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A compilation of key chapters from the top Focal game art books available today - in the areas of Max, Maya, Photoshop, and ZBrush. The chapters provide the CG Artist with an excellent sampling of essential techniques that every 3D artist needs to create stunning game art.
Game artists will be able to master the modeling, rendering, rigging, and texturing techniques they need - with advice from Focal's best and brightest authors. Artists can learn hundreds of tips, tricks and shortcuts in Max, Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush - all within the covers of one complete, inspiring reference.
--The four cornerstone software packages for game art development all explained in one book - Photoshop, Maya, Max and Zbrush.
--Easy to follow steps with theory, explanations, and exercises.
--"The best of" Focal Press for game art - top selling authors share their lessons, tips, tricks, and tutorials.
'Game Art Complete' is a compendium of the finest tutorials from Focal Press' deep catalog of game art books. Topics cover rendering, rigging, texturing, and modeling across the major software programs used in game art today: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, and ZBrush. Learn the tips and tricks that will make your art more stunning and the processes that will let you work more efficiently. Let the cream of the Focal crop help you improve your game art with this all-star collection of tutorials and techniques. Includes the original companion files from the original texts including video tutorials, source files, texture maps, Max and Maya files, reference images, and rigging tools.
Offering an excellent sampling of essential techniques that every 3D artist needs to create stunning game art, this handbook helps artists to master the modeling, rendering, rigging, and texturing techniques they need. Features include easy-to-follow steps with theory, explanations, and exercises.
About the Author
Andrew Gahan is a leading industry expert in next generation consoles and digital gaming. His roles have included Senior Artist, Lead Artist, Art Manager, Art Director, Art Outsource Manager, and Producer. Andrew is an expert in all gaming tools for commercial game development, including: 3ds Max, Maya, Photoshop, XSI, Gen Head, Z Brush, Mud Box, and Poly-boost (as well as other 3ds max plug-ins). During this time Andrew has worked on 14 standalone published games as well as sequential spin-off products; as well as developing a number of military training systems for the Warrior - Armoured Fighting Vehicle, Harrier and Tornado aircraft. In the last decade Andrew has been involved in recruitment and development of artists, including theoretical and practical training. Andrew has been a freelance consultant helping companies to develop and improve tools and applications that are used by artists in the digital gaming industry. Andrew is currently a visiting speaker and advisor at Liverpool John Moore University for the MA digital games course; and is an external advisor at the University of Bolton, supporting the development of their forthcoming 3D related courses. Andrew has judged the Independent Games Festival for the past 2 years. He has been a visiting speaker at Liverpool John Moore University since 2005, and will also be a speaker at the University of Bolton for the forthcoming 3D Games Modeling course. Andrew Gahan has given numerous media interviews, of which a recent selection is given below: 15 December 2007. Interview with Gamasutra magazine Media consumption: MotorStorm’s Andy Gahan. Television interview for 1-up.com with Pete Smith (Executive External Producer, SCEE (Sony)) in San Francisco, during GDC (Game Developer Conference) in the Sony Store for the launch of MotorStorm. Television interview for GamerTV with Pete Smith (Executive External Producer, SCEE (Sony)) in San Francisco, during GDC (Game Developer Conference)
is a leading industry authority in next-generation consoles and digital gaming. He is an expert in all gaming tools for commercial game development, including: 3ds Max, Maya, and Mudbox. He is the author of 3D Automotive Modeling and creator of the 3ds Max in Minutes and Maya in Minutes video series.
Table of Contents
Introduction.-3d Modeling for Games Using 3ds Max, Low Poly Asset-Box.-3d Modeling for Games Using 3ds Max, Low Poly Asset-Oil Drum.-3d Modeling for Games Using 3ds Max, Creating texture Maps From Photographs.-3d Modeling for Games Using 3ds Max, Creating Normal Maps using Photoshop and Crazy Bump.-Character Modeling with Maya and Zbrush.-Character Modeling with Maya and Zbrush Anatomy.-3D Game Textures, Preparing for Texture Creation.-Building Interactive Worlds In 3D, The Basic 3D Kit.-Character Modeling with Maya and Zbrush Pipeline and modeling guidelines.-Character Modeling with Maya and Zbrush Overview of Maya.-Character Modeling with Maya and Zbrush Introduction to Z Brush modeling.-An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging Designing Your First Biped Character.-An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging Creating Your First Biped Character: Modeling Basics.-An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging Creating your First Biped Character: Facial Expressions.-An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging Creating your First Biped Character: Shading and Texturing Basics.-3d Modeling for Games Using 3ds Max, High poly and low poly character