Recommended books

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I was recently introduced to Carol Dweck and her research on mindset. Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as like it sounds, fixed. In other words, your intelligence and talents are fixed. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see your talents and abilities are fluid. You can build your abilities up by doing the work and putting in the time.

Here are a couple videos that explain it in more detail:

I am currently reading her book, “Mindset: A new Psychology of Success“. It’s pretty interesting so far.

Some other interesting reads:

“The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle

“Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert  Pool

 

CGMA Winter and Spring Student works

I just finished up my Spring Semester Matte Painting class, and realized I didn’t post my Winter Semester Matte Painting class. My apologies to everyone from our Winter Semester. Here are selected works from both classes.

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cgmaHenryErdman

cgmaFrancesco_vitale

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cgmaBenWoo

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Click to find out more on my Matte Painting course

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The Summer semester starts July 19th!

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Redshift and Octane Tutorials

I love to watch tutorials on other artists workflows and tools. You never know what little kernel of awesomeness you’ll unravel. This rainy weekend I was trying out some of Jama Jurabaev’s tutorials and Steven Cormann’s new tutorial. Both artists are amazing and seeing their process unfold is a delight.

Jama’s tutorial is on gumroad (he has a bunch). But the ones I took an interest in are using Octane renderer and Blender.

To contrast that, Steven Cormann has just released his tutorial, Epic Matte Shot. He is using Redshift as his renderer. He does a great job breaking down his workflow.

If you get a chance take a look at both artists tutorials and their work. You will not be disappointed.

Hard Drive storage

Happy MLK Day everyone.

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In the new year, I noticed my Laptop’s hard drive was getting pretty close to full. I looked into getting another hard drive to help the battle, then I worked on another project went to say my files and BAM…I couldn’t save the file I had maxed out my old drive space. So I’ve spent the last couple days organizing my files, moving things around, and such.

Crisis averted for now. I have to spend some time looking into a better scenario than just buying another external hard drive to back up data. I’ve got multiple multiple backup drives now. So I’ll start digging into this now, but if anyone has any good solutions they’ve done I’m all ears.

Thanks