In this session I’m interviewing the husband and wife team that run the GeekAtPlay studio website which is totally focussed on education for 3D digital artists.
What delighted me most about Vladmir and Amy Chopin’s efforts for teaching 3D Digital Art applications is the sheer amount of content they provide. Today is May 3rd 2013, and I’ve just looked at their YouTube channel – GeekAtplay studio and I can see seven new videos uploaded just two days ago.
Now admittedly, this is probably to do with the fact that Vue 11.5 has been released and Vladmir is showing what’s new for this version, so this is probably a few more than he would normally upload, but during our interview he mentioned he had created around 1500 training videos.
In fact GeekAtPLay specialise in Vue, so if you want to start digital art with creating 3D environments with a great sense of realism, you could download a trial or free version of Vue from e-onsoftware.com and start looking at Vladmir’s training videos on YouTube.
Now Amy Chopin is equally busy, she’s the author of 3D Art Essentials, which is a great start for 3D digital artist in getting to know the basics on the history, the terms of 3D art. But it covers modelling, posing, texturing, creating scenery, animation and rendering.
Vladmir is originally from Moscow, Russia and now lives with Amy in Utah, in the United States. I started asking Vladmir about his early experiences with film and classic animation whilst in his teens.
In this session we cover:-
- Vladmir’s early exposure to film and classic cartoon animation whilst in Moscow, Russia.
- Learning what were some of the earliest 3D software tools that Vladmir used.
- Ami’s career as a professional writer who’s written “3D Art Essentials: The Fundamentals of 3D Modeling, Texturing, and Animation: The Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Animation’ .
- How giving away content actually helps grow a business quickly
- The clean and beautiful design of the GeekAtPlay.com studio website
- The insertion of images of live human figures into a Vue scene, as an alternative to using Poser.
- Vladmir’s hobby of photography.
- The top two aspects of Vue that Vladmir is asked most about
- Thoughts of where Vue should evolve next.
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