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Maxim Zhestkov is a Russian artist from the city of Ulyanovsk. He's come a long way since his first computer ZX Spectrum and his pixel drawing days. See a collection of his work (MTV Germany, Nokia and several short films) and enjoy a nice remix of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" by Datasette.
Check out some of the interesting work produced by this Thai studio, which has been around since 2001. The above is an image from their Maxam Toothpaste campaign, featuring Civilization-Egypt, done in ZBrush and rendered in Modo with finishing touches in Photoshop. Some making of pics ahead...
ShaderMap converts existing maps to different formats. It also generates new maps from scratch. Easily tweak settings and preview changes in real-time. Start by loading a source texture from file, ShaderMap instantly generates displacement, normal, specular, and ambient occlusion maps. View your maps on custom models and paint normals and displacement pixels in the ShaderMap normal editor.
Users of V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino can download a free update from the Chaos Group Downloads page. The update features improvements and fixes that make V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino more stable and responsive. These include more stable DR, made RT more responsive to Rhino events, removed unnecessary refreshes, and introduced "lock viewport" option, fixed scene upgrade issues, improved scene loading time and UI improvements.
Long, long list of fixes and added functionality available in the modo 601 Service Pack 2. You can check out the full list after the break, or just download the SP2 and continue to use modo like business as usual.
Maxwell Render grass generator allows you to quickly create grass on a selected piece of geometry. Designed to offer maximum control over the look of the grass from impeccable detail on close up shots to fast-rendering further away from the camera. Compatible with Maxwell Studio and almost all supported plugins. Click to read full release notes!
Check out "Bee", an animated short created by Vladimir Loginov, a Studio Aiko 3D artist based out of Ramat Gan. We posted Studio Aiko's showreel a few days ago, and there was this awesome bee clip there -- now you can see the full animation. Vladimir got the inspiration from the music of Boards of Canada. The animation was created using Autodesk 3ds Max, Chaos Group V-Ray and Adobe After Effects.
Unity 4, the next generation of the Unity development platform, includes all-new character animation technology, more publishing options, shadows for mobile games, DirectX 11 support and many more key updates. Unity 4.0 is the first release in the Unity 4 series that will offer critical new features.
The Mac OSX v2.5 offers the 100% exact same feature set as the Windows version (beta V3), with no missing functionality. Licenses are cross platform - every v2 purchase includes both the Windows and the Mac installers. You can pick up your copy today for $295USD.
Crytek CEO and founder Cevat Yerli has a lot to be proud of. In just over a decade, his company has gone from a personal hobby to a major player in the game industry. Ars Technica's Dennis Scimeca spoke with Yerli about the origins of Crytek, the future of CryEngine in an “Unreal” world, and why high-end PC gamers can be a tough audience to target.
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