Ricky Grove
Ricky Grove is the managing editor at Renderosity.com where he produces the weekly "News of the Week" and "Gallery of the Week" video programs. When he's not editing video or watching anime, Ricky works at the best bookstore in Los Angeles: The Iliad Bookshop. He has a life-long love of reading, movies and animation. He lives with his partner, writer Lisa Morton, and 2 eccentric cats in Southern California. You can discover more about Ricky at his website: www.rgrove.com and his FB Page

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NVIDIA's Quadro P5000 GPU Review

NVIDIA's Quadro P5000 GPU Review

In February, 2017, NVIDIA completed their refresh of the Quadro Pascal series of workstation graphics cards. We are reviewing one of their high-end cards, the Quadro P5000

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Cupcake by Magann

Cupcake by Magann

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Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 5: Overclock, Testing and Final Thoughts

Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 5: Overclock, Testing and Final Thoughts

Final chapter in the two-month long article on building a new PC workstation for 3D/Video rendering. In this last entry we look at overclocking, tests and final thoughts.

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Magnetar Calypso by SIGMAWORLD

Magnetar Calypso by SIGMAWORLD

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Book Review: Beowulf by Santiago Garcia and David Rubin

Book Review: Beowulf by Santiago Garcia and David Rubin

Image Comics has recently published the English translation of a great adaptation of the classic poem, Beowulf, by Santiago Garcia and David Rubin and gToon thinks it's a classic.

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March Cineversity Newsletter is Out Now! Sign Up for a Free Membership!

March Cineversity Newsletter is Out Now! Sign Up for a Free Membership!

The March Cineversity Newsletter is out! Read the latest news on Tutorials, Quick Tips and Resources added in the last month. Like us on Facebook and you'll get a regular update for each and every release! Join Cineversity!

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Review: Magic Bullet Suite 13

Review: Magic Bullet Suite 13

Red Giant's Magic Bullet Suite 13 is a set of 7 tools for video editors and filmmakers. This new version is built to fit in with whatever editing package you use and will help you save time while making your footage look great.

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Return of the Horned God by ghila

Return of the Horned God by ghila

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Cinema 4D Free Student License Program

Cinema 4D Free Student License Program

Maxon is committed to student learning using Cinema 4D. They have a free student licensing program and special pricing for academic use along with special training and support.

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Reflection Void - A Short Film by Lance Page

Reflection Void - A Short Film by Lance Page

ReflectionVOID. A short film by Lance Page. Original music by Lorn

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Save As by Maxine Dupuy (et al)

Save As by Maxine Dupuy (et al)

Maxine Dupuy's (and friends) marvelous and moving graduation film is a work of art. The film explores memory and human living over time. Beautiful, poetic and thought-provoking, Save As is well worth your time.

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Going Home by barryjeffer

Going Home by barryjeffer

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M dot Strange: 10 Year Anniversary of "We Are The Strange"

M dot Strange: 10 Year Anniversary of

10 years ago I discovered a film that literally changed my life. We are the Strange by mDotSTrange took me in a completely new direction in my life. Meeting and working with the director has made me a different (and better) person. Here is a short blog post by the director looking back at the experience.

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Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity by Carolyn Eckert

Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity by Carolyn Eckert

Carolyn Eckert's book, Your Idea Starts Here, is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. The book is smart, funny and inventive. Read Ricky's review and check out the publisher for more info

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Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 4: Installing Windows + Drivers

Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 4: Installing Windows + Drivers

Part four of Ricky's Let's Build a PC covers windows 10 installation and system drivers. Of course, there's always problems that crop up and Ricky does some trouble shooting.

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JT2XTREME - Elvis Edition by jt2xtreme

JT2XTREME - Elvis Edition by jt2xtreme

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Chantelle by Vyktohria

Chantelle by Vyktohria

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Review: Autodesk's Maya 2017

Review: Autodesk's Maya 2017

The industry leading 3D application, Maya, just got better. gToon reviews the recently released Maya 2017 and finds it to be a super update to an already fantastic program.

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Medieval Knight by Lamuserie

Medieval Knight	by Lamuserie

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Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 3

Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 3

The third in our series on building a workstation PC from scratch. In this edition we start putting the parts together to build the PC!

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What's New in Houdini 16 Amarok

What's New in Houdini 16 Amarok

Side Effects, creators of Houdini, are releasing specific on some great new updates to their cutting-edge application, Houdini 16 Amarok which will be released very soon.

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Interview with Virtual Photographer: Melusina Parkin (Part One)

Interview with Virtual Photographer: Melusina Parkin (Part One)

Melusina Parkin (her virtual world name) is a photographer that shoots in an unusual location: the virtual world of Second Life. Her photographs are spare and beautifully poetic. I was compelled to talk to her. This is the first of a two-part interview

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Ansel Adams 1958 HD Documentary

Ansel Adams 1958 HD Documentary

Original footage documenting the creative life of Ansel Adams this 1958 documentary revealing Adams' technical approach to photography, the cameras and related gear he carried to the field, and his thoughts on the artistic horizons of photography.

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Let's Build a New Workstation PC! Part 2

Let's Build a New Workstation PC! Part 2

In part 2 of gToon's workstation build, he goes into the parts that he has chosen and why. Be sure to view the picture gallery and follow the links for more info.

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Dune Markers by Awjay

Dune Markers by Awjay

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Lets Build a New Workstation PC!

Lets Build a New Workstation PC!

gToon is building a new media workstation PC! In part 1 of a 4 part series, he shares his ideas about research and decision making that will affect the parts he chooses to build a new, mega-rendering media workstation PC!

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Hamrum Farm 2 by sossy

Hamrum Farm 2 by sossy

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Charlie by vlgraphics

Charlie by vlgraphics

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Maxon Computer: Our Core Partners Pro Member

Maxon Computer: Our Core Partners Pro Member

Renderosity Magazine would like to welcome Maxon Computer as our first Core Partners Pro member. This short animated video introduces this excellent computer graphics company and shares information about their product line up.

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Nine Favorite Books of 2016

Nine Favorite Books of 2016

Over the course of a year, I read almost a hundred books. These nine titles have stayed with me all year and are my favorites of 2016.

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Happy Holidays from Renderosity Magazine!

Happy Holidays from Renderosity Magazine!

The staff at Renderosity Magazine wishes you a very happy holiday this year!

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Icarus from Madebyvadim. A Remarkable Drone Film

Icarus from Madebyvadim. A Remarkable Drone Film

"Icarus is my non-narrative short drone film and really a homage to an awesome piece of technology, Phantom 3 Pro, that travels with me for the past 2 years to many many locations." - director Madebyvadim on Vimeo

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Alike: A Charming Animated Film

Alike: A Charming Animated Film

"Alike" is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

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Staff Recommendations: Unusual Christmas Gifts for 2016

Staff Recommendations: Unusual Christmas Gifts for 2016

Staff members Michael Haase, Ricky Grove and Nick Charles offer up several unusual Christmas gifts for the 2016 holiday season.

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New Animated Short Rendered Entirely in Unity Game Engine

New Animated Short Rendered Entirely in Unity Game Engine

This lovely animated film was rendered entirely in the game-engine Unity 3D, which a great way to get real-time results. You can see that the look of the film is wonderful.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Workstation Review

Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Workstation Review

Our reviewer, gtoon, looks at the new ThinkStation P410 professional entry level workstation and really likes what he sees. A truly great price for an awesome workstation.

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The journey #2 by mermaid

The journey #2 by mermaid

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kauw (Corvus monedula) by Juliette.Gribnau

kauw (Corvus monedula)	by Juliette.Gribnau

Our featured images section features the very best and most imaginative digital art we can find.

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Our New Core Partners Page

Our New Core Partners Page

We announced the Core Partners program a month ago. Now we are providing you with a special page where you can get all of the links to our Core Partners.

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Juke Box by claude19

Juke Box by claude19

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Big Eyes by ACue

Big Eyes by ACue

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Some Great Black Friday Sales

Some Great Black Friday Sales

We've scoured the internet for the best Black Friday sales! There are a lot of them out there, but we've chosen the ones we think are some of the best for artists of all kinds.

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Core Parters Pro: Maxon Computer

Maxon Computer is a Renderosity Magazine Core Partners Pro member. We are proud to support and promote Maxon as a company and the excellent products it develops and markets. Cinema 4D, BodyPaint and Cineware/Cinema 4D Lite have become the standard bearers for 3D artists, students and professionals.

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Coastal View by Photosynthesis

Coastal View by Photosynthesis

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CORE PARTNERS

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Renderosity Magazine has a Vimeo Channel!

Renderosity Magazine has a Vimeo Channel!

Renderosity Magazine has a new Vimeo channel! We've posted the first of our "artist spotlight videos" there. Be sure to bookmark the site and follow us as we post more videos of amazing artists!

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Artist Spotlight: KuzMich, Master of Digital Landscapes

Artist Spotlight: KuzMich, Master of Digital Landscapes

We focus a spotlight on Renderosity artist, KuzMich, who is a master of digital landscape creation, especially the science fiction kind. We feature an interview with this talented artist and a video of 11 of his works.

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Remembering Postage Stamp Artist Paul Calle

Stamp designed by Calle commemorating the first manned moon landing and issued on September 9, 1969.
Stamp designed by Calle commemorating the first manned moon landing and issued on September 9, 1969.

Paul Calle, a commercial artist best known for the more than 40 postage stamps he designed for the USPS, passed away in 2010. He was a remarkable artist who helped us visualize in particular the NASA moon landing and space walk of Apollo 11.

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Incarnation by MihT

Incarnation by MihT

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On the Ground by X-PaX

On the Ground by X-PaX

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Watch the Keynote Address at Unite 2016 LA

Watch the Keynote Address at Unite 2016 LA

The three day conference, Unite 16 LA, which focuses on the world wide Unity Game community, is taking place this Nov 1-3 in Los Angeles. We've archived the keynote address on Nov 1 given by 7 different Unity technology stars!

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The Lost Art of the Halloween Postcard: An Interview with Halloween Expert, Lisa Morton

This German card dates from 1908 and has been signed by the artist
This German card dates from 1908 and has been signed by the artist "H.B.G."

Lisa Morton is the president of HWA (Horror Writers Association) and an acknowledged expert on Halloween. Her website, lisamorton.com, features a great collection of Halloween postcards, a lost art that should be revived. We spoke to Lisa about her collection, the tradition of sending cards at Halloween, and made a selection of some of her best cards for a gallery.

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5 Great Indie Horror Games

5 Great Indie Horror Games

Indie game creation is alive with incredible innovation and creativity. For this Halloween season, I've chosen 5 indie horror games that are relatively short, but deliver sharp shocks while not damaging the pocketbook!

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Cry by toer

Cry by toer

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Toil and Trouble by MDO2010

Toil and Trouble by MDO2010

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I Love Halloween!

I Love Halloween!

Halloween is a special holiday for many people, myself included. In addition to being loads of fun, it helps us peek behind the facade of culture into death and the afterlife even if it's only for one night.

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Apple To Announce New Macbook and Macbook Pro 2016

Source: martinhajeck.com
Source: martinhajeck.com

Apple is set to announce their new Macbook and Macbook Pro laptops on October 27, 2016. It will the first significant update to the Macbook series in six years.

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Indie Game: Pavillion Release Trailer

Indie Game: Pavillion Release Trailer

Pavilion, the fourth-person puzzling adventure from Visiontrick Media, throws you directly into its mysterious world without any text tutorials or beginning explanations.

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A Tribute to Artist Ellsworth Kelly

A Tribute to Artist Ellsworth Kelly

A tribute to the late Ellsworth Kelly for the 2016 Getty Medal Award.

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Denise, an Animated Film From Supinfocom

Denise, an Animated Film From Supinfocom

Denise follows the story of a young obese woman roaming the hills of Easter Island. While trying to figure how she can possibly accomplish her journey, she also has the chance to find her true self, and accept who she really is.

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Artist Makes Frame by Frame Version of Blade Runner in Microsoft Paint

Artist Makes Frame by Frame Version of Blade Runner in Microsoft Paint

David MacGown's tumblr blog is a frame by frame recreation of the classic Blade Runner film, but re-created in Microsoft Paint. It's strange and very enjoyable.

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Book Review: Monstress, Volume One - Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Book Review: Monstress, Volume One - Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

New graphic novel, Monstress, is an exceptional visual journey into combined genres with strong women at the center.

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Renderosity Magazine Announces Core Partners Program

Renderosity Magazine Announces Core Partners Program

Renderosity Magazine is very proud to announce the establishment of the Core Partners Program. 17 companies (our Core Partners) have been chosen to get exclusive coverage at our website.

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CANIS - A Short Film by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas

CANIS - A Short Film by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas

Canis - an award-winning puppet animated short film by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas about a boy who survives isolated in a house constantly besieged by a horde of stray dogs. 2013

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Division Of Planetary Dynamics by tonyb42

Division Of Planetary Dynamics by tonyb42

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with the flow... by 1971s

with the flow... by 1971s

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Book Review: Ray Gun by Eugene W. Metcalf & Frank Maresca

Book Review: Ray Gun by Eugene W. Metcalf & Frank Maresca

An exhaustive history of the Ray Gun toy over a span of half a decade with extensive illustrations and photos.

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The Perfect Assassin by RLove

The Perfect Assassin by RLove

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Review of Red Giant's Universe 2.0: The Best Set of Video Effects You Can Buy

Review of Red Giant's Universe 2.0: The Best Set of Video Effects You Can Buy

Red Giant has recently released the newest version of their video effects/transitions plug-ins: Universe 2.0. gToon (Ricky Grove) reviews the application and concludes it's an essential add-on for videographers.

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The Chronos Wave by AntoMacoda

The Chronos Wave by AntoMacoda

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Discovering New Artists: Simon Stålenhag

flyby by Simon Stalenhag
flyby by Simon Stalenhag

I'm always on the lookout for new artists who excites my imagination. Swedish artist Simon Stalenberg is just such an inspiring artist.

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The Junebugs by Oddfellows

The Junebugs by Oddfellows

The Junebugs, a short animated film directed by Oddfellows, shows how creative and moving animation can be.

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Last Train Home from Gerhard Human

Last Train Home from Gerhard Human

Gerhard Human's animated music video is a real work of art. Just the kind of thing we like to feature here at Renderosity Magazine.

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Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics

Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics

Autodesk's Maya 2017 has a whole new focus on motion graphics. This video covers this excellent addition to the king of 3D applications.

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The Gig! by Fredel

The Gig! by Fredel

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K N G D M from Rockstar

K N G D M from Rockstar

A short film made for Autodesk by Rockstar Games to demonstrate the new Motion Graphics features inside Maya 2017

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Dare by katyee

Dare by katyee

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Nautilus | France A. Cordova from Colin Hesterly

Nautilus | France A. Cordova from Colin Hesterly

Nautilus explores the beautiful life of astrophysicist, France A. Cordova in this short animated film via Vimeo.

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Maya 2017 Overview

Maya 2017 Overview

Maya 2017 is now available for demo or purchase. Lots of great updates to this new version of Maya the least of which is the brand-new Arnold renderer.

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The Iron Giant: Signature Edition Blu Ray is Now Available!

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition Blu Ray is Now Available!

I'm delighted to announce that the new, remastered Iron Giant Signature Blu Ray is now available. This underrated film is due for a reevaluation and this new version is just the ticket.

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On the New Iron Giant Blu Ray Disc

On the New Iron Giant Blu Ray Disc

Ricky is ecstatic over the new Iron Giant Signature Edition blu ray and wonders why the film was so underappreciated when it was first released (1999)

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Headline by gadu

Headline by gadu

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The Book Forest by Pepa Cometa

The Book Forest by Pepa Cometa

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ArtFriendly Claude19: Mixed Medium and Fractal Artist

ArtFriendly Claude19: Mixed Medium and Fractal Artist

Renderosity Magazine interviews fractal artist (and philosopher) Claude19. We are also featuring a video of many hand-picked artworks by Claude19.

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That Old Black Magic Design

That Old Black Magic Design

Our fearless editor, Ricky, decides to succumb to the Magic. Black Magic Design's Da Vinci Resolve 12.5 video editing software, that is.

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Book Review: Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard

Book Review: Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard

I.N.J. Culbard's first original graphic novel, Celeste, should be read by anyone who wants to see how genre becomes art.

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Genesis by Phil M.

Genesis by Phil M.

Russian federation artist Phil M. has created a remarkable short film about "my experiences and thoughts about the structure of our world, an energy that inspires us, and ideas that we capture."

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Spotlight Interview with VR Production Director, James Knight

Spotlight Interview with VR Production Director, James Knight

Renderosity Magazine had the good fortune to speak to James Knight about the technology behind VR and ask him about the challenges that artists face in creating content for this exciting, new medium

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Ancient Towers by estevez

Ancient Towers by estevez

Featured images is a regular column where we bring you the very best digital art we can find both at Renderosity.com and from the internet as well.

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Structures Spatiales by Claude19

Structures Spatiales by Claude19

Featured Images is an on going column at Renderosity Magazine where we bring you the very best digital art works we can find.

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Henry Rollins On Art and the Death of His Friend Alan Vega

Henry Rollins with Chris Haskett. Wikmedia Commons
Henry Rollins with Chris Haskett. Wikmedia Commons

Henry Rollins essays for L.A. Weekly are strong, passionate arguments for authenticity and truth. His recent essay on Alan Vega is one that every artist should read.

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Learning Houdini Journal 23: Bookshelf Tutorial & Houdini News

Learning Houdini Journal 23: Bookshelf Tutorial & Houdini News

This is the twenty-third entry of a year-long journal on learning the 3D application, Houdini, created by Side Effects Software. In this journal I cover the final lessons of the gametutors.com bookshelf tutorial and discuss some of the news about future improvements and additions to the Houdini application.

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Wrap Up @ Siggraph 2016

Wrap Up @ Siggraph 2016

Our intrepid reporter closes out his Siggraph 2016 experience with highlights and comments on this great conference.

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Emergence by CajunBeauty

Emergence by CajunBeauty

Featured images is an ongoing effort to bring you the very best digital art we can find both at Renderosity and on the net.

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British Sci Fi Pulp Cover Art Selection

British Sci Fi Pulp Cover Art Selection

26 scans of covers from a recent selection of terrific cover art from fifties British Pulp magazines. The great lurid covers of these cheesy magazines where often startling in their design and color selection. Hope you find them inspiring.

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Thursday @ Siggraph

Thursday @ Siggraph

Last day of the great Siggraph conference finds our Renderosity Magazine reporter, Ricky Grove, trying out VR demos. Will he survive?

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Monday @ Siggraph

Monday @ Siggraph

The 2016 Siggraph computer graphics conference is this week in Anaheim, California. Our reporter, Ricky, is attending and reporting on each days events and announcements

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Tuesday @ Siggraph

Tuesday @ Siggraph

Our reporter, Ricky Grove, is attending the 2016 Siggraph conference in Anaheim, CA., and is reporting daily on his discoveries and experiences. This entry covers Tuesday, July 26 at Siggraph

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Sunday @ Siggraph

Sunday @ Siggraph

The 2016 Siggraph conference takes place this week in Anaheim. Our reporter, Ricky, is sharing his experiences each day at this fantastic conference. This is Ricky's report for Sunday, the first day of the conference.

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Covering Siggraph 2016: Facebook Live-stream and More!

Covering Siggraph 2016: Facebook Live-stream and More!

Our staff writer and co-editor, Ricky Grove, will be attending his 10th Siggraph conference starting this Sunday. Here are some of the things he'll be doing + Facebook Livestream!

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