We spoke with Felipe Mirez, Visual Director at Falcon Northwest in Medford, Oregon about his experience in working across different industries, challenges he’s faced as a CG artist and how HDR Light Studio plays a key part in his workflow.
Congratulations to Felipe and his team for being awarded ‘Best Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable – Use of Animation’.
Lightmap:What sparked your interest in animation and becoming a Multimedia Animation Artist?
Felipe:Long ago as a kid, I was watching Star Wars for the first time. I was awe-stuck looking by the animation and this is where it all began. I started pursuing stop-motion and 2D animations as hobby and I just couldn’t stop loving it. Fortunately, the new world of CGI started to flourish in the early 90’s and I was fortunate to witness and experience the trend. Continue reading →
HDR Light Studio let’s you paint your V-Ray scenes directly with light.
It’s fast, precise and improves image quality!
HDR Light Studio supports V-Ray and plugs into 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO and Rhino. As you light your 3D scene in HDR Light Studio, the plugin updates V-Ray RT in real-time. Welcome to interactive image based lighting!
We came across a stunning piece of work by Japanese 3D artist Masayoshi Shinohara. A lifelike portrait of Nozomi Sasaki, a fashion model in Japan. We were pleased to discover the shot was lit with the help of HDR Light Studio. So we got in touch with Masayoshi to find out how HDR Light Studio helped with the lighting process in Maya with Arnold Render.
“I took photos for reference. For the test, I used an exterior HDRI for lighting. But when I compared the reference with test render image, I could see I needed more natural sunlight and soft shadows, and I noticed the specular and reflections were not high enough.
I used HDR Light Studio to settle these problems easily. LightPaint helped me a lot. Increasing/decreasing light in a moment. I could change the light direction exactly as I wanted.
The realistic reflections in the eye, and skin specular – these are made using HDR Light Studio’s preset light source content. There are lots to choose from. Then I made fine adjustments in each light’s properties. It’s a simple workflow.
My final render is using only one SkydomeLight with a HDRI map from HDR Light Studio.”
Additional Project Details:
Modeling and details done in ZBrush.
Texture painting in Mari.
Hair using GeoMayaHair.
Rendered in Maya, Arnold (alShader).
To see more of Masayoshi Shinohara work, visit: shimasay.com
Mark Segasby talks with HDR Light Studio user Samuel Axelsson. We discuss his path into 3D, the software he uses, his product visualization work for POC, his retouching for Volvo and his 3 year break from 3D learning to paint. It was an amazingly fun conversation.
Amador Valenzuela is Founder & Creative Director of Black Book Studio. Black Book Studio is a creative studio focused on design & animation for the entertainment, advertising, and independent entrepreneur communities.
Black Book recently used HDR Light Studio for lighting the opening shots in the movie John Wick 2. We got in touch to find out more about Amador’s history in 3D, the tools he uses, and how HDR Light Studio was used for John Wick 2.
Amador, how did you get started in 3D?
I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting, and I knew I wanted to work in a creative field when I grew up. In high school, I took scenic design classes where we built sets for plays. It taught me how to work in a team environment which I loved. 3D seemed to be a mixture of those traditional mediums taken to the next level. I figured demand for that kind of work would only grow over time, so I made a strategic decision to study “computer animation” in College.
At Lightmap, we enjoy doing customer surveys to understand what you love about HDR Light Studio and what you want us to improve. We are grateful to our customers who took time to complete the survey and share some amazing insights. It will definitely help us shape the software in future.
Through the survey, we found that 98% of customers would recommend HDR Light Studio to a friend or colleague. This is a big achievement for us! Thank you for loving and lighting with us.
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.
“I have been using HDR Light Studio for about 5 years now and it’s my constant companion. I have produced 200+ images and animations lit only with custom HDRI maps”
Brendan McCaffrey is a 3D artist and long time user of HDR Light Studio. We had a chat with him to find out more about his background, 3D tools/workflow and more. Of course this is a great opportunity to showcase his amazing imagery too! Continue reading →
An interview with Bruce Bigelow, Creative Director and HDR Light Studio user
First of all what do Electric Art do, and what’s your job there?
Electric Art are a high end creative image house working out of Sydney, Australia. We create mostly still images for advertising using retouching and 3D, but we’re doing an increasing amount of animation work ranging from online to TV. My main job is that of Creative Director so I basically oversee all works going out of Electric Art. I also head up the 3D department. I tend to get fairly involved in the pre-production process, estimating jobs etc.