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Alvaro Castañeda
Alvaro Castañeda
intelia animate
Juarez, Mexico
Juarez,  Mexico

I am Alvaro Castañeda, best known as "varomix."

I lost a little of my self back in 1993 at a Jurassic Park screening. I didn't know how they did that. I didn't even know computer yet, but I knew for sure I had to do that, what ever it is, I have to do it.

That totally changed my life. Toy Story finished the job in 1995 -- there was no turning back. I started my way in 3D back in 1998, first using 3ds max, then Cinema4D and finally in 1999 met maya 2.0. Maya totally blew my mind from the start. I had been a coder before in earlier computer years, and I loved the way maya blends the artistical and technical worlds.

Since then I've done CGI for print, web, TV, Film, DVD, I guess anything that has pixels in it. :D

The last five years of my life, me and a few partners have built a world class animation studio with a lot of success.


I love to share my knowledge. I learned by my self, using books, the early internet forums, tutorials and lots of trial and error. I also learned from a lot of people, great people that share their knowledge.

That's why I love to share, also a great way to learn from other people. I totally love the total beginner questions, because their questions are not filled with software limits. They ask wild questions and always get you into new ways of thinking.

I have a beautiful wife, Yaneth, and a beautiful daughter named Dayaem. I can be found in the park or at the movies with them when I'm not eating pixels.


You can find Alvaro Castañeda hosting in Creative COW's and Autodesk Maya Forum.

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Articles by Alvaro Castañeda

MAYA
Particle BasicsParticle Basics
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Particles are a great world to explore. In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, well learn how to create particles in very simple ways. We also add collision objects gravity and render them in a liquid like mesh.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Half-tone EffectHalf-tone Effect
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, we will create a nice looking effect in Maya that emulates the half-tone print effect. This tutorial shows that Maya can create looks not traditionally associated with 3D rendering applications.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Managing ProjectsManaging Projects
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In this Maya video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, youll learn why is important to keep everything nice and organized into projects. Well also learn other ways to create folders by using the mighty command line / shell.

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Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Maya Logo part 2Maya Logo part 2
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In this Maya video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, we add shaders to our geometry to later light and render our final logo. This is part 2 of a 2 part series Creating a Logo in Maya.

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Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Maya Logo part 1Maya Logo part 1
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW contributor Alvaro Castaneda, we begin by tracing the logo in a vector app, then use that to start building the logo, using Maya to bring it to life. This is part 1 of a 2 part series Creating a Logo in Maya.

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Alvaro Castaneda
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