The Media and Entertainment Education Bloghttp://area.autodesk.com/Resources for students and educators related to the Entertainment Creation Suite including Maya, 3Ds Max, Softimage, Mudbox, Motion Builder, Sketchbook and the all new Smoke 2013!Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:10:16 UTCOpportunities for Animation and Games Students: Last Chance!ADSK_EDU<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;">Two awesome contests for Games and Animation students are drawing to a close this week! The Autodesk sponsored CG Student Awards are the original and the largest awards dedicated to students studying for careers in Next-Gen Games and VFX/Animation industries.&nbsp;2014 is a huge year for us! They have an incredible line-up of sponsors offering over $230,000 in prizes and 15 Studio Internships (Bootcamp Placements) to the lucky winners. <a href="http://www.cgstudentawards.com" title="CG Student Awards" target="_blank">Click here for the CG Student Awards</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.cgstudentawards.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;"><img src="/userdata/blogs/edu/vestibulum-vulputate-15_XL.jpg" alt="CG Student Awards" width="375" height="250" /></span></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;">The CG Student Awards is truly an incredible opportunity for students and alumni to not only showcase their work to industry experts, but also an incredible way to launch your career in these competitive industries.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;">To be involved, simply upload your demo reel, shot breakdown and your best artwork and show it off to our judging panel for review. Good luck everyone!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;">And if that weren&rsquo;t enough, the May 15<sup>th</sup> deadline for the Games for Change Student challenge is upon us. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ideas and change the world. </span><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1;">Submit your concept for a compelling animation film, game, or interactive experience, bring your project to life and submit a prototype or vertical slice of your entry until May 15, 2014.&nbsp;A renowned jury will select the winning projects. The winner will be flown to Paris and is awarded thousands of dollars in free commercial software from Autodesk and Unity! <a href="http://www.g4ceurope.eu/the-games-for-change-challenge/" title="Games for Change" target="_blank">Submit your game today!</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.g4ceurope.eu/the-games-for-change-challenge/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: black; mso-themecolor: text1; background: #F8F8F8;"><img src="/userdata/blogs/edu/g4cce_Header_2014-01.png" width="480" height="165" /></span></a></p>Tue, 13 May 2014 13:25:54 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/opportunities-for-animation-and-games-students-last-chanceVisual Effects Society (VES) Student Awards Submission is Open!ADSK_EDU<p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;">The Visual Effects Society (VES) Student Award recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year. This is one of the best and most exciting opportunities to showcase your work and get exposure. The winner of the award is flown to Hollywood to walk the red carpet and accept the award in front of an audience of the best visual effects artists in the industry. On top of that, they get a commercial license for the Autodesk&reg; Ultimate Entertainment Creation Suite!</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;"><img src="/userdata/blogs/edu/ves_logo_gld_blk_on_wht.jpg" width="622" height="186" /></p> <p>The submission deadline is November 22, 2013 so don't delay. The complete contest rules and entry form are <a href="http://awards.visualeffectssociety.com/categories/category-24/" title="VES Rules" target="_blank">available online now</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;">Check out this Area <a href="/ves/2013" title="Area VES" target="_self">VES Student Award</a> page for clips from runners up and stories about previous winners.</p> <p>And for extra inspiration, make sure they check out this video&nbsp;of Steven Spielberg encouraging students to submit their work:</p> <p></p> <p>http://youtu.be/fbhMkiYeOSo</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:40:58 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/visual-effects-society-ves-student-awards-submission-is-openSmoke Curriculum Now Live!ADSK_EDU<p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Brand new interactive <a href="http://www.phoenixeducom.com/smoke/unit1/index.html" title="Smoke Curriculum Home" target="_self">Smoke Curriculum</a> is now live. The curriculum was produced for teachers and students who want to want to teach or mentor Smoke and the editing and visual effects techniques and skills that Smoke does so well. Links to learning resources like the official <a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" title="Learning Channel">Smoke Learning Channel</a> are provided in context of the lessons in addition to resource links in the main navigation menu. We've even provided links to <a href="http://www.phoenixeducom.com/smoke/unit1/ref_video1.html" title="Clips" target="_self">inspirational clips</a> from top industry projects. Each module includes an instructor guide with suggestions for classroom discussions.</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/userdata/blogs/edu/Smoke1.jpg" width="450" height="270" /></p> <p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 22px;"></p> <p style="font-size: 18px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Check out the <a href="http://www.phoenixeducom.com/smoke/unit1/index.html" title="Home" target="_self">curriculum</a> today and feel free to give us feedback. We will continue to add modules in the coming year and would be happy to hear your suggestions!</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:14:36 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/smoke-curriculum-now-liveCheck out the Student Expert Challenge for Animation StudentsADSK_EDU<p style="margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 16px;">Are you a member of the Student Expert Community yet? Each year we create challenges with opportunities for Autodesk Student Experts.&nbsp; Below is yet another Autodesk Student Expert Challenge.&nbsp; Get started with the Autodesk Student Expert Challenge for Animation Students now for a chance to win an iPad.&nbsp; The winner of this challenge will be announced on October 15<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Submissions need to be uploaded to the AREA by October 9<sup>th</sup> (12pm PT).</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><a href="http://www.studentexpert.net" title="Student Expert Community" target="_self">Student Expert Community Link</a></span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Lucida Grande';">An eccentric billionaire has hired you to visualize the destruction caused by one such meteorite to inspire his team of designers in their quest to build him a meteor resistant house in the dessert.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;">Visualize the destructive force of a meteor striking a target in the desert near Las Vegas.</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/edu/Meteor.png" alt="Meteor Strike" width="259" height="130" style="float: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><br /></span></p> <p></p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">Meteorites rain down. The drizzle of rock has become no more strange than water falling from the sky every winter. The astronomers have become the new climatologists. They forecast that these yearly peltings will happen for decades to come. It seems a vast swarm of meteoroids have floated into the earth&rsquo;s path, and every year, as the earth pivots about the sun, we hurtle through this flock of ancient interspace debris. The majority are thumbnail sized chondrites. They glow white-hot, shatter windows, pockmark concrete, and leave blistering welts that linger for weeks. Occasionally a piece as large as your fist or larger will make it through the atmosphere. These are far more deadly and destructive.</p> <p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">An eccentric billionaire has hired you to visualize the destruction caused by one such meteorite to inspire his team of designers in their quest to build him a meteor resistant house in the dessert.</p> <p style="font-family: Calibri; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">Visualize the destructive force of a meteor striking a target in the desert near Las Vegas.</p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px; min-height: 17px;"></p> <p style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; color: #797979;"><b>Objectives:</b></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px; min-height: 17px;"></p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">Model:&nbsp;</p> <ul style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <li style="margin: 5px 0px; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px;">Design a desert environment for real-time visualizationModel a target to be destroyedModel destroyed target wreckage</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">Texture:&nbsp;</p> <ul style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <li style="margin: 5px 0px; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px;">Terrain and skyTarget Alphas for smoke, etc&hellip;.</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">Animate:</p> <ul style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <li style="margin: 5px 0px; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px;">MeteorParticlesReplacement geo or morph targetsPrepare the scene for camera shots and Maya&rsquo;s real-time visualization.</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 14px;">Requirements:&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 14px;">As a contribute to this Challenge, you are required to use either Autodesk&reg; Maya&reg; or Autodesk&reg; 3DS Max&reg;</p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 14px; min-height: 16px;"></p> <p style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; color: #797979;">Submission<b>:</b></p> <ul style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <li style="margin: 0px; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px; font-family: Arial; color: #797979;">The Maya or 3DS Max file (required) must be posted to the AREA</li> <li style="margin: 0px; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px; font-family: Arial; color: #797979;">The winning design will be evaluated for creativity, animation execution, and best use of key elements to solve the design challenge</li> </ul> <p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 14px;"><span face="Times New Roman" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Any students can participate!&nbsp; &nbsp; Simply design your solution and upload to the AREA portfolio:&nbsp;<a href="/showcase/index/portfolios" title="Area Portfolios" target="_self">Area Portfolios</a></span></p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px;">NOTE: You will need to register for an AREA account to upload your design.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.studentexpert.net/" title="Studex" target="_self">Student Expert Program</a></p>Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:55:07 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/check-out-the-student-expert-challengeLatest Video on Character Creation and tips for UV WorkflowsADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;">In this week's video we take a look at one method of laying out the UV's for our game Character Sven. &nbsp;If you want to be a texture artist I encourage you to become very familiar with all aspects of the tools in the UV editor portion of Maya. &nbsp;When I first started using the tools within the UV editor I struggled, but overtime I finally figured out how to get good results without a lot of effort. &nbsp;The workflow that I used in this video is only one of many and I would strongly encourage you to look at some of the following links to learn more about UV mapping in Maya.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff; min-height: 19.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;">Links for additional UV workflows:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;"><a href="http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/autodesk-maya/how-to-uv-a-character-model-in-maya-2009/" title="UV 1" target="_blank">UV Workflow 1</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;"><a href="http://www.3dworldmag.com/2012/08/20/qa-how-can-i-quickly-uv-a-head-model-in-maya/" title="UV 2" target="_blank">UV Workflow 2</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;">In the December 2012 edition of 3dWorld Antony Ward has an article and videos that gives great examples of UV Mapping in the Texture an aquatic creature. Do not forget our friends over at Digital Tutors also, they have a lot of good information on UV mapping:&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;"><a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?vid=3305&amp;autoplay=1" title="DT" target="_blank">Digital Tutors</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;">And here's a link so you can download the&nbsp;UV Character File for Video 14:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/20mmxhub16slnj2/Part_14_Creating_UVs_in_Maya.zip" title="DropBox" target="_blank">Dropbox Link</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;">Next week we will look at using a Suite workflow and push our model to 3dsMax to see some of the tools that 3dsMax uses to help you create UV's!</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #ffffff;"></p> <pre style="font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace; font-size: 12.025px; color: #333333; border-top-left-radius: 4px; border-top-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-left-radius: 4px; display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 9px; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 18px; word-break: break-all; word-wrap: break-word; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: #f5f5f5; border-width: 1px; border-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.148438); border-style: solid; padding: 8.5px;">http://youtu.be/uG1jX88-M-w</pre>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:12:04 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/latest-video-on-character-creation-and-tips-for-uv-workflowsNew Video! Adding additional details to your Animated Character: Leveraging Nurbs and Curves in MayaADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">In this week's video we are adding the detail on the tool belt of our Sven character. &nbsp;We use Nurbs curves projected onto our polygon surface to help guide us as to where we should add detail on the polygon surface while trying to maintain a clean topology.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Don't forget to check out the dedicated blogs and learning channels for all the products in the Entertainment Creation Suite. We have landing pages for students and educators to help you find what you need:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><a href="/students" title="Student Page" target="_blank">Resources for Students</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><a href="/educators" target="_blank">Resources for Educators</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; min-height: 19.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On to this week's video:</p> <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKzByqlKVFM&amp;feature=share&amp;list=PLAQfn-QKbiAld4o6yxe3FjPFwmt1jE9L2</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:23:09 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/new-video-adding-additional-details-to-your-animated-character-leveraging-nurbs-and-curves-in-mayaNew Video and VES Student Award NominationsADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Happy New Year! We're back with a new video in our ongoing series on character creation but first we'd like to congratulate the nominees for the Visual Effects Society Student award! Students submitted an incredible amount of amazing work this year and it keeps getting better. It's really inspiring to see the boundaries pushed so far. The winner will be announced on February 5th. We'll be updating our VES page on the Area to show the nominees and ultimately the winner so make sure you check our blog and Twitter feed for upcoming announcements!&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; min-height: 19.0px;"><a href="http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/11th-Annual-VES-Awards-Nominees" title="VES" target="_blank">Visual Effects Society Nominations</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">In the next video we start right where we left off. &nbsp;Our goal in this section is to start adding the additional detail so that our character has better form throughout his torso, legs and arms. &nbsp;The key thing to remember as we add detail is to make sure we maintain good even spacing of our edge loops. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">In the video were mention a link for you to download the base mesh model and the finish result. Feel free to download and use as a reference:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/vnf8u4yjrrt17jv/Part_12_Sven_Character.mb.zip">Drop Box Link</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On to our video:</p> <p>http://youtu.be/8H_HhbJBkDk</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:23:40 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/new-video-and-ves-student-award-nominationsNow Available for Students and Educators: Autodesk Smoke 2013!ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">That's right, Smoke 2013 is now available as a free 3 year license on the <a href="http://autode.sk/Jyr3xD" title="Download Smoke" target="_blank">Educational Community Website</a>&nbsp;!&nbsp;Not sure what Smoke does? Here's a good summary from the main product page on Autodesk.com:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">Autodesk&reg; Smoke&reg; professional video editing and effects software for Mac&reg; is designed to meet the&nbsp;needs of video editors who need to do more than just edit. By integrating a familiar timeline workflow and node-based compositing, Smoke connects editing and effects like never before. Smoke video editing software for Mac includes finishing tools for 3D compositing, color correction, and motion graphics. This all-in-one workflow eliminates the need for round-tripping between multiple creative applications and provides a fast and iterative creative environment for storytelling.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">As usual, we offer a wide range of free tutorials, tips and tricks and resources for you to get up to speed with Smoke 2013. Here are a few to start:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;"><a href="http://autode.sk/UMAysK" title="adsk.com Tutorials" target="_blank">Getting Started</a> on Autodesk.com</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;"><a href="http://bit.ly/UZMJDX" title="Smoke Learning Blog" target="_blank">The Smoke Learning Blog</a> on YouTube by Grant Kay offers 100's of hours of videos on playlists from the getting started, editing, keying and color correcting to importing projects from Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere. You can even download the tutorials as a <a href="http://bit.ly/XJY8HI" title="Podcast" target="_blank">video podcast</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">Questions about Smoke? Check out 101 Questions Answered on this <a href="http://bit.ly/T4yU74" title="101 Answers" target="_blank">blog post by Brian Mulligan</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">If you have technical, usage, product or workflow questions you can use the <a href="http://autode.sk/WoZ2KB" title="Smoke 2013 Forums" target="_blank">Smoke 2013 forums on the Area</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #ffffff;">Watch the short product overview here to start:</p> <p>http://youtu.be/-1pZVMTkcHE</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:16:58 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/now-available-for-students-and-educators-autodesk-smoke-2013New Video on Creating a Character focusing on modeling hands in MayaADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">We're back with another video in our series on character creation! In this week's video we focus on the creation of the hand for our Sven character.&nbsp; It's always a good idea to do some research before jumping into a project and I would like to call your attention to a few pieces of reference that I used for this piece.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">3D World Magazine &ndash; April &nbsp;2012 &ndash; Issue 154</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On page 88 &amp; 89 there is a 2 page feature by Mike Griggs that talks about Modeling and Texturing a hand.&nbsp; There are 4 key tips he captures:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 48.0px; text-indent: -24.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">1.<span style="font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Thumb is not a Finger</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 48.0px; text-indent: -24.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">2.<span style="font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use Photographic Reference</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 48.0px; text-indent: -24.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">3.<span style="font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Clone Texture Maps</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 48.0px; text-indent: -24.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">4.<span style="font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use Edge Loops</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Why do I like the articles from 3D World?&nbsp; Well there are industry professionals that are providing tutorials and tips-n-tricks to key workflows in production that are valuable for a student or hobbyist that would someday like to get a job in this industry.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">One of the cool things is that all of these magazines are now available as downloads for laptops or mobile devices like and iPad or iPhone as well as a Zinio which supports window, OS X and iPad.</p> <div><a href="http://www.3dworldmag.com/2011/10/13/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-3d-world-magazine-app/" title="3D World Mag" target="_blank">3D World Mag Link</a></div> <div></div> <div> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">I also want to give you a few additional video links from Digtial Tutors that I also referenced:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Creative Development: Modeling a Female Character for Animation in Maya with Gene Arvan <a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?pid=705&amp;autoplay=1" title="Digital Tutors Link" target="_blank">Digital Tutors Link</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Modeling Realistic Hands in Maya and Mudbox with Justin Marshall <a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?pid=370&amp;autoplay=1" title="Digital Tutors 2" target="_blank">Digital Tutors Link 2</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Digital Tutors offers quite a few free videos but I recommend getting a subscription if possible.&nbsp; Who know, maybe you can put it on a list for yourself as a holiday gift?</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Now to this weeks video:</p> <div> <pre style="font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace; font-size: 12.025px; color: #333333; border-top-left-radius: 4px; border-top-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-left-radius: 4px; display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 9px; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 18px; word-break: break-all; word-wrap: break-word; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: #f5f5f5; border-width: 1px; border-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.148438); border-style: solid; padding: 8.5px;">http://youtu.be/rX-_Tbo1vGk</pre> </div> </div>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:01:08 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/new-video-on-creating-a-character-focusing-on-modeling-hands-in-maya3December and New Video on Creating a Character with a focus on legs and boots for Sven!ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; color: #ffffff;">The Autodesk Annual 3December celebration takes place on December 6th this year! Register now for great presentations from top industry artists and product experts!</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; color: #ffffff;"><a href="/3dec2012" title="3December">3December on the Area</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; color: #ffffff;">We return to our weekly video series after all the hard work and fun at Autodesk University. There is lots of great material available so make sure you check it out if you haven't done so already.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; color: #ffffff;">In this video we continue where we left off in Part 9 where we worked on the Torso and Arms.&nbsp; We focus on adding the legs and boots to our model and maintain the same level of clean topology.</p> <p>http://youtu.be/exarqqY24WY</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:28:19 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/new-video-on-creating-a-character-with-a-focus-on-legs-and-boots-for-svenFree Smoke Trial, AU Update and VES DeadlineADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Excitement is building for the upcoming release of the all new <strong>Autodesk&reg; Smoke&reg; 2013</strong>. Smoke is professional video editing software that connects editing and visual effects in a single unified interface. If you are interested in editing and compositing, you can download version 6 of the free public trial now. Autodesk has hours and hours of free tutorials to support the learning process and there are many third party tutorials as well. Find out more about Smoke and <a href="http://usa.autodesk.com/smoke-for-mac/" title="Smoke Trial">download the free trial now here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">The Smoke Learning Channel has all you need to <a href="http://bit.ly/UZMJDX" title="Smoke Learning Channel">get started here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Once the software is released, it will be posted on the education community for students and faculty and we'll post a link&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Last chance to enter you work for the <a href="http://bit.ly/P6Sc9S" title="VES Student Award">Visual Effects Society Student Award!</a> Submission process closes on November 30th.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 11.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Autodesk University Classes</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">As always Autodesk University is a busy week.&nbsp; There are lots of great online classes for products in the Entertainment Creation Suite and links to classes from previous years as well. Check out the all the offering <a href="http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=classes" title="AU Virtual">here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">We look forward to getting back to our video series next week where we will look at modeling the legs and arms of our Sven character.</p> <div>If you missed any part of the series, you can see the playlist on YouTube</div> <div></div> <p>http://youtu.be/NcXSMWkMQEo</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:52:20 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/free-smoke-trial-au-update-and-ves-deadlineAutodesk University and AU VirtualADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Autodesk University 2012 &ndash; AU Virtual</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">This week and next week we are going to take a break from our video series and focus on Autodesk University 2012.&nbsp; (If you missed any of the series you can check out the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAQfn-QKbiAld4o6yxe3FjPFwmt1jE9L2" title="YouTube Playlist">playlist here</a>) We encourage you to go to the Autodesk University site and sign up for an account so you can participate in AU 2012 virtually: <a href="/%20http:/au.autodesk.com/?nd=new_registration" title="Registration" target="_blank">Sign up here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">Some of the many things you will access after registration:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Watch Live-Streaming Video from AU Las Vegas</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">Share the excitement! Catch the Keynote Address and the Innovation Forums as they happen. These sessions will leave you informed, inspired, and energized about where design is going and how Autodesk can help you get there.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Access More than 250 On-Demand Classes</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">Learn about the latest technologies, processes, and workflows to help you get your work done faster and better. The catalog also includes classes specifically designed to help you pass certification exams on several Autodesk products. Classes are in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Interaction with the AU Community</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">Interact with other AU Virtual participants, and while you are at it, join the #AU2012 Twitter conversation.&nbsp;During classes, you can post questions to the instructor</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Watch AUTV</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri;">See interviews with AU insiders and get behind-the-scenes looks at AU Las Vegas 2012.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 19.0px Calibri;">Check it out the full site here: <a href="http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=online_learning" title="AU Virtual">AU Virtual</a></p>Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:34:38 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/autodesk-university-and-au-virtualVES Award Submission Deadline Fast Approaching and New Character Creation VideoADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Have you submitted your application for the Visual Effects Society Student Award? What are you waiting for? This prestigious award is presented at a Hollywood Black Tie Ceremony with the world's top visual artist in attendance. You could be walking down the red carpet in early 2013 to accept your award! Previous winners met Stan Lee and James Cameron! The application process closes on November 30th. Find out the details now about how you can <a href="http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/ves-awards" title="VES Awards" target="_blank">submit your work here.</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Check out the previous submission and <a href="/ves2012" title="VES 2012">award winners here.</a>&nbsp;While your out it, you might get a little inspiration from <a href="http://youtu.be/XPQzEkllFc0" title="VES Student Award" target="_blank">Steven Spielberg</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Well we have come a long way in the last 6 weeks! We started by looking at the development of our character in the conceptual process and then continuing through to our final character sketches.&nbsp;In the next section of videos we are going to focus on modeling our character.&nbsp; We'd like to call your attention to a few resources we've found as we research best practices on workflow and creating characters. This one from <a href="http://www.3dworldmag.com/2011/09/21/create-the-best-character-models-for-games/" title="3D World Mag">3D World Magazine.</a>&nbsp;and this online article by Antony Ward <a href="http://ant-online.co.uk/" title="Antony Ward Article" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;which takes us through the 18 tips for building low poly models.&nbsp; In the current video below we focus on 3 of them: Start Simple, Keep your topology clean and follow natural muscle lines.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Once again, Digital Tutors provided excellent reference material in their tutorials <a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?pid=654&amp;autoplay=1" title="digital Tutors" target="_blank">Creative Development:Modeling a Fantasy Character in Maya</a> with Pat Imrie</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On to our next video, Modeling the Torso and Arms!</p> <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q01SAoPpAG8&amp;feature=youtu.be</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:01:03 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/ves-award-submission-deadline-fast-approaching-and-new-character-creation-videoWorking with Image Planes and Maya in the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite and New Student Resource page!ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Do you have trouble keeping track of all the Autodesk resources? We decided to put up a page just students here on the Area: <a href="/students" title="Student Landing Page">Student Landing Page</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">This landing page will provide you with links to free resources, forums, tutorials, the student expert program contests and much much more. Check it out today! We'll continue to add links and update the page as new items become available.</p> <div> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">In our latest video in the series we look at bringing images into Maya to use as reference for modeling.&nbsp; There are some good tips-n-tricks in this video so that you can avoid some frustration that can happen when working with image planes.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Here are links to image planes of Sven in Color and Black and White:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwjbmwxzfrf8yx1/Sven_Color_Image_Planes.zip" title="Sven Color Image" target="_blank">Sven Color Image</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/e3uue9cio4n6od5/Sven_Black_and_White_Image_Planes.zip" title="Sven Black and White" target="_blank">Sven Black and White</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">If you need to improve your Maya skills, you can always check out the tutorials on the <a href="http://bit.ly/RHsopk" title="Maya Learning Channel" target="_blank">Autodesk Maya Learning Channel</a>. There are also some really good additional video resources at Digital Tutors around image planes that we strongly recommend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?pid=70&amp;autoplay=1" title="Digital Tutors">here</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On to the the latest video:</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"></p> <div></div> </div> <p>http://youtu.be/GviobaejAbY</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:01:19 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/working-with-image-planes-and-maya-in-the-autodesk-entertainment-creation-suite-and-new-student-resource-pageImage Plane Creation in Sketchbook and Maya!ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Part 7 of our on demand video series covers the creation of the image planes that can be used to create a 3D model of our character in Maya, 3dsMax or Softimage. &nbsp;If you are a student or educator, you can download all the products we us in this series on the <a href="http://students.autodesk.com/" title="Student Educator Community" target="_blank">Student Community Website</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">Part 7 is our final video in the sketching portion of our series.&nbsp;&nbsp;Here is a preview of what is coming over the next few weeks:&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Using Image Planes in Maya &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Modeling our Sven Character in Maya &ndash; Torso &amp; Arms</li> <li>Modeling our Sven Character in Maya &ndash; Legs and Boots</li> <li>Modeling our Sven Character in Maya &ndash; Hands</li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;"><strong>Autodesk University is approaching quickly!</strong>&nbsp;The event is in Las Vegas Nov 27-29 at the Mandalay Bay hotel and conference center.&nbsp;&nbsp;One of the classes I would like to call attention to is with Craig Barr and Steve Williams <a href="http://bit.ly/PheQ1W" title="Autodesk University Class" target="_blank">Click Here for Class</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">There is a complete interview with Steve <a href="http://autode.sk/St3o2Y" title="Interview on the Area" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial;">I would encourage all of you to read it ,especially if you were a fan of the T1000 from Terminator 2 or the Dinosaurs from Jurassic&nbsp;Park!</p> <pre style="font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace; font-size: 12.025px; color: #333333; border-top-left-radius: 4px; border-top-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-right-radius: 4px; border-bottom-left-radius: 4px; display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 9px; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 18px; word-break: break-all; word-wrap: break-word; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: #f5f5f5; border-width: 1px; border-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.148438); border-style: solid; padding: 8.5px;">http://youtu.be/xxxeMziT9zg</pre>Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:01:20 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/image-plane-creation-in-sketchbook-and-mayaCreating the Final Character using SketchbookADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Last week we announced the Student Expert Program and that we are actively recruiting students to participate in this program. &nbsp;We received quite a few inquiries so we thought we should give you a little more information.&nbsp; The program is an elite group of students that Autodesk takes an active role in mentoring on our products.&nbsp; What we ask of these students is to take the mentoring that we give and pay it forward to their student piers.&nbsp; If you feel like you are the type of student that would like to take advantage of this special program, please let us know by applying at this link: <a href="http://www.studentexpert.net/?page_id=58" title="Student Expert Application" target="_blank">Student Expert Program Application</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">On the Student Expert topic, we thought it would be nice to feature some of the work on occasion by the members. Matthew Howorko is one of our student experts at the University of Calgary.&nbsp; Matthew is currently studying mechanical engineering but is also very versed in 3dsMax.&nbsp; In this example, at Render Spirit, Matthew shows a visualization workflow using 3dsMax to create his &ldquo;Winter House&rdquo; scene. <a href="http://www.renderspirit.com/making-of-winter-house/" title="Render Spirt Link" target="_blank">Render Spirit Link</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Now on to part 6 in our on-demand video series.&nbsp; In this episode David Bentley shows the creation of our final character rendering in Sketchbook Designer. The following week we will focus on creating the images to be used as images planes in Autodesk Maya. Don't forget to leave a comment if you like what you see or have suggestions!</p> <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3U9a0Pn4qA&amp;feature=share&amp;list=PLAQfn-QKbiAld4o6yxe3FjPFwmt1jE9L2</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:48 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/creating-the-final-character-using-sketchbookStudent Expert Program and Refining your Character with SketchbookADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Cambria;">We&rsquo;re back again with another video in our series on creating a character with the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite. First I want to spread the word about a new program from Autodesk. We are currently recruiting students who use our Animation products to be part of the Global Network of Student Experts. If you are you a student who acts as a mentor at your school, you can find out how you can benefit from being part of the Student Expert program and apply by visiting this site: <a href="http://bit.ly/RC5bzR" title="Student Expert Program" target="_blank">Student Expert Program</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Cambria;">Now on to part 6 in our series. In this episode David Bentley shows you how to refine your character in Sketchbook now that you have completed the basics. Keep the comments coming, we really appreciate all the great feedback!</p> <p>http://youtu.be/AbfnLQK0hcc</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:33:37 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/student-expert-program-and-refining-your-character-with-sketchbook&quot;Painting Your Character” part of our ongoing series on “Creating a Games Character with the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite”.ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Cambria;">Well, it's Wednesday already in some time zones so that means we&rsquo;re back again with a new episode, &ldquo;Painting Your Character&rdquo; part of our ongoing series on&nbsp; &ldquo;Creating a Games Character with the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite&rdquo;.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Cambria;">Thanks for all the great comments and feedback, we really appreciate it so keep it coming!&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve added a Twitter feed, which you can see to the right side of this column. If you want to get our updates, follow us at <a href="https://twitter.com/adskmeedu" title="@adskmeedu" target="_blank">@adskmeedu</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Cambria;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/system/files/imagecache/small_240px/15/images/awardslogo11fnlshpsblk.jpg" alt="VES Awards" width="117" height="240" /></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Cambria;">Before we get to the video I wanted to mention the 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Visual Effects Society Awards as Autodesk sponsors the student award each year. The winners are flown to LA to walk the red carpet and join the black tie dinner as they accept their award in front of the best artists in the industry! Previous winners met Stan Lee and James Cameron just to name drop a bit. Who knows whom you could run into? Entry forms area available starting October 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;so don&rsquo;t miss your chance to enter for the prestigious award!&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/P6Sc9S" title="VES Awards Link" target="_blank" style="color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none;">VES Awards Link</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px;">Here&rsquo;s the 4<sup>th</sup> video in the series but if you missed parts 1 to 3, you can see them on the Autodesk Education, Media and Entertainment <a href="http://bit.ly/RtT4Fr" title="YouTube Playlist" target="_self">YouTube Playlist.</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px;"><strong>Painting your Character in Sketchbook:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px;"><span color="#333333" face="Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace" style="color: #333333; font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace;"><br /></span></p> <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udZstkC3l10&amp;feature=share&amp;list=PLAQfn-QKbiAld4o6yxe3FjPFwmt1jE9L2</p> <p>If you are a Student or Educator and need to download free software, visit the <a href="http://autode.sk/w6bq5G" title="Student Community Website" target="_blank">Student Community Website!</a></p>Wed, 10 Oct 2012 00:01:00 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/quotpainting-your-character-part-of-our-ongoing-series-on--creating-a-games-character-with-the-autodesk-entertainment-creation-suiteWelcome to the Media and Entertainment Education Blog!ADSK_EDU<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Hello everyone and welcome to the Media and Entertainment Education Blog brought to you by Chris Hall and Steve Vasko.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">So what&rsquo;s the blog about? We want to use this space to highlight the great learning, educational and professional resources that we think students and educators will find helpful. The blog is an open forum with a comment section available after each post and we look forward to hearing from you about what you would like to see for future posts and videos.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">The video below is the premiere of our new video series, Creating Games Content with the Entertainment Creation Suite. We&rsquo;ll feature tips and tricks using the toolsets in the suite so you can get the best results on your projects. If you are new to Maya, Max, Softimage, Mudbox or Motion Builder or just need brushing up on certain features you can check out the library of free videos on the Autdoesk Learning Channels at this link: <a href="/channels" title="Autodesk YouTube Learning Channels" target="_blank">Autodesk YouTube Learning Channels</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">There is also a great Sketchbook site with tutorials here: <a href="http://www.sketchbook.com" title="Sketchbook Resources" target="_blank">http://www.sketchbook.com</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Don't forget, Students and Educators can download free, fully functional, software and licenses for everything in the EC Creation Suite on the student community: <a href="http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=download_center" title="Student/Faculty Community Software" target="_blank">Free Educational Software</a></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Enjoy the premiere of the video series, Planning Your Character, Parts 1-3, &nbsp;with David Bentley and feel free to leave a comment and say hello!</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Part 1 of 3</p> <p>http://youtu.be/NcXSMWkMQEo</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Part 2 of 3</p> <p>http://youtu.be/df760wcWh-A</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;"><span color="#333333" face="Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace" style="color: #333333; font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri;">Part 3 of 3</p> <p>http://youtu.be/RI4Ald71wT4</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2012 02:00:19 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/edu/welcome-to-the-media-and-entertainment-education-blog