Make Bad Art

Make Bad Art

Make Bad Art!By William Vaughan“All art is an intensely vulnerable gesture, and it is made with no small amounts of risk, and fear.” – Steven Erikson I was recently working with a large group of designers with years of traditional and digital illustration experience...

No. I Won’t do your VFX for Free.

As our reputation for vfx training grows, we get more and more calls from various people asking us to do complex visual effects and animation for free. After all, students don’t expect to be paid. They need experience, right? And what do they do in the evenings when...

One of my favorite things about Houdini

Enough of rants and raves for now. Let's talk about something great. One of my favorite things about Houdini is the diagnostic tool used to identify missing images in a render. When your average render engine goes to do a job, it begins by loading referenced geometry,...

Contact Shadows & Cast Shadows: A myth

I have worked with hundreds of digital artists over the years, many of whom distinguish between what they call “Contact Shadows” and what they call “Cast Shadows”. Cast shadows, we are told, are the sharp shadows you can see cast by an object that is lit by a light...

If you don’t like your VFX job, quit. Seriously.

Below are excerpts from an article, the full text of which can be found here: http://m.broadcastnow.co.uk/5073081.article In the article, addressing an investigation into poor VFX working conditions, The Mill chief creative officer Pat Joseph said that although the...

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