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I currently have a rare window of availability in my schedule through June and July, so if you are looking for a Maya artist/animator/rigger for your project then please get in touch.

To see a full list of my services please visit my site and go to the new Services section in the menu. One area that hasn't been included yet are my tutoring and teaching services so if your interested in learning more about Maya, 3D modeling, animation or game development then please drop me a line.
Founded in 2014 by industry veteran Antony Ward, author of Game Character Development in Maya (2004), Game Character Development (2008) and 3D Modeling in Silo (2010). antCGi boasts over two decades of experience in digital media, as well as a vast suite of courses available through Digital Tutors, 3DWorld and CGTuts+. Its with this backbone
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Looking for a straightforward and inexpensive animation tool? #Akeytsu might be the answer.
Looking for a straightforward and inexpensive animation tool? Akeytsu might be the answer.
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This morning I decided to put the #SurfaceBook to the test and use it for work, rather than my desktop.

The idea was to see if I could accomplish what I had planned for today on this device, as well as seeing if I could continue working here, where I had left off on my main machine.

So I transferred my files, set-up downstairs and started working in #Maya3D with some music playing through the Surface Books speakers.

Firstly I have to say how nice the keyboard is. It's springy and responsive, a welcome change to the one I had used previously with the Surface Pro 3. It felt much nicer to have a proper keyboard to use. The screen is also glorious and the increased size means that things don't feel cramped. Maya for example felt almost like I was back on my desktop and I didn't need to juggle the windows and tabs.

On first opening Maya I did notice some lag with my 1.5 million polygon test model, but this quickly changed once I adjusted be settings to use Direct X rather than Open GL. Things ran a lot smoother, although the wireframe wouldn't show when I selected the model and there was still a slight delay when manipulating vertices with Soft Selection enabled. All in all it ran better than expected, (this is the i5 model remember, not the i7).

As a reminder to myself I also repeated the same test on my desktop and was surprised to see almost identical results. The wireframe was still missing, so this must be a Maya bug, and Soft Select had pretty much the same delay.

I had some animation work on the cards today so I opened the scenes and began working. Maya ran just as well as on my desktop and it handled the scenes without a problem. The only issues I did have were with the small animation curves in the graph editor and some other UI elements which were really tiny. This was more of a slight niggle though and didn't stop me working.

So as a first test I am happy to say the Surface Book passed with flying colours. Its was comfortable to use and Maya ran smoothly, in fact it ran so well that I wouldn't have any issues doing more work on this device.

Next i'll be testing #ZBrush, #Photoshop and #Mischief.
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When you hear the words “Activity Tracker” the first thought which springs to mind is one of a pedometer. A device worn on your wrist or belt which simply counts your movements for the day. This information is then pushed through various algorithms to work out when you were walking, running or just sat on the sofa. The idea behind this type of tracker being that you have a goal to reach, which is usually 10,000 steps, and this in turn pushes you to get out of your seat to achieve that goal.

Now this is simplifying things slightly, and more modern trackers can now measure steps climbed, calories burned, distance travelled and also how well you have slept using this data.

Jaybird, a company already known for creating wireless headphones is now dipping its toe into the tracker pond with what’s its dubbing an Active Recovery Band. Initially this may seem like yet another glorified pedometer making its way into an already crowded market, but the Reign has a twist.

Yes, it follows you throughout the day and quietly stores your activity. It also sits on your wrist and synchronises its data with a companion app on your chosen device, but the similarities end here. Where the Reign differs from the competition is with the Go Zone. A virtual personal trainer of sorts who measures your body each morning and tells you whether you should push yourself further, or have a well-deserved day off from the gym.

It`s also one of the first devices to automatically recognise when you’re walking, running, cycling or playing sports in addition to swimming. Yes, the Reign is fully waterproof, another feature most of its competitors are lacking. To top it off all this is done with no need for you to log anything, or tell it when you’re about to exercise.

These are all bold claims, but does it actually work?

So with all this in mind have Jaybird breathed a breath of fresh air into the activity tracker market, or will the Reign simply drift by like a draft from an open window?

Read on to find out.
When you hear the words “Activity Tracker” the first thought which springs to mind is one of a pedometer. A device worn on your wrist or belt which simply counts your movements for the day. This information is then pushed through various
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Happy new year!

I hope you not only chase your dreams, but capture them and make them a reality.

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Be happy!
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Just over a year ago there were whispers circling the internet. These were of a new type of #activity #tracker dubbed the Advanced Active Recovery Band, one which did away with basic step counting goals and focused more on telling you when your body was ready to be active, and when to have a day off.

It also boasted the ability to automatically detect when you were #walking, #running, #cycling, #swimming (yes swimming) or doing other sport activities so you didn`t have to log them manually.

All this was collected in a stylish wrist band and then displayed on an equally well designed app on your smart phone.

The idea sounded appealing but unfortunately the developers, Jaybird, decided to put the launch on hold for a while and spend more time refining the device.

Well, a year later its been relaunched and I was fortunate enough to be sent one to try and review.

Read my early thoughts on the device here...
Just over a year ago there were whispers circling the internet. These were of a new type of activity tracker dubbed the Advanced Active Recovery Band, one which did away with basic step counting goals and focused more on telling you when your
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My #tutorials page has had a huge update to now include videos and playlists for my #free workshops towards the bottom of the page!

Courses include #Autodesk #Maya modeling, texturing, rigging, dynamics and shader setup. Covering both high resolution and game development. There are also workshops including #ZBrush and #Photoshop.

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I never intended to buy an iPad Pro.

Yes, I own an iPhone and have done for many years now. I also got sucked into the whole iPad vortex eventually, thinking it would allow me to be more productive but it ultimately ended up living out its days in the bottom of a drawer.

When Apple revealed the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil I didn’t even bother to watch the keynote. For me another, larger iPad wasn’t huge news, and a stylus, well that’s wasn’t exactly ground-breaking. I already owned a Surface Pro 3 which did everything I needed. I could write on it and use all of my main desktop applications too, like Autodesk Maya and ZBrush to a degree. I could even sketch and paint on it too…Yes, it wasn’t perfect but that was just what you expected with these devices. You were never going have the perfect drawing experience so you adapt.

It was only after talking to a handful of my artist friends that my interest was piqued. When phrases like “It’s amazing to draw on” and “I haven’t used my Cintiq Companion since.” We’re used on more than one occasion I decided I had to at least try one.

So did it live up to the hype? Was the drawing experience really that good and would it eventually, as Apple claimed, replace my laptop?

Read on to find out.
I never intended to buy an iPad Pro. Yes, I own an iPhone and have done for many years now. I also got sucked into the whole iPad vortex eventually, thinking it would allow me to be more productive but it ultimately ended
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If your new years resolution was to get fitter this year, and your in the market for a #fitness #tracker, why not check out my #reviews first. They may help you decide which is best for you ;)
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You may not know it but we can all travel in time. We do it while at work or working out, on a long commute or studying in our bedrooms, yet we don`t even notice. Now, this ability is limited. We can`t go backwards or forwards, instead, with the help of a magical ingredient, we can make the present seem to fly by.

What is that magical ingredient? You ask. Its music.

Try to travel for a few hours without your own personal sound system and the journey feels longer. The same can be said if you’re out for a run, time drips by if you don`t have the right equipment and your favourite, motivational tunes.

Having the right headphones is essential, and the pair you choose can decide whether the music you listen to reaches inside and touches your soul, or fades into the background noise.

I`ve always been active but more recently I’ve taken up running and to be honest, the standard headphones just aren`t cutting it any more so I decided to give Jaybirds wireless X2 headphones a go.

Being their update to the popular BlueBuds X headphones, the X2`s promise the same superior sound quality, better sweat proofing and a more comfortable design with their unique ear fins.

So, with my running gear at the ready I put them in my ears and headed out to test them.

Read on to find out my thoughts...
You may not know it but we can all travel in time. We do it while at work or working out, on a long commute or studying in our bedrooms, yet we don`t even notice. Now, this ability is limited. We can`t
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Today has been a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the #Jaybird #Reign.

I decided to wear both the Reign and the #Fitbit Charge HR to compare the step counts and see how close they were.

The day isn't over yet but the counts are as follows -

Reign - 8067
Fitbit - 8821

So you can see, quite a difference really. Now I have no idea which is the more accurate. It could be that the Fitbit is picking up more movements and thinking I'm walking, or perhaps the Reign isn't sensitive enough?

As an extra test I also counted the steps myself, all 500 of them. The Reign measured 342 of them whereas the Fitbit clocked up 549.

Another issue I had with the Reign was that while driving it registered as swimming? In fairness I can see why with the circular motion of the steering wheel. I just need to disable swimming tracking on days when I'm not doing that activity.

There was also an issue of it not tracking my sleep last night too, which was also made more frustrating as I couldn't perform the Go Zone test this morning either.

So in short, after an impressive day yesterday some issues are starting to emerge from the shadows.
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