3D Creature Workshop

Fleming, Bill

Published by Charles River Media, 1998
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Synopsis: Creating photorealistic, interesting 3D creatures is a major skill required of all computer animators. Through step-by-step instructions, users will master all the modeling and surfacing techniques needed to create professional quality creatures. With the tools and techniques provided in this book, animators can learn to cut their creature development time by as much as 75%.

Review: This useful book teaches you all about building lifelike creatures in a variety of 3-D programs. You learn how to create everything from fabulous monsters to action heroes by using LightWave 5.5, 3D Studio Max 2.0, and Animation:Master 5, and by applying general design principles to your work.

The book begins by helping you determine what your creature will look like by first thinking about its habitat, diet, defenses, and other traits. You choose source material and review the use of bones and single-mesh modeling. Next, the author takes you through the basics and advanced aspects of LightWave's Metaform, the polygon-smoothing feature; of 3D Studio Max's Bezier-patch modeling feature; of the 3D Studio Max plug-in, Surfacetools, for spline modeling and converting; and of Animation:Master's Hash-spline modeling feature. You're better off if you know your software fairly well, but if you don't you can still learn some useful design tips.

The final chapter is a general discussion of how to surface your characters using image maps for color, bump, specularity, and diffusion. Here you add color, scars, wrinkles, veins, light, and depth. Throughout the book you get a combination of technical discussion, usage tips, and step-by-step instruction. The included CD-ROM has project files that you use as you work along with the book. A full-color insert shows the resulting images. --Kathleen Caster

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Title: 3D Creature Workshop
Publisher: Charles River Media
Publication Date: 1998
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