Character Development in Blender 2.5 / Edition 1

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN BLENDER 2.5 provides an introduction to both Blender and character modeling, explaining the various Blender tools and how to use them to create amazing, believable 3D characters. Providing both the how and why behind each new tool or skill presented, the book is written in a step-by-step format so you can easily follow along. Divided into five parts, the book covers box modeling, poly-by-poly modeling, sculpting, retopologizing, normal mapping, and more. You'll begin by learning the raw basics of Blender, giving you an understanding of how the Blender interface works and how you can manipulate objects in 3D space, as well as how to customize your Blender experience. You'll then get an introduction to some of the modeling features of Blender and how you can manipulate meshes with Blender's various modeling tools, modifiers, and sculpting functionality. In part three you'll move on to the real focus of the book, modeling the character, focusing on the workflow, and various modeling techniques. Part four provides a brief introduction to lighting and rendering characters before the final section of the book walks you through the process needed to prepare the character for complete texturing and how to bake and apply normal maps to a low-resolution version of the character. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN BLENDER 2.5 shows you everything you need to get started as a character modeler and Blender artist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435456259
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 685,614
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Kansas on January 12th, 1989, Jonathan Williamson has been dabbling in art ever since he could hold a crayon. He was always sketching but when he turned 14 and discovered 3D things became serious. Since 2003 he has been completely immersed in the digital arts and has never looked back. For the last four years his focus has been character modeling and design. He also actively works to pass on the skills he's learned by producing training materials for his software of choice, Blender. Jonathan has been very active in the Blender community over the years, helping to organize and present two Blender conferences in Montreal and one in New York, and returned two consecutive years to North Carolina to teach alongside fellow Blender artists at a summer camp for junior-high students hosted by Red Hat Linux.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. PART I: MAKING YOUR WAY AROUND BLENDER 2.5. 1. The Interface and Navigation. 2. Objects. 3. Customizing Blender. PART II: GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH MESHES. 4. Mesh Objects. 5. Modifiers. 6. Sculpting. PART III: MODELING THE CHARACTER. 7. Introducing the Character, Preparing Your Workspace, and Using Background Images. 8. Box Modeling a Base Mesh. 9. Blocking in the Accessories and Hair. 10. Sculpting and Modeling the Body and Clothing Details. 11. Modeling the Accessory Details. 12. Retopologizing the Character. PART IV: LIGHTING AND RENDERING THE CHARACTER AND ADDING MATERIALS. 13. Lighting and Rendering. 14. Materials. PART V: UV MAPPING AND NORMAL MAPPING. 15. UV Mapping. 16. Normal Mapping. Appendix A.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

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    Fantastic intro to Charicter Modeling

    I have been working with Blender for the past seven months as of last week, and so i decided to expand my horizons in the modelng world by moving on from working just with hard surface modeling to something more organic.

    With that said i highly reccomend this book for those who want to expand upon their knowledge about the 3D world of Blender. This includes those who are just begining in Blender, and those seasoned artists looking to try something new.

    Although this book is mainly intended for beginers who want to get a taste of charicter modeling, it is good idea for Blender vetrans to take a look as well, they might end up learning some new ways of doing what was usually a difficult task.

    Jonathan Williamson does an accepttional job of describing the process of creating a charicter; at first, there are baby steps when he is first introducing you to blender, then as the book progresses and you [the reader] gets more comfortable with the keys and shortcuts, things begin to pick up pace. Until eventually your able to find your way around the interface on your own at lightning speed.

    all in all this book is worth the $35. like i mensioned before, i have been working with blender for the past seven months, so i know a prety good deal about it, but even with the knowledg i have now, this book still offers up plenty of help that make my modeling experience that much better.

    this book is a wonderfull addition to any 3D modelers arsenal. i definately reccomend it to anyone, including those who are still unsure on Blender.

    And if your still unsure about Blender, go to the community, there are literally thousands of people who would love to tell you why Blender is amung all other 3D programs, the best there is.

    Fantastic job Jonathan! Thanks for all the time and effort you put into creating this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014


    Great help

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