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kurv
03-23-2007, 07:49 AM
For Immediate Release – March 23, 2007
KURV studios publishes “Mudbox: A Practical Guide with Wayne Robson”
Length – 3.5 hours of training
Retail Price - $24.95 - Limited time, 20% off

KURV studios the leading publisher of 2D/3D video training and SubdivisionModeling.com team up to release their first video for Skymatter’s Mudbox, Mudbox: A Practical Guide. KURV Studios is honored to be working with Wayne Robson, well known professional 2D/3D, artist and sculpture artists from Durham UK.

Skymatter’s Mudbox 3D is the highly anticipated digital sculpting tool artists have been waiting almost a year for. Mudbox has a fast efficient interface, it’s tools allow you to work fast and create amazing sculpted detail in a matter of minutes. Highly complex photo real characters are easily attainable if you understand the tool set and work flow of Mudbox. Mudbox: A Practical Guide will take the artist on a tour of the Mudbox interface and explain how each tool can fit into their workflow. Using plain, well paced narrative Wayne takes the viewer, tool by tool on an eye opening exploration. After showing you the interface and tool set, Wayne takes you through a detailed one hour tutorial of these new tools. Lastly, in section 2, Wayne shows you how to model semi complex objects in Mudbox, in this case the cover image. This detailed model gives you amazing examples of different modeling tools and techniques. In classic KURV studios style, you will be modeling like a pro in no time... well in about 3 hours.

The final modeling project can be viewed here http://www.kurvstudios.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1890

Topics Covered:
Introduction to Workspace, Interface and Tools – 1.5 hours
Aimed at artists not only new to Mudbox but perhaps new to modeling with a digital sculpting tool. This section takes a very methodical look at every tool and feature available in the drop down menus. Each tool is explored enough to allow the viewer to understand its use or application. This section of the video will give new Mudbox users an excellent foundation of knowledge on the software and even intermediate users a better handle on Mudbox’s depth of tools.

Sculpting Project Alien – 2.5 hours
This section of the DVD will show you how to put your new found knowledge to use. This section is more than 2 hours long and goes into a comprehensive tutorial on modeling in Mudbox. Mudbox has many very powerful tools and Wayne walks you through a live modeling project.

About Wayne Robson:
Wayne Robson - is a freelance digital artist & professional writer who lives in Durham England behind a keyboard. He's sure he had a life at some point but isn't quite sure where it disappeared to. Wayne fell into 3D accidentally and found he rather liked it. The last few years have seen him go from being homeless, to becoming a respected artist in the field.

Wayne comes form a rather different background to everyone else in 3d. He is used to be a well known escapologist (and still holds a world record that remains to this day unbeaten), used to teach guitar to grade 8 level and is entirely self taught. He can be found helping others through his tutorials on a number of forums online. Wayne also is a professional writer on 3D and
related subjects, and has a goal to help people who are starting out to learn as fast and effectively as possible.

Wayne is also a super-moderator over at subdivisionModeling.com and can be found at his personal site www.dashdotslash.net.

Mudbox: A Practical Guide by Wayne Robson can be purchased from KURV studios here http://www.kurvstudios.com/mudbox, or soon at Amazon.com and your favorite Academic online store.

kurv
03-23-2007, 07:50 AM
Final Project Images:

http://www.kurvstudios.com/mylightwave/ZBalien3-2.jpg

http://www.kurvstudios.com/mylightwave/ZBalie3-3.jpg

http://www.kurvstudios.com/mylightwave/ZBalien3-4.jpg

khurrum_j
03-23-2007, 11:15 AM
Hey Kurv,

Congrats!

When can we have samples of the videos for preview?

Looks like a great start for beginners. How well does this video explain displacement map creation and export techniques for different platforms? Or is that a topic left for the next
video?

Best,

KHURRUM

DarthWayne
03-23-2007, 01:30 PM
Displacement map creation is left for the next of the dvd's in the series. This one I mainly wanted to have entirely mudbox centric and make sure users were all up to speed enough for the later DVD's which will have much more advanced workflows in them.

http://www.dashdotslash.net/latest_images/final-sm.jpg


I had a few mins last night to kncok out a more 'serious' render of this model that hopefully shows the model a bit better than the mudbox screenshots. :)

Wayne...

khurrum_j
03-23-2007, 01:48 PM
Hey Wayne.

Just as I figured. Its all good though. I guess it works for newcomers that way.

Nice render. Maya?

Thinking of Maya, there's already a few Mudbox to Maya workflow threads over here, as well as the Mudbox3D forums. Do you think you will be covering the Mud-Maya workflow in the videos? Or anything else is offered as well?

OR

Do you think the displacement extraction workflow should be kept 'general'. You know, the actual process of it, including output formats, differences, benefits, perhaps even enhancing and conversion in Photoshop?


KHURRUM

DarthWayne
03-23-2007, 03:34 PM
Hey Wayne.

Just as I figured. Its all good though. I guess it works for newcomers that way.

Nice render. Maya?

Thinking of Maya, there's already a few Mudbox to Maya workflow threads over here, as well as the Mudbox3D forums. Do you think you will be covering the Mud-Maya workflow in the videos? Or anything else is offered as well?

OR

Do you think the displacement extraction workflow should be kept 'general'. You know, the actual process of it, including output formats, differences, benefits, perhaps even enhancing and conversion in Photoshop?


KHURRUM


The mudbox to maya workflow is pretty much coverd alredy in the mudbox documents pretty well so I can't see me doing that as anything other than passing. We will be covering other applications although I can't say to much at this stage. For tis DVD it is assumed a person has read the Mudbox online documents, although if they haven't they can stil follow along although obviously not as others.


No the render isn't maya...in fact at the moment may isn't installed on this box. :)

Wayne...

pd
03-23-2007, 04:49 PM
Looks really nice Wayne. I'm curious though, I'm not really interested in the technical things, especially since the software is so easy to learn and I think I'm pretty familiar with it already.

What I'm interested in are concepts for sculpting in general. Concepts that would aply to sculpting with real clay just as well. I'm thinking of tips about design, proportion, (surface) texture etc. Do you cover such things in the DVD?

DarthWayne
03-23-2007, 05:01 PM
Looks really nice Wayne. I'm curious though, I'm not really interested in the technical things, especially since the software is so easy to learn and I think I'm pretty familiar with it already.

What I'm interested in are concepts for sculpting in general. Concepts that would aply to sculpting with real clay just as well. I'm thinking of tips about design, proportion, (surface) texture etc. Do you cover such things in the DVD?

In a word yes I do. The final project is approached as a completely unplanned freestyle sculpt and I explain not just what I'm doing but WHY every decision is made. The info that conprises the majority of the dvd would easily translate into any sculpting aplication or even clay.

Mudbox can be rathe deceptive in that its capable of much more than whats seen 'on the surface'.

Wayne...

pd
03-23-2007, 05:23 PM
Thanks a lot! I've just placed my order. Do you plan to do any further DVDs or is this the only one for now?

DarthWayne
03-23-2007, 05:29 PM
This is just the 1st in a series that I'm doign for KURV that will be getting increasingly complex over each disk.

Wayne...

pd
03-23-2007, 05:33 PM
Sounds great, I'll let you know what I think about the first one, once it arrives!

kurv
03-23-2007, 08:45 PM
Hey Kurv,

Congrats!

When can we have samples of the videos for preview?

Looks like a great start for beginners. How well does this video explain displacement map creation and export techniques for different platforms? Or is that a topic left for the next
video?

Best,

KHURRUM


We will have sample videos up today... I worked a 23 hour day to get the video done... so I will do that today through the weekend ;) Thanks!!

kurv
03-23-2007, 08:46 PM
Thanks guys!! The response already has been amazing... please keep posting your questions, and let us know what you think!

Wayne, thanks!!

khurrum_j
03-23-2007, 09:41 PM
Hi Kurv.

Sorry for your long hours, I didnt know! :sad:

Take your time. I've been working the whole of this weekend as well. All in the name of art I guess.

Keep up the good work. Much appreciated.

Best,

KHURRUM

Cameo
03-24-2007, 06:24 PM
Looks great. I'm thinking of buying, will the preview vids be up this weekend to check out?

Cheers

kurv
03-25-2007, 01:36 AM
Hi Kurv.

Sorry for your long hours, I didnt know! :sad:

Take your time. I've been working the whole of this weekend as well. All in the name of art I guess.

Keep up the good work. Much appreciated.

Best,

KHURRUM


Always in the name of art!

Thanks, much appreciated!!


Looks great. I'm thinking of buying, will the preview vids be up this weekend to check out?

Cheers

No worries, yes sir, working on them now... :D

khurrum_j
03-25-2007, 07:21 AM
Do I hear an echo in here!? :)

Cameo
03-25-2007, 01:41 PM
Personally I would have said early next week, everyone needs a weekend right? :thumbsup:

kurv
03-26-2007, 02:16 PM
Hey Kurv,

Congrats!

When can we have samples of the videos for preview?

Looks like a great start for beginners. How well does this video explain displacement map creation and export techniques for different platforms? Or is that a topic left for the next
video?

Best,

KHURRUM


khurrum, sample screen shots are up along with 6 sample videos. To view them please go to http://www.kurvstudios.com/mudbox/

Thanks and enjoy!!

kurv
03-26-2007, 02:19 PM
Personally I would have said early next week, everyone needs a weekend right? :thumbsup:

True... yeah I always push too much and then time gets away from me. Sorry these were late, Cameo you were right, I should have said Monday :D

Thanks!!

khurrum_j
03-26-2007, 02:49 PM
Hey Kurv! U DA MAN!

Cameo:

Stop giving the man a hard time. :) Weekend, Monday, Wednesday...who cares.

Now lets all go enjoy the freebies!

KHURRUM

Cameo
03-26-2007, 04:57 PM
Looks great Kurv, I'll be along later to purchase.

Khurrum stop trying to make an issue where there isnt one please, noone is giving anyone a hard time mate.

pd
03-26-2007, 05:00 PM
Those preview videos look pretty nice. I didn't know folds in cloth are covered as well to some degree - that's great! I have some minor trouble understanding Waynes very british accent though, but I guess with headphones I'll be fine. I'm looking forward to the DVD!

khurrum_j
03-26-2007, 05:04 PM
Cameo?

It was a joke dude! I'll take it back.:shrug:

KHURRUM

btate
04-11-2007, 08:08 AM
Hey Guys,

I noticed there wasn't any feedback yet from anyone who's actually gone through the disc. I got it yesterday as a birthday gift and watched the whole thing last night. So I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents on it;)

This was my first training disc from kurv so I really didn't know what to expect.....First off, I have to say Congrats to Wayne for putting out a great disc! I thought it was fantastic!! I found the first section very helpful. Wayne goes through Mudbox's toolset in depth and shows the pros and cons of each brush. As well as covering the use of different falloffs and stencils. Which I thought was great.

I also really appreciated the fact that there were no cuts in the video, you get to see the entire sculpting process in real time from the base mesh to the completed model with no jump cuts (which I personaly hate) I've done a few other training dvd's that jumped all over the place, making it nearly impossible to follow. :banghead: I also respect the fact that Wayne didn't edit out any mistakes he made along the way, he let's you know when he screws up and then he finds a way to fix the problem :thumbsup: . Which I think is very helpful.

I was happy to see that Wayne included a whole wack of extras on the disc, including the alien base mesh, cop mesh, the mud files for each stage of the alien project. As well as like 50 sweet alpha maps, and some short bonus tutorials. Awesome!

All in all I think the disc is well worth the price. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their Mudbox skills, or for people just starting out!! I'm looking forward to the next in the series..

Cheers,

Ben

pd
04-11-2007, 11:28 PM
I got mine on saturday and finished watching it today. It was fun and I could pick up some tips, which I'm going to include into my workflow. I'm also going to use the bulge and freeze brushes more often :) The cloth part was a nice inclusion, even if Wayne had to rush through it.

It was definitely worth the money and I'm looking forward to the advanced dvd.

katana2665
04-18-2007, 01:19 AM
Well there goes another $31.65...oh well....Can't wait to get it...thanks guys.

katana2665
04-25-2007, 12:10 AM
Well I got my disc today, but uhm it won't play on my dvd player or cd rom, so I assuming that it is in a computer dvd format, which of course I don't have...and there isn't any mention as to what format it actually is on your website as far as i can tell, so i guess, unless I missed something in really small print, that it will be collecting dust, until i can shell out for a proper drive...bummer.

ndog
04-25-2007, 08:23 AM
You can get a DVD/CD drive for about the cost of the training video. It's not a big expense.

katana2665
04-25-2007, 11:56 AM
yep a friend told me that last night, I just am on tight means right now...thanks

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