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December's Free Tutorial: Mastering Maya's Transfer Maps

December's Free Tutorial: Mastering Maya's Transfer Maps

I created this month’s free tutorial with one thing in mind: How can I help improve artists’ workflow’s? This tutorial explores Maya’s ‘Transfer maps’ tool and is designed to do just that. I’ve made sure that we cover this tool in great detail, providing valuable insight into how it works, and how you can avoid common problems. It’s a very practical, hands-on demonstration of the ‘Transfer maps’ tool and with it, you will learn how to bake a diffuse texture from multiple pieces of geometry to one individual model. 

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Thu 15 Dec 2011: 10:39am

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Revealed: The CG Whiz 2011 winners!

Revealed: The CG Whiz 2011 winners!

CG Whiz is over for another year, and it’s been a brilliant competition, with an incredible level of talent on show in both categories. It's now time for what you have all been waiting for, the announcement of the winners. But before I do so, I wanted to take time to give you some information on what our judges were looking for.

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WAKOMPENSKI - The Road to London 2012

WAKOMPENSKI - The Road to London 2012

I thought I would let you guys into something special... A look at the truly fantastic Christmas video from The Mill's 2D department. In between working on some of the world's best VFX for commercial spots, The Mill still finds time to make a departmental Christmas video to compete at their Christmas party.

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Amazing Realistic Paintings of Children’s Drawings

Amazing Realistic Paintings of Children’s Drawings

An old colleague of mine (thanks Miles!) recently posted this link on his Google+ profile and I was instantly mesmerised. Illustrator Dave DeVries has had the amazing idea of taking children’s drawings and representing them as ‘realistic’ paintings in a project called “The Monster Engine”. The results are absolutely amazing. The artist describes his initiative as “a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically?”

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News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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The Votes Have Been Cast And The Results Are In…

The Votes Have Been Cast And The Results Are In…

The judging is done, and the votes are in – the winners for CG Whiz 2011 have been decided upon, but you’ll have to wait until the 14th December to find out who the winner are. I know, it's a bit cruel, but we like to make a big deal of our Reveal Event. It's only fair considering how much work all our entrants have put in to their reels.

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A New Pricing Structure for Photoshop...

A New Pricing Structure for Photoshop...

I have just seen an article entitled "Adobe Will Only Offer Photoshop CS6 Upgrade Price to CS5 Owners" in CGTalk (CG Society) about a dramatic change in pricing policy from Adobe regarding CS6. 

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Thu 8 Dec 2011: 10:41am

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What’s in Your TV 'Must Watch List' This Xmas?

What’s in Your TV 'Must Watch List' This Xmas?

It’s about this time of year when I actually start getting quite excited about watching TV. I know it sounds quite sad, but I don’t get that much spare time to watch the box normally. Xmas is THE time when I indulge my secret passion for children’s tales and magical stories. The child in me is reawakened every year during that time, when I barely move out of the house – or off the sofa!

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CG Whiz 2011 Shortlist is Announced!

CG Whiz 2011 Shortlist is Announced!

The entries for CG Whiz 2011 are in and the judges are now hard at work reviewing this year’s crop of talent. We’ve had over 200 showreels entries, making 2011 the biggest CG Whiz yet!

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Resonance Screening a Resounding Success

Resonance Screening a Resounding Success

Last week we welcomed Simon Jones from SR Partners to Escape Studios London HQ to show our students his recent collaborative work entitled - Resonance.

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News Round-Up: Monday 28th Nov 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 28th Nov 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Book A HIERO Demonstration with Escape Studios

Book A HIERO Demonstration with Escape Studios

The news is travelling fast that The Foundry have a new product in development. This product is called HIERO and is thought to be the 'missing link' in shot management system for VFX pipelines. Designed specifically to help increase output and manage multiple jobs, this tool is said to be a game changer for the post production community.

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Mon 28 Nov 2011: 9:27am

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Students Love our Mentored Training Courses

Students Love our Mentored Training Courses

We have students from all over the world training with us - all from different walks of life and with different priorities and motivations. Whether they’re in full-time work or part time study, it’s our core aim to help them develop the skills required to progress their career as a VFX artist in a way that works for them. Our Online Mentored Training enables students to do just that – learning online, and working around day-to-day commitments.

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Thu 24 Nov 2011: 12:27pm

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The Illusionist: Beautiful Animation but is it Faithful to Tati?

The Illusionist: Beautiful Animation but is it Faithful to Tati?

I love Sunday. It’s my favourite day of the week: a day when I can 'veg out' and watch all the stuff on TV I don’t normally have time for. Yesterday, I settled down to watch a feature animation which had been on my ‘To Watch’ list for some time. It’s called “The Illusionist” and is a Franco-British collaboration, directed by Sylvain Chomet.

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News Round-Up: Monday 21st Nov 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 21st Nov 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Mon 21 Nov 2011: 10:22am

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VES Awards: Send Your Entries Now

VES Awards: Send Your Entries Now

The 10th Edition of the VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards is upon us, and whilst I know many of you will already be working on your entries for it, I thought I would take time to write about it in this blog to encourage those of you who haven't considered entering the competition.

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November Free Tutorial: Animate a Bird & Make it Fly (Part 1)

November Free Tutorial: Animate a Bird & Make it Fly  (Part 1)

When I created this tutorial, my number one objective was to ensure that whoever was learning could really use what they create and incorporate it into something that they might already be working on. That’s why this animation tutorial is so substantial and has been separated into two parts! This month, we will use a pre-created rig, which you can buy here and use to explore the mechanics of bird locomation. It costs just $5 and trust me, it’s worth it.

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A MARI Massive Update!

A MARI Massive Update!

You may remember my blog post from a couple of weeks ago, where I wrote about a very special event for MARI users/enthusiasts based in the UK. Well the MARI Massive crew have just updated me on a few details that I can now share with you.

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News Round-Up: Monday 14th Nov 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 14th Nov 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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CG Whiz Closes To Entries But Which Is Your Favourite? Vote Now!

CG Whiz Closes To Entries But Which Is Your Favourite? Vote Now!

Time’s up! Escape Studios’ CG Whiz competition 2011 is now closed. Our judges are starting work behind the scenes and boy, do they have some work to do! What a breath of fresh air this year’s entries have been! The standard has been exceptionally high and unbelievably inspiring. Not only are they technically accomplished, but they are also proof of the raw talent that continues to emerge. All, I'll say is that I’m glad I'm not judging the countless number of entries; they’d all get my vote!

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