Character TD Ahmed Shalaby has released his free character rig for 3DS Max, along with a number of tutorials showing how to use it. Ahmed would like hear feedback from those who test the rig. Download it from Ahmed Shalaby's website. (Note: A Maya version of the rig is in the works)
Maxtree has released a new volume of plant models that offers 80 high quality 3D flower models for gardens. They come in low detail (no opacity) and high detail (with opacity) leaves as needed and support Corona, Mental Ray, Octane and V-Ray renderers, as well as the Forest Pack Pro library. The files are in FBX format, GrowFX original files can also be purchased (choosing the GrowFX version of the collection). (more...)
German artists and programmers Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb have been working on developing generative algorithms that simulate growth processes. They have recently published a video showing some of their algorithms at work, which were created for a project they collaborated on with an MIT professor to produced 3D printed versions of the resulting shapes. Watch the video on YouTube
and find out more on Deskriptiv.de.
Swedish character animator, scriptwriter and director Erik Wernquist has made a great short film on the subject of space exploration, brought alive through the voice of Carl Sagan. The film was created using photos and textures from NASA and the European Space Agency, among other sources. Watch it on Erik Wernquist's website. (Note: more information available by clicking on the images on the gallery section of the site)
LookLabs announced the release of SpeedLooks 4, the latest version of its advanced grading and color correction software, which brings new additions and upgrades to their cinematic film looks and camera patch technology. SpeedLooks is being offered in Studio Linear and Studio LOG versions, and supports major editing and compositing applications. It's currently on sale at a 30% discount until Dec 1st. More on LookLabs' website.