The Last Night - Beautiful Cyberpunk Pixels

The Last Night will come to Xbox One and PC in 2018. Music: Lorn – Acid Rain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxg4C… The soul of a cinematic platformer and the heart of a sci-fi thriller, The Last Night is set in a post-cyberpunk world with a deep, vibrant vision of the future. The Last Night is what we call post-cyberpunk – it’s not the kind of dystopia the genre is famous for, rather it depicts an alternate direction for society. One where the fight for survival doesn’t mean food and water, but a purpose for living. Human labour and creativity has been rendered obsolete by AI, so people are now defining themselves by what they consume, not what they create. Charlie is a lower-class citizen who can’t interface with the systems and augmentations of the world around him, due to an accident during his childhood. He’s a citizen of the thriving metropolis and yet he’ll never be a part of it. Then, a chance encounter offers him the chance to be part of something else and take matters into his own hands.


After the Mountain Rain - Unreal Engine Photorealistic Rendering

In 2019, Quixel`s masterpiece Rebirth showed people the possibility of using a game engine to achieve movie graphic quality. Along the road by Quixel, I`d like to know how far I can achieve on my own. A photo I saw accidentally on the internet gave me inspiration, so here it is: After the mountain Rain. A secluded path, the steps were washed by drizzle, when the breeze blew the leaves, the sunlight turned away the mist… After the rain in the empty mountains, it is the surface of the story, which defined the time and place; by Wang Wei’s poem, I hope you can see the forest after the rain and feel the freshness and tranquility in the mountains. Actually, the inside of this story is Li Bai’s poem: Endless Missing: Endless Missing, The person who I`m missing is in Chang’an City In the autumn night, Insects chirping by the well, The frost soaked the bamboo mat, it`s so cold In the past, my eyes were shiny, Now they are springs with tears … In this endless missing, yellow leaves are falling, and white dews are wetting moss This long last mind passes through times, across boundaries. A touch of sadness permeated the clouds and mist in the mountains. When the raindrops fell on the mossy path, what I want to express, is a kind of miss. I used to make some similar pictures in the traditional offline rendering pipeline, which is a far memory. At that time, each frame had to be rendered for several hours, and a sequence had to be rendered all night by a renderfarm. After the rendering process, it took another few hours of post-production to get a final shot. As far as I am concerned, this kind of waiting is anxiety, because a small mistake will force me to redo it again, I have suffered a lot. Thanks to technological improvement, with Unreal, render a 4K shot, 600 frames only take 2 minutes. In Kungfu we say: Speed Prevails. This rendering speed means that, at the scene building stage, I can start to render many “final” shots, then directly combine them into my “final” video. Meanwhile, The combination of DaVinci and LUT allows the color grading process to be directly moved to the scene creating stage, which truly realizes what you see is what you get, and the rendering is the final shot. Time flies, enjoy.


Unreal Engine 5 - Preview

Unreal Engine 5 empowers artists to achieve unprecedented levels of detail and interactivity, and brings these capabilities within practical reach of teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries.

Join Technical Director of Graphics Brian Karis and Special Projects Art Director Jerome Platteaux (filmed in March 2020) for an in-depth look at “Lumen in the Land of Nanite” – a real-time demonstration running live on PlayStation 5 showcasing two new core technologies that will debut in UE5: Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry, which frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see, and Lumen, a fully dynamic global illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes.

Also present in the demo are next-gen features already available in Unreal Engine 4.25, such as Niagara VFX improvements, Chaos physics and destruction, animation system enhancements, and audio advancements. Unreal Engine 4.25 also includes support for next-gen consoles.

Learn more at unrealengine.com/blog/a-first-look-at-unreal-engine-5


KHYZYL SALEEM - ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Khyzyl Saleem is a UK based concept artist and car design guru. Known as one of the most creative brains in the industry, his designs elevate already incredible looking cars to jaw-dropping works of art. With sci-fi and cyberpunk influences but also occasional retro twists, his genre bending work is instantly recognisable and unforgettable.

A lifelong interest in cars (starting when he was a young boy) morphed with a background as a Concept Artist resulted in Khyzyl’s specialism in digital car design where he draws on influences from film, music and other artists to create things of sheer beauty with outrageously stylish, often futuristic detailing.

Khyzyl is completely self-taught and carved out an enviable career working at EA on huge AAA titles such as Need for Speed, but is now focussed full time on his passion for automotive art, to the delight of his many fans.


Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 - The First 12 Minutes

Watch the first 12 minutes of Squares latest feature length Final Fantasy film "Kingsglaive"

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Trials on Tatooine - This is what VR was made for

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Trials on Tatooine is a free to download virtual reality experience created by the Industrial Light and Magic Experience Lab. The game will be released on the 18th of July on steam.

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Prisma - Comic Art From Photographs

Prisma the new post-processing application on the iPhone uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to create realistic brush strokes turning your photographs into amazingly life-like paintings or sketches. We've been messing around with it here in the office and we managed to come up with a very convincing comic book page in about 20 minutes using the Heisenberg filter.

Download Prisma for iPhone here

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Simple and easy to use

Using ordinary photographs shot in our office kitchen with an iPhone 6 we were able to achieve some amazing results. The app takes a few seconds to process each image and the final output is limited to 1080 x 1080 square.

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Lots of filters

Although the  Heisenberg filter is definitely one of the best for storyboarding / comic book art there are about 35 other filters ranging from electric effects to vibrant Matisse style paintings. Here are a few examples.

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Photos and comic layout Andy Turner