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  1. 8 points
    Hi everyone, I'm sharing my Cinema 4D library of more than 1800 architectural profiles with you. It used to be a commercial product for a while, but as of now it is available for free. I made this libarary about 7 years ago in Release 13. It will NOT work in versions older than R12. All profiles are based on real-world references and scaled to real-world dimensions. You can downlaod the library here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e4pshf0wast7919/arch_profile_collection.7z?dl=0 I hope you'll enjoy this huge collection of architectural profiles! Cheers, contrafibbularities
  2. 6 points
    For those who don’t know, this is how the process of hiring a freelancer goes. What follows is just my meandering experience and observation, your mileage may vary. Pretend you have a project. Lets say you need someone to design a Dinosaur character. First you will think if you know anyone. If you do, you will reach out to them. Then you will ask your friends, or freelancers that work for you if they know anyone. Then you’ll go to art station or some other portfolio site, or maybe straight to google and type in “Dinosaur character designer”, you will reach out to some of the people that you like, ask them their rates, and then if they are all too expensive you will go to fiver or upwork or freelancer.com or whatever other freelancing website exists. Nobody goes straight to a freelancing website, it’s usually a last resort. And it’s a last resort for people with small budgets. Because with the internet the way it is you can always find someone who does whatever it is you need to be done. Try it, try to hire someone who does what you do. I remember when i was just starting out there was this guy at a studio i worked at who kept giving me After effects jobs. I could do them, i had the skills, but it wasn’t really my specialty, i was always a 3D guy. That’s what i did well, thats why i charged more. In after effects i worked slower than most people and really wasn’t that good. But yet this guy just kept giving me after effects jobs. So one day i asked him: “why do you keep giving me these jobs? I’ m sure there is someone who does this better than me, and cheaper” and his answer really changed the way i think about everything, he said “Because i like drinking with you, and if you have more jobs, we can go drink together more”. At first i was like: “awesome”, but then it dawned on me, how many jobs do i miss out on, because someone likes to drink with someone else, or plays golf with them, or has kids go to the same school. It has so much less to do with how good i am at what i do than i thought. To me it was a revelation. So what do I do if I don’t know anyone who would hire me? You get to know them or you get known. My career was largely built on alcoholism. Especially when i was in New York. People all over the place drinking making friends socializing, exchanging business cards inviting each other to other events. And there is no faster way to get to know a person than drinking with them ( if you want a guide on how to properly drink leave a comment, it’s also a skill that takes time to develop). Alternatively go to events that either related to your industry, or if they don’t have them in your area, go to networking events for other industries, you might find clients there. I knew people who bought shares in mining companies ( just whatever the minimal was) and then turned up to share holding meetings and made friends and then got jobs out of that. Don’t like drinking? Get ready to do A LOT of work. Because building relationships with people is a very slow process if there is no alcohol involved, there are exceptional people which can make friends with anyone anywhere with everyone sober, but if you were one of those people you probably wouldn’t need help getting a job. So you have to start making a TONNE of work, and i mean a metric tonne. Start off with just volume, do a daily challenge. Post it on instagram, twitter, facebook, any platform that will let you. You have to get as many eyeballs on your work as possible. And it better be thematic, because people got to remember you for something specific. “oh i know a guy who makes dinosaurs” or “oh that guy who animates cars”. And you got to start posting it like CRAZY. For every 100 things you post, you might get one job out of it. This is not for the faint of heart. Which makes it even more important to pick a topic that you LOVE, because no matter what you pick, there will be people who LOVE doing that specific thing, and you will be competing with those people who will do it better and probably cheaper than you. Then go onto forums/facebook groups and start helping people, start answering questions, start figuring out problems other people are having, giving advice where people ask for it. Join the community. But don’t just post random comments actually participate, this is yet another way for people to get to know you. Also don’t forget to put together a proper website, you want a little piece of the Internet that is completely under you control. Go check out my article about small bussiness. It goes over how to set up a website rather quickly and what parts you need. Your website should convey to the visitor what you are good at and what kind of work you want to do as quickly as possible. Reels shouldn’t be longer than 1 minute, the shorter the better. Put your best work up top. Freelancing websites are really the last resort in most cases, they have the lowest paying clients and the jobs that no one else wants to take on. I know programmers seem to do okay on them. But creative tasks are just terrible. The most important thing to remember, that because this is hard to do, is the reason you will stand out. My favorite quote is “if it was easy everyone would do it”. I hope this was interesting, what should i write next? How to figure out how much to charge? Let me know in the comments and have a good one! The post How to get jobs as a Freelancer ( 3D artist) appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article
  3. 4 points
    Hi everyone, Today, I'm releasing my free jigsaw puzzle library for Cinema 4D (R12 or newer). The library contains 150 different jigsaw puzzles, sorted according to their shape. All puzzles are based on photo references and 2D graphics images I found on Shutterstock, Printerest, etc. You can download the library here: Jigsaw Puzzle Library File There's a short video on the library you can watch on Vimeo: I hope you'll enjoy the jigsaw puzzles! Cheers, contrafibbularities Some examples from the library:
  4. 4 points
    I have recently been receiving a lot of messages asking for help. And generally i’m a helpful guy, i answer questions, make tutorials etc. But more and more i’m getting the following messages, and they are all the same. First the person asks me how i am and then asks me to explain something that could be googled. So i decided i need to write a little tutorial on how to ask people for help. So first Example of how not to ask for help: The next one is slightly better, because at least he tells me what he wants and doesn’t waste my time with small talk. But they are both bad, and i don’t really want to answer them. The thing is there are people who message me randomly out of the blue and i answer and help them, and have been over the course of many years. Some even pay me when they can, have a lot of good long term relation ships springing from just people asking me questions. But these people seem to be just lazy and just want me to do their work for them. So… How should you ask a question that i would want to answer? Google your question. Try using what you found to make something Ask the question on a forum like c4dcafe.com Or a cinema4d facebook group, or twitter or cinema 4d slack/discord channel. Try make something Now if you still haven’t figured something out, you can show me what you made with a screen shot( and maybe a link to your file hosted of wetransfer.com) and ask me what you can’t figure out. And i will most likely make a tutorial about it. ... read rest of article on my site: https://ace5studios.com/ask-help/
  5. 3 points
    More and more people are going freelance? Why? Well the simple reason is that there are more and more people who want to do the work, but the amount of full time jobs isn’t growing as fast. Also with the amount of different skill sets available, most studio’s don’t need a lot of these people full time. For example I mostly do character rigging these days. Most studios don’t need a character rigger full time. They need one just a couple of times a year perhaps, or maybe even just once ever. So freelancing in general a better distribution of labor. There is a dark side to this trend though which everyone should be aware. A lot of studios hire freelancers because they know that most people are terrible at figuring out what they are worth and can be exploited. pressured and manipulated into doing waay more work for waay less money. Many studios will hire freelancers to avoid paying benefits or giving paid leave. This is my advice to every budding freelancer. Don’t do it unless you have no choice. Freelancing is hard. Finding clients is hard, standing out from every other freelancer is hard. There are 2 real reasons anyone should be a freelancer. The first category is people who can’t get stable employment and simply have no choice, and the second category is people who simply HAVE to be able to manage their own time, their money, their projects etc. Take me for example, I’m a freelancer because i simply have no choice in the matter. There is no way i can go into an office every day. It’s simply not in my DNA. And i also love all the aspects around being a freelancer. As a kid i really enjoyed playing economic sim games, where you get to run your own business. Being a freelancer is pretty much just like that. Except you can’t always just pour more money into something, sometimes you just have to do the work. You have to build your brand, handle advertising and marketing, promote yourself, negotiate prices, manage expenses, plan for catastrophes and a whole bunch of other stuff. So if you are thinking about being a freelancer, think about if you enjoy all this. Or does it stress you the ^%@! out. Because to lots of people it does. And if you just want to make animations or design characters, perhaps you are better off looking for employment where other people who are good at things like marketing and negotiations will take care of those things for you. Because remember there are only so many hours in a day. And you will be competing with people who really love what they do. If you want to go freelance, i always recommend teaming up with someone who complements your skills. So you can pull each other up. Or reach out to someone who is already freelancing and let them know what your special skills are. This leads me to the next topic Special Skills you need to have something that sets you apart. Being a generalist is important and as a freelancer it really helps if you are aware of the entire pipeline around you. BUT when you email someone or talk to someone, you need a hook, you need to be remembered for something. Some little piece of info, so when they are thinking “Damn i need someone to do this” They will instantly think of you. This kind of niche specialization also helps with google searches when people are looking for someone who does what you do. How many people are you competing with in your primary category? Know your competition and pivot so at least somewhere you come up at the top of the list. The last part of this post i want to bring up something very important and that is: “Love what you do” . Because if you are doing something you are not passionate about you will lose. Why? Because you are competing with people who LOVE what they do. Especially in the creative industry. So always think long and hard about how you are presenting yourself and what kind of jobs you are attracting. If you enjoyed this article, make sure to follow me. I got a whole series lined up. Next i’m thinking of writing an article on how to set prices and charge for your work. What do you think? Cheers, Aleksey The post Starting out as a freelancer in the 3D/VFX industry appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article
  6. 3 points
    This is a very old tutorial I recorded back in Cinema 4D Release 9.6 (it was entitled "Modelling Architecture in Cinema 4D"). I took it offline a long time ago as it was outdated and not very useful anymore. I still keep getting requests for it occasionally though, which is why I have decided to re-upload it again. Sending people video files or temporarily uploading them to some file hoster was a bit of a pain. Anyone who has lost their downloads from back then or wants to revisit the tutorial can do so now. You can find the videos on Vimeo and YouTube. Cheers, contrafibbularities
  7. 3 points
    People often ask where to start and what to do to become a 3D artist like me. Im not sure i’m the right person to ask, since i just kinda stumbled into this by accident. But there are some very important things i learnt, which i wish somebody told me earlier, so i will share them here. 1. This is not a stable, predictable or lucrative career. If you need money, if you have to support your family, this is really not the career for you. It’s super unpredictable, skills you need shift yearly. You might spend a year learning something, just to have a piece of software come out that renders all those things you learnt obsolete. You really got to love what you do, coz it’s gonna be hard. It’s like you know the story of people who go to hollywood to become actors. It’s kinda like that, but you add global outsourcing to that. Now if you’re still here i have some useful info for you. 2: EVERYTHING is a remix. Everything you see made is rehashes and reworks of the work made before by other artists, thinkers etc. Current copyright laws kinda throw a spanner in the works, but it just means you have to be more creative in your efforts. This is something that no one ever told me, and i always tried to come up with everything myself. That is a mistake. Copy, transform, combine is the secret to success. The reason for this is simple: There is nothing truly original you can come up with. All the things you imagine and create are influenced by things you have seen/read/used before. Invention is an iterative process, hitting things with your fist, turned into rocks, turns into hammers, jackhammers etc.. So you might as well take a good analytical look at the things that are inspiring you and figure out what it is that you like about them and implement that into your work. Watch this video it goes into more details with a stunning amount of examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJPERZDfyWc Also this is fun to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmaOj3_sKk And you can see this pattern not only in Disney movies, you can see it throughout hollywood. And throughout human history in architecture, art, stories, books, myths etc.. It’s all an itterative “small steps” process. 3: Getting good takes time. Developing your own style takes lots of work. Just keep doing it. If you can tell your work sucks that is the most important thing. Because if you can see it sucks, it means you will be able to see when it stops sucking. The biggest problem is people who think their work is awesome. Because they can’t improve. They can’t take criticism. So if you think your work sucks, congratulations! You might become a worthy artist. Ira glass the gap, is a great speach to listen to, nice and short too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfA9OH6dAQ8 The missing chapter is a great video which talks about all the work that great artists made that no one has ever heard about: https://vimeo.com/87448006 4: Find people who inspire you and copy them, and try to get your work to be like their work. It’s the fastest way to grow. Don’t pass it off as your work, be clear that you are just recreating work that you find inspirational. This is very important, the internet has made everything very small and searchable. You will be exposed and no one will work with you. But while you copy you will learn and start to understand what it is exactly that makes the work you admire great. This is something more specific to mograph and tv commercials, but nevertheless this guy makes amazing videos explaining concept development and the thinking that goes into creating cool stuff: http://www.division05.com/#episodes 5: Color theory is a topic which can hugely affect your work. Once again, grab color combinations from other places, photos, works of art, nature etc, and use them. Then slightly adjust them as you need. This is the best way to start out while picking colors. But also try to figure out why certain color combinations work and others don’t pay attention to what you associate certain colors with and then try and figure out why. It’s all about observation. Great color theory video right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1FK8n7WgY Bonus tips: I’ve found a great way to judge your own work, or try to figure out what’s missing. Is put it up side by side with the gallery of an artist you admire and see if your work looks like it belongs there. Use pinterest to collect work that inspired you, you can sort it into baords and turn to it when you need references. Also its a great place to put your own work and see how to feels on a board full of works that inspire you. So there you have it, a quick list of stuff i wish i knew when i was starting out. If you have any stuff you think would be helpful to beginners and professionals alike post it in the comments. Im sure there are lots of things i wish i knew that i do not know yet
  8. 2 points
    In this hard surface modelling excercise we will create a dormer. Plugins used: HB Modelling Bundle You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here: Project file for modelling the dormer I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching! Cheers contrafibbularities
  9. 2 points
    Hi everyone, I've just finished an object library filled with 330 Chinese patterns I modelled on the basis of photo references and 2D graphics images, and I'd like to share this library with you. Each of the 330 patterns comes both as a polygon object and a spline object, so you'll have 660 objects to play around with. You can download the free library here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5xeddl0y42j2knb/chinese patterns UD01.lib4d?dl=0 All objects as well as the library were done with Cinema 4D R18 and will work at least in R14 or better. I hope you'll enjoy the library! Cheers, contrafibbularities
  10. 1 point
    I go over the recently released Redshift Cinema 4D R21 new node integration. I show you how to set it up and also how to convert your existing Redshift materials to the new node system. If you'd like to keep up to date with my tutorials please follow me at the following www.WinbushImmersive.com ➜ Instagram: JonathanWinbush ➜ Facebook: WinbushOfficial ➜Twitter: JonathanWinbush ➜ VeeR: WinbushImmersive
  11. 1 point
    You remember those books you had as a kid which listed all the possible professions, like fireman, police man, doctor etc.. ? I feel like in the 3D Mograph area that’s a bit of a lacking resource. So i decided to try stick together a bit of a guide of possible directions you can explore. Before i go through them, i’d like to point out a key difference between MoGraph and general VFX and 3D for games and movies. When you work in Mograph, deadlines are a much larger issue, and they are MUCH shorter. So one of the main points here, is making something that looks cool with the least amount of time/computer power. I’m also going to list the pro’s and con’s I see in each of these areas. But as everything in this industry, they always change, and depend on your geographic location, who you know and your personal level of luck. Bumpers and 3D bumpers for tv channels. I think this is where mograph in general originated, tv channels wanted cool stuff to show people. I’d have to guess MTV was the main driving force for this. These are kind of like title cards you see on TV ( if anyone reading this still watched this). The stuff that comes on before the weather, or a news update. The range here is huge, from super technical russian stuff, to quite basic stuff that is more favored in the west. This also has overlap with youtuber content now, since they need similar graphics for their channels etc. main con: youtubers generally pay little, getting gigs with dwindling tv channel budgets is harder than ever. Also places like videohive provide just a mass of pre-built ones, which can be real pretty and you have to compete with that. Large brands pay very little, because everyone wants to work for them. Some great work from top tier talents over here, Phillip Pavlovs is more skewed towards Russia and Eastern Europe, and then you can see the start difference towards more western work of Capacity Vizualization I’m going to group architectural and product into one here. This is basically creating very realistic or hyper realistic representations of real products for video ads, or maybe print ads. Things to look up and google: Unreal architectural vizualization. RTX graphics cards and real time reflections in game engines. if you are doing product viz, you will most likely want some kinda of fluid simulation tool under your belt too. It will let you making swirly liquid stuff around juice boxes etc.. Animator Basically here your job would be to make stuff move in an realistic and appealing manner. This could be characters, cars, particles, crowds ( although crowds is a bit more of a simulation thing). Would reccomend to read up on the 12 principles of animation, and then start applying that to everything you can. Start with small basic stuff, like cubes, post boxes, fridges etc.. then move onto stuff with more moving parts. This can also be applied to just text and camera moves. And just abstract shapes. Character work This is also a very vast field, which has many sections in it. Modelling/sculpting/retopology, texturing, Grooming ( hair fur), clothes creating/simulation, rigging ( putting bones and stuff in), animating ( blocking, cleaning up, adding detail) Abstract stuff for animation Think all those crazy nike adds with knitting and other fancy stuff happening. This is basically a matter of learning the tools and what they can do and then figuring out how to combine them in new and interesting ways. Parts of it are very technical, but also lots of lucky accidents while messing with the various tools provided. Previz Short for pre-vizualization. Basically it’s blocking in all the movements, for characters, products, cameras etc and figuring out the timing, the mood, sticking some music onto it. This is something that really should be done for all projects, and often done by artists doing other stuff or art directors, but there are people who just do this as a profession. Simulation Expert Simulating fluids and explosions is something that is getting easier with every year, but it’s still not something that is easy to pick up, and the simulations takes LOTS of time, so lots of waiting for you computer to calculate stuff. In this field technical proficiency with managing networks can come in handy, so you can figure out how to get your software to calculate stuff across multiple computers, potentially in the cloud and get revisions faster. Software to look into: Xparticles for cinema 4D, houdini Medical Vizualization Animating various medical stuff with molecules and viruses, you will be looking to provide visual materials for various medical research companies who need to demonstrate how their products work. Also documentaries which explain how the human body works. If you have an interest in biology, this is a good field to look at, since to do this well you have to be able to understand what is being explained to you and then visualize it. The more you already know about biology, the less the client has to teach you, and the faster you create what is needed. Software: Cinema 4D mograph tools set, hair tools, xparticles, houdini, sculpting skills might also help. Mad Microbe do some amazing work in this field! Environment artist This is basically all about making backgrounds, which spans from making rooms, like in archviz, all the way to making epic landscapes for lord of the rings style stuff. For this kind of work you probably need houdinin, but lot’s can be done in Cinema4D. This is a small video that i really like about this sphere of work. 3D modelling Hard Surface and Organic Hard surface – this is i guess part of the vizualization industry, but again, this is also a separate skill and specialization. Here you would specialize in modelling man made objects. Think Blenders, vacuum cleaners, cars, planes and electric toothbrushes. In this kind of job you would be provided with sketches and drawing which then you would have to turn into 3D models. Organic – Basically the same thing, but here the speciality is more organic stuff, Plants, food, animals, human characters etc.. The main difference from Hard surface modelling is you have to know more about rigging and animation, because your models will most likely be handed off to riggers and animators and they have to be able to deform naturally, unlike hard surface, where each individual part moves on it’s own. 3D sculpting artist This a type of procedure that can be used for generating both hard surfaces and and organic surfaces, and if you are a talented sculptor you don’t really need to worry about good topology. You would be hired mostly just for your knowledge of what things look like or your ability to design characters out of virtual clay. It is up to you if you want to delve into retopology and baking. Software: Zbrush, 3dcoat, blender Clothing Artist With tools such as marvelous designer you can focus on clothing design. If you can retopologize it and then sell it even better. This is a good field to go into if you ever wanted to be a clothing designer in the real world. Lots of the skills are transferable and quite essential. Retopology and Baking This is the process of converting the very dense geometry generated by 3d sculpting into much more efficient and light geo in order for it to be usable in animation down the line. It’s not the most fun work, but some people really enjoy it. Also every day there are new tools coming out which can significantly increase the speed with which you can work. Most people in the Mograph industry shy away from modelling. Software: 3dcoat, topogun, xnormal, substance painter, blender, modo. Vehicle Artist Design and model, rig, animate vehicles, ariplanes, skate boards. Lots of overlap here with industrial design and concept art. Being good at drawing plays a pretty large role here. when targeting the mograph field, you will probably be more likely to make a profit modelling stuff for yourself and then selling them as ready assets so other artists can use them in their animations. Currently in 2020, i feel drone like vehicles, med evac or delivery type stuff i think should be quite popular. Lighting Artist As the name implies, you would be setting up lighting for various scenes. This is all about conveying mood and emotion through lighting. Think of this as the type of person who sets up lights in a photo studio, but you could be working on an interior, or vast landscapes. Good way to demonstrate skills in this field, is getting a scene and then lighting it in different ways, demonstrating your range. Dark and scary, mysterious and exciting, happy and inviting etc. A good field to combine with materials/texture artist. Look into: hdri light studio pro Texture/material/surface artist Here you are responsible for creating materials for others to use. Sometimes this is painting textures on an ogre, or realistic faces, other times its texturing an old rusty fridge, or a cargo ship full of fridges. The 2 main tools you should look into are Substance designer. This is a procedural node based material generator. So basically it is used to create materials which look at the geometry its being applied to and then vary based on that. So a smooth part of a model can be automatically painted different to an area full of corners and sharp point. And dirt can be automatically generated in creases. The second tool is substance painter, this is used to paint on stuff in a more direct way, like with paint brushes, but substances made in the other applications can be used as bases, and then customized for your specific model. UI/FUI stuff like iron man, but can also be used by software developers who wants some cool looking stuff in their applications. But mostly probably would be targeted towards films, and futuristic video ads. You would be creating fancy stuff with mograph and cloning etc… Projection Mapping This can encompass pretty much all the stuff listed above, but you specialize in figuring out and creating ways to project the animations you make onto real life objects, like buildings, cars, tunnels, etc.. To practice this stuff ideally you would need a projector at home, so you can practice small scale. But you should also figure out how to project stuff virtually and then see if the virtual projection lines up with the physical one. The style of animation here is often very different to the stuff you do for advertising, since it needs to be slower and more long form. Rigging Setting up virtual object to be easier to animate. Here is a great video about what is rigging, i might have to make something of my own though at some point. Overlap As you can see lots of these fields overlap, and thats how it is everywhere. You can generalize or specialize as you see fit. What you pick is a combination of a) you should pick something that you enjoy doing, b) you should specialize enough for people to be able to remember that about you. for example :” oh yeah, i know someone who animates fridges!” Getting jobs Go read my article on them here: http://ace5studios.com/jobs, but apart from that you have 2 main choices to consider. You can either go directly after end clients and offer them a full service. So for example if you do projection mapping, you can go after city councils or hotels or event companies which need this kind of stuff and provide the whole package ( keep in mind that you will need to also provide sound in many case). Or you can target studios and other artists who need help with projects. This depends on your personality more than anything. Do you just want to do the thing you specialize in? Or do you want to also manage people, and have more over all direction in your hands. You can obviously do both, but this decision affects how you market your skills. Do you focus on other people in your industry, or do you throw your net out to just the general public? This is by no means a comprehensive list, but i’ll add to it as i go. Got any suggestions? list em below in the comments The post Things you can do in the 3D MoGraph industry appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article
  12. 1 point
    In this Rizom UV video tutorial, we take a look at the packing panel, packing in general, and the associated tools within the program. If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalmeat3D
  13. 1 point
    Well OK, the title of this blog entry might be way over the line, somewhat too dramatic, but still ... Background: As a hobby user since R9 I was quite happy with the XL bundle, back in those days. When the modules were retracted my only option was to go with the Studio version, and since then paid the annual MSA to stay up to date. Some years ago, while working on a personal project in Cinema 4D for quite a while, I got side-tracked and started writing some plugins to automate and enhance why own workflow. This side-tracking grew somewhat out of proportions, as I began spending most of my free time working on plugins, instead of creating models and animations. I then took the opportunity to start up a small business selling these plugins. Obviously I wasn't looking into making a lot of money out of it, but was merely hoping the income from selling plugins would allow to pay for the annual MSA. The 30 July announcement was a bitter pill to swallow. For whatever reason I was raised with the idea that, when ever possible, you don't buy on credit, you don't rent. If you want something you cannot afford, you save up for it ... or you just don't buy it, until you can afford it. I have turned down software subscriptions before., for this same reason. And then this announcement ... For sure, I wasn't losing sleep over it. Or did I? Day after day my mind kept wandering, traveling the different paths of possible solutions. I didn't think straight and most of all, felt (and was) unproductive. Then finally, I made up my mind. For me personally no subscription, nor the "perpetual" (gimme a break) R21 license. Decided to keep using my R20 license, not upgrade to R21. By not having an R21 license it wouldn't make sense to keep providing plugins. As such I am stepping down as a plugin developer. Since software development is another hobby of mine, I know upfront that it will definitely itch. As such, I will probably (need to) keep writing plugins. But probably for my own.
  14. 1 point
    It is this time of year again... Time for some presents! I am giving away 30 models I created in the past few months. All of them are laser-cut models based on CAD files. You can download the set of models here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g3dv0avrq5q5dgu/Laser Cut Objects Christmas 2019.7z?dl=0 Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! Cheers contrafibbularities
  15. 1 point
    In the next 3 hours we are going to create more architecture and model a high-rise building in Cinema 4D using hard surfaces. You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here: high-rise building project files I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching! Cheers contrafibbularities
  16. 1 point
    In this video we will model a knuckle joint in Cinema 4D using subdivision surfaces. You can download a project file that includes the references for modelling: Project file "knuckle joint" Plugins used: HB Modelling Bundle: HB Modeling Bundle NitroCap: NitroCap Set Modeling Axis: Set Modeling Axis Points to circle: Points to Circle Enjoy! Cheers, contrafibbularities
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    In this Cinema 4D video tutorial we put together a simple lighting setup. I have used this kind of of lighting in a lot of my tutorials, and have assumed that most users are aware of how it's pieced together, for beginners it may not seem so obvious. If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalmeat3D Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DIGITALMEA BEEF DOCTOR: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66f69qhgxy6YnZVMNaCtiA
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    In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at the Colour Mapping effect in the render settings. Colour Mapping allows us to balance a scene by controlling over exposed areas. If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalmeat3D Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DIGITALMEA BEEF DOCTOR: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66f69qhgxy6YnZVMNaCtiA
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    In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at several methods of projecting Splines onto geometry. If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalmeat3D Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DIGITALMEA BEEF DOCTOR: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66f69qhgxy6YnZVMNaCtiA
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    This is a question that comes up a lot, and recently came up on a FUTUR livestream with Gary Vee. As always the answer is: “it depends”. Some people think the answer should be a hard no. Others think it’s not such a bad thing. I think the answer to this is pretty simple. If you want to do free work to get your name out there, pick the client yourself. Offer your services to a charity or any nonprofit organization that you care about. Or even if it’s a for profit organization, do it for them as a gift, but pick the company yourself and make like an homage to them. If someone comes to you and asks for work in exchange for “Exposure” that should definitely be a hard NO! That job is going to be hell, and going to drag on forever, and you are not going to get any exposure for it. So if you do free work, make sure it’s on your terms and you’ve picked something that will give you exposure. Make sure they have a large following on social media, and a large following that’s relevant to your potential clients. If you do character rigging, 13-18 year old fans of knitting won’t really help you. For example recently I saw a Bee farming non-profit was asking on instagram about getting a character done, so they can educate children on the importance of Bee’s to the environment. I like the cause, i want to make a bee character for my portfolio, win win. The other option is if you are doing something you have never done before and it’s something you want to figure out. Then perhaps thats a good deal for the both of you. BUT you got to remember the wider picture. If you agree to do free work, that means that company is 100% not going to pay someone to do that work. So you’re potentially either taking money away from your fellow workers, and maybe helping a business that has no business doing what it does ( since it can’t secure funds to pay you for your services). There is also the option if you are working in an intern capacity, where you are not being paid, but you are actually learning valuable skills that you want to get. In these cases, remember you can always leave, don’t let them exploit you. Make sure you are still benefiting from this experience. If you’re just photo copying stuff and getting people coffee, you aren’t really learning. You might be building relationships for future work, but thats pretty hard to assess, so go with your gut. So to summarize: Make sure you are benefiting from this free work. If you believe in the cause thats also great. DO NOT work for “exposure”. Hope this was interesting for you. What do you think? Do you ever do free work? Cheers, Aleksey The post Should i work for free? appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article
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    Conversion of my plugins to R20 is completed. I have recently informed existing customers of Seamilar and PolyGnome about the news, and am giving them now priority to upgrade. Soon I will make an official announcement here at the C4DCafe, after which everyone will be able to purchase Seamilar, PolyGnome and/or Dials. And this for R16 - R20, Windows and/or macOS. Edit: Plugins are now available at https://toolspixels.be During the month of February 2019 plugins are at a 15% discount.

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