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The best of 2013: the top tutorials and making ofs to grace our website last year!


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Date Added: 17th January 2014

You could drink from these at number 5

Realistic-looking glass doesn't get any better than these examples by Andrew Klein. He takes us through 3 different methods in Maya with mental ray for creating glass with perfect transparency and surface textures – making you look twice in the process!

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Everything fades with time at number 4

Another great tutorial from 2009, this one remains a favorite on our site and you can see why. Learn how to create old and faded paper with Denis Lis, aka Den Fox, using Photoshop.

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Jousting in at number 3

Adam Fisher breaks down how to create a game character in this 10-part series of tutorials from last year. Learn about the steps that take you through from blocking the proportions to presenting your final piece in Marmoset.

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Down the catwalk for number 2

Model and texture a low-poly character in this ever-popular tutorial from 2009. Athey Nansel-Moravetz breaks the steps down in a comprehensive way for creating a character in 3ds Max and Photoshop.

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On top of the lot at number 1

Early last year we were very happy to bring you Isaac Oster's Beginner's Guide to 3ds Max in 11 parts! And you loved it with total pageviews out-stripping the competition!

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These comprehensive video tutorials are a must for beginners, and are full of techniques and tips to help and inspire established artists too.

Have you got some eye-catching artwork or a tutorial you've been working on? Submit your work to us here and rack up thousands of your own views this year! Plus, make sure you don't miss any of these features ever again by signing up to our newsletter here.




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