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Cobalt
12-05-2018, 08:21 AM
As a graphic artist and illustrator, I have been using Lightwave as a part of my work for about 18 years now. The only reason I started using it was that in 2000 A.D. , Newtek offered a cross software promotion for Macromedia Director users and made my price point entry into Lightwave v 6.5 hard to refuse. It's interesting to see how things have changed since then!

Anyway, one of the reasons that Lightwave has become a key part of my tool-set is because of some good training and excellent teachers along the way. In particular these folks come to mind:

2003: Brad Peebler - video series on VHS tape that was a solid foundation for my start.
2004: Jared and Jen (???) - a book on modeling that taught me processes and short cuts I still use today!
2007-2008: William Vaughn ("Proton"???) videos - just an and all around great guy who was easy to identify with.
2017-2018: Rebel Hill - this guy has a wealth of material and I like his training style!

I know there are many more training gurus out there and I hope you share them here on this post. I hope that there continue to be good training gurus into the future ... it's really the only way for a generalist like myself to be able to continue using Lightwave into the future.

AnimeJoex
12-05-2018, 09:22 AM
Dan Ablan - past
Liberty3D - past, present, and future!

wesleycorgi
12-05-2018, 09:42 AM
My faves: Dan Ablan, William Vaughn, and Larry "Splinegod" Schultz

Cobalt
12-05-2018, 10:04 AM
My faves: Dan Ablan, William Vaughn, and Larry "Splinegod" Schultz

Yes, I did benefit from some of Dan Ablan's and Splinegod's work too! Thanks for the reminder.

Signal to Noise
12-05-2018, 10:44 AM
I have all of Dan Ablans "Inside" books and his video series. Although he did drop the ball on the Medical Courseware stuff.

Also:

Timothy Albee (book and short film)
Leigh van der Byl (book)

TheLexx
12-05-2018, 10:58 AM
Timothy Albee (book and short film)
Albee did a couple of lesser-seen TAFA videos (no sound) which I don't think were on the Mac Reiter site, for anyone interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjIqcwp3Kgk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g-09fn0Oqw

:)

Nicolas Jordan
12-05-2018, 11:11 AM
I started my Lightwave training with Inside Lightwave 6 and still have it sitting on my shelf.

SBowie
12-05-2018, 12:52 PM
Not to overlook the inimitable Ron Thornton and his FX series.

Qexit
12-05-2018, 01:45 PM
Not forgetting Dave Jerrard. Lightwave Applied for LW 5.6 contained the 'Build a Castle' tutorial that I remember spending a whole lot of time and effort completing. As the accompanying CD did not include any part of the castle, the only way to see what it looked like when finished was to work through it all by yourself. An excellent learning experience :)

erikals
12-05-2018, 02:42 PM
hi, see >

Commercial LightWave Training - a list...
https://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?155723


LightWave on Youtube
https://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?155728

Ernest
12-05-2018, 05:01 PM
Not forgetting Dave Jerrard. Lightwave Applied for LW 5.6 contained the 'Build a Castle' tutorial that I remember spending a whole lot of time and effort completing. As the accompanying CD did not include any part of the castle, the only way to see what it looked like when finished was to work through it all by yourself. An excellent learning experience :)

That book was like 30% of my 3D education. The castle, the fountain, the ocean... everything in that book kept getting used constantly for decades. I still use stuff I learned there.
Ron Thorton's videos were another 30%, introducing me to point and spline modeling and compositing, and Bill Fleming's books taught me everything I knew about creature modeling and texturing.

gdkeast
12-05-2018, 10:08 PM
Agree with everything here, and especially thank those who keep producing current tutorials such as Rebel Hill and Adam Gibson at L3D. I know for a fact it can be a tiring task to keep pumping out tutorials when you just did a bunch, but then the software changes.

One thing that amazes me is that even with all the changes, many of the older tutorials still apply to a large degree. I am hoping those that know the program well will continue sharing their knowledge. It does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.

TheLexx
12-06-2018, 09:32 AM
....and Bill Fleming's books taught me everything I knew about creature modeling and texturing.
I clean forgot about Bill Fleming ! People often reference the Jason Osipa book Stop Staring..., but Fleming did a very interesting one called Animating Facial Features and Expressions (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animating-Facial-Features-Expressions-Fleming/dp/1886801819/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544055508&sr=1-1#customerReviews) (including lots of pictures easy on the eye to demonstrate, still relevant today) which can often be had used for 3 or 4 dollars.
Also, I believe Peter Ratner's 2nd Edition of 3-D Human Modeling and Animation (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Human-Modeling-Animation-Peter-Ratner/dp/0471215481/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544056153&sr=1-1&keywords=3-D+Human+Modeling+and+Animation) uses Lightwave (currently available used for only 1p :santa:).

Ratner eventually retired, but Bill Fleming just seemed to vanish...

jbrookes
12-11-2018, 02:17 PM
A number of those people also wrote articles for LightWave Pro and NewTekniques (like John Gross, for instance). Despite being older tutorials, much of what's in them still applies today.

https://archive.org/search.php?query=newtekniques

https://archive.org/search.php?query=lightwavepro

It would be nice if more issues of both of these magazines would be scanned and posted. Note: LightWavePro was compiled into the LightWave 3D book:
https://www.amazon.com/LightwaveProMagazine/e/B000APSLTC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0