FXGuide has posted an article that discusses the Academy Award winning hair and fur toolset, Barbershop, that is currently being developed and used by Weta, on such films as The Hobbit trilogy, the Planet of The Apes films, and TinTin. You can read the article on the FXGuide website.
(Updated) Volume 2 has been released.
Allegorithmic's Wes McDermott is putting together a guide that covers the theory of PBR and practical guidelines for application. Volume one focuses on the theory of physically-based shading and rendering. Volume 2 covers guidelines and workflows for creating PBR textures. More on Allegorithmic's website.
The trailer for Till Nowak's latest short is now available. The film features a CG animated dream world that seamlessly transforms into a live action film. Very creative work. Watch it on Vimeo and find out more on Framebox.
Owly is a feather system for Houdini developed by Oleg Memukhin. It is based on Houdini's wire dynamics and also has cloth-like behavior, to make animation smoother. The author has generously released it for free. Watch a video on Vimeo and find out more on the ODForce forum.
Pixologic has released ZBrush 4R7, the latest version of its modeling software. This version brings many new features and upgrades, including NanoMesh & ArrayMesh, which allow for scattering of multiple instanced meshes, ZBrush to KeyShot, the ZModeler polygonal modeling system which allows for easy creation of new shapes, 64-bit support and FBX import/export.
ZBrush 4R7 is a free upgrade for all registered users of ZBrush. For full details and a complete list of new additions and improvements you can check out the Pixologic website.