Learning Harnessing the power of Geometry Instancing in your projects by Andrew McDonald 8 months ago 8 min read Maya XGen is a geometry instancer that lets you populate the surface of polygon meshes with an arbitrary number of primitives either randomly or uniformly placed. This means that with XGen you can procedurally create and style hair, fur and feathers for characters. For set dressing, XGen lets you quickly populate large-scale environments, including grass savannas, forests, rocky landscapes, and debris trails.With all this power, there is good reason why so many members of The Rookies choose to incorporate this tech into their projects. Post Apocalyptic TunesCreated by: Karthik SureshMember Level: contenderHey guys, here is the project I took on for my final semester at Think Tank Training Center. Hope you all like it. Breakdowns for the entire character and close up shots for the guitar and amplifier can be seen in the vimeo videos at the bottom.View Full Details Jamie Janas 2020 - 3D GeneralistCreated by: Jamie JanasMember Level: contenderMy name is Jamie Janas, and this is my submission for the Rookies 2020 contest. I'm showing 5 projects I've worked on over the last year.View Full Details Jared Fischler Student Work 2020Created by: Jared FischlerMember Level: contenderAs a student at Gnomon School of VFX I've gotten to explore every area of CG and adopt skills that allow me to create nuanced and narrative-driven work. I hope you enjoy my portfolio!View Full Details BumblebeeCreated by: Fiona TaylorMember Level: contenderAs a recent master’s graduate focussed in 3D Computer Animation, I have been exposed to many departments in the production pipeline. An area that is of most interest to me is creatures. Though I enjoy versatility in style and genre, I am truly a fanatic for detail- it is this which underpins this project: Bumblebee.View Full Details ElephantCreated by: ARGENTIERI FloreMember Level: playerThis is my First animal study , I had wanted to make an elephant for a long time and it was a pretty big challenge for me especially for the texturing part which was a bit tricky so I decided to use mari for the texturing. My main reference was African elephant.View Full Details The GiantCreated by: Rishikesh NayuduMember Level: playerThis project was to try and learn realism.I have used XYZ maps to enhance the details, Mari and Substance to texture the character and Arnold for rendering. I enjoyed grooming a lot. Xgen was used for Hair. I have learnt the workflow between Zbrush, Maya, Mari and Substance. Learning and improving along the way. View Full Details The Hidden PlaceCreated by: Kate KompaneetsMember Level: rookieThe Hidden Place is about a Merman that's been brought to an old house by a fisherman. There he’s trying to heal it from injuries it’s gotten after being caught into a fishing net.View Full Details Ghost DeerCreated by: Elena DistefanoMember Level: rookieSolo project completed for my Masters. This is a study of a white deer commonly referred to as a ghost deer in folklore across the world. View Full Details Pocahontas - 3D Animated Teaser TrailerCreated by: Nimrod ZaguriMember Level: rookieThis video is a product of my mentorship program as a student in Think Tank Training Centre - Vancouver.Meant to conceptualize a modern personal visualization to one of my absolute favorite Disney animated movies.View Full Details Hang in there "Little friendship"Created by: Syed Hassam Hussain JafriMember Level: contenderA personal project i did after completing school "VFS" based on a photograph i found on the internet,The base motive was to attempt and create something hyper realistic as fast as i can on my own.Everything was done under 2.5 weeks roughly and my target was to get the results with no compositing so its straight rendrView Full Details Mushroom King and DemonCreated by: Alexandria FedericoMember Level: playerMy two demo reel pieces for my last terms at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.2d concepts done by Hongbo Yang and Andrew Bosley.View Full Details Elf QueenCreated by: Jordan Tyler MoodaliarMember Level: debutSculpted an Elf Queen inside of ZBrush, Photoshop for compositing and used Arnold,Maya and Xgen for the first time.Hope this will be the start of a new journey.View Full Details A Folded WishCreated by: Yeow Chien HueyMember Level: playerA pair of twin sisters attempt to fold a thousand origami cranes in hopes to recover from a fatal disease.View Full Details Storm Created by: Edgar Teba MateoMember Level: playerPersonal project for animation work. The aim of this work was to learn more about anatomy, marvelous and xgen. And enhance my skills to character 3D, and try to doy my better effort on it. I hope you like it!!View Full Details The Arquero - Real-Time CharacterCreated by: Sushan ManandharMember Level: contender"John, an elite soldier, a silent guardian, an arquero, off to his mission to save his lost daughter, Dora...""The Arquero" was my capstone project at bootcamp course I attended at Vertex School during September 2019.The original concept was by Rishiraj Singh Shekhawat.View Full Details Gloria - The Championship BoxerCreated by: Yobani Mitsuo Mercado HaraMember Level: rookieHere is my finished reel from my mentorship period at Think Tank. This is Gloria, the championship boxer!Massive thanks to all my classmates and colleagues who helped me throughout the past four months. Special shoutout to Babak Bina who mentored me through this period.View Full Details Head Lopper Created by: Aly FarroukhMember Level: contenderHey guys! Here's my take on one of my favourite comic book characters Head Lopper by Andrew MacLean.View Full Details Red TrainCreated by: Houra ErshadMember Level: playerThis is my Final project for the foundation term of Think tank training center. It is based on a beautiful and inspiring concept by Gosia Arska. Went through many challenges to get to this, But I'm really grateful to have the opportunity and to be connected to the community of many talented artists on Think tank. View Full Details Abandoned FactoryCreated by: Stephanie ZhangMember Level: playerHeyyyy, so here is my 6 weeks final project for first semester at Think Tank Training Center. I tried to use all my knowledge that I've learned in these three months. I'm so glad that I can make one of my favorite concept art in 3D. The concept is from my favorite Japanese artist named Mono Kubo.View Full Details The Road to El DoradoCreated by: Carmen Medina GutiérrezMember Level: playerMy name is Carmen Medina. Just graduated from Animum Creativity Advanced School. I'm glad to show you my entry for the Rookies 2020 contest. A personal project in which I go further my knowledge in order to improve my artistic skills.View Full Details Georgia Saroj - Student Work 2019-2020Created by: Georgia Saroj MathurMember Level: playerA selection of work from my time at Gnomon.View Full Details KayenCreated by: Rishikesh NayuduMember Level: playerThe 2D Concept of this Character was done Patri Balanovsky.I recreated his concept in 3D using Zbrush, Maya, Substance Painter and Mari.I see that my skills have improved in handling and working with multiple software.I enjoy making stylized characters too.View Full Details OrangutanCreated by: Martin UsandizagaMember Level: playerHello!Here is an orangutan I've been working on, inspired by Maurice from Planet of the Apes.Here you can find a Rookie's article I wrote wich explains the workflow used and more : https://discover.therookies.co/2020/03/02/creating-a-photorealistic-cgi-orangutan-for-film-production/Hope you'll like it!View Full Details School ProjectsCreated by: Lola TedeschiMember Level: playerHello everyone ! Just below you'll see several projects I chose among all I did during my three years at ESMA, I hope you'll like them !View Full Details The Rocket GirlCreated by: Syed Hassam Hussain JafriMember Level: contenderA project i did to explore my stylized character side, it was done in my free time at home and based on my own concept,I focused to pull out as much details i can in the lowest resolution possible and i was happy with itView Full Details Pietro Bernardi - Look Dev and Texturing EntryCreated by: Pietro Lopez BernardiMember Level: contenderHello everyone, it is a pleasure to be with you all here. This is my entry for Look Development, Lighting and Texturing section of the contest. It's a compilation of 4 of my best works, 2 of them were selected by Pixar Animation Studios as a finalist and an honorable mention. View Full Details Delightful MorningCreated by: SiOnHongMember Level: contenderHello everyone, this is my first demo reels. I tried to make various videos. First reel is about my inner world. This is my mind. It is really calm and warm, but deep as like a forest. Second reel is like a TV advertisement. I like to make environment and lights. So I focused to make eyes are fun.View Full Details ShankCreated by: Gonzalo Palma MenéndezMember Level: debutThis is my first cartoon character for vfx. She is a Disney character from the movie " Ralph breaks the Internet". Property of Walt Disney Studios.View Full Details NirvanaCreated by: simony wangMember Level: rookiecreated a story called nirvana in a collapsed space.View Full Details Toilet IssueCreated by: JulieMember Level: playerAll our team is proud to present you our 3rd year final project at ESMA Lyon !A 2020 Redline short movie,directed by Louna PIETTE, Myrtil LAPIERRE, Srushti KAKADE, Manon ROSELLO, Julie CHAPELLEView Full Details Share your thoughts on this post Read more posts by this author Andrew McDonald Andrew is the co-founder of The Rookies has been working in the visual effects industry since 2002. Most recently he was a CG Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. The link has been copied!