Why is Vray so popular among 3D artists and why is it Vray and Architectural Rendering work so well together? The rendering powerhouse is used to create 3D models, special effects, and graphic design. V-Ray has been the most sought-after program on the market. Although the software doesn’t retail for cheap, it has remained a popular choice for designers since its launch in 2007. This begs the question: what makes it so good?
Vladimir "Vlado" Koylazov, co-founder and head of software development at Chaos Group, the makers of V-Ray and V-Ray RT. Passionate about 3D graphics and programming, Vlado is the driving force behind Chaos Group’s software solutions. Vlado is an expert in rendering theory and an avid 3D community supporter and he often participates in forum discussions to help users solve rendering challenges.
Summer is here, and people across the northern hemisphere are ready to hit the pool. For millennia, humans have been re-creating natural swimming holes in forms ranging from ancient baths to 20th-century British lidos to the kidney-shaped plastic-lined pools of contemporary suburban America. We’ve done so for different purposes, too, from leisure and play to holistic healing to fitness and sport. Then there’s the aesthetic draw—pools have long inspired artists, from the painters capturing images of bathers to filmmakers creating iconic scenes below the surface. A new book, The Swimming Pool in Photography, by Francis Hodgson, looks at the pool specifically through the lens of photographers, showcasing more than 200 works by such artists as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Emma Hartvig, and Larry Sultan. Here, we peek at a few images from the book's pages, transporting ourselves to bygone eras or the dreamy vacation homes of today.
For such a young country, the United States is filled with monuments and memorials to the nation’s great triumphs and darkest hours. And while many are beautiful in their own right, a number confront topics of ethics, morals, and historical divisiveness. The PBS series 10 That Changed Americatackles some of the country’s most famous, like the Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, as well as the lesser-known, like the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial, and we recap the ten monuments and memorials here. (10 Monuments That Changed America airs on PBS on July 17, 2018, at 8 P.M. ET.)
For much of modern history, skyscrapers were merely very tall structures with wholly uniform façades. Yet over time architects began to manipulate the exteriors, sometimes removing entire sections altogether. Not only do buildings with holes in them offer city dwellers bold new forms to admire from the outside, but tenants within can enjoy sources of light that more traditional skyscrapers preclude. From an OMA-designed science center in Hamburg to a tower by Zaha Hadid in Dubai, AD looks at the most daring examples of buildings that celebrate the void.
Built on the foundations of the Pro Pen 2, the Wacom Pro Pen 3D is only partially a new device. This means that it benefits from many similar specifications to its sister product, which is itself a step up from the, already excellent 3d art tool, the Wacom Pro Pen.
The aim of this piece was to produce a piece of 3D art that's ready to go straight from the frame buffer, with little or no post-production. Zagreb-based Studio Niskota (now Polymachine) created the project as a test bed for their no-post pipeline, and all the assets are modelled and textured with such detail that they could be used for a close-up render – despite ending up hundreds or thousands of metres from the camera in the final shot.
Allegorithmic has spent the past few releases making Substance Painter probably the most famous texture-painting application on the market. It has an expanding user base in the game development community, as well as gaining popularity within ‘traditional’ 3D art creation.
Multidisciplinary designer Luke Choice tells stories through dynamic color and composition for a broad range of clients. Watch the video below to meet him and learn his ingenious “Smudge Script” lettering technique.
Further cementing its ascendancy as a luxury lifestyle authority, RH has struck an alliance with General Public, the art curation and publishing company founded by award-winning actress and artist Portia de Rossi, for an exclusive line of 3-D reproductions of original works from a select roster of emerging and established artists across the world.