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Nick Charles


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


XP-Pen Artist 22HD in Review

Nov 10, 2017 at 09:02 am by nickcharles

For a digital artist, having a pen display as your canvas is a wonderful thing. But, finding a display that meets your needs and is affordable can be tricky. Fortunately, ther.... Read More

Interview with Medical Animator, Joel Dubin

Oct 24, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

Joel Dubin is a medical animator and co-founder of MadMicrobe Studios, where he holds the title of creative director. Joel creates stunning 3D animation visualizing anatomic.... Read More

NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Oct 16, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

November is coming up quick, and for many that means one thing - NaNoWriMo. Yes, November is National Novel Writing Month. So, the time is now to gather your ideas, get your.... Read More

Nukeygara reinvents 3D animation with Akeytsu

Oct 09, 2017 at 01:32 pm by nickcharles

After four years of rigorous development and testing, software animation pioneers Nukeygara announced Monday, Oct. 9 at IndieCade 2017 the official release of Akeytsu, a new t.... Read More

Creating Emotionally Transformative VR Experiences

Oct 09, 2017 at 09:02 am by nickcharles

Adobe CC Virtual reality (VR) is a powerful new form of storytelling that's making waves in the video industry. VR City is one company that is embracing this new medium in bot.... Read More

Unity is first game engine with source code access to Autodesk

Oct 06, 2017 at 09:02 am by nickcharles

Unite Austin 2017 We continue to be amazed by all that you create. In the past 12 months, there have been over 20 billion installs of games made with Unity! At Unite Austin,.... Read More

National Geographic Launches 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Sep 23, 2017 at 11:02 am by nickcharles

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD),.... Read More

How Cinema 4D Became a Primary Tool of Medical Illustrators

Sep 22, 2017 at 09:02 am by nickcharles

There are infinite uses for medical animation, and this has only increased over the years. As my primary work is in the healthcare field, I have seen a lot of medical illustr.... Read More

Sneak peeks: New features in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Video and Audio Tools

Sep 20, 2017 at 01:02 pm by nickcharles

After Effects improves efficiency of motion graphics creation and delivers faster, higher-quality VR results The next version of After Effects CC is full of features to super.... Read More

NEW CrazyTalk Animator 3.2 Graphic Design and Animation Photoshop Pipeline

Sep 19, 2017 at 10:02 am by nickcharles

CrazyTalk Animator 3.2 update provides a total Photoshop PSD in-and-out solution to not only help 2D Animators, but also Graphic Designers. Save lots of time on character crea.... Read More

Is VR just hype?

Sep 18, 2017 at 11:49 am by nickcharles

Why So Many Doubters? Riding the VR Hype Cycle Virtual reality technology isn't new. It actually dates back to the beginnings of photography itself, Robert Kendal wrote in a c.... Read More

Book Review: Design for Motion

Sep 06, 2017 at 01:06 pm by nickcharles

Title: Design for MotionPaperback: 356 pagesPublisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 10, 2015) Language: EnglishISBN-13: 978-1138812093Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.8.... Read More

Is the Software Subscription Model Right for You?

Sep 02, 2017 at 09:48 am by nickcharles

It's been quite some time since we've seen some software move over from perpetual license to a subscription model. While I'm still not completely sold on it, I have been wond.... Read More

Book Review: Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

Aug 02, 2017 at 01:55 am by nickcharles

Discover the immersive art of clay sculpting with comprehensive tutorials from renowned professional sculptors including Glauco Longhi and Romain Van den Bogaert. Explore key.... Read More

Epic Games to screen trailer for Fortnite at SIGGRAPH

Jul 22, 2017 at 01:02 pm by nickcharles

Epic Games recently released the cinematic launch trailer for its highly anticipated action building video game, Fortnite. The three-minute trailer features a detailed citysc.... Read More

How artists create scenes for TV, movies

Jul 19, 2017 at 03:11 pm by nickcharles

From a gorilla gladiator showdown to Lynda Carter's alien transformation, CW shows "The Flash" and "Supergirl" featured some pretty elaborate VFX to help tell their respective.... Read More

Operator: A Stop-Motion Horror Film by Sam Barnett

Jul 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm by nickcharles

Operator from Sam Barnett on Vimeo. Operator from Sam Barnett on Vimeo. OPERATOR is a stop-motion animated short film about a man named Bob, who is attacked by a bio-mechan.... Read More

Review: Huion A2 Light Pad

Jun 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm by nickcharles

For creatives, there are so many uses for a light box: animation, comics, tattoo tracing, quilting, photography, etc. Recently, I had a chance to review a light box offered b.... Read More

Interview with President of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Wendy Hiller Gee

May 30, 2017 at 11:25 am by nickcharles

Wendy Hiller Gee is a Certified Medical Illustrator who holds an M.A. in Medical Illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School and a B.A. in Fine Art.... Read More

Interview with Medical Illustrator, Nobles Green II

May 23, 2017 at 01:41 am by nickcharles

Nobles Green II is a Medical Illustrator and a Senior Animator with Nucleus Medical Media. With his advanced education in science and illustration, he creates stunning 3D an.... Read More