Managing Editor, CG Industry News - Nick C. Sorbin

Alien Skin Software's Exposure 6 in Review | Alien Skin Software, Exposure, Photography
Alien Skin Software's Exposure 6 in Review
Alien Skin Software recently released Exposure 6, which is a plug-in designed to emulate stock films in your digital photos. They claim it's been a decade of research poured into this plug-in to accurately recreate the look of hundreds of stock films...and it shows. Not only that, the new features in version 6 are mind-blowing.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Glen Keane Creates Beautiful Animated Short, Duet, for Google's ATAP | 2D, Animation, Film, Google, ATAP, Duet, Glen Keane, Disney
Glen Keane Creates Beautiful Animated Short, Duet, for Google's ATAP
Duet is a wonderful new animated short film, hand-drawn by renowned animator Glen Keane, for Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP). Produced by ATAP, Glen Keane's short film, Duet, is intended to be an interactive mobile experience to be released later this year, but Glen unveiled the 'theatrical' version to attendees of the Google I/O conference in San Francisco last week.

Ballistic Publishing's EXPOSE 11 in Review | Ballistic Publishing, Expose, 2D, 3D, Illustration, Painting, CG
Ballistic Publishing's EXPOSE 11 in Review
If there's one thing that I've learned about Ballistic Publishing, it's their commitment to putting forth the finest quality publications that are a sheer joy to hold in your hands. Their flagship publication, the annual EXPOSE series continues to excite with its diversity, covering many categories of artwork.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Wacom's Cintiq Companion in Review | Wacom
Wacom's Cintiq Companion in Review
Imagine, if you will, having all of your digital creative tools with you wherever you go, whether presenting your work to clients, or completing projects while travelling. Perhaps you are well aware of how Wacom's Cintiq tablets allow artists the ability to draw directly on the screen. Now, imagine taking the Cintiq wherever your work takes you...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

HP's Z1 Workstation in Review | HP, Z1, Workstations
HP's Z1 Workstation in Review
HP's Z Workstations, a 5-tier line-up, which is the broadest available, is backed with extensive research and innovation, and most importantly, HP's customer-centric approach. So, as I recently had the opportunity to work with HP's unique Z1 All-in-One workstation, I'm sharing a bit of my experience here.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Into the Depths of Digital-Tutors | Digital-Tutors, Tutorials, CG, 2D, 3D, VFX, Modeling, Animation, Autodesk, Maxon, Adobe, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, After Effects, Maya, 3ds Max, Vue, Nuke
Into the Depths of Digital-Tutors
There are a number of professional CG training resources available, but I recently discovered how one subscription site really stands out in the crowd. With a continually growing library of training, and exciting new courses each and every week, Digital-Tutors is an excellent choice for staying ahead in the creative arena.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Eye Candy 7 in Review | Alien Skin Software, Eye Candy, Photoshop, Adobe, 2D
Eye Candy 7 in Review
Eye Candy 7, by Alien Skin software, is a plug-in for Adobe's Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, and contains a great number of effects filters that is best described by this plug-in's own name. With Eye Candy 7, you can create unique logos and type, as well as use it for enhanced photographic and special effects.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

Autodesk 90-Day Fixed Term Licenses a Very Affordable Option | Autodesk, Maya, 3ds Max
Autodesk 90-Day Fixed Term Licenses a Very Affordable Option
Near the end of 2012, Autodesk unveiled a new licensing option for their 3ds Max 2013 and Maya 2013 software packages, which had a lot of people talking. And rightly so. In what Autodesk presents as a special 'project license,' it provides artists and other creative professionals in film, VFX, and game development full access to the software for an incredible price of just $199...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Exploring the Filmmaking Process:  Interview with Emmy Award-Winning Evolve IMG's Joel Edwards | Filmmaking, Photography
Exploring the Filmmaking Process:
Interview with Emmy Award-Winning Evolve IMG's Joel Edwards

Evolve Digital Cinema | IMG is a boutique creative production agency, with TV promos and documentary filmmaking that stands out as some of the most compelling work you'll see, as the Evolve crew takes storytelling in film to the highest level. I recently had a chance to talk with Evolve's Joel Edwards on their Emmy-Award winning NatGeo "Exploresrs" promo, as well as their past work.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11, and Lightroom 4 Special Holiday Pricing | Adobe, Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Photography, Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11, and Lightroom 4 Special Holiday Pricing
Adobe is offering special holiday pricing on Adobe.com for Lightroom 4, Photoshop Elements 11, Premiere Elements 11, and the Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 11 bundle, now through November 28. As such, I've taken this opportunity to have a look at both of the Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 packages, and I must say they are sweet, and at an even sweeter price.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

Nick's Motion Corner:Plug-in Profile: Trapcode Shine | Red Giant Software, Trapcode Shine, Effects, VFX, Plug-ins, After Effects, Motion Graphics, Trapcode
Nick's Motion Corner:
Plug-in Profile: Trapcode Shine

Trapcode Shine, an effects plug-in available from Red Giant Software. Trapcode Shine can create a sweeping, shimmering, volumetric lighting effect, most recognized with text application in film and TV. But, there is much more that it can be used for...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Nick's Motion Corner:Knoll Light Factory 3 in Review | Red Giant Software, Knoll Light Factory, VFX, Plug-ins, After Effects, Adobe, motion Graphics
Nick's Motion Corner:
Knoll Light Factory 3 in Review

This week, I'm here to let you know about an exciting new release from Red Giant Software. What I'm talking about is the fully updated and fresh new look of Knoll Light Factory 3, the powerful plug-in that adds flare to your work in a big way.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Nick's Motion Corner:Interview with Freelance Designer/Animator Erica Hu | MAXON, CINEMA 4D, Adobe, Photoshop, After Effects, Motion Graphics, Animation, Autodesk, Maya, Red Giant Software, 3D
Nick's Motion Corner:
Interview with Freelance Designer/Animator Erica Hu

It was over a year ago that I stumbled upon a motion graphics piece that really blew me away. That piece was Seasons, by Erica Hu. Using tools such as Cinema 4D and After Effects, Erica's Seasons is a surrealistic journey through seasonal transformation, going well beyond what you would expect to see, as Erica presents her artistic take on each of the four seasons in stunningly animated detail.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Meet Musician, Writer, and Digital Artist, Dreamfullofzen | Poser, DAZ|Studio, Vue, Corel, Paint Shop Pro, Painter, Photoshop, 3D, Digital Comics
Meet Musician, Writer, and Digital Artist, Dreamfullofzen
I recently had the pleasure of talking with musician, writer, and digital artist, Dreamfullofzen (Renderosity member, dreamfullofz) on his combined release of a digital comic and music album, titled "2035." Dreamfullofzen shares with us about his music and the creation of his 2035 comic.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Colin Smith's Photoshop CS6 for Digital Photographers in Review | Adobe, Photoshop, CS6, 2D, Photography
Colin Smith's Photoshop CS6 for Digital Photographers in Review
Photoshop guru, Colin Smith, founder of PhotoshopCafe, has been providing training to Photoshop users for many years, through his books and training DVDs. With the recent release of Photoshop CS6, Colin is right on time with new training to get you up-to-speed quickly and working more efficiently. I recently checked out Colin Smith's "PhotoshopSecrets: Photoshop CS6 for Digital Photographers," one of the latest offerings in PhotoshopCafe's ever-growing line of training DVDs.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Refining the CG pipeline, the Core of MentalCore | Autodesk, Maya, CoreCG, MentalCore, 3D
Refining the CG pipeline, the Core of MentalCore
MentalCore is a cross-platform, shading, lighting and rendering plugin designed to help artists work more efficiently between NVIDIA® mental ray® and Autodesk® Maya®. I decided to find out a bit more about MentalCore and its origin as an in-house tool directly from the founders of CoreCG.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Wacom's Inkling In Review | Wacom, Inkling
Wacom's Inkling In Review
Intrigued by a recent product from Wacom, that is not a tablet, but something that can be utilized by the artist-on-the-go, I had to take a closer look. What I am talking about here is Wacom's latest creative device, Inkling, which only requires paper...yes, that's right...paper. In a nutshell, you draw on paper and port your creations digitally, without having to scan. But, there is a bit more to it...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Ballistic Publishing's Exotique 7 In Review | Book Review, Ballistic Publishing, Exotique 7, Character Design, 3D, Photoshop, Adobe, Corel, Painter, Maya, 3ds Max, modo, Autodesk, ZBrush, Pixologic
Ballistic Publishing's Exotique 7 In Review
In November 2011, Ballistic Publishing released Exotique 7. The Exotique series, initially launched in August of 2005 with the purpose of showcasing the finest in digital character art, continues to wow with this seventh edition. With inspirational, character-based artwork covering the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, anime and photorealism, this beautiful collection finds its artists from all over the world and showcases a wide variety of styles.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Into theBlu and Around the WorldAn Interview with theBlu Creator, Neville Spiteri | 3D, theBlu, Wemo Media
Into theBlu and Around the World
An Interview with theBlu Creator, Neville Spiteri

What would you say to a web application that allowed you to share in an immersive, worldwide, collaborative art experience that is also entertaining, and educational, while also very much helping real issues affecting a large part of our planet? And what would you say if I told you that you could take part in this experience absolutely free, but also have the opportunity to earn money from what you create? Meet Neville Spiteri, creator of theBlu, a worldwide project like no other...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Christmas Tree Tutorial in CINEMA 4D | Tutorial, CINEMA 4D, MAXON, 3D, holiday
Christmas Tree Tutorial in CINEMA 4D
Recently, I stumbled across a very cool tutorial for the holidays that walks you through the creation of a Christmas Tree from start to finish, all the while learning many of the tools available in CINEMA 4D. This hour-plus tutorial, from motion designer, Ridvan Maloku, will have you crafting your very own tree quite easily. Meet Ridvan and check out his cool tutorial.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Book Review - CINEMA 4D: The Artist's Project Sourcebook | CINEMA 4D, Focal Press, MAXON, 3D, Book Review, After Effects, Adobe
Book Review - CINEMA 4D: The Artist's Project Sourcebook
So, perhaps you've just taken the jump into the world of 3D with CINEMA 4D, or, perhaps you are crossing over to it from another 3D package. Of course, you want to get up to speed quickly with the tools that lay before you and create something fantastic. That is why the excellent, tutorial-based, CINEMA 4D: The Artist's Project Sourcebook is a great book to have on hand.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Alien Skin's Blow Up 3 in Review | Photography, Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Alien Skin Software, Plug-in
Alien Skin's Blow Up 3 in Review
Back in November, AlienSkin software announced the release of version 3 of their Blow Up software that runs as a plug-in to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Lightroom. Boasting better results and a simpler interface than what was in Blow Up 2, I found Blow Up 3 quite impressive.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Meet Renderosity Artist, Badsue | 3D, Badsue, Terragen, Bryce, Fractals, Photography, TG2, Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist, Badsue
Get to know Renderosity artist, Susanne Krings (aka Badsue)
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 7 opinions posted

Book Review: Rotoscoping: Techniques and Tools for the Aspiring Artist | Rotoscoping, 3D, Silhouette, Adobe, After Effects, Imagineer Systems, Mocha, Book Review, Focal Press, Animation
Book Review: Rotoscoping: Techniques and Tools for the Aspiring Artist
As rotoscoping is a crucial part of any video production today, so is the importance of the job of a roto artist, both in skill and efficiency. There are a number of outstanding tools available today to handle roto work, but the roto artist still needs to refine his or her own skills to use these to the fullest. This is where a book like the wonderful Rotoscoping: Techniques and Tools for the Aspiring Artist, by Benjamin Bratt, comes in very handy.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Interview: Ross Shain, CMO for Imagineer Systems | Imagineer Systems, mocha, After Effects, rotoscoping, tracking, VFX, Adobe
Interview: Ross Shain, CMO for Imagineer Systems
If you work with video, in post-production or visual effects, or have an interest in it, chances are that you have heard of Imagineer Systems and their mocha product line, which provide everything you may need for tracking, rotoscoping, and object insertion or removal in video editing. Recently, I was able to talk with Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer for Imagineer Systems. With his own experience in visual effects, Ross was able to provide more information on the history of Imagineer Systems, their product evolution, and the impact of mocha on the industry.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Adobe Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad in Review | Adobe, iPad, Photoshop, Apple
Adobe Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad in Review
Early this summer, along with Adobe's CS5.5 release, Adobe also announced the availability of the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK, which would give developers the ability to create apps to communicate with Photoshop, through Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS devices. To demonstrate the possibilities, Adobe also released 3 apps of their own to coincide with the release of the Photoshop Touch SDK. These are: Adobe Nav, Adobe Color Lava, and Adobe Eazel.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Meet Renderosity Artist Yvonne Less | diversepixel, Poser, Artmatic, Bryce, Photoshop, Groboto, 3D, Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist Yvonne Less
Meet a fairly new member to Renderosity [diversepixel] and have a look at her unique and diverse works...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 19 opinions posted

Red Giant Software's Trapcode Suite 10 in Review (Part One) | Adobe, After Effects, Red Giant Software, Plug-ins, Trapcode
Red Giant Software's Trapcode Suite 10 in Review (Part One)
The Trapcode Suite 10, created by Peder Norrby and distributed by Red Giant Software, is an outstanding collection of effects plug-ins that range from the simple, but effective, original Trapcode Shine, to the wildly popular, and complex, Trapcode Particular. With everything in the Suite capable of so much, one review article just wouldn't suffice. So, be it through a two-part review, I'll do my best to introduce the complete Trapcode Suite 10.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Adobe Certification: A Good Move Forward | Adobe
Adobe Certification: A Good Move Forward
Just as Adobe is committed to providing the best in digital media software, they also offer the best of support and education right along with it. Further, having something tangible, like Adobe Certification, may very well be a good move forward in standing out to prospective employers. I wanted to shed some light on what some may not know is available, especially in today's competitive job market. With this in mind, I took the opportunity to find out more about Adobe's Certification programs direct from the source...
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation in Review | HP, Workstation
HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation in Review
Recently, I had the opportunity to check out HP's EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation that's already received some excellent marks around the web. A sharp looking mobile unit it is, with its brushed gunmetal finish and sturdy construction, and certainly good news on being able to take your work with you, and with little worry. Here, I'll give you some of my findings with this machine.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Film Review: Bill Plympton's "Idiots and Angels" | Bill Plympton, Idiots and Angels, 2D, Films
Film Review: Bill Plympton's "Idiots and Angels"
Idiots and Angels is Mr. Plympton's sixth animated feature film. The entire film was incredibly hand drawn by Bill alone, pencil on paper, and then colored and shaded digitally. He has said it took him about a year to write and storyboard the film, a year to draw it, and almost a year for post production. And that's certainly 3 years well spent on what could be considered his best feature yet.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Creative Motion Graphic Titling For Film, Video, & the Web | Focal Press, Motion Graphics, Adobe, After Effects
Creative Motion Graphic Titling For Film, Video, & the Web
Have you ever marvelled at the opening title sequence of a film? Perhaps the now classic title sequence to the movie Se7en comes to mind? One of my particular favorites is the title sequence for Quantam of Solace. But, whatever the genre of film, the purpose of the title sequence is, of course, to introduce the audience to what they are about to see, setting the proper tone and mood. And, just what is it that makes a title sequence work as intended? This and so much more is answered in the book, Creative Motion Graphic Titling For Film, Video, & the Web.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Ballistic Publishing's EXPOSÉ 8 in Review | Ballistic Publishing, Expose, Book Review, Photoshop, 3ds Max, Blender 3D, CINEMA 4D, H.R. Giger
Ballistic Publishing's EXPOSÉ 8 in Review
If you've ever held a copy of any of Ballistic Publishing's books in your own hands, you know just how wonderful they are. Whether it is of the tutorial-based d'Artiste series, the CG character collections of the EXOTIQUE series, or the annual categorized EXPOSÉ series that encompasses "the finest digital art in the known universe," you know these are all top-notch collections. And with EXPOSÉ 8, Ballistic has done it yet again! Also, be sure to check out this year's Grand Master: H.R. Giger!
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Meet Renderosity Artist Shirley D. Cross [treasureprints] | Photography,  Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist Shirley D. Cross [treasureprints]
Renderosity artist, Shirley D. Cross (known here as treasureprints), showcases a wonderful collection of her amazing photography projects in her Renderosity gallery. After taking notice of her vivid "Iris Beautiful" image, I took a deeper look into her gallery and just had to find out more about her photography and wonderful postwork.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 5 opinions posted

Alien Skin's Eye Candy 6 In Review | Alien Skin software, Eye Candy, Adobe, Photoshop, CS5, CS4
Alien Skin's Eye Candy 6 In Review
Eye Candy 6, by Alien Skin software, is a wonderful set of 30 effects filters that is best described by this bundle's own title. With it, you can create stunning logos and titles, enhanced photographic and special effects, as well as bringing in some amazing texturing to your work.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Meet Renderosity Artist Cornelis van Meurs [rocserum] | rocserum, 3D, 2D, Bryce, Fractals, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop,  Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist Cornelis van Meurs [rocserum]
With the ambitious goal of uploading an image to his Renderosity Gallery each and every day, and the greatly varied works that they are, both artistically and in terms of software used, it was time we had a talk with this particular artist who goes by the name of rocserum. With now over 2600 images in his Renderosity Gallery, Cornelis van Meurs [rocserum], is a man of many artistic talents and chooses to share with us his unique works on an almost daily basis, and yet in his own words insists that "most people can be a lot more creative than they realize."
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 15 opinions posted

Book Review: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition | Adobe, After Effects, CS5, motion graphics, Focal Press, book review
Book Review: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition
A few months back I reviewed After Effects Apprentice by Trish & Chris Meyer, which I found to be absolutely wonderful. Now, here I am reviewing Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, also by Trish & Chris Meyer. Released in July, and now in its 5th edition, this book is fully updated for Adobe's After Effects CS4 and includes info on CS5, within the book, as well as in bonus chapters on the included DVD.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Meet Renderosity Artist Mike Fyles [Mikeall] | 2D, 3D, mikeall, Poser, Vue, Photoshop, Corel, comics,  Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist Mike Fyles [Mikeall]
Renderosity artist, Mike Fyles (known here as Mikeall), showcases a wonderful collection of his amazing illustrative projects in his Renderosity gallery. On having work commisioned by Marvel for the Iron Man Noir comics series, I got to talk a little with Mike about this, as well as finding out more about him and his work.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 9 opinions posted

Wacom's Bamboo Pen and Touch In Review | Wacom, tablet, 3D
Wacom's Bamboo Pen and Touch In Review
I've had the chance to try out one of Wacom's latest tablets in their Bamboo line, specifically the Bamboo Pen & Touch. As the name implies, in addition to pen functionality, the tablet also has the ability for touch input. I found this multi-touch device is certainly capable of improving a digital artist's workflow.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 3 opinions posted

Book Review: Digital Sculpting with Mudbox | 3D, Autodesk, Mudbox, Focal Press, book review
Book Review: Digital Sculpting with Mudbox
Autodesk's Mudbox is a wonderful application for digital sculpting, with a plethora of digital tools which replicate a clay sculptor's own toolset. So, in learning Mudbox, it is also a good idea to learn the basics of real-world sculpting when one approaches digital sculpting. This is exactly where Digital Sculpting with Mudbox comes in. For those looking to learn Mudbox, as well as fine art sculptors looking to move into the digital arena, this book is highly recommended.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Meet Renderosity Artist and Terragen Forum Moderator, Dotthy | 3D, Dotthy, landscape, Terragen, Vue, Poser, Photoshop,  Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Artist and Terragen Forum Moderator, Dotthy
Meet Dorothea Beer-Kramer, better known here as Renderosity member Dotthy. Having served long as a Moderator of the Renderosity Terragen Forum and Gallery, and an exceptional artist in her own right, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce her to the Renderosity community.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 6 opinions posted

Book Review: After Effects Apprentice | Adobe, After Effects, Focal Press, book reviews
Book Review: After Effects Apprentice
Upon my first look inside After Effects Apprentice, I immediately knew this was going to be a worthwhile experience. This is a full-color, beautifully designed book aimed at giving the reader the foundation needed to truly understand and effectively use After Effects to its fullest potential. This is not a round-up of flashy one-off tutorials, but a real hands-on, classroom-style learning experience from start to finish.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Xycod's PostworkShop In review | Xycod, PostworkShop, 2D, photography
Xycod's PostworkShop In review
I recently had the opportunity to find out firsthand what PostworkShop can do, and I was much more than pleasantly surprised. PostworkShop is a very unique program in how it allows you to explore further possibilities with your photos or artwork...places you might not have envisioned before. There is always something new to learn, and I continually find new things each and every time I open this program.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Bundle of Joy: Photoshop Elements 8 & Premiere Elements 8 | Adobe, Photoshop, Premiere, Elements, product review
Bundle of Joy: Photoshop Elements 8 & Premiere Elements 8
In all honesty, I myself had never really given the Adobe Elements software much thought previously, and I must say that I was quite surprised at what I found. Though the name Elements suggests watered down versions of Adobe products, Photoshop and Premiere Pro, there really is a great deal here in both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, both of which are now in version 8.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Book Review: Ballistic Publishing's Exotique 5 | Ballistic Publishing, Exotique, calum5, 3D, 2D, Photoshop
Book Review: Ballistic Publishing's Exotique 5
In November 2009, Ballistic Publishing released Exotique 5. The Exotique series was initially launched in August of 2005 with the purpose of showcasing the finest in digital character art, and that is what continues here in this wonderful fifth edition. With inspirational artwork covering the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, anime and photorealism, this beautiful collection finds its artists from 44 countries and showcases a wide variety of styles.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Book Review: Vue 7 Beyond the Basics | Vue, 3D, e-on software, CINEMA 4D, terrain
Book Review: Vue 7 Beyond the Basics
Though originally published in May of 2009, let me introduce a book here that caught my attention while learning Vue. Titled "Vue 7 Beyond The Basics" by Richard Schrand, this book is clearly written with the target for intermediate to advanced users of Vue. However, I must add that even those very new to Vue can gain quite a bit from it and jumpstart their understanding of the program. And while e-on software recently released the Vue 8 product line, it certainly does not render this book obsolete.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

MAXON's CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition in Review | Renderosity, CINEMA 4D, MAXON, MoGraph, motion graphics, broadcast, product reviews
MAXON's CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition in Review
CINEMA 4D is already well established as a top choice for motion graphics artists in the broadcast arena. In fact, one can barely watch 15 minutes of television without seeing something that was accomplished with this software. This is a look at MAXON's latest targeted edition of CINEMA 4D: The Broadcast Edition. The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition is quite unique to those working specifically in motion graphics...
Nick C Sorbin

Mudbox 2010 Interoperability | Renderosity, 2D, 3D, Autodesk, Mudbox, Maya, 3ds Max, FBX
Mudbox 2010 Interoperability
Autodesk presented some really nice additional features with the introduction of Mudbox 2010 this year, including the new painting tools: Dry Brush and Clone Brush, as well as new viewport filters. And as amazing as Mudbox is at its core purpose of digital mesh sculpting, its interoperability with other programs makes it so much better.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2009 | Renderosity, writers, NaNoWriMo, Dee-Marie, Lisa Morton, Horror, Sons of Avalon, Castle of Los Angeles, brynna, SusiQ, AOM
Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2009
Write a novel in just 30 days? Yeah...right! But that is the basis of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website (nanowrimo.org) and it's annual writing challenge in the month of November: to write 50,000 words of fiction in just 30 days! From what started in 1999 with just 21 participants, has grown into a colossal challenge drawing continually greater numbers with each year. So, let me introduce a few of our own Renderosity members taking the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. Are you up to the challenge?
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 6 opinions posted

Autodesk's 3ds Max 2010 Brings Major Changes | Renderosity, Autodesk, 3ds Max, 3ds Max 2010, graphite modeling tools, graphite, 3d, animation, HP, Maya, softimage, mental ray
Autodesk's 3ds Max 2010 Brings Major Changes
Autodesk brought to the table some major improvements with the release of 3ds max 2010. Definitely not an update release, but really a whole new user experience, with plenty to offer this time around, especially in the modeling department. If you want to do more in less time, 3ds Max 2010 has all the tools to speed your workflow and get the job done.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

New iPhone App from PANTONE | Renderosity, iPhone, Pantone, myPantone, GOE
New iPhone App from PANTONE
Imagine you are out of the office or away from home and a moment of inspiration hits you. You're in the midst of a project, be it a website design, or other project where a harmoniuos color balance is of the essence. Wouldn't it be great if you had a way of getting your sudden color ideas directly into your project from where you are before it gets away from you? Then, perhaps you might like to know about a great new iPhone application introduced by PANTONE this week, called myPANTONE.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Adesso's Z12 Pen Tablet in Review | Renderosity, 2d, 3d, tablet, Adesso, Photoshop, CS4
Adesso's Z12 Pen Tablet in Review
In a couple of ways, replacing the standard mouse with a pen tablet is just plain smart. For instance, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel can be avoided with the ease of using a pen for many tasks. Also, digital artists can gain a great deal of natural artistic freedom and precision with the use of a pen over the mouse. So, with that in mind, let me introduce Adesso and their line of tablets, including the Z12 model this review is based on.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 8 opinions posted

Big Power: The HP Z800 Workstation | Renderosity, HP, Z800, workstation, 3D, 3ds Max, Autodesk, Adobe, NVIDIA
Big Power: The HP Z800 Workstation
There are few things more important to the digital artist than the very machine used to create. Power, speed, and the ability to upgrade with ease...and there you have the things that matter most when looking for that new machine. What I am very excited to be talking about is the HP Z-Series of workstations, and in particular, the Z800.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

CINEMA 4D R11Powerful Tools...Easy To Use | Cinema4D, MAXON, product reviews
CINEMA 4D R11
Powerful Tools...Easy To Use

MAXON's CINEMA 4D, having been around since the early 90's, has made some great strides in its evolution. Now, with Release 11 (R11), MAXON has taken another great leap. In this review, I will cover some of the new offerings this time around, in both the core software, and the optional add-on modules, where applicable, as well as explaining why you might want to consider looking at some of these extensions of the already robust core.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 3 opinions posted

Adobe's Illustrator CS4:More Time To Let Your Creativity Shine | Illustrator, CS4, Adobe, product reviews
Adobe's Illustrator CS4:
More Time To Let Your Creativity Shine

I had previously skimmed the surface of Adobe Illustrator CS4 in an overview of the Adobe CS4 Master Collection. Looking deeper, it is very apparent just how much of an important upgrade this version is, especially for those looking for an easier way to work in Adobe Illustrator. Now, more than ever, the more time you can save in your workflow, the more time you'll have to create!
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Adobe TV and CS4 Everyday Timesavers | Adobe, tutorials, Renderosity, video center
Adobe TV and CS4 Everyday Timesavers
In the reality of these hard economic times we are living in, more than ever there is a need to work more efficiently and be more productive in our work. To learn more in a shorter time to keep ahead in the game is key to the creative professional. However, education need not always come at a price, and it would be ideal to receive such support from the very purveyors of the tools we use in our daily work. It is in this spirit that Adobe has committed to provide its customers the support needed to make work easier, through freely available time-saving tutorials.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Into the Massive BlackA Review of Ballistic Publishing's Massive Black: Volume One | Ballistic Publishing, Massive Black, conceptart.org, 3D, Photoshop, ZBrush, Maya
Into the Massive Black
A Review of Ballistic Publishing's Massive Black: Volume One

Massive Black Volume One is a collection of the works of Massive Black Inc., known industry-wide for their concept art and illustrative works. Having secured a long list of clients in video games, film and television, it is impressive just how much this team of artists have grown, starting from merely a small group of artist friends with a simple vision back in 2002.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Joe Vinton [orbital] Exhibits His Bryce Work | Bryce, orbital, Joe Vinton, exhibit, digital art, 3D
Joe Vinton [orbital] Exhibits His Bryce Work
Avid 'Brycer' Joe Vinton, better known as longtime Renderosity member orbital, invites anyone near his corner of the globe to visit his exhibited Bryce artwork in a gallery at the Repton School in the village of Repton in Derbyshire. The Gallery will be open and attended by Joe every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm and on Sunday afternoons from 1.30- 4 pm, until March 28th.  Fortunately, for most of us who cannot be there in person to visit the gallery, Joe gives us a bit of a tour of his exhibit, and was kind enough to answer a few questions along the way.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 16 opinions posted

Ballistic Publishing's Matte Painting 2 In Review | Ballistic Publishing, Matte Painting 2, Matte Painting, Photoshop,
Ballistic Publishing's Matte Painting 2 In Review
Matte Painting 2 is the seventh book in Ballistic Publishing's d'artiste series, and a splendid edition it is indeed! I can't stress enough just how incredible this book really is. Ballistic Publishing has a great history of gathering the finest in digital artwork, and the most masterful of artists in their publications, and they do not fall short of that here.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Renderosity's 2D Forum Welcomes All 2D Artists
Renderosity's 2D Forum Welcomes All 2D Artists
Renderosity's long-standing 2D Graphics Forum boasts some exciting changes recently to their Sub-Community page that not only benefit it's current forum participants, but should do well to encourage others to join in the fun, regardless of media: digital or traditional. In speaking with Renderosity's 2D Forum Coordinator, Suzanne Burgos (ARTWITHIN), she revealed the latest additions to the 2D Forum's Sub-Community page, as well as a change for the forum's monthly themed challenge.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Adobe's Flash CS4 In Review | Adobe, Flash CS4, CS4, Flash, animation, Bones, inverse kinematics
Adobe's Flash CS4 In Review
I previously gave a brief introduction to the new Flash CS4 in an overview of the Adobe CS4 Master Collection, which barely scratched the surface of what you'll find in this new release of Flash from Adobe. With it's new functionality, new tools, and its overall ease of use, Flash CS4 is better than ever. Take a peek inside and see for yourself what makes this an exciting new release.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

Spotlight on Fractal Artist, Yvonne Mous [mountmous]
Spotlight on Fractal Artist, Yvonne Mous [mountmous]
This week, we are pleased to bring Renderosity Fractal artist, Yvonne Mous [mountmous], into the Spotlight. She is currently exhibiting a dozen of her works this month at the ABC Treehouse, in Amsterdam [CGI: The Art of Pushing Pixels].
We invite the Renderosity Community to read the introductory interview and post questions to Yvonne this week.

A First Look at Adobe's Creative Suite 4  | Adobe, Creative Suite 4, CS4, Master Collection, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator
A First Look at Adobe's Creative Suite 4
Well, it became official on Tuesday, September 23rd, and the word is spreading fast. The new Adobe Creative Suite 4 has arrived on the scene, and in grand fashion! This is a serious new lot from Adobe, and I'm here to give you a "first look" at what has to be the largest across-the-board upgrade yet.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Ballistic Publishing's Digital Painting 2 | Ballistic Publishing, Digital Painting 2, Digital, painting, art, Mélanie Delon, Don Seegmiller, Marta Dahlig, Daniel Dociu
Ballistic Publishing's Digital Painting 2
Digital Painting 2 is the sixth book in Ballistic Publishing's d'artiste series, and surely a must to be seen. Like other books in this series, Digital Painting 2 focuses on a small group of four select Master Artists. The book is divided into four sections, by artist, with each section presenting in-depth tutorials by the artist, a selection of the artist's own work, and an invited artist gallery.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

The Blender Foundation at SIGGRAPH | Blender, blender 3D, 3D, big buck bunny, CGI, computer animation, siggraph 2008, conferences, professional, 3d animation, blender foundation
The Blender Foundation at SIGGRAPH
I'm happy to report that the Blender Foundation is busy as ever this year, and will even have a major presence at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. So, here I will present a brief look at what the Blender Foundation has been up to, including a brief interview with Blender's creator, Ton Roosendaal.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

Meet Renderosity Vendor, rj001 [Richard Jeferies] | 3D, 3D models, rj001, vendor spotlight, marketplace, vendor,  Artist Interview
Meet Renderosity Vendor, rj001 [Richard Jeferies]
Richard has been a Renderosity member since 2001, with a gallery filled with an abundance of imaginative Sci-Fi works, and a store here on Renderosity that exemplifies his skills as a 3D modeller. His Sci-Fi work has graced DVD covers of Imagine FX, and has regularly appeared on Sci-Fi Weekly. A man of many talents, which also includes writing, play-acting, and teaching, I very much enjoyed getting to know more about him and his work.
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 5 opinions posted

The Digital Blasphemy of Ryan Bliss | Ryan Bliss, digitalblasphemy.com, digital blasphemy, professional, interview, 3D, 3D models, lightwave, maya
The Digital Blasphemy of Ryan Bliss

In February of 1997, Ryan Bliss embarked on a journey with his new website www.digitalblasphemy.com. Digital Blasphemy started simply as an exercise in building a web gallery for Ryan, a means for him to learn web design, and a place to show the digital artwork he was enjoying creating at the time. Little did he know at the time that this small exercise would soon become his full-time job.


Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Ballistic Publishing's Expose 6...Exposed! | 3D, 3D models, 2D, Ballistic publishing, expose 6
Ballistic Publishing's Expose 6...Exposed!
If there's one thing that I've learned about Ballistic Publishing, it's their commitment to putting forth the finest quality publications that are a sheer joy to hold in your hands. Flipping through the latest in their Exposé series, it is a wonder to behold. So much brilliant artwork contributed by digital artists from around the globe, neatly contained in one book perfect for anyone's bookshelf, or better yet, coffee table!
Book Review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy | fantasy, novels, books, book review, interview, Sons of Avalon, Merlin, arthurian Legend
Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy
Where to begin? Why, at the beginning, of course! Beginning with the birth of Merlin, this novel traces Merlin's youth and his growth into his role as visionary of Britain's destiny, and the complex struggles and events that lead to the conception of King Arthur. Right from the Prologue in this retelling of an ancient legend, you catch a sense of great things to come...a mixture of magic, suspense, and mystery. All the elements for a great escape are right here in this first novel in a planned trilogy, written by none other than Renderosity's long-time member and current Front Page News Columnist, Dee-Marie.
Book Review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 10 opinions posted

Meet Renderosity Vendor, arcebus | 3D, 3D models, Poser, arcebus, vendor, marketplace, *arcebus, spotlight
Meet Renderosity Vendor, arcebus
It really is amazing what one can learn about fellow artists, if only it is thought to ask. That is definitely the case here, as I had the great opportunity to talk with one of Renderosity's talented Vendors, arcebus. Full of humor and a dangerous looking fellow, as he himself is first to declare, he is a man of many talents. I was delighted to be able to get a look into what he does, and hear his views on what it takes to be a succesful vendor, and artist.
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 13 opinions posted

Knight Talk with Author, Dee-Marie | 3D, 3D models, dee marie, interview
Knight Talk with Author, Dee-Marie
For a great many members here on Renderosity, Dee-Marie is a very familiar name. In fact, Dee-Marie has been around in various capacities almost since the very beginnings of Renderosity, from Forum Moderator to Managing Editor of the various formats of what is now the Renderosity Front Page News. It is on the occaision of the completion of her first novel, Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy, that I get to talk "knight" with the fair lady herself, and find out a bit of what it takes to write a novel.
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 6 opinions posted

How To "Make It Real"Interview with Derek Elley of Ponoko | 3D, ponoko, manufacturing, marketplace
How To "Make It Real"
Interview with Derek Elley of Ponoko

Are you a designer, an artisan, or just have a really great idea you would like to see take shape? Are you worried your ideas would be too time consuming, or cost you way too much to manufacture? Well then, imagine this...
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin and Barbara Din

Ballistic Publishing's Call for Entries!
Ballistic Publishing's Call for Entries!
Ballistic Publishing has continually produced outstanding publications in digital art. And now it's time once again as Ballistic Publishing is calling for entries in two of their continued series digital art collections: d’artiste Digital Painting 2, and ELEMENTAL 3!
Article by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 1 opinion posted

Dominance War III Has Begun!
Dominance War III Has Begun!
On February 15th, war has begun! Dominance War III, that is. For those unfamiliar with it, Dominance War is an annual event that pits several invited art communities against each other in a friendly game art competition. To get a a better look at how this competition came about, and what can be expected in this year's event, I talked a bit with Joe Mirabello, publicist and one of the organizers of Dominance War.
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 6 opinions posted

Meet Renderosity Staff Columnist and Machinima Filmmaker Ricky Grove
Meet Renderosity Staff Columnist and Machinima Filmmaker Ricky Grove
Ricky Grove has been a part of the Renderosity Front Page News for over a year, starting as a guest contributor, and now a regular Staff Columnist. An accomplished actor, he is now full steam into all aspects of Machinima filmmaking. Read on to get to know more about Ricky and his work.
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 4 opinions posted

Total Training's Adobe CS3 Design Essentials DVD Bundle | Adobe, Total Training, Tutorials
Total Training's Adobe CS3 Design Essentials DVD Bundle
Total Training has an abundance of training DVDs for various Adobe programs, as well as online access packages to fit your needs. This review in particular, is based on the "Total Training for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Essentials Premium Bundle."
Review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles]

Going Mobile with Adobe's CS3 Web Premium
Going Mobile with Adobe's CS3 Web Premium
This review is based on Adobe's CS3 Web Premium, including a look at workflow, and a closer look at Adobe's commitment to the future of mobile content with the new Device Central CS3.
Product Review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - Managing Editor - 4 opinions posted

Renderosity Holiday Gallery ~ Week Two
Renderosity Holiday Gallery ~ Week Two
This Holiday Season, what better way to show the world the talented artists that appear within the Galleries of Renderosity, than with a special selection of Holiday inspired artwork both past and present.
This is Week Two of a two week series.
Staff - 3 opinions posted

Renderosity Holiday Gallery ~ Week One
Renderosity Holiday Gallery ~ Week One
This Holiday Season, what better way to show the world the talented artists that appear within the Galleries of Renderosity, than with a special selection of Holiday inspired artwork both past and present.
This is Week One of a two week series.
Staff - 4 opinions posted

3D Lenticular Imaging
3D Lenticular Imaging
No one is more excited about the possibilities of Lenticular Imaging than Peter Sucy, founder of Zaxys Depth & Motion Imaging. After some 27 years of working for Eastman Kodak, he was at the forefront of the crossover to the digital realm. Spending his years finding new ways to create and communicate digitally, he turns his attention these days to 3D lenticular printing. Through his latest tutorials and new printing service, he is providing 3D artists with an affordable solution to get their artwork noticed in a unique way.
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 7 opinions posted

Creative Essence: The Face | Ballistic publishing
Creative Essence: The Face
Are you a 3D artist with a hunger to learn from the pros? Do you have an aim for photorealism in the creation of a human 3D model? Well then, you just might want to check this out, as the fine folks at Ballistic Publishing has done it in grand fashion with an exciting new series.
Book review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 7 opinions posted

Renderosity Neighborhood News [03-19-07]
Renderosity Neighborhood News [03-19-07]
Hello again to all fellow Renderosity members, and to any other visitors that may be passing through! Well...here we are with another week of the Neighborhood News, where I will be alerting you to the latest happenings around the site!
Nick C. Sorbin - 1 opinion posted

Renderosity's Neighborhood News
Renderosity's Neighborhood News
Over the last year, we've been witness to many changes, from Renderosity management positions, to fantastic new functionality, and all the way to the ever popular issue of site speed. However, what has not changed, is the fact that most may not be aware of all that is going on within the many areas of Renderosity. Now enter in "Neighborhood News"...
Nick C. Sorbin

Ryan Vs. Dorkman - The Sequel
Ryan Vs. Dorkman - The Sequel
A short time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, two ordinary average guys took the fanfilm world by storm with an epic duel that was "Ryan vs. Dorkman." Meet Ryan Wieber and Michael "Dorkman" Scott, fueled by the success of RVD, the duel continues...
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 2 opinions posted

Adobe's Acrobat 8 Professional
Adobe's Acrobat 8 Professional
What I am introducing here, is Adobe's latest PDF creation program, Acrobat 8 Professional. With many new features, it provides the user with ultimate control over output.
Review by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 5 opinions posted

Silver Squirrel in Uneasy Pieces
Silver Squirrel in Uneasy Pieces
Complex it is, the life of one Silver Squirrel. Recovering from recent trials, including loss of home and loved ones, and a frightful encounter with the deadly hawk, life goes on for Silver. Challenging the natural order as he retains his interest in birds, always seeming to get himself in the thick of everything, and still not quite fitting in with the squirrel community.
Book Review by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo]

Digital Horror Art
Digital Horror Art
In the book, Digital Horror Art, Martin McKenna leads the journey into the macabre with chilling examples by some of the greatest artists in the horror genre today. More than that, this journey is one that you'll surely want to take again and again.
Book review by Nick C. Sorbin - 4 opinions posted

In a Nutshell Review of "Silver Squirrel" by author Dan Ritchie
In a Nutshell
Review of "Silver Squirrel" by author Dan Ritchie

You may know Dan Ritchie for his Project Dogwaffle software, the (un)natural media paint application. However, did you know he is also a published author?
Book Review by Nick C. Sorbin

Artist Accolades:Dean Etheridge [Deane]
Artist Accolades:
Dean Etheridge [Deane]

Meet Dean Etheridge, Renderosity artist Deane. Dean recently had the honor of having a selection of his artworks in the October 2006 issue of the UK publication ImagineFX magazine. Read on as Dean shares with us his accomplishments in this installment of the Renderosity Artist Accolades.
Nick C. Sorbin - 13 opinions posted

Enter "The Legends of Mernac" [Interview with founder Rick Merriman]
Enter "The Legends of Mernac" [Interview with founder Rick Merriman]
"Mernac is a new form of art and entertainment designed to facilitate ever growing content and audience appeal, and is expected to spread attracting contributions from hundreds, even thousands, of talented writers and artists from around the world."
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin - 2 opinions posted

Nick's Notes:Concrete Pictures Brings CG to Discovery Channel [Interview with Creative Director Matt Hall]
Nick's Notes:
Concrete Pictures Brings CG to Discovery Channel [Interview with Creative Director Matt Hall]

Television programming has become more exciting, and computer graphics have surely come to play a big part. Many times the promotional trailers and end tags can be just as entertaining as the programming itself. This is certainly true of two recent series on Discovery Channel, "Deadliest Catch" and "I shouldn't Be Alive."
Interview by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - 5 opinions posted

Nick's Notes:DVD training - Inside adobe Photoshop CS2
Nick's Notes:
DVD training - Inside adobe Photoshop CS2

Magnet Media's Digital Media Training Series (DMTS) boasts "Project-Based Training" and they certainly come through with Inside Adobe Photoshop CS2, the subject of this review. With instruction led by Steve Weinrebe, an Adobe Certified instructor with 30 plus years of experience, you are assured of getting skilled training.
Review by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - 1 opinion posted

Nick's Notes:
Networking

Everyone needs to know someone, or know someone who knows someone else. Networking can help get you wherever you want to go. Has networking helped you?
Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - 6 opinions posted

The First 'Open Movie': "Elephants Dream"...Coming Soon to DVD!
The First 'Open Movie': "Elephants Dream"...Coming Soon to DVD!
Twas back in August when I first wrote on the Blender Foundations Project: Orange, as the project first began. This has been an undertaking like no other, as the goal was to introduce to the world the very first Open Movie.
article by Nick C. sorbin [vclaszlo] - 4 opinions posted

Artist Accolades: Renderosity member Rykk [Rick Spix] wins the 2006 Donnie award!
Artist Accolades: Renderosity member Rykk [Rick Spix] wins the 2006 Donnie award!
The Museum of Computer Art [MOCA] held it's sixth annual digital art contest, with Renderosity's Fractal artist Rykk [Rick Spix] taking first place! With a prize of $1000.00, it may not be the only thing worth shouting about. Could this possibly be a sign of the tide turning on the general acceptance of Fractal Art? Read on as Rick talks about his win, and expands on this issue facing Fractal artists.
interview by Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo] - 19 opinions posted

The Hot 20  To *V* or Not To Be
The Hot 20 To *V* or Not To Be
Nick takes on another sizzling topic of conversation, as he tackles the pros and cons of Renderositys Hot 20. We invite you to join in on the discussion let us know your opinions of the Hot 20 ... To vote or not to vote ... that is the question!
Commentary by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - Staff Columnist - 136 opinions posted

Apophysis: An Introduction
Apophysis: An Introduction
Take a journey into the exciting world of Flame Fractals, through the amazing Fractal program ... Apophysis! Nick explains why you will want to add this program to your arsenal. It is both fun and inspirational! Let the journey begin ...
Article by Nick C. Sorbin [nickcharles] - staff columnist - 6 opinions posted

Dark Times For Harry, Good News For Muggles
Dark Times For Harry, Good News For Muggles
Dark times, indeed! For, while Harry Potter is in his 4th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is yet more danger for Harry and his friends. Moviegoers young and old are in for a real treat with yet a darker installment in the Harry Potter series.
Movie Review by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo]-staff columnist - 8 opinions posted

Community By Comment
Community By Comment
Nick explores Renderositys mission statement as it pertains to gallery comments: to create a thriving, productive environment that encourages an atmosphere of community, respect, collaboration, and growth for graphic artists, digital artists, animators, photographers and writers of all backgrounds and levels.
Commentary by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - staff columnist - 21 opinions posted

Training a Dragon To Speak! Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8
Training a Dragon To Speak! Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8
In the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, training a dragon to speak is a natural occurrence. Nick has discovered, that in this modern age, training a dragon to speak can be a rewarding and often amusing experience, requiring a touch of patience, a dash of persistence, and heaps of fun ... plus a wee bit of magic from ScanSoft's Dragon NaturallySpeaking!
Review by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - 13 opinions posted

Blender's "Project Orange": The First Open Movie
Blender's "Project Orange": The First Open Movie
There's something brewing in the Netherlands, the likes of which have never been seen before, and Nick is going to give you an inside look into what's cooking behind the scenes of Blender's "Project Orange" ... The First Open Movie!
Article by Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo] - staff columnist - 5 opinions posted

Masses of Muggles Muster After Midnight
Masses of Muggles Muster After Midnight
Join Nick on the adventure of a lifetime, as he waits past the witching hour to be one of the first Muggle's to read their very own copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Article by Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo] - Master Muggle - 4 opinions posted

Fern Marder and Carol Walske - Fandom Writers
Fern Marder and Carol Walske - Fandom Writers
Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo] takes a break from his Nick's Note column to interview Fanzine author, Fern Marder. Fern shares her memories of life with Renderosity artist, and co-writer, Carol Walske.
interview by vclaszlo [Nick Sorbin] - Staff Columnist - 3 opinions posted

Nick Notes - The Sound-Weaver ... Bruce "pushinfaders" Clayton
Nick Notes - The Sound-Weaver ... Bruce "pushinfaders" Clayton
You may know long time Renderosity Moderator, pushinfaders, from his amazing artwork, but like most 'Rosity Community members, he has another side to reveal [no, not the Dark Side]. Join Nick Sorbin (nickcharles), as he explores the other side of sound-weaver, audio engineer, Bruce "pushinfaders" Clayton's other world!
Interview by Nick Sorbin (vclaszlo) - 11 opinions posted

Nick's Notes -  "Fair Use" and the Lyrical Gallery
Nick's Notes - "Fair Use" and the Lyrical Gallery
Lyrics and poetry are often an artist's muse - song writer, author, and artist, Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo], gives you the inside scoop on how many stances of a song or poem you can display within your artwork before crossing that legal line of "Fair Use!"
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles] - 16 opinions posted

Nick's Notes - Guest Musician, bobbystahr
Nick's Notes - Guest Musician, bobbystahr
Nicks Notes is a regular featured column, where staff writer, Nick Sorbin, better known on Renderosity as vclaszlo, keeps you updated on whats happening in the world of digital music. This week, Nick interviews Renderosity Coordinator bobbystahr [Robert Purves], who shares his love of writing and performing music.
by Nick Sorbin [vclaszlo] - staff writer - 7 opinions posted

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