December 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Wed 18 Dec 2013

We close out 2013 with wishes for a wonderful holiday and prosperous 2014 to you all. The limited time $995 LightWave price is still in effect, so if you've been on the fence about buying or upgrading, now's the time, before it all comes to an end. This month, our Artist Spotlight  shines on Sebastian Smolak, whose self-taught LightWave skills keep him extremely busy creating architectural designs and renders for clients around the world. We also head to Tokyo for the annual LightWave Winter Creator's Session where you can watch our own Rob Powers and Lino Grandi share the latest and greatest from the LightWave 3D Group. We also kick off a Holiday Design Challenge that offers up a suite of products form the LightWave 3D Group to one lucky winner. We also unveil a new Architectural Showreel that highlights some amazing architectural designs and renders with LightWave 3D. You can also get inspired with an incredible product video created in LightWave and After Effects by Jason Allen Lee for Rocky Elements Boots, anjd we close out the issue with an invitation to join and participate in the LightWave 3D Forum to share with and be inspired by other LightWave artists.

November 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 14 Nov 2013

This month we have  several major announcements and great deals to share! We kick off the holiday season with a special limited time offer of LightWave 11.6 for $995; upgrades from earlier versions of LightWave are $495. Next we  turn the spotlight on two talented LightWave artists: Mark Kochinski and his upcoming "Dr. Obsidian" indie film utlizing LightWave and the legendary Ron Thornton whose pioneering visual effects for television using LightWave still garner praise today. Dstorm in Japan is hosting a LightWave event in Tokyo that you won't want to miss, The "Possessions" animated short created with LightWave makes the short list for Oscar nomination contenders, CGChannel reviews LightWave 11-11.6, Liberty3D offers 25% discount on a variety of products and the LightWave Spacestation Contest winners are revealed.

October 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 08 Oct 2013

Lots of treats this October! We begin by announcing the Mac version of ChronoSculpt software for correcting 3D cache animation and dyamic simulations from all professional 3D software programs. The Artist Spotlight is turned on Enrique Sandoval Castro who is making a career in visual effects with LightWave. The LightWave 3D Group President Rob Powers gets back to his roots as an artist in a "Shattering Effects" video tutorial using LightWave 11.6 and ChronoSculpt. Chris Jones continues making faces in his Human Project work, we find a great place on Vimeo where LightWave artists showcase their work, Jennifer Hachigian shows you how to ink in LightWave, Kelly "Kat Myers" shares how instancing was used in "Iron Sky," and more.

September 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 05 Sep 2013

Marching straight into autumn, what better time than now to bundle up and save on LightWave 11.6 with Chronosculpt and NevronMotion. Haven't made the leap to LightWave 11.x yet? Upgrade to LightWave 11.6 through the end of September 2013 and save $200 (save even more with bundle offers). This month shines the Studio Spotlight on Animaj Studios in Istanbul and its first stereo 3D feature film created in Turkey, which happens to be created with LightWave. Additionally, we offer up some amazing tutorials and LightWave videos, including Mocap retargeting in LightWave 11.6, shock and awe viral videos created with LightWave, a SubDivision Surfaces tutorial featured on a popular 3D portal and much more.

August 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Fri 16 Aug 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 was a phenomenal success for the LightWave 3D Group as we surpised the industry with several new products: LightWave 11.6, NevronMotion plugin for LightWave 11.6 and ChronoSculpt. We begin with a gallery of images from the show that highlight the many amazing artists, speakers, attendees and technology in the booth this year. Next we tout ChronoSculpt's shiny new CGW Silver Edge Award for Best of Show at SIGGRAPH 2013, followed by a link to the new downloadable feature and tutorial filled LightWave 3D Magazine. Then it's on to plenty of hands-on demos and how-to video tutorials that highlight NevronMotion, Bullet Dynamics Body Horror, Spline Control, 3D Printing and RayCast Geometry in LightWave 11.6.

SIGGRAPH 2013 LightWave Newsletter

Mon 22 Jul 2013

The LightWave 3D Group heads to Anaheim for SIGGRAPH 2013 (booth #303). This year, we will once again be streaming live during the show as we showcase  top  artists and studios who count of LightWave to create stunning visuals. We also have special show prices that run through the end of july 2013. New products will be unveiled, including  ChronoSculpt  a new standalone program from the LightWave 3D Group that supports all professional 3D software and introduces the concept of Time-Based Cache Sculpting in 3D. Next is LightWave 11.6 with many new enhancements for modeling and animation, support for 3D printing and much more. Also new at the show is NevronMotion for LightWave 11.6, which uses the Microsoft Kinect to capture and retarget mocap data to rigs in LightWave. Add in some incredible giveaways from companies like NVIDIA, Mushkin, Liberty3D, db&w and we have a great show in the making. And, check out the new LightWave Plugin Asset  Database for LightWave that lets you search hundreds of free plugins.

June 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 25 Jun 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 is fast approaching as the LightWave 3D Group prepares to invade Anaheim July 23-25. This month, a popular Design Bundle promo between the LightWave 3D Group and Wtools, creators of LWCAD 4.5, winds down as the official end date of July 4, 2013 draws near.  Heading into SIGGRAPH 2013, there will be plenty to see at the LightWave 3D booth #303 -- presentations and interviews with industry experts, new technology unveilings, and some pretty amazing giveaways that lucky audience participants have a chance to win--be sure to sign up for your free Exhibits pass. On July 16, 2013, join the DMALA user group for a special behind the scenes presentation of LightWave 11.5 for Syfy's hit "Defiance." Our Studio Spotlight this month focuses on Tainicom, a group of indie artists who rely on LightWave to create popular game apps. Japan-based SUNRISE, Inc. creators of stellar anime graphics has released a wealth of free LightWave plug-ins. Wrap it up with a call for CG character submissons forBallistic Publishing's popular EXOTIQUE art books.

May 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Wed 29 May 2013

The May newsletter highlights talented artists and educators from around the world--from Japan and Mexico to Barcelona and Rome. We also prepare to wind down the LightWave 11.5 Design bundle, featuring the latest version of LWCAD and LightWave 11.5 at a savings of $250. See the breathtaking images from this month's  LightWave Power Artist Naoya Kurisu of Japan before you enter the world of Inhance Digital to see how LightWave keeps the studio on time and budget. We wrap up the month with LightWave President Rob Powers visiting students and artists in Rome and Italy to share production knowledge and LightWave tips and technology, followed by the announcement of a new "Iron Sky" sequel, and a call for submissions to the LightWave Gallery.