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Nick Charles

About


By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in a hospital, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. A Northeast Ohio native, who dreams of one day retiring to a small town in Maine.


User Since

Mar 08, 2018

nickcharles

Affinity Spotlight Shines

Jun 19, 2018 at 12:19 am by nickcharles

Serif, the company behind the Affinity apps: Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, go to great lengths to ensure their users get the most out of their software. So much so, th.... Read More

Packed with Tools, Red Giant's Universe 2.2 is a Must Have

May 21, 2018 at 03:09 pm by nickcharles

If your work is in video editing or motion graphics, the latest Red Giant Universe 2.2 will blow you away. Seriously, packed with 76 gpu-accelerated tools, including 11 new tr.... Read More

Enter Today: 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

May 21, 2018 at 01:24 am by nickcharles

National Geographic is known for beautiful photography of the world around us - from stunning landscapes to people of remote villages we may never see. The stories and incredi.... Read More

Book Review: Creating Stylized Characters

May 12, 2018 at 01:46 am by nickcharles

Delve into the vibrant, exciting world of character design with Creating Stylized Characters! Join professional illustrators, animators, and comic artists as they demonstrate.... Read More

Rebelle 3 is Coming!

Apr 15, 2018 at 09:15 am by nickcharles

Escape Motions, creators of the unique digital art software: Flame Painter, Amberlight and Inspirit, recently announced the forthcoming Rebelle 3. Known for its realistic-look.... Read More

Exciting New Krita 4.0

Apr 03, 2018 at 02:07 am by nickcharles

Krita 4.0 was just released last month and marks one of the biggest new releases the software has seen. For those who are not familiar with Krita, it is a free and open source.... Read More

Corel's Painter Team Calling for Artwork

Mar 29, 2018 at 12:48 am by nickcharles

Corel's Painter is an incredible software that is packed with features and tools to bring to life all your artistic ideas. From an extensive brush library, to design aids, ef.... Read More

Interview with 2018 Sci-Tech Honoree, Hans Ripjkema

Mar 27, 2018 at 01:01 am by nickcharles

Hans Ripjkema, formerly of Rhythm & Hues, was honored in February with a Technical Achievement certificate at the 2018 Sci-Tech Awards. Specifically, Hans and his team wer.... Read More

MJ Cole's 'Pictures in my Head' Gets Wonderful Surreal Look from Experienced Designer, Nik Hill

Mar 07, 2018 at 11:02 am by nickcharles

Freelance Motion Designer, Nik Hill, went big when called on to put together a music video for MJ Cole's "Pictures in my Head." Before going freelance, Nik Hill was Art Direct.... Read More

Book Review: The Ultimate Concept Art Career Guide

Mar 06, 2018 at 02:02 pm by nickcharles

The Ultimate Concept Art Career Guide is an expert-led handbook to help you launch, sustain, and evolve a career as an artist in the entertainment industry. With helpful insig.... Read More

GLAS Animation Festival 2017 Trailer

Mar 04, 2018 at 04:02 am by nickcharles

GLAS Animation Festival 2017 Trailer from GLAS Animation on Vimeo. You can purchase a pass for the festival on the GLAS website, as well as the full list of programs and a.... Read More

The Giant by New Media, Ltd.

Feb 16, 2018 at 04:02 am by nickcharles

The Giant from New Media Ltd on Vimeo. Directed by New Media LtdNewmedialtd.coOriginal Score by Jake Aron and Ludwig Persik With support from Paul Horton Visuals, Neighborh.... Read More

Nick's Notes: Trapcode Shine 2.0

Jan 12, 2018 at 10:00 am by nickcharles

In August, Red Giant released Trapcode Suite 14, which is a fantastic set of 11 tools for motion graphics and visual effects. Including the new Trapcode Particular 3 and Trapc.... Read More

Cleveland Clinic features 3D 'Tree of Life'

Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

A beautifully designed, animated tree adorns a wall at the Cleveland Clinic main campus in Cleveland, Ohio. This holographic tree was created and installed by LA-based artist.... Read More

Nick's Notes: Trapcode Form 3

Jan 05, 2018 at 01:55 pm by nickcharles

In August, Red Giant released Trapcode Suite 14, which is a fantastic set of 11 tools for motion graphics and visual effects. Including the new Trapcode Particular 3 and Trapc.... Read More

Nick's Notes: Trapcode Particular 3

Dec 29, 2017 at 04:02 am by nickcharles

Red Giant is a great company because they don't just sell software for filmmakers and effects artists, but are filmmakers themselves. They enjoy what they do, and a look at.... Read More

4 ways to get the most out of Blacksmith3D

Dec 01, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

Book Review: Affinity Designer Workbook

Nov 24, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

Title: Affinity Designer WorkbookHardcover: 448 pagesPublisher: Serif Europe Ltd (October 2016) Language: EnglishISBN-13: 978-1909581036 Recently I had reviewed Affinity Desi.... Read More

Affinity Designer in Review

Nov 17, 2017 at 01:02 pm by nickcharles

Born out of a new idea within the Serif company in Europe, the Affinity range of professional graphics software started appearing with the launch of Affinity Designer in 2014..... Read More

Faceware Realtime for iClone Review

Nov 10, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

reallusion Finally, it was here. The webcam and Faceware. I was about to crest the plateau into facial motion capture. And I was doing it without looking like something from a.... Read More