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Open Your Eyes: Inspiration Abounds in the World of VFX Artists

Posted by on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Visual effects is a vast field with many different niches and specializations. Some VFX artists focus exclusively on the creation of motion graphics, while others work in digital matte paintings for films and video games. Some are experts at architectural visualization and some are adept at building cars, spaceships, and other inorganic forms. Finding a [...]


VFX rendering of a brain at work.

Visual Effects Career Advice: Never Underestimate the Importance of Your Website

Posted by on Monday, April 21st, 2014

Finding a job in VFX is all about providing the right people with the right reference material. You can’t start a career without a solid résumé, just like you can’t start a visual effects career without a demo reel to show off your talent and technical proficiency. But what happens after your résumé has been read [...]


Divergent special effects split-shot.

VFX Career Advice: Five Things You Might Be Getting Wrong on Your Résumé

Posted by on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Finding a job in VFX is about more than putting together your demo reel. Sure, studios are looking for talented VFX artists with an eye for creative design and high technical skill, but they’re also looking for employees with a strong record of hard work and achievement. If I’m running a studio, I’m not going to [...]


The beautiful UI design of Prometheus.

VFX Artists, Creativity, and the Value of Downtime

Posted by on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Working in a field like VFX is incredibly demanding, both in terms of the technical skill required and in terms of how much you rely on your own creativity to get the job done. VFX artists, especially those involved in the conceptual phase of a given project, need to be able to consult a variety [...]


Explore the influences behind Pacific Rim's incredible VFX.

VFX in Action: Exploring Pacific Rim’s Artistic Influences

Posted by on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

While visual effects are present in just about every movie made these days, some films are known as showcases of bleeding-edge VFX technology. Pacific Rim, for example, is one of the most stunning VFX-driven movies made to date, featuring hundreds of scenes that are either completely computer-generated or rely heavily on VFX and post-processing. It’s [...]


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 [...]