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The Modo Shader Tree

The modo 601 shader tree can be a very powerful tool once that power is unlocked. Combined with the vast array of procedural textures that modo ships with, the shader tree allows for the possibility of adding untold realism to your CG creations without the limitations often associated with traditional texturing methods. To that end, I have created a new video with which you will go deep into the processes which make the shader tree such a powerful tool, and learn how you can take advantage of it to add incredible detail, weathering and realism to anything you wish to create!



Here in Indiegen video blog 4, I talk about the Samsung 10.1 Galaxy Note tablet computer, which I just got, and consider how to draw anime and the future of digital art as a result of the tablet revolution.



I have two new training videos out this week. First off, in the world of TVP Animation I have my new Storyboards and Animatics video, teaching how to draw anime. You can check the trailer that out here.

Learn how to draw storyboards for your animated film

Secondly, as some already know, there is the modo 601 Interior Lighting and Scene Setups video. This video is both about how quickly you can setup scenes due to the speed of using the modo content library and bringing dynamic realism to your scenes through lighting. You can see that trailer here.

Modo Interior Lighting and Scene Setups

That's not the only new thing to report though. As mentioned in the last Indiegen video, I have once again returned to Guizhou Province in the south of China and Dede and I have found a new place to setup shop and really begin focusing on my projects. This place is amazing and the environment is very conducive to creative endeavors. The cost of living is so inexpensive that it makes the independent life a true dream.

My New Apartment

As you can see from the trees outside the window, this place in not in a huge city like Shanghai. It's not exactly out in the country, but probably as close as you can get and still have all the comforts of modern life. With the rent being $110 USD for a fully furnished, 3 bedroom apartment, with a patio we can barbecue on, you can imagine why I am so excited about the future I can create here. That, of course, is not all.

My New Work Place

I finally have my own perfect little space which I can setup to be my studio. There's not much there now, aside from the cool desk and shelves built into the wall, but of course I will deck this place out with everything I need to make the shows I want to make and continue to show you how to draw anime. One of the things I will surely be decking this place out with is the Samsung 10.1 inch Galaxy Note.

With this tablet solution, I won't be limited to working at my desk of course. I will be able to work anywhere. With the 3G model, that anywhere means staying connected while doing so. I guess I wouldn't be able to keep making updates to this site from out in the field, since I use Apple specific software for that, but I can do just about anything else I want for that. Who knows? Like I did in Korea, I may add a web based way to continue to add updates as was done while I was in Korea. Now that I think about it, there is a software extension to this web design tool that allows that. That is something to worry about later though. Right now, I am basking in the delight of new things, starting anew on ld projects, and creating a new life!




Samsung Announces New Galaxy Note

It really is starting to seem like this is the tablet to get, for now, but my main reason for getting any tablet is to be able to draw on the go, like having a real sketchpad, and ditch lugging around the laptop. What I mean by this is that if you remove the pressure sensitive stylus, and any real drawing features, I would surely get an iPad too.

The reality of my situation is that I am not going to take my laptop everywhere I go. I don't even want to. I use it at home and I use it in the office, but if I am taking a bus to the country to visit people, the laptop is not going with me. A tablet, however, would! Also, once you add the need for a separate wacom tablet to the laptop, it is no longer as portable as one may think. I use it set up on my desk in one spot. I couldn't lounge around in the living room and draw if I chose to. Lately, I have been doing that with a pencil and sketchpad. The tablet would open these doors as well.

I would love if the tablet had phone features as well, eliminating yet another device to carry around, but it has already been stated the new Galaxy Note will not have this. Samsung appears to be positioning this as their iPad Killer, and their reaction to Apple CEO Tim Cook's remarks against Android tablets indicates they are certainly concerned about this competition. Every Android manufacturer is really. HTC added a pressure sensitive stylus to their Flyer and, from what I read, it didn't go over very well. From my standpoint, as an artist, any 7" tablet is just too small.

Somewhere I read that Wacom themselves will be jumping into the fray with tablet really targeted at artists. Considering Wacom's track record, I imagine this one will be one to watch, but I also imagine it will be priced well out of the range of most users, who likely wish to combine the artist friendly features with those of other tablets on the market. No matter what features one throws on a tablet, once the price starts going over $500, people will begin to question how useful this device is, and will certainly measure it up against the iPad. One of the greatest arguments of competitors to Apple in the past has always been that they offer more features and functionality for a lower price point that Apple's expensive products. Some of these Android tablets seems to have completely forgotten that. Very few people will buy a $1000 tablet when all the marketing messages are sticking the name "iPad" in their head before all others.