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Lester Banks Tutorials

I always find myself at this site whenever I am having some trouble understanding something. He has some great workflows and simple-to-follow tutorials for After Effects, Blender, Cinema 4D, Maya, Mocha, Mudbox, and a few others. He also delves into different renderers such as V-ray and Arnold. So if you have free time look into his site and maybe what you need is in there.






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VISCorbell Tutorials

viscorbel VIS Corbell has a good bit of great tutorials on their website. Most are 3ds Max or Vray based but you could still apply them to other programs. There are many others also that are worth looking at. Check out their website and see what you find.

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Be Aware

Hey everyone(mostly me), I want to bring up this website that has a SLEW of tutorials. Not just for maya either, but has tutorials for a bunch of 3d and even 2d programs. Some include 3ds Max, Photoshop, After effects, Softimage, ZBrush, Mudbox, etc. *Phew. Yes, it’s definitely quite a lot of different programs for tutorials. I’ve looked at a hefty amount of them and they are extremely great. A lot are “Making Of’s” but the details that are along side how these projects are done will definitely show you some great things. But don’t just look at their tutorials, look at the rest of the site. It’s full of great things such as Job Postings, CG News, Galleries, Texture Ref., videos, and you can even submit work or things to help them out such as textures. Give credit where credit is due and thank them if you find their site as great as I did.




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HDR for VRay in Maya

I was learning about lighting in vray for maya and I wanted to learn more about setting up a proper HDR lighting scenario. I came across this tutorial. It is one of a few ways to set up HDR lighting in your scene. This one deals with using the Environment setting under the Render Settings. Very easy to use, but one thing  is it lacks the user control independence. Meaning you have less control over the….well, everything basically. Maybe I will find a later tutorial on using the dome light for HDR, but it’s very easy to set up.


Maya vray HDRI

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Making Proxies in Maya

If you end up with a large scene full of nothing but repeated geometry and would like to save your cpu from crashing under all the polys involved with duplication….*takes breath; then here is a tutorial about creating proxies in maya’s mental ray for that poly-heavy geometry!

Mental Ray Proxies Tutorial for Maya

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60 More Tutorials? Wahhhhhhh?

I’m posting more today because I haven’t posted in like I should be…..regularly. sorry about that. I graduate this week though! So I have a legit excuse. Now I just have to find a job or bum off my parents until the loans come after me. But, we will forget about all that and post more tutorials instead. So I found these a few weeks ago and haven’t had the time to post them. It’s not really 60 tutorials like it says, it’s a mix of tutorials and ‘making of’ things. They are equally interesting, and each one may lead to new things. It’s like watching a youtube video and then clicking on a new one which leads you to other things. I’ve looked at each one and found them interesting and visually stunning. Have fun and see what you can come up with.


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3D Artist Magazine

When you get the chance to wander around a Barnes & Noble or any other book stores that sell magazines, then go look for this magazine. If you like cg things and want to learn something cool, ways other people handle something, or you just want to look at the projects, this magazine is for you. It’s a bit expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. It holds a variety of digital pieces from a variety of different programs. You can even submit your work to it! The projects were inspiring to me. Especially the sculptures and textures. Issue 39 had a wonderfully done elfman smoking near a mushroom. So cute.  Anyways, check this out and maybe, if you’re good enough, send them some work and see if it will be published. ( btw this is a great way to market yourself) GOOD LUCK!

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