Articles by Henry Winchester

Real-time, ray-traced and rasterized rendering explained

Do you know the difference between the three Rs of rendering? We shine a light on the basics of real-time, ray-traced and rasterized rendering to break it down.

How to render your dragon (with Chaos Cloud!)

In “Dragon Recipes,” a young witch conjures something unexpected. Director Maria Pavlou shares how V-Ray for Maya and Chaos Cloud helped make this cute short.

Top 7 reasons to upgrade to V-Ray Next for SketchUp

It’s incredibly easy to use V-Ray Next for SketchUp to create inspiring, photorealistic renders. Learn why V-Ray Next is such a celebrated workflow upgrade.

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How to win a Rookies CG student award

The esteemed CG student contest has revealed its winners. Check out some of the top V-Ray-rendered entries and learn co-founder Alwyn Hunt’s secrets for success.

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Two-time Rookies winner discusses his V-Ray journey so far

Mads Lind Nicolaisen has found his true calling in arch-viz — and he’s already picked up two Rookies awards. We chat to this prodigy about education and V-Ray.

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Master V-Ray Next for Maya with this 4-part practical guide

Unlock the many powerful features available in V-Ray Next for Maya in this comprehensive series of video tutorials packed with tips by VFX artist Rusty Hazelden.

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How to make the most of V-Ray for SketchUp in arch-viz

Arch-viz blogger and artist Alex Hogrefe on why V-Ray for SketchUp is a breakthrough for his work and how it can transform the way you visualize designs.

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How V-Ray for 3ds Max brought Deadwood's VFX to life

With “Deadwood: The Movie,” HBO’s revisionist Western makes a welcome return. We talk to FuseFX’s Eric Hayden about revisiting its locations and characters.

How do you go from arch-viz images to making movies?

With "Twosret," Karim Moussa takes his mastery of arch-viz into a beautiful and compelling short film. Find out what inspired him to make the jump.

Students are flocking to Frank Collazo's classes. Learn why

He's created imagery for Apple, Mercedes-Benz and Verizon — and he teaches at the same time. Find out how he's using his knowledge to inspire a new generation.

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Move over, Minions! Barababor’s madcap mariners are here

Your kids will love these conquistadors' slapstick antics — and so will you. We chat to Oscar-winning animator Laurent Witz about creating this hilarious series.

Students get a leg up on the competition

Attendees at 3D College Denmark create work worthy of professional studios. We talk to tutor Nicklas Byriel about inspiring a new generation of CG artists.

See the luxury resort which will make you change your vacation plans

Ever wanted to jump out of bed and into the Indian Ocean? At this tropical retreat, you can. Find out how V-Ray helped visualize this bamboo-based paradise.

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Spaghetti and meatballs — with a side of V-Ray for Houdini

Peter Sanitra reveals the secret sauce in his mouth-watering, jaw-dropping sim of the world-famous pasta dish. Learn how V-Ray for Houdini animated a feast.

Total Chaos: Day two recap

Total Chaos’s last day was a cornucopia of cool CG content covering everything from the world’s biggest buildings to the universe’s biggest bad guys.

Total Chaos: Day one recap

Ian Spriggs exclusively unveils his latest portrait, Vlado on new V-Ray Next for 3ds Max features, women in tech panel plus more from Chaos Group's conference.

Total Chaos: The Masterclasses recap

Ahead of the main conference, Chaos Group hosted a series of tutorials hosted by industry pros from Pixar, WeWork and many more. Find out how it went down.

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“Chaos Cloud has saved me incredible amounts of time”

Architect Joël Legault creates his own studio-quality renders with V-Ray for Rhino and Chaos Cloud. Discover how he works, plus his tips for that lived-in look.

What’s Next: Isaac Zuren on building Mexico City 2086

The public winner of our student rendering competition offers a dramatic depiction of Mexico’s capital. Isaac Zuren takes us behind the scenes of his vision.

What’s Next: breaking down “Capsule”

The atmospheric and characterful nature of “Capsule” helped John Jak Pagan win our student rendering competition. Here, he reveals how he mastered the scene.

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RealtimeUK rebuilds “Game of Thrones” characters for “Winter is Coming”

How do you create photorealistic versions of the world’s most well-known TV stars from scratch? We asked RealtimeUK to break down its epic video game cinematic.

A new perspective on “Watering”

Marton Zoltan Toth has remade Mednyánszky’s classic painting with a sci-fi twist. Find out how this arch viz artist used V-Ray to take his talents back in time.

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Controlled demolition: tips from Bottleship VFX

With The Wandering Earth rocking the Chinese box office, we ask Bottleship VFX’s Hristo Velev how he unleashes destruction while keeping his business on track.

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How this Norwegian studio crafts subsea visualizations

Who knew deep sea machinery could be this hypnotic? Rendering.no shows us a pipeline for pipelines and talks us through creating a stormy ocean in Phoenix FD.