In the new 3D World Magazine, which is focused on character development, I look at texturing metals in this month's Fundamentals article......yes I'm always on topic. The main render was finished in Keyshot, which is a lovely animation and rendering package, which takes a lot of the grief of scene setting and lighting and throws it to the side. This is especially useful for product and industrial designer's as well as magazine writers rushing to meet their deadline.
Also in this month's issue, you can read my review of Mudbox 2013, which I tried to write from a intrigued ZBrush user's perspective, ah if all apps could have PTEX, I would be happy.
So check out issue #161, which also has a roundup of SIGGRAPH - go on go now!