Course Overview

Nidia Dias has always been fascinated with the intersection of 3D design and organic movement, and these curiosities inform much of her work as an Art Director and Designer. One of Nidia’s most renowned pieces is a jam-packed animation made for Echoic Audio, an award-winning music and sound design studio. The 11-second ident is bursting with particle sims, graphic compositions, and bold colors, and is a brilliant display of Nidia’s voice and vision. Nidia takes a deep dive into the making of her Echoic X Ident and talks about using projects as a way to test out new ideas and tools, collaborating with a partner, and using X-Particles and advanced Cinema 4D techniques to realize her singular vision.

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About Nidia
To kick things off, we cover Nidia’s journey through motion design. We’ll look at some of her past work and discuss some of the influences that helped shape her distinctive style as well as how her ideas go from brief to fruition.
Balancing act
Here we’ll continue the conversation by covering how Nidia is able to maintain the balance between Creative Director and Artist, and how she is able to guide a team of Artists to achieve a unified look.
Conceptualizing echoic
In this section, we dive into Nidia's inspirations for the piece. We’ll look at mood boards, tests, and the first animatic sent to the client, and discuss how experimentation with X-Particles simulations has landed some unintentional, but c
Sims and sands
This video covers Nidia’s unique approach to a few of the shots that were included in her first animatic. We’ll also cover a few workflow tips and tricks that help Nidia quickly iterate and organize files as she goes.
Powered by particles
Now we’ll cover how Nidia was able to achieve a very complex and graphical look to the blue shots with simple, but elegant techniques by utilizing the Redshift shader panel to art direct the 3D simulations into their final look.
The red shots
In this video, we will cover the unexpected methods that Nidia used to create the stunning red shots in Echoic. Here we’ll discover how simplicity can sometimes be the best approach to complicated shots in 3D.
Extended Critique Period
The finalweeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.
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Meet your instructor.

Nidia Dias
Art Director

Nidia Dias is a freelance Art Director and Designer from Portugal. She’s always been fascinated with the intersection of 3D design and organic movement, and most of her work involves creating styleframes for pitches and awarded work, Art Direction, Digital Art, and commissioned pieces.

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