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Alvy Ray Smith

is an acrostic for ars.


Who is Alvy Ray Smith?

Alvy Ray Smith is a noted pioneer in computer graphics. He is cofounder, with Edwin Catmull, of the animation studio Pixar, financed by Steve Jobs.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Video Games: A-L (2012)

by Mark J. P. Wolf

CGI artist Alvy Ray Smith once estimated that 80 million polygons per second would be required to reproduce reality on the screen. It would be naïve, however, to think that the sole challenge of game engines resides in geometrical complexity. Polygons, as Steven Poole insisted (2000), might be the “building bricks” of contemporary video games, but our visual world is populated with phenomena infinitely less tangible than bricks; water, smoke, fog, fire, and explosions are difficult to ...

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