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January 2015 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Mon 12 Jan 2015

We ring in 2015 with LightWave 2015! Artists who have not yet moved to the latest release of LightWave are offered a free 30-day full feature trial to give it an in-depth look. Our Artist of the Month is KHAN, Cédric Magne of Paris uses LightWave to create stunning animations for some of the world’s most prestigious brands while also sharing his talents to raise awareness for causes such as Unicef. We also go behind the scenes of Defiance’s Season 2 VFX magic, unveil the cutest Flu Awareness Campaign from We Are Formation, and Introduce the characters in the upcoming animated short Gangoul & Tricksy. Paradigm Marketing and Creative shows how to use LightWave to create, market and advertise top shelf and urban living, the LightWave 2014 Holiday Challenge winners are revealed, and 3D World magazine offers up a sweet deal for LightWave artists.

2014 Holiday Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 04 Dec 2014

We ring in the holiday season with the release of LightWave 2015, which offers new features and enhancements to make workflow easy and fast. You can also try a full-feature trial of LightWave 2015 free for 30 days. The artist spotlight shines brightly this month on Oscar Palma of Spain, a self-taught artist who relies on LightWave to deliver projects around the globe. The 2014 LightWave holiday challenge is officially underway--read the rules and get ready to compete for the bounty--LightWave 2015, ChronoSculpt and NevronMotion. We also spotlight some pretty great LightWave-based videos from NESIAC of Seoul, Korea, Anti-Gravity from Jeff Blythe, and a One Direction promo video from Mark Warner. Lastly, 3DTotal interviews Chris Jones to get more insight to how he uses LightWave to create extremely realistic digital humans. See you in 2015!

October 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 26 Sep 2014

We roll into October with new bundles for OctaneRender, NevronMotion and ChronoSculpt that are designed to boost your productivity and save you money in the process. The incredible success of our $695 2D/3D Crossgrade to LightWave 11.6 promotion, has us  offering up a Halloween treat -- we are extending the offer to October 31, 2014. This month we also highlight some incredible projects created with LightWave. Have a look at the 3D art created by Lorenzo Zitta (our October Power Artist) and Chris Jones, who has one-upped his last eye animation with the creation of Ed (watch the video, you will be amazed!)  We also announce a new 3D feature film Kickstarter campaign from Jeff Scheetz, founder of DAVE School, that is set to be created with 100% LightWave. We are also pleased to reveal that NevronMotion won a 2014 CGAward from 3D World Magazine as most innovative plugin for 2014, and that 3D Artist has published a new LightWave e-book in iTunes. We round out  the month with videos and tutorials that are meant to inspire and educate.  

August/September 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 28 Aug 2014

This month we spotlight two studios who worked together to create an award-winning medical animation using LightWave 3D. Then we turn to helping you master LightWave, with a wealth of video tutorials that cover topics like CG Water and Light Painting Effects to working with Sub-Ds and Lighting for Concept Art. There is a new issue of LightWave 3D magazine (available online or as a PDF download)—filled with everything from Sharknado II and the upcoming sci-fi dramedy Space Station 76—and how they used LightWave to create their onscreen magic, to  in-depth video tutorials with links (in the online version) to downloadable assets from the tutorials. Add in the online premiere of the animated short Abiogenesis (created in LightWave), artist video profile of Meni Things, and the announcement of the LightWave 3D Space Command Challenge winners, and we have put together a month full of awesome just for you.

July 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 18 Jul 2014

Summer is in full swing and we've uncovered ssome fresh new things being create with and developed for LightWave 3D software. First we'll shine the spotlight on Salif N'diaye, a talented Ivory Coast freelance artist living in France who is using LightWave to create imagery for high-profile ad agencies and  some of the biggest brands  in the world. We also focus on LA-based Ghostlight who used LightWave to design a robot for its indie spoof of "Robocop." Want tutorials? Ian Thompson has a four part video tutorial focusing on camera matching in LightWave, and gets a new look with new tutorials for LightWave 11.6 in a library of over 350. Add in new product announcements for LightWave (Oculus Rift and Simply Plants) and there's lots to see and discover this July. 

June 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 17 Jun 2014

This month, the Artist Spotlight shines on Don Foley, whose LightWave works of art grace the cover of today's popular magazines. The LightWave Group and SketchFab have teamed up to create an exporter plugin to seamlessly export 3d models for publishing and interactive 3D viewing in the SketchFab web platform. Cast your votes for LightWave 3D Group products in the 3D World CG Awards 2014, take the LightWave 3D Space Command Challenge, winners will have their work featured in the upcoming Space Command movie (and win a suite of products from the LightWave 3D Group, too). Discover the mystery of the LightWave animated short "Golem," check out a LightWave 3D printing of the Hubble Telescope, discover the new Medical Courseware for LightWave from 3D Garage, and visit the new and improved Community page for everything from LightWave magazines to the Plugin Database.

May 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 15 May 2014

Let's start with a behind the scenes of a "Category 5," a made for TV movie  filled with LightWave visual effects from NY-based Platinum Platypus. You'll also find four video tutorials, covering everything from flocking fruit and camera mapping in LightWave to playing with fire using TurbulenceFD and making faces with FaceShift. We also do a call out for content and a chance to be featured in the SIGGRAPH 2014 LightWave Live Stream, sponsor CGtrader's Flora and Fauna Contest, and uncover "George Activated" a cute animated short created with LightWave.

April 2014 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 22 Apr 2014

This month the spotlight is on an incredible recreation of Benczúr Gyula's 19th century masterpiece "Budavár Repossession,” which hangs in the National Gallery of Hungary. Artist Ekho Farkas turned to LightWave to recreate Gyula's incredible masterpiece in 3D, with stunning results. Artist Graham Hutchings goes 100% LightWave to create stunning cover and feature images for Popular Mechanics' March 2014 issue. Artist David Aguero goes old school with LightWave to create and animate a frog on a turntable of rippling water. And, Cortical Studios wins a gold at the New York Festivals for its scientific information film about probiotics, created with LightWave.  It's also time to cast your vote in the 3D World CG Awards, submit your LightWave art to's and LightWave's Gallery, and create a 3D weapon for gameplay with  LightWave for's 3D Weapon Render Challenge.