Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI Studio and home to very talented creatives, thinkers and makers who blend mixtures of ideas and craft around extremely engaging stories to deliver stunning, effective results for their clients.
Ars Thanea loosely translates from Greek as ‘the art of imagination’ and when we visited their Warsaw studio it quickly became apparent that they live up to their name.
The predominantly glass building is papered with drawings penned by their artists. The space is broken up creatively by wood, rope and other structural features that retain a feeling of openness. A variety of interesting lighting rigs add to the ambience of the different areas and there’s even a bed if the day becomes a bit much and you feel like a nap.
We were there to understand the role that HDR Light Studio plays in the creation of their beautiful work and spent time getting under the hood on some recent projects. You can see the results in our video below.
A massive thanks to our amazing hosts at Ars Thanea for being so welcoming.
Left to right: Marcin Molski (Ars Thanea), Mark Segasby (Lightmap), Lucy Cooper (Lightmap), Aleksandra Watras (Ars Thanea)
Founded in 2008, Bildbotschaft is a German CGI and retouching studio specialising in the creation of high quality, beautiful images. Bildbotschaft collaborates with leading creatives and agencies to achieve the most creative outcomes possible.
Called out as one of the world’s top 200 digital artists by the Luerzer’s Archive, Founder and owner Markus von Luecken is a renowned digital artist whose work has been featured in numerous magazines and books about photography and digital art globally including ‘Graphis ‚100 Best in Photography‘ and One Eyeland ‘Best of the Best Photographers’.
Markus loves digital art and enjoys working with emerging and established talents from the creative industry. His work is based on the quintessence of photography: painting with light.
Kaoru Toyoguchi is a Designer at the JVCKENWOOD Design Corporation in Japan, where he produces beautiful still images and animated visualizations of their products for packaging, catalogues and online. We caught up with Kaoru, who uses HDR Light Studio on 100% of his images, to understand why.
It’s about fluid dynamics, color, taste, and chocolate and caramel in a loving embrace. Everything was created in 3D and sculpted in Mudbox. Lighting was done in HDR Light Studio 5 and rendered with Maya/Mental Ray.
Tom Nowak is a VRED Artist and CEO at Lean Design GmbH, Germany. He specializes in computer generated imagery for the automotive industry. We caught up with Tom to ask him about his career in computer generated imagery and his workflow. Continue reading →
I’m a long time admirer of Irinel Papuc’s renders, many of which are posted at the Octane Render Facebook Group. I like how each render is about solving a particular challenge, be it trying out a new special effect/process or perfecting a material. I can see how doing these experiments, out side of the day to day workload, will really increase the skills you have at your disposal.
So it was great news to hear that many of those images were also lit with HDR Light Studio. This was the excuse I needed to get in touch with Irinel and find out more. Continue reading →
Friday 1st July 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.4. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the MODO plug-in Connection, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use. The Area Light feature is compatible with: MODO Renderer, Octane and V-Ray. This update also adds compatibility with MODO version 10. Continue reading →
12th May 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.3. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the 3ds Max and Cinema 4D Connections, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use that has made HDR Light Studio a favourite lighting tool with professional 3D artists.
Introduction to Area Lights in 3ds Max
The 3ds Max Connection supports Area Lights for these compatible renderers: V-Ray, Maxwell, Octane, Thea and Corona.