AREA Newsletter, Oct./Nov. 2009

In this issue:

Community Showcase
Events & Webcasts



Invest in Yourself

The Autodesk Assistance Program gives unemployed artists 90-day free access to the latest Autodesk 3ds Max® and Autodesk Maya® 2010 software releases so they can continue to develop and hone their skills while looking for work.

ADN Sparks:
Check Out the Plug-ins

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) Sparks® program offers a premium combination of creative solutions for your production needs.

Are You a Developer? Join the ADN and bring your technology to those behind top film, commercial, and broadcast productions.

Optimize Your Autodesk Maya Software Investment

Increase your productivity with the latest product releases, flexible license terms, technical support* and access to training and the knowledge base when you add Autodesk Subscription to your Autodesk® Maya® software purchase. Learn more.

Already a member? Click here to Download the latest Subscription product downloads and training.

Autodesk Store

Check out the e-store for Autodesk software and learning tools.
3ds Max | Maya | Softimage | Mudbox | All products

Be sure to check out the e-store for selected titles featuring the 2010 releases.

CreatureBox: Full of Monsters, Spacemen and Storytelling

CreatureBox is a collaborative effort between Dave Guertin and Greg Baldwin. A quick glance at their collection of work and you will undoubtedly conclude that these two guys know their craft and do it with heart. On top of that -- they still have the creative energy for their full-time jobs at Insomniac Games!

Read more about Dave and Greg.

Also check out their time lapse movies “The Making of Space Ranger” and
“The Making of Robo Lobster”.

Community Showcase



Into the Fold: Kenichi Nishida

Ten-year CG veteran Japanese artist Kenichi Nishida has used nearly every CG app under the sun. His passion for sculpting is driven by his appreciation for craftsmen of the past and in the act of modeling.

Spice of Life: Simon Blanc

French visual artist Simon Blanc has always been passionate about making images. He's traveled from Europe to California where he's currently working as a Scene Assembler at Blur Studio doing what he's always wanted to do.


Capcom Co., Ltd: Street Fighter IV

Game developer gives next generation visuals to a fighting game classic using Autodesk art creation tools. Read the story.

Image courtesy of Capcom Co., Ltd.


New Industry Careers Framework Curriculum is now available on the Autodesk Education Community Website

The Industry Careers Framework learning content introduces both professional tools and creative career options for the digital entertainment and visualization industries. If you’re not already a member of the education community, please register at this web site to access these downloads.




Learn from the Pros

The six MasterClasses that were available on our community site, AREA, throughout SIGGRAPH® 2009, are now subtitled in nine languages: English, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Korean. (When you’re at the page, play the movie to activate the subtitle button.)

Autodesk Mudbox Techniques for Props #2 - Stone

Here’s a second video on Autodesk Mudbox™ software sculpting techniques, this one is about stones.


Maya Composite 101 (Based upon the Autodesk Toxik software) - Part 3

Here’s the continuation of a tutorial that will familiarize you with the Autodesk®Toxik™ UI and workflow.





New BonusTools and LayoutTools for
Autodesk® Maya® 2010 software.

New 2010 Software Trials Now Available
Download your free 30-day trial today.
Autodesk 3ds Max® | Maya® | MotionBuilder® | Mudbox™ | Softimage®


2010 Digital Entertainment Creation Solutions now available for download on the Autodesk Education Community

Students and teachers can download a free* 6-month licenses of Autodesk's award winning 3ds Max®, 3ds Max® Design, and Maya® software. Get creative and add compelling digital imagery to your design or entertainment projects! If you’re not already a member of the education community, please register at the site to access these downloads.

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies download of the software.

Events & Webcasts



Join live or on-demand webcasts to learn more about Autodesk’s media and entertainment solutions.

Autodesk University 2009
December 1 - 3 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas

Come learn, connect, explore …

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