VFX software enables realistic rendering of fantastical ideas.

VFX Animation Software Trends: Small Studio Success

Posted by on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Visual effects were, at one point, the sole domain of big-budget films and high-end production companies. We’re all familiar with the trail blazed by effects studios like Industrial Light, Magic, and Weta Digital, since for many of us it was effects from films they worked on that inspired our original interest in VFX technology (for me [...]


A Dota 2 item set from the Steam Workshop, created by a hobbyist video game designer.

Hobby or Career? Video Game Designers Making Big Bucks Creating Player Items

Posted by on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Did you know that you don’t have to work for a major games company to be a video game designer? While the most common game design career path is indeed striving to earn a slot at a company like Ubisoft, Rockstar Games, or Nintendo, there are dozens of unique opportunities for those interested in either [...]


Creating microscopic landscapes might not have been something you'd imagine as a VFX career.

VFX Career Profile: Help Doctors and Researchers Save Lives as a Medical Visualization Expert

Posted by on Friday, April 11th, 2014

When you imagine a VFX career, what do you see? Working with an animation studio like Disney or Pixar? Creating special effects for big-budget blockbusters? Or perhaps designing characters for your favorite video game franchise? It’s true that all of these jobs require a mastery of 3D techniques and software, and the 3D animator, at [...]


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VFX Minimalism: The Beauty of Low-Poly Art

Posted by on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I’ve always been a lover of minimalism. Empty space, the color white, and right angles put my mind at ease. You might want to jump onto the minimalism bandwagon if you plan on getting into the world of video game art. Unlike movie visual effects, which are often as elaborate as humanly possible, video game [...]


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Fostering Creativity: 4 Ways to Improve Your Art Studio

Posted by on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Your workplace should be your creative sanctuary, a place where you can insulate yourself from outside distractions in order to create beautifully original artwork. You might not put much stock into your workstation, but studies have shown that your work environment has a dramatic effect on your creativity. Nurture your creativity with these simple steps [...]


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Crafting the Perfect Answer: 3 Tips to Help You Prepare for a VFX Interview

Posted by on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Yesterday I helped my younger brother prepare for what amounted to his dream job, and it’s a good thing that I did! I stumped him with a few interview questions, so we worked out better answers after he hemmed and hawed for a while. And wouldn’t you know it? The interviewer asked him those exact [...]


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3 Tips for Conducting a Self-Critique of Your VFX Artwork

Posted by on Monday, April 7th, 2014

Imagine how difficult it would be to create a piece of art without being able to make any corrections—you can’t erase, undo, delete layers, or redraw lines. Would your finished product be perfect? Far from it! Artists are well-accustomed to making corrections. In fact, an artist might make thousands of tiny little corrections over the [...]


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A Brainstorming Powerhouse: How to Create Compelling VFX Concept Sketches

Posted by on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Inspiration is fickle. Sometimes you have it in abundance, and other times you’re pulling your hair out trying to come up with even the most basic idea. Can you imagine how difficult life would be if all of our skills were as tricky as inspiration? You’d have people sitting in the driver’s seat experiencing “driver’s [...]



Bookmark These: 5 Free Art References for VFX Artists

Posted by on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Internet is a beautiful thing. There are who-knows-how-many pictures online that can help you create the perfect piece of art. The only problem is finding the right art references. Google image search is great and all, but there are simply too many pictures to sort through. Who has time to filter through a billion images?! [...]


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Moving Up! Become an Ideal Candidate for Promotion within the VFX Industry

Posted by on Monday, March 31st, 2014

You don’t plan on staying in that entry-level VFX position for the rest of your life, do you? Yeah, I didn’t think so! Many professions in the VFX industry have plenty of room for upward mobility, but (as with all professions) the competition is fierce. These tips should help you climb the corporate ladder and [...]