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  1. Learning From The Best 50 Comments


    Talented artist, Albert Omoss posted this amazing animation a couple weeks ago. I loved the look and style of it so much. So, I did what I usually do when I see something that inspires me… I opened Cinema 4D to try to figure it out myself.

    I played for hours trying to figure out how to get soft bodies to behave like he did. I didn’t quite get the right super-stretchy dynamics, but I sure tried. In fact, here is a time lapse of all the renders and tests over a few days of playing with soft body settings and looks.

    While playing with this technique, I got excited and posted a work in progress GIF on tumblr. Albert responded on twitter saying that he wan’t cool with us doing a tutorial on his exact effect. He said that we should “…change the concept enough to encourage your students to be creative and original.”

    I certainly can’t argue with that.

    We all learn by watching and emulating the masters. But, then we need to use those new techniques to make our original work better. I’ve ended many tutorials with a similar request. Take what you learned today and apply it to your own work. Don’t just recreate tutorials.

    Don’t forget, we couldn’t teach what we do without talented artists like Albert to emulate and look up to. I certainly can’t make renders as original and beautiful as Albert’s or any other true artists out there. We need them.

    Work from great artists make learning exciting and fun for us beginners. Their work is a goal, a beacon, something to make us say, “I want to be able to make something that good one day”.

    Beginner guitarists and Pianists learn covers because it’s more fun to try and play great music you already love. But remember, we aren’t learning Bach or The Beatles to steal their style. We are learning from the best because they are the best, and there are no better people to learn from.

    Let’s be inspired by amazing work. Inspired enough to learn more about our tools and technique to become better. Copy and emulate anything and everything that inspires you. But don’t forget, you are copying to learn, not to put it on your reel.

    Make Your Own

    In the spirit of being inspired to make something new, let’s all learn and play with Softbody stuff this week and post an original animation in the comments below. Just something short. Play with the tools and make something all your own.

    Here are some soft body tutorials to get you up to speed with many of the techniques needed to make a dynamic soft body animation.

    50 Comments Posted 1 day ago
  2. New Bonus For Patreon Scene File Members: Award Icons 3 Comments


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    We just added this icon set as a reward for our Scene File Members over at our Patreon Page. All of these scenes come fully lit and ready to render in R16. Of course, you also get all of the scene files from all of the live shows every week. Just a little added bonus for becoming a Scene File Member and helping us get the ads off the Live Stream. If you are already a member, you should have received an email with the rewards.

    It may not be for you, but I appreciate you learning about our page. We have a lot of fun stuff planned for our members at every level. If you’re a fan of picking apart scene files, you definitely want to look at becoming a Scene File Member. Thanks again for checking it out.

    Visit The Patreon Page To Learn More

    3 Comments Posted 3 weeks ago
  3. Ask GSG / GSG Live Recordings and Scene Files are up on Patreon 32 Comments


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    Yesterday’s Live Stream / Ask GSG is recorded and posted to our new Patreon Page. If you missed it, now is the time to watch it and also contribute to remove the ads from the live stream.

    If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s a way for you to be a member of Greyscalegorilla by contributing once per month toward our goals of getting the ads of of Ustream and to eventually get some of these videos up as Tutorials.

    Rewards

    There are also rewards for members including recordings of the Live Shows, Scene Files from the shows, and other goodies. Check out the page for more details. Get cool stuff and help us make more stuff in the process.

    Here is some of what we made yesterday

    WoodWhale

    MetalTexture

    WaterCube

    SimpleDaylightRig

    RedWave

    Visit The Patreon Page

    32 Comments Posted 3 weeks ago