Autodesk has released Maya 2018 with major workflow improvements and new features.
NVIDIA mental ray is seamlessly integrated into Autodesk Maya® and delivers all the functionality Maya users have come to rely on. Artists can now experience interactive viewport rendering and easy-to-use global illumination with substantial GPU-acceleration.
MaxToMaya is a plugin to transfer 3DsMax current scene to Maya with 2 clicks, solving common problems between import/export problems automatically, to get the best results in the fastest way and with the less effort possible.
If you ever experienced difficulties with importing and exporting files between ZBrush, Maya and 3DS Max, you would be interested to know about Styx - the script package that makes faster importing-exporting files between the programs.
End of last year AAA studio released updated FurryBall RT, fast unbiased and biased GPU renderer with realtime viewport preview.
Don't be afraid of trying new software until you find what works well with your workflow and gives best results.
MentalCore, developed by Supervising Technical Director Corey Frew at Oktobor Animation, animation studio for several high-profile Nickelodeon series, is production-proven and provides enhancements to the standard rendering workflow using Autodesk Maya with NVIDIA mental ray.
FurryBall is a fast real-time GPU production quality UNBIASED and BIASED final frame renderer developed by AAA studio. Offering an advance rendering techniques with direct support for Maya, 3DS Max and Cinema 4D.
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Every project I start with collecting information: drawings, textures, photos etc. Professional architecture photos help to understand the atmosphere - to play with light and shadow and to create realistic details of the environment.
When I gonna create something new I keep away from common things, or other 3D artworks 'cause it can make me copy others' ideas and I really hate this things. So I kind like to travel, go to bars with my friends, talk about other stuffs, cause I know it will gives me good ideas, take photos helps too.
I am always frustrated when I finish a work, never really completely satisfied with the final result but I love when great artists look at my work and comment, it feels that somehow I managed to reach their attention.