Introducing Character Animation with Blender, 2nd Edition

Introducing Character Animation with Blender, 2nd Edition is written in a friendly but professional tone, with clear descriptions and numerous illustrative screenshots. Throughout the book, tutorials focus on how to accomplish actual animation goals, while illustrating the necessary technical methods along the way. These are reinforced by clear descriptions of how each specific aspect of Blender works and fits together with the rest of the package. By following all the tutorials, the reader will gain all the skills necessary to build and animate a well-modeled, fully-rigged character of their own. The character built over the course of the tutorials is included as a .blend file on the companion website, for the reader to experiment with and learn from.Introducing Character Animation with Blender, 2nd Edition is inspiring as well as educational. A color insert includes sample characters and frames from animations by many of the Blender community’s most talented artists, which help to illustrate the impressive potential of the software.

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Find source files for the tutorials in the book, useful Blender links, and much more on the companion website.

Tap the power of Blender, blend in your creativity, and build memorable animated characters with this practical guide from Blender guru Tony Mullen. Covering the new Blender 2.5, this book offers clear, step-by-step tutorials, a complete discussion of all tools, and illustrations that will both enlighten and inspire you.

Follow all the projects and you’ll soon have the skills you need to build and animate a well-modeled, fully-rigged character of your own. A full-color insert presents dazzling examples from some of the most talented artists in the Blender community.

  • Get up to speed on Blender 2.5’s extensively redesigned user interface
  • Master organic mesh modeling tools and build a complex character mesh
  • Fashion skin, hair, and clothing with material shaders, textures, and slots
  • Use Blender’s new Rigify add-on to create complete, professional-quality character rigs with ease
  • Learn to sync lip movements with a sound file
  • Understand function curves, keyframes, and the basics of animating
  • Learn to link assets and use Armature proxies to organize your productions
  • Analyze the Blender short film, Sintel, and read what its creators have to say

Animate a rigged character to get him running
Use particles and subsurface scattering to create hair and skin
Explore open content from the Blender Foundation Open Movie Projects

Book Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2nd Edition (February 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047042737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470427378
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  1. phyllo says:

    Oh my! What a surprise! I use Blender a lot.

    Thanks for the upload Wow! You just made it possible for me to have access to this book and knowledge otherwise I wouldn’t have chance to, because where I live to get it is really expensive and I don’t even have a credit card even if I had the money.

    Thank you! 😛

    ( Guys the new uploads are .epubs I use FBReader which is under GPL. I mention it because it’s not yet listed how to open .epub at the FAQ )

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