Introducing Character Animation with Blender / Edition 1

Introducing Character Animation with Blender / Edition 1

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by Tony Mullen
     
 

Open your mind to the possibilities

Let this in-depth professional book be your guide to Blender, the powerful open-source 3D modeling and animation software that will bring your ideas to life. Using clear step-by-step instruction and pages of real-world examples from talented Blender users, expert animator Tony Mullen walks you through the complexities of

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Open your mind to the possibilities

Let this in-depth professional book be your guide to Blender, the powerful open-source 3D modeling and animation software that will bring your ideas to life. Using clear step-by-step instruction and pages of real-world examples from talented Blender users, expert animator Tony Mullen walks you through the complexities of modeling and animating, with a special focus on characters. From Blender basics to creating facial expressions and emotion to rendering, you'll jump right into the process and learn valuable techniques that will transform your movies.

  • Walk through the complete process of building a character
  • Master mesh modeling tools and organic modeling
  • Fashion skin, hair, and clothing with material shaders, textures, and other tools
  • Learn to sync lip movements with a sound file
  • Understand interpolation curves, keyframes, and the basics of animating

Model your characters using a variety of mesh editing techniques

See how armatures, lattices, and IK interact

Light and render your work for exactly the effect you want

Valuable DVD with complete Blender installation

The companion DVD provides the Blender installer for Windows®, Macintosh®, and Linux®. You'll also find:

  • All the source files you need to produce the examples and tutorials in the book
  • The short film Elephants Dream and all the files used to create it
  • An impressive gallery of short animations created by Blender artists around the world
  • Plenty of useful links to related Blender resources
  • A large collection of third-party software and plug-ins, including Audacity, Python, and the popular BlenderPeople

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470102602
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Edition description:
With DVD
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Forewords.

Introduction.

PART I: CREATING A CHARACTER WITH BLENDER.

Chapter 1: Blender Basics: Interface and Objects.

Work Areas and Window Types.

Navigating the 3D Space.

Objects and Datablocks.

User Preferences.

Chapter 2:  Working with Meshes.

Polygons and Subsurfacing.

Extrusion Modeling and Box Modeling.

Chapter 3: Completing the Model with Materials, Textures, and Particles.

Material Datablock.

Material Properties.

Textures and UV Mapping.

Using Static Particles.

Chapter 4:  Armatures and Rigging.

Blender Armature System.

Building a Simple Armature.

Rigging Captain Blender.

Chapter 5:  Shape Keys and Facial Rigging.

Shape Key Basics.

Building a Shape Key Set for Captain Blender.

Facial Bones and Controls.

Improved Mesh Deformations Using Driven Shape Keys.

PART II:  BRINGING IT TO LIFE: ANIMATION.

Chapter 6:  Basics of Animation.

Keyframes and Ipos.

Using the Ipo Editor: Bouncing a Ball.

Interpolation and Extend Types.

Chapter 7:  Armature Animation.

Posing and Keyframing with the Action Editor.

Walk and Run Cycles.

Pose-to-Pose Animation.

Chapter 8:  Facial Animation and Lip Sync.

Facial Posing.

Lip Sync.

Playback.

Chapter 9:  Nonlinear Animation.

Using the NLA Editor.

NLA in Action.

Mixing Actions: Walking and Talking.

Chapter 10:  Further Issues in Character Animation.

Interacting with Props.

Deformation with Lattices.

Softbodies and Metaballs.

Chapter 11: Lighting, Rendering, and Editing Your Animation.

Lighting Basics.

Rendering Your Animation.

Editing in the Sequence Editor.

Chapter 12:  Using Python Scripts.

Installing and Executing Python Scripts.

Standard Scripts.

Extended Functionality with Scripts.

PART III:  BLENDER IN PRODUCTION.

Chapter 13: Full-Scale Productions: Elephants Dream and Plumiferos.

GPL, Creative Commons, and the Blender Artistic License.

Elephants Dream, the World’s First "Open Movie."

A Preview of Plumiferos.

Chapter 14:  A Look Into Elephants Dream.

Proog and Emo Rigs.

Texturing Proog.

Ways of Walking: Following a Path vs. a Manually Keyed Walk.

Tips on Studying the Elephants Dream Files.

Chapter 15:  Feifi the Canary: Plumiferos Takes Wing.

Introducing Feifi.

Rigging a Cartoon Bird.

Chapter 16:  Blender in the Pipeline.

Production Pipeline.

Using Libraries.

Collaboration with Subversion and Verse.

…and Back Into Blender.

PART IV:  BLENDER AND BEYOND.

Chapter 17:  Other Software and Formats.

Importing and Exporting Other File Formats.

Useful Open-Source Software for Blender Artists.

Blending into the (Near) Future.

Chapter 18:  Resources for Further Learning.

Selected Online Resources.

Recommended Books.

On Becoming a Blender Master.

Index.

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