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Book cover image of 3ds Max Modeling for Games: Insider's Guide to Game Character, Vehicle, and Environment Modeling by Andrew Gahan

Authors: Andrew Gahan
ISBN-13: 9780240810614, ISBN-10: 0240810619
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Date Published: August 2008
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Andrew Gahan

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)

Book Synopsis

The book will provide insider tips, traps, and techniques on how to create 3d assets for use in computer games and simulation systems. The book will consist of a series of tutorials, starting with simpler models and moving up to more complex builds. As the book comes to us directly from successful game artists within commercial game development circles (Gahan + contributors) aspiring game artists will also find keen insights on how to get ahead in the game industry, i.e. how to prepare your personal portfolio to provide an edge in this extremely competitive world of game development.

The strength of this book is that it teaches all of the important game modeling elements of 3ds Max: character modeling, environment modeling, mapping. The book covers how to model, texture and animate credible game characters and levels using 3ds max. As readers move from tutorial to tutorial, they will be building their own portfolio of high quality work.

The DVD contains countless examples of what's hot and what's not in 3D modeling and also enough support images and photos to keep the budding artist busy for months; Features:
-step-by-step project files for each chapter
-all the relevant texture files and source photos used to create the texture maps applied to the 3D projects.
-extras: panoramic skies, small scene objects and a many texture maps and models so that artists can create whole scenes very quickly without starting from scratch each time.
-royalty free stock photos that artists can use in their own texture maps, models and scenes.
-additional material on the book's bonus website at www.3d-for-games.com

—Author Andy Gahan is a seasoned professional and leading industry expert. Gahan is a key member of an award-winning game team recently scoring number 1 hits in Japan, Europe and America with the Playstation 3 smash hit MotorStorm.

—Game Modeling techniques offered with artist's potential portfolio in mind. Find out what Art Directors and Managers are looking for.

—Essentials of 3D game modeling covered - Characters, Vehicles, Assets and Scenes - including lighting and rendering.

—DVD contains countless examples of what's hot and what's not in 3D modeling and also enough support images and photos to keep the budding artist busy for months.

—Find additional tutorials and even contact the author on the book's website at www.3d-for-games.com

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Low-Poly Asset 1 (Cardboard Box) 1

Ch. 2 Low-Poly Asset 2 (Oil Drum) 17

Ch. 3 Creating Texture Maps from Photographs 35

Ch. 4 Normal Mapping 53

Ch. 5 Creating Complex Objects from Primitives 71

Ch. 6 Low-Poly Vehicle 91

Ch. 7 High and Low Poly Characters 161

Ch. 8 Mid-Poly Environment 265

Ch. 9 Portfolio and Interview 289

Gallery 299

Index 305

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