Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Rendering with Arnold - by Michael Davies

Since 2017 Arnold has been the principal ray-trace renderer that comes bundled with Autodesk Maya, replacing the old ray-tracer Mental Ray.

For our students who haven't yet become familiar with the process of rendering images in Arnold, animation tutor Lee Caller has helpfully put together a YouTube playlist of videos

In addition, UG programme leader and third year animation tutor Michael Davies has recorded his own Arnold tutorials, which you can find at our Vimeo Tutorial Channel here.

Michael Davies
About Michael Davies
Michael is our undergraduate program leader with a long industry track record. His main areas of expertise are rigging and modelling, but he has also worked as a 3D generalist and supervisor. 

Michael is also an Accredited Trainer for Maya at Autodesk. Michael has worked on many VFX blockbusters such as Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok. He also rigged Smaug ("The Hobbit") and the Minions for Illumination-McGuff.

Arnold tutorials at our Vimeo Tutorial Channel
You can find Michael's Arnold tutorial, which walk you through all the steps needed to render in Arnold, here: Like all our tutorials at Vimeo, the videos are password protected; the password is available to all our current students and Escapees.

Vimeo Channel
Our Vimeo Tutorial Channel offers a central hub for our animation and VFX video tutorials, making it easier than ever for our students to find tutorials to support their classroom studies. Tutorials begin with the bouncing ball and progress through to complex character and creature animation. All the tutorials are free for our students and Escapees.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MArt starting in September 2020, follow this link.

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