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Pebbles Displacement – Substance Designer Time-lapse

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I’ve been working more and more with Substance Designer lately and have been really enjoying the flexibility of the software and how dynamic asset creation is in it.
I was experimenting on creating a Pebbles texture and thought I’d share my creation process with you, you might be able to learn a thing or two in the process.

If you enjoyed this video and/or want to see more time lapses or tutorials please let me know in the comments below.

Inspirational Piece – Golden Melody Awards (Nominations Graphics Reel)

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The 27th Golden Melody Awards is the Taiwanese equivalent to the Grammy Awards. It is also one of the three major annual awards presented in Taiwan along with Golden Bell Awards for television production and Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for films.

The Nomination Graphics Reel is an inspiring piece that showcases a multitude of techniques and styles while creating a cohesive branding package that stands out.

A consistent use of vibrant, complimentary coloring combined with juxtaposing shapes and forms engage the viewer and bring out fresh and quirky Asian inspired nuances.

Each category is well thought-out and the attention to detail definitely deserves a frame-by-frame run through.

Let me know what you think of this in the comments below, would you like to see more inspirational posts like these?

The on-air packaging and visual branding for the show was commissioned to TMRRW. TMRRW is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Singapore. Check out more of their work here or follow them on Twitter.

Reel Rant – Episode 3

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In this third episode, I review the amazing work of Will Fortanbary (

Will’s got a great showreel which really showcases his talent and brings his personality and unique style to the fore. I go over a few techniques on how he can improve his showreel and really elevate his overall presentation.

The most important takeaway for me in Will’s showreel is allowing each individual animation time to breath, so that the viewer can absorb it and understand what is going on in the scene.

Overall Will’s done a great job and I’ll definitely look out for his next reel. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Also if you have a reel or portfolio you would like me to review, please contact me on Twitter or the contact page

Reel Rant – Episode 2

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In this second episode, I check out Bogdan Toma’s 2015 showreel.

This is a great reel with a broad range of skills and talents and with nothing negative coming through, I had to become a little picky and really scrutinise the reel. It was a lot of fun and I hope you’ll check out more of Bogdan’s work and support him. (

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Also if you have a reel or portfolio you would like me to review, please contact me on Twitter or the contact page.

Reel Rant – Episode 1

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In the first instalment of this video series, I review a motion graphics reel by Sebastien Freuler – I talk a lot about techniques to improve on his reel and discuss my overall thoughts on it.

Even being the first one off the bat, I really believe this is going to be a great video series, filled with awesome insights and it really is a great way to share my time and experience with the online motion graphics and creative community.

I’d love to hear from you, if you enjoyed the pilot episode and what your overall thoughts are, so please do leave a comment below.

The Question of the Day: What do you think the name of the show should be?

If you have a reel or portfolio you’d like me to review, send me the link via the Contact page
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Thank you for taking the time to check out this video, stay tuned for more creative awesomeness.

A guide to happy

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The wonderful people over at Panoply London have created a well crafted piece entitled “A guide to happy”

A little insight (for the nerds)

The video was rendered entirely in Arnold for Cinema 4D, making extensive use of the alShaders and the JF Nested Dielectric (so beautiful, but some frames took up to 8hrs per frame on a 20core machine to render). Most of the animation was done in Cinema 4D with all of the heavy effects stuff done in Houdini and then brought back across using alembics and procedurals.

Nearly all the shots make use of in camera DOF (minus the heavy liquid shots) which we managed to get out in a very reasonable render time using AA samples of 7 (a few used AA 8 that used fine wires). Although this still held a little noise we were about clean it up easily in Fusion.

Panoply made good use of the volume rendering for the “disposable money” scene which also used custom attributes created in Houdini what we then took to C4DtoA to help with the shading (burnt edges).


Overall, a fantastic animation, with so much to learn from and drool over.

Be sure to check out the Panoply site for more inspiring creative and show them some love over on twitter.


Reaffirming Everyday Projects

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I came across this cool talk by Ji Lee from a Creative Mornings (New York) keynote held in March 2011. Ji Lee, at the time Creative Director Google Labs, now Creative Director at Facebook.

The main takeout for me in this video is the importance of Everyday Projects and how creatives should start incorporating their personal projects into work projects.

Enjoy the keynote and I’m happy to keep the conversation going with comments so share your favourite takeout of this keynote.

Original source here