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Brave Browser - Privacy First

Those of us that remember the age of the dinosaur remember Microsoft Internet Explorer. The first time I saw it, in the public web’s infancy, it couldn’t display images. Just text. It slow...

Code Warriors - The Beta Testers

Having been a somewhat early adopter of 3D, I have been lucky enough to be included in Beta tests for various 3D-based software that I use. Why… I’m not sure. When I see what some fellow...

Will Digital Artist Ever Permanently Retire?

I’ve been fortunate enough in life to retire more than once. I really thought the first time I did so… that I meant it. The second time… it had to be for real and now… I&rsq...

Adobe Abandons Photoshop 3D Users

Well, it’s not like we didn’t see this coming. Adobe... a huge corporation with a cash cow subscription service, just figured out another way to get more income from Photoshop 3D tool user...

Ten Simple Photoshop Techniques to Enhance your Renders in POST

You’ve labored for hours… maybe even over a period of days or weeks to make the perfect composite. You’ve spent a lot of time lighting and even more time stressing over little detai...

Jackery 300 – Affordable Portable Laptop & Phone Power

I have to admit that when I first started pursuing a Jackery to test for a review I wasn’t sure how much I really needed it. However, considering the 300 holds about 30+ phone recharges and arou...

If you can see it... ANIMATE it.

A lot of us are guilty of having motionless characters or animals on screen at one time or another in our animation journey. Usually, it’s when we are fairly new to the idea of animation and abs...

Decimation & Remeshing for Beginners in ZBrush

Sooner or later, usually sooner, when you commit to 3D work you will run into a common problem. Trying to reduce the polycount of your beautiful and perhaps groundbreaking original model to an accepta...

Replica Studio Plug-in for iClone - Simpilcity in Execution

Having been on this iClone journey since the early 2000s there was a time when I knew every nuance of the application. Most early users up to a few years ago could claim the same. iClone wasn’t...

Adobe Substance 3D Stager - Showcase your 3D Assets

  I admit to being a bit perplexed about just what 3D Stager does. It seemed like a dumbed-down version of a 3D app that did a lot of the work for you. To me, this means a limited application, s...

Cinematic Lighting Starts with the Basics

We’ve all seen them. Those fantastical renders that look so real or cinematic they jump out at you and demand your attention. Transversely we’ve all taken great pains and time to create wo...

Quick Look at Cavalry - Motion Graphics Tool

A long time ago I did motion graphics and I mean a long, long time ago. Way back before some readers even knew what digital art was. It was fun, paid great at the time and I always looked forward to w...

Blender Destructibles in iClone 7

One thing I can proudly proclaim is I can really destroy things in 3D. Not just tear them up… destroy them. In fact, I was fortunate enough to spend a few years of my freelance career in creati...

Take Clothing to a New Level with Panel Loops

Marvelous Designer is not new to a lot of people reading this and neither is ZBrush. While both can make fantastic clothing in the hands of skilled artists, the task gets a bit more difficult for us m...

Greyscalegorilla - C4D Toolkit, Training and More

When I first looked into Greyscalegorilla I was surprised by the amount of C4D goodies available once I got inside. It was much more than a kid in a candy store reaction. It was a pleasant surprise to...

The Reality of Digital Art - Part 2 - Your First Render

As promised in the first installment we are going to get you going on your first render (composed image) as quickly as we can with some basics. We are also going to concentrate on available free softw...

Red Dead Redemption 2 in VR

Every time I would sit down to play Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) I would wonder what it would be like to be seeing that world in VR. If you’ve spent just a few minutes in RDR2 then you know it c...

The Reality of Digital Art - Introduction

You want to be a digital artist but it’s so confusing, with so many choices you’re not sure where to start. You just know you want to do it. First, you have to familiarize yourself with t...

Opacity Maps in iClone and Character Creator 3

One important, very simple tool in iClone and Character Creator is the Opacity map channel. I’m not talking about the opacity slider as that is more of a hammer on a gnat solution that removes e...

High Poly Versus Low Poly for Beginners

Every week more people are getting into digital 3D art. There are a variety of reasons for this from a wide range of new users. Some have a story to tell in a single image while others want to create...

Budget Chair, Comfortable, Easy to Assemble

Yes, you read that right. A budget chair ($90 to $150) that’s not only comfortable but has a tilting back and the best part... easy to put together. Now let’s take that slowly because I&rs...

MetaHumans not Usable for Everyone

Unreal’s new MetaHuman Creator (MHC) web-based tool looks great from what I can see on YouTube and other places. Nice, clear interface with fairly crisp imaging. Created to make human-looking cr...
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