V-Ray for Maya ARTICLES

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.

V-Ray Next for Maya secrets revealed at Gnomon School

Agents of Chaos flew to California this summer to share with Gnomon students how an efficient V-Ray Next for Maya workflow can make them even better artists.

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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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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.

Thriving on Chaos: V-Ray, Corona and Lavina at SIGGRAPH 2019

Get all the latest V-Ray news, Corona updates and highlights from Chaos’ new real-time ray tracer, Lavina — plus the full scoop from Total Chaos @ SIGGRAPH 2019.

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How they made a better CGI Thanos for Avengers: Endgame

Learn how the award-winning VFX studio Digital Domain used V-Ray to render an even better Thanos for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame — the highest-grossing film of all time.

Ian Spriggs, Paul Debevec and Scott Eaton — Total Chaos

How are technological leaps in GPUs, light fields and AI changing CG art and digital humans? Three industry luminaries join Chris for a fascinating discussion.

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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.

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Rendering the Game of Thrones title sequence in V-Ray Next

Learn how Elastic took their creative — and their rendering — to a new level with V-Ray Next for Maya for the final season of Game of Thrones.

Jose Pareja Gomez and Marko Margeta — Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects’ incredible designs require cutting-edge technology, new visualization techniques — and a bunch of creativity. Find out how they do it.

Getting totally educated at Total Chaos

With Academies, Masterclasses, panel discussions, presentations and more, Total Chaos was a perfect event for anyone who wanted to jumpstart their career in CG.

FMX 2019 recap

Chaos Group brings together stars of animation, visual effects and mixed reality for behind-the-scenes access and demonstrations of the versatility of V-Ray.

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.

Kirk Shintani — Elastic: Game of Thrones opening credits

With Game of Thrones' titles reaching their end, Art Director and Head of 3D Kirk reflects on nine years of V-Ray-rendered explorations of mini Westeros.

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.

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.

Andy Wilkoff — CG Lead/TD, A52

Do VFX companies have a heart? “X-Men” and “I, Robot” VFX artist — and 3D printing pro — tells Chris how he got through tough times in a turbulent industry.

Felix Urquiza & Dallas Carroll — Digital Giant

Changing lanes: how this multi-discipline imaging studio is revolutionizing the way automotive imagery is created — and what it means for the future of CG.

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The secrets of Ian Spriggs’ 3D portraits

Ian Spriggs takes attention to detail to the Next level. Go behind the scenes of his recent works to see how a master tells story through composition and detail.

Kurt Lawson — Compositing Supervisor

Award-winning photographer and compositor on Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow, talks ghostly pirates, killer drones, moving rocks...and pineapples.

Keeping it simple: Rendering with V-Ray Next for Maya

V-Ray Next for Maya is considerably faster and more efficient than 3.6. Maya expert Stephen DeLalla reveals how he’s taken his workflow to the Next level.

Listen up! We’ve compiled 2018’s top 15 CG Garage podcasts

Punk production designers, CG portrait painters, powerful producers and previz pioneers — Chris Nichols selects his favorite podcasts of the last 12 months.