Nick's Notes with Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo]

July 2, 2006 12:00 am




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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 [vclaszlo] - staff columnist - 6 opinions posted
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
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
Community By Comment
Nick explores Renderosity’s 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
Dark Times For Harry, Good News For Muggles
Dark times, indeed! For, while Harry Potter is in his 4th year at Hogwart’s 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
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
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
Nick Notes - The Sound-Weaver ... Bruce "pushinfaders" Clayton
You may know long time Renderosity Moderator, pushinfader, from his amazing artwork, but like most 'Rosity Community members, he has another side to reveal [no, not the Dark Side]. Join Nick Sorbin (vclaszlo), 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
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 Sorbin [vclaszlo] - Staff Columnist - 15 opinions posted
Nick's Notes - Guest Musician, bobbystahr
Nick’s Notes is a regular featured column, where staff writer, Nick Sorbin, better known on Renderosity as vclaszlo, keeps you updated on what’s 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
Nick's Notes:

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?
Commentary by Nick C. Sorbin [vclaszlo] - 6 opinions posted
The First 'Open Movie': "Elephants Dream"...Coming Soon to DVD!
‘Twas back in August when I first wrote on the Blender Foundation’s “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
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 Renderosity’s 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
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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



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