Digital Modeling

Professional modeling is the foundation of every aspect of the 3D production pipeline and is essential to the success of any 3D computer graphics project. [digital] Modeling is unlike any other modeling book you’ve seen—it gets to the core of what it takes to create efficient production-ready models and demystifies the process of producing realistic and jaw-dropping graphics. Taking a software-neutral approach, it teaches you the essential skills and concepts that you can apply to modeling in any industry 3D software, such as 3ds Max, LightWave 3D, Maya, Modo, Silo, XSI, ZBrush and other leading programs. Modelers, animators, texture artists, and technical directors can all benefit from the valuable information covered in this jam-packed guide containing years of industry knowledge. Simply put, if you work in 3D, you must have this book.

In this inspiring and informative guide to modeling, industry veteran William Vaughan teaches you how to:

  • Master modeling techniques to produce professional results in any 3D application
  • Use the tools of a professional digital modeler
  • Control your models polygon-count as well as polygon-flow
  • Create both organic and hard surface models
  • Understand a modeler’s role in a production environment
  • Gain the knowledge to land a job in the industry as a digital modeler
  • Model using specific tools such as LightWave and 3ds Max in over 6 hours of video training on the accompanying DVD
  • And much more!

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Understanding a Modeler’s Role
Chapter 3. Preparing for Modeling
Chapter 4. Fundamentals of a Digital Model
Chapter 5. Digital Modeling Methods
Chapter 6. Professional Modeling Practices
Chapter 7. Polygonal Modeling
Chapter 8. Subdivision Surface Modeling
Chapter 9. Modeling a Realistic Head
Chapter 10. Modeling a Stylized Character
Chapter 11. Product Modeling for Print Graphics
Chapter 12. Digital Sculpting
Chapter 13. Game Modeling
Chapter 14. 3D Printing of Digital Models
Chapter 15. Getting a Job in Digital Modeling

Book Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders Press (December 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321700899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321700896
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