought after artists working in the entertainment industry today. He has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One—The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two—Attack of the Clones, and: Star Wars Episode Three—Revenge of the Sith. His work includes the landmark designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other film credits include: James Cameron’s ‘Terminator II’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’, Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Dracula’, Neil Jordan’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’, Sony/Revolution/Universal’s ‘Peter Pan’, and Warner Brothers’‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. He is also Co-Producer and Concept Design Director on Ascendant Pictures’ science-fiction epic: ‘Outlander’

Also, check out his latest book:  Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

http://iainmccaig.blogspot.com/p/inspiration.html
http://www.amazon.com/Shadowline-Art-Iain-McCaig/dp/1933784245/ref=reg_hu-rd_dp_img_T2
 http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/157/Visual-Storytelling-with-Iain-mccaig-Vol.1