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My Tuto Best of – Precision Ship Modelling – The Cutty Sark

we will teach you everything that you could ever need to know about using modern 3d software to recreate classic sailing ships. The methods used can be easily applied in the modelling of all kinds of vessels; from modern warships to early-era longboats.

This tutorial set can be used to create high and low polygon ship pieces that can be used in all forms of digital media from Advertising to Film and TV through to Games. The “Cutty Sark” model, that is the focus of this tutorial, holds up well in both distance shots and close up to a very high resolution. For example, the hull texture, initially perceived as a plain black; in close up views is revealed to actually be made of fine layers of texture, starting as wood with a black tar, and then a gloss over the top.

From the initial setup of the ship, to the final rendering, everything is carefully covered, in over 30 hours of detailed instructional video. You’re shown how to set up the splines that will eventually form the keel, which is then surfaced up. The keel is split into a top and bottom segment so that the top can have deck holes for water drainage added. The deck is then laid and refined to its three main heights before the deck houses are added. This is followed by additional detail such as yardarms, belaying pins, rope hooks and so forth.

After this the masts are carefully added in and mast boom extensions put in place, from which the first rigging including the climbers is added. On top of this, several more layers of rigging are built up using splines and put into place. Sails are created, and using wind dynamics and Garment Maker their effective use is demonstrated. The anchor is modelled and an edge-looping exercise is completed which builds the figurehead. When complete, everything is put together and textured using several different methods. Finally a sea system is built and the completed 3d model is rendered using Mental Ray and the Daylight system.

This highly regarded tutorial set has been used by companies and professionals worldwide including the British Metropolitan Police and has featured in reconstruction footage broadcast on international TV. There’s really no better Maritime Modelling tutorial than this one.

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My Tuto Best of – Production Instruction Pipeline


professional polygon modeling with Autodesk 3ds Max 2010. This is the first volume in a series of production based training titles that takes the user through the entire process of producing a highly detailed 3D scene that involves working in various aspects of the production pipeline, including modeling, shading, lighting, rendering, and more.

In this first volume, you will be introduced to polygon modeling in 3ds Max 2010 and the Graphite Modeling Tools, which add a plethora of new tools and features, completely changing the way modelers approach everything from common tasks to the most complex modeling challenges.
Volume I takes the user through every step of the process involved in modeling a complex interior environment, placing emphasis on showing techniques that are efficient, fast, and make difficult modeling tasks as easy as possible.

‘Production Instruction with 3ds Max 2010: Volume I’ is perfect for beginner and intermediate modelers looking to learn
time saving professional techniques and anyone needing to learn advanced polygon modeling as quickly as possible.
This training product includes all project files and assets needed to follow along with the instructor.
Project files require Autodesk 3ds Max 2010.


This training product is designed for anyone who needs to learn professional subdivision (SubD) modeling with Autodesk 3ds Max 2010. This is the third volume in a series of production based training titles that takes the user through the entire process of producing a highly detailed 3D scene that involves working in various aspects of the production pipeline. In this third volume, you will be taught advanced subdivision modeling methods in 3ds Max 2010.

Volume III takes the user through every step of the process involved in modeling complex environment props that mimic their real life counter parts, placing emphasis on showing techniques that are efficient, fast, and make difficult modeling tasks as easy as possible. ‘Production Instruction with 3ds Max 2010: Volume III’ is perfect for beginner, intermediate, and professional 3d artists seeking to learn time saving professional techniques and anyone needing to learn advanced SubD modeling as quickly and easily as possible.

This training product includes .max project files. Project files require Autodesk 3ds Max 2010

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My Tuto Best of – The Fountain


In this demonstration the instructor creates the high res version of a complex modular fountain from scratch with 3ds Max 2010. The sculpting portions of the video are done twice, once in Mudbox 2009 and again in Zbrush 3.1. 

– Blocking out the Fountain using a Reference Image
– Experimenting with the new Containers in 3ds Max 2010
– Showing the difference between Scene Explorer and Scene Manager
– Using Stencils in both Mudbox and ZBrush
– Using the new Decimation Master Plugin for ZBrush 3.1
– Using the new Graphite Modeling Tools in 3ds Max 2010
– Using Meshlab to optimize your meshes prior to 3ds Max Import
– Optimizing the Scene for better Preformance
– Rendering out the Fountain with Lighttracer and tweaking it in Photoshop
Used programs: Autodesk 3ds Max 2010, Mudbox 2009, ZBrush 3.1, Photoshop
Duration: 8 1 / 2 Hours
Instructor: Riki Babington
project files included


part 2
Learn how to create professional low res meshes for next-gen games. The bulk of this demonstration is in 3ds Max 2010 where the instructor uses the new graphite modeling tools to optimize and create meshes to be used to capture the details from the fountain high res mesh. After the low res mesh is created the instructor creates the UVs for all the modular pieces of the fountain and then goes into great detail about the baking options to create your normal and ao maps.

The techniques used in this video have been proven effective in production to quickly create professional next-gen game meshes.

Apps Used: Autodesk 3ds Max 2010, Photoshop
Duration: 5 Hours
Instructor: Riki Babington

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Un oncle paternel avait l’habitude d’animer nos repas de famille du dimanche avec son humour de chauffeur de taxi.

Et je dois dire que certaines de ses phrases me reviennent souvent en mémoire. Et toujours dans des moments assez difficiles.

Parfois il me semble même entendre sa voix me redire certaines de ses maximes favorites.

Aujourd’hui ce serait:



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Pensées de Rois

Ceux qui suivent tout droit leur conscience sont de ma religion, et moi je suis de celle de tous ceux-là  qui sont braves et bons.
Mes paroles ne sont point de deux couleurs : ce que j’ai à  la bouche, je l’ai au coeur.
HENRI IV, Roi de France

La meilleure manière de se venger est de ne point ressembler à  celui qui nous fait injure.
LOUIS XVI, Roi de France

Il est d’un petit esprit, et qui se trompe ordinairement, de vouloir ne s’être jamais trompé.
Il vaut mieux apprendre tard que d’ignorer toujours…
LOUIS XIV, Roi de France

Vous êtes mes hommes et je suis votre roi. Je porte la couronne mais je suis un homme comme vous. Mais étant votre roi vous êtes de moi bien aimés. Pour ce, je vous prie gardez, en cette journée, mon honneur et le vôtre. Et si la couronne devait par l’un de vous mieux être portée je l’ôterai et la lui remettrai de bon coeur. Vous pouvez tous être roi et ne l’êtes-vous pas puisque sans vous je ne puis gouverner.
PHILIPPE II-AUGUSTE, Roi des Francs (Bouvines, 1214)

Plus grande chose est de savoir seigneurer sa volonté que de seigneurer le monde.
LOUIS XI, Roi de France

Voyez tout le sang que coûte un triomphe ! Le sang de nos ennemis est toujours le sang des hommes ; la vraie gloire, c’est de l’épargner.
LOUIS XV, Roi de France

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Citations de Albert Einstein

Il devient indispensable que l’humanié formule un nouveau mode de pensée si elle veut survivre et atteindre un plan plus élevé.


Il est plus facile de briser un atome que de briser un préjugé.


Il y a deux façons de concevoir sa vie. – Une est de penser que les miracles n’existent pas – et l’autre de penser que chaque chose est un miracle.


Je ne sais pas comment sera la troisième guerre mondiale, mais je sais qu’il n’y aura plus beaucoup de monde pour voir la quatrième.


L’imagination est plus importante que le savoir.


La folie c’est de toujours se comporter de la même manière et de s’attendre à  un résultat différent.


Le hasard, c’est Dieu qui se promène incognito.


Le mental intuitif est un don sacré et le mental rationnel est un serviteur fidèle. Nous avons créé une société qui honore le serviteur et a oublié le don.


Le mot progrès n’aura aucun sens tant qu’il y aura des enfants malheureux.


Le plus beau sentiment du monde, c’est le sens du mystère. Celui qui n’a jamais connu cette émotion, ses yeux sont fermés.


Le problème aujourd’hui n’est pas l’énergie atomique, mais le coeur des hommes.



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je crois profondément au pouvoir de l’amour: l’amour donne tous les pouvoirs.

L’amour peut faire changer et élever notre nature intérieure, nous faire devenir meilleur.

L’amour est un débordement de soi, un don sublime à  l’autre.

Celui qui aime a besoin de dire à  la personne aimée ce qu’il ressent.

L’amour s’est l’expression instinctive du divin à  travers nos émotions.

“When mystics use the word love, they use it very carefully — in the deeply spiritual sense, where to love is to know; to love is to act. If you really love, from the depths of your Consciousness, that love gives you a native wisdom. You perceive the needs of others intuitively and clearly, with detachment from any personal desires; and you know how to act creatively to meet those needs, dexterously surmounting any obstacle that comes in the way. Such is the immense, driving power of love.”
Eknath Easwaran

“Therefore, when I say that ‘I love,’ it is not I who love, but in reality Love who acts through me. Love is not so much something I do as something that I am. Love is not a doing but a state of being – a relatedness, a connectedness to another mortal, an identification with her or him that simply flows within me and through me, independent of my intentions or my efforts.”
Robert A. Johnson

“When you are aware that you are the force that is Life, anything is possible. Miracles happen all the time, because those miracles are performed by the heart. The heart is in direct communion with the human soul and when the heart speaks, even with the resistance of the head, something inside you changes; your heart opens another heart and true love is possible.”
Don Miguel Ruiz

“The physical, emotional and mental realms are all effects! Shift into working with cause by developing your higher mind, heart and spirituality and then your life will significantly change for the better. Get in touch with your spiritual nature. Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

Beneath this individual self there is what some traditions call the “true self.” Others call it the pure self, the unconditioned self, the universal self, no-self, essence, pure being, or true nature. It is that which is always there whatever our experience. It is the essence of what we call “I”—something so familiar and personal, and yet on deeper inspection totally impersonal, without any qualities or character. It is the pure am-ness that we know when the thinking mind becomes still, and we rest in primordial awareness.

The taste of this essential self is delicious. Mystics have written volumes of poetry about its blissful nature. Enlightened ones have urged us to discover it, and to soak in the calm and joy it brings. Knowing this true self is so delightful we do need to develop or culture love for it. We cannot help but be in love it with it.

Our ability to love and be loved has always been our natural state and eternal heritage. Yet through eons of time, we have drawn our attention away to the outer world of our experiences and gradually forgotten this love at the core of our being. By allowing our attention to become fixed upon outer conditions, circumstances and events, we separated ourselves from our own potential and source of life. In an attempt to understand this separation, and our new found inability to experience the love that we knew we were, we gave rise to the notion of fear. This perception of fear was really our personal doubt that we could ever love unconditionally again.

Love is the saving grace of all of humanity. We contact this primal energy in our finest moments. From the moment a baby is born, it is enshrouded in the unselfish love of its mother. From the moment a person springs into action to save others from peril, their own thoughts of survival are ‘overlighted’ by the love and caring that shines from their heart.

When a person dies and reviews their life, they see that one thing that mattered the most: Love. Pure, unadulterated, unconditional love. It is the source of compassion. It is the energy of caring for others. It is the binding force which holds together the entire universe, and it flows through you whenever you simply allow it.

Love is the gateway to spiritual consciousness. It is through activation of the spiritual heart that we pass into a whole new world of expansion and joy. In the realms of spiritual consciousness, we find peace, bliss, and continual inspiration. In the realms of spiritual consciousness, we expand our view of life to see the issues that are important to the soul.

We can then see how love can heal and how we can and should spend the time to spread a little more love in the world every day, even if it is simply done in silent prayer for the well-being of others.

Remember the love within, especially when outer circumstances seem dark. Remember that love is the gateway to the higher realms of consciousness where answers can be found to meet every challenge that life presents.

Tune into love. It will never let you down. Instead, it will set your spirit free to explore the realms of consciousness which offer greater vistas of awareness, greater peace of mind, and the sense of ever-present joy.


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la plus part du temps, je me sens comme une extra-terrestre fraichement débarquée.

Je comprends ce qui se passe mais je me sens un peu décalée… et surtout ce manque d’amour que me pèse…. comme aujourd’hui.

Parfois j’ai la sensation d’être aimée très fort… et même au delà  de ce qui est possible au commun des mortels d’épprouver et de ressentir.

Aujourd’hui j’ai vraiment besoin de ressentir un maximum d’amour….

Et demain aussi….

Et tous les jours d’ailleurs!

it’s so wonderful that we’re living in a world where we can still find that much innocence!

Yes we all have “dreams” that we better call visualisation of our needs & ambitions.

Yes there is a way to get them fulfill.

The dream is the power. So let’s dream.

Personnally I’m dreaming most of the time even when I’m awake. Some wouldn’t understand that state of mind.

I just feel so good like that.

If you want to get into my dreams, first of all, you must LOVE ME.

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j’adore les contes et les légendes. Souvent j’ai l’impression que ça parle de moi.

Comme l’histoire de Peau d’âne avec sa robe couleur du temps, sa robe couleur de lune…

J’aime aussi beaucoup l’histoire de la belle au bois dormant qui se pique le doigt en filant de la laine et tout le chateau qui sombre dans le sommeil avec elle.

Tout ça pour expliquer que certaines âmes ne peuvent se révéler qu’à  travers un grand amour.

Love is life. Life is love.

As long as there is some one to love you, you’re alive.