SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 26, 2008 – From December 1 – 5 Autodesk, Inc. will host a series of 3December events to celebrate 3D artists and their work. For the tenth consecutive year, these events provide Autodesk 3D software users with the opportunity to share their art, learn and network with their peers. 3December 2008 will include 3D art contests, live events in numerous cities around the world, and a virtual celebration on Autodesk’s online user community – the AREA.
“3December is a celebration of digital art and the passionate artists that make up the 3D community,” said Marc Petit, Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment senior vice president. “Autodesk is deeply committed to empowering the creativity of artists around the world. Working hand-in-hand with the community, we strive to create better 3D tools: tools that are easier to use, enabling artists to bring their imagination to life digitally. We also strive to help artists learn and hone their craft by investing in high-quality education materials and training programs.”
3December Live Events
Autodesk will host live events on December 3 in London, Paris, Seoul, and Tokyo. Live events will also be hosted in New York City and Las Vegas on December 2 and Melbourne on December 5. In New York, free MasterClass Tips & Tricks sessions for Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Mudbox software will be offered by Derald Hunt and Erik Paynter from Turner Studios, renowned 3ds Max VFX artist Allan McKay, and Bill Harper from The Dreamhive. At the New York evening event, Harper will also offer a demonstration of Mudbox modeling techniques, while other high-profile artists will present tips and tricks for Maya and 3ds Max. The program line-up for the London event includes presentations by artists from Double Negative and The Mill. Registration is required for these events. For more information, or to register, visit: http://area.autodesk.com/3dec.
Approximately ten Autodesk Animation User Group Association chapters will hold meetings in conjunction with 3December, including Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Oklahoma City. This year’s Los Angeles meeting, at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, features Blur Studio discussing the cinematic pipeline used to create Warhammer Online. The user group chapter in Oklahoma, based at Digital Tutors, also promises a stellar line up of guests for its meeting, including Greg Punchatz, senior creative director at Janimation.
Autodesk’s AREA community website will serve as an online venue for the weeklong celebration. The site will offer free content including, tutorials, demonstrations and show reels. With the support of HP, Intel, and Wacom, Autodesk will also offer videos and images of 3December events online. Artists can register to become a member of the AREA community free-of-charge year-round at http://area.autodesk.com.
During 3December, Autodesk will launch two contests, which will run until the end of January 2009. The “Alien Landscapes” contest invites artists to use Maya, 3ds Max, Mudbox and/or Softimage|XSI software to design an alien landscape. The grand prize winner will receive an HP DreamColor LP2480zx Display, courtesy of HP and a Dual Quad Core Intel Xeon based HP xw8600 workstation, courtesy of Intel. The winner will also receive one license of Mudbox 2009 software, as well as his or her choice of one license of Maya Complete 2009, 3ds Max 2009 or Softimage|XSI software.
To celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary, the “3December Logo Design Challenge” requires artists to design a logo for 3December using Autodesk SketchBook Pro software. Among other requirements, the 2D design submitted must be transferrable to 3D and easily animated. The grand prize winner will receive a Wacom Cintiq 12 tablet, provided by Wacom.
On December 1, more information, including contest terms and conditions, are to be available at http://area.autodesk.com/3dec.
Autodesk Media & Entertainment 3D Software
Hundreds of thousands of digital artists around the world use Autodesk Media & Entertainment products. These include Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max modeling, animation and rendering software; Autodesk Mudbox brush-based 3D sculpting software and Autodesk MotionBuilder character animation software. The company’s portfolio of 3D products now also includes the recently acquired Softimage|XSI and Softimage|Face Robot software.