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Computer Arts SpecialWith the advent of apps such as Poser, creating 3D human figures has been greatly automated. In this detailed course you're shown how the human form can be constructed from scratch with splines and NURBS, to produce a believable model that will animate with realism.
Profusely illustrated, each element of the figure is covered in detail. Not intended to be program specific, users of LightWave 3D though, will find that many of the techniques, and much of the advice, is relevant to their software.
Beginning with a discussion of the creation of modeling primitives, the supporting tutorials on spline and NURB construction are concise and lead to more detailed information on the use of texture mapping. Concluding with two chapters on preparing your figure for animation, and how the human figure behaves when in motion, this book is thorough, comprehensive, and flexible.
Overall, this is an excellent guide to creating the human form with your favorite 3D modelling package; especially when you need more control over the modeling structure as detailed advice is given on Metaball, polygonal, lattice deformations, as well as seamless spline based modeling.