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Maya,  General

Setting up Maya 2022

When first installing Maya 2022 you will have to enable a couple of important settings. Let’s go through the most important settings. Go to…

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Evergreen,  Tutorials

Evergreen - Resource Collection

In this section you will find all sorts of resources you can use to create awesome 3D Scenes. General Maya Bonus Tools for Maya 202…

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Evergreen,  Tutorials

Evergreen - Tutorial Collection

Tutorials Pay Sites Pluralsight - Formerly digital-tutors, one of the first video Maya Tutorial Sites The Gnomon Workshop CGTalk Maya…

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Scripting,  Maya

PyMel Development: With VSCode

Step 1: Install Visual Studio Code VS Code Step 2: Install VSCode Plugins Python Extensions: ms-python.python MayaPy: fxtd-odyssey.mayapy…

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Blog,  Maya,  Lighting

Tutorial Result - Arnold Lighting Tutorial

Brent Le Blanc makes great Tutorials on Look development. I recently watched his great introduction to Arnold Lights. Takes an indepth look…

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Blog,  Maya

Maya Bonus Tools 2018

The Bonus Tools are a little odd, they are created by Autodesk but are not supported by them. So the tools are not directly included with…

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No. 116 - Pyramid Lanterns

Inspired by the article in 3D World Issue 111

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No. 94: Knight Industries Two Thousand and One

Corvette from the 1980s

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Rendering,  Maya

Arnold: Black Light source when using an high Exposure Value

While creating the lights for the generator room I ran into a very odd issue. The light source of my mesh Light suddenly started to render…

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No. 75: Generator

Free Interpretation of the Generator Room of GotG Vol.2

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No. 45: The Toy Pyramid

Magnets that amaze!

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Arch Viz: Speakers

Can you hear it?

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Blog

Arch Viz Day 3

Today I did not have a lot of time, so I only added some doors, and added some basic lighting. The Light source is the Arnold > Physical Sky…

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Blog

Arch Vis Experiment Day 2

Now I started to block out the layout of the apartment and with using the Outliner and File References I started to model the first piece of…

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Blog

ArchViz Experiments

After a very long time I finally found some time to start experimenting with Maya again. Hopefully over the next couple of days I will find…

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StarTrek Tribute

To boldly go...

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Rendering,  Maya

Notes: Arvid Schneider - MtoA 111: Anisotropy Cap's Shield

Arvid Schneider is an awesome guy that creates extremely high quality tutorials. Check out his website and  Youtube Channel. He made a great…

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Lighting the Lamp

Let there be light!

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Speedmodelling: Trumpet

Wake Up!

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Visualizing the Design Process

Four Steps to Amazing Things!

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Scripting,  Maya

Install Maya 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04

Autodesk officially only supports Fedora/RedHat. This is probably due to legacy reasons, since larger Corporations were using RedHat. There…

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Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing

A short look at path tracing from Disney.

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Maya,  Modelling

Create a Pile of Stuff

This technique is a very quick and dirty approach to creating a pile of stuff. The downside using this technique is due to the fact that…

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Rendering,  Maya

Maya 2016: Wireframe Rendering using Mental Ray

If you want to show off your awesome modeling skills, there is no better way then to show off the models wireframe. You could do a quick…

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Rendering,  Maya

Lighting with IES Light Profiles

The IES (Illumination Engineering Society) standard format file stores information about the distribution of light from a real light source…

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Rendering

Teapot for Shader Testing

The ultimate solution for testing shaders, it has hard edges, it has curvature, it is the one and the only teapot you will need for all your…

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Star of Helios

Get a grip on your life!

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Scripting,  Maya

Maya Render All Files In Autosave Folder

For a university assignment, I had to “display” my modeling progress. My instructor wanted me to do a screenshot every 60 seconds. However…

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Rendering,  Maya

Mental Ray: Infinite White Background Lighting

We will be taking a look at how you can light your scene using the “infinite white background” look. This look is commonly used to present…

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Maya,  Modelling

Quick Tip: Polygon Display Face Centers

By default, you select faces in Maya with the whole face. I recommend changing this setting to “Center”. It makes it easier to select faces…

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Maya,  Modelling

Using the Bridge Tool

The Bridge-Tool creates a bridge between edges or faces. To use the tool you need to select on both sides the same number of edges or faces…

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Rendering,  Maya

Mental Ray: Create a Retro Neon Sign

Today we will be creating a cool looking neon sign. Neon signs were extremely popular in the US from 1920-1960. These days you will still…

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Maya,  Rendering

Quick Tip: Remove Specular Highlight from mia_material_x

The mia_material_x has an artificial specular highlight, seemingly reflecting the light source, even though no light source is “visible…

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Scripting,  Maya

Create a Camera and Autosetup for Rendering

When rendering with Mental Ray I always use a dedicated RenderCam. To create this camera I usually do the following Create the Camera Rename…

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Maya,  Modelling

Rotate Tool: Snap to Angles

Sometimes you want to rotate an object 90°. The most common technique is to open up the Channel Box and manually enter the value. We will…

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Scripting,  Maya

Set and load Renderer at Startup

Now and then Maya forgets to load “mental ray”. To avoid the hassle of having to manually load the plugin, I wrote a simple script that is…

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Maya,  Modelling

Quick Tip: Duplicate Object Along Curves

You cannot use the “Duplicate” or “Duplicate Special”-tool to duplicate along with a curve. We are going to use an animation-tool to get a…

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Blog

DT: Modelling your first Character

The course takes around 1hour and covers the basics of modeling in Maya. If you do not have any experience in Maya it is a great starting…

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Maya,  Modelling

Quick Tip: Round Holes and Extrudes in Poly Objects

Let’s take a quick look at how to punch holes in Poly Objects. It is possible to do this using the “Mesh > Booleans > Difference” Tool…

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The Greatest Star

And the Oscar goes to the teapot!

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Scripting,  Maya

Ubuntu 13.04: Maya 2014 Install script

Sadly Autodesk does not provide Debian Linux packages. This makes it quite difficult to get Maya running on Ubuntu. Here is my modified…

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Speedmodelling Challenge 64: Space Robot

Is there life on Mars?

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Speakers (Logitech)

Inspiration is standing on your table

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Experiment: Flower

Do you have the time?

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Speedmodelling Challenge 52: Revival of the Ring Ring

Tell me do you like scary movies?

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Tutorial Result - Digital Tutors - Studio Lighting

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Speedmodelling Challenge 75: Year of the Dragon

Are you feeling lucky?

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SMC #48: On The Hour, Every Hour - Cuckoo Clocks

Peekaboo!

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Speedmodelling Challenge 74: Grand Piano

You will stop procrastinating. Later.

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SMC #39 - Hot, Sweet & Strong - Coffee Machines

The Greatest Addiction Ever!

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Speedmodelling Challenge 75: Aladdin Lamp

PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! Itty-bitty living space!

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Historic Speedmodelling: Stradivari

Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?

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Historic Speedmodelling: Wright Flyer I

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

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Historic Speedmodelling: Edison’s Lightbulb

Failure paves the way to success!

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Historic Speedmodelling: DynaTAC 8000X

Connecting people!

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Rendering,  Maya

Using sIBL-sets for Maya

Image Based Lighting (IBL) allows you to use High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) images as. To efficiently use sIBL images you would need to set up an…

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Speedmodelling Challenge 69: Lamps

Little Green Monsters!

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Historic Speedmodelling: Space Shuttle

Gravity is just a habit

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Historic Speedmodelling: Back to the Future

If you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

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Historic Speedmodelling: Vehicle with a Gasmotor propulsion

Roads… where we're going we don't need roads

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Historic Speedmodelling: Tower Bridge

London has fallen

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Historic Speedmodelling: Virus

We are not alone

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Historic Speedmodelling: Star Wars

Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.

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Historic Speedmodelling: Ferris Wheel

June 21, 1893 The Chicago Wheel is presented at the World’s Columbian Exposition. It was constructed to rival the Eiffel Tower.

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Historic Speedmodelling: Swiss Army Knife

"With a little bit of imagination, anything is possible." MacGyver

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Historic Speedmodelling: 1984

Blueprint of today

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Historic Speedmodelling: Communication Satellite

Frag ihn, ob er mich noch liebt

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Speedmodelling Challenge 60: Clock Tower

lightning is going to strike the clock tower at precisely 10:04 PM

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Chair

Why are you still sitting around?

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Pillar

Support is more important than you think

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Blog,  Tutorial Result

Tutorial Result - Posh Living Room

A posh living room based on this tutorial.

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Blog,  University

Logo Idea

For one of the design courses at the university of Ulm I created a logo. While for a typical logo you would have to take the brand into…

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Speedmodelling Challenge 45: Armamentarium

Never good when you end up here

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Speedmodelling Challenge 59: Games we play

The princess is in another castle

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Speedmodelling Challenge 60: Hi-Hat

Anyone can play guitar

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Speedmodelling Challenge 58: Get your Bearings

He was a punk - She did ballet - What more can I say?

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DNA

There is a hidden message

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Amsterdam: Bridge to Nemo Museum

Didn't bother to look up the name

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Speedmodelling Challenge 59: Battery

Charging up

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Blog,  University

Ying Yang Clock

The last couple of weeks I was working on my final project to complete the course “Praktikum 3D Modellierung” at the LMU-Munich. For my…

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Uni Ulm - GDG1: Animation

Back to School

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Lego Starwars - Hoth Speeder

Do you remember that really old movie?

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Dice

He really does play dice!

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Tutorial Result - Palmtree

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Blog,  Tutorial Result

Tutorial Result TIE-Intercreptor

The TIE-INTERCREPTOR was first seen in StarWars - Return of the Jedi. The geometric shape of the starship is ideal to learn basic 3D…

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Blog,  TutorialResult

Tutorial Result - Fish

Trying to model a Fish based on this Tutorial.

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Enterprise E

Make it so!

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IXI Clock

In the beginning...

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BMW Z4 Rims

Lets get this rolling

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Bells

Santa clause is coming

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Blood Cells

Literally your life blood

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Stab Of Lost Love

Love is like magic, but is sometimes just an illusion

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Tripledot Productions

At school I was involved with a lot of technical and media stuff. I started to create a couple of smaller videos and document school plays…