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Zeicon
05-16-2005, 06:58 PM
The Gnomon Workshop has released the following five (5) DVD's:
source: http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/

:: Head Modeling for Games
Instructor: Mayan Escalante

3D game artists are faced with certain restrictions when creating models for use in real-time. Game hardware, art direction and development time all have an impact. It is the challenge of the 3D artist to make interesting and visually believable characters while dealing with these restrictions. This DVD covers the creation of a low polygon model of a head for a game environment. Topics such as polygon component modeling, poly count, scripts and facial anatomy are discussed.

:: Body Modeling for Games
Instructor: Mayan Escalante

Creating characters for games presents many challenges for the 3D artist. Issues such as poly count, flexibility of the rig, art direction, and the game environment itself will dictate the final look of the character. In this DVD, Mayan continues from the head model and design used in Head Modeling for Games, demonstrating the tools and techniques used to create low polygon characters. Topics such as working from a concept design, poly count, scripts, props and topology are discussed.

:: UV Mapping for Games
Instructor: Mayan Escalante

UV layout is one of the most important skills of the game modeler. Unlike high poly modeling, game UVs are given limited texture space. It is important to use that space in the most efficient manner, while minimizing seams and distortion. How you project and arrange your UVs can greatly impact the look of the model and the time it takes to paint your textures. This lecture will cover the tools and techniques necessary to create efficient UV maps.

:: Texture Painting: Fundamentals
Instructor: Paul Campion

In this DVD, Paul Campion explains the essentials of texture painting with Adobe Photoshop®, discussing how observation and an understanding of the original object’s surface qualities are the skills necessary to create photorealistic textures. Starting with reference captured using a standard flatbed scanner, he demonstrates how to create color, bump and specular maps for a prehistoric shark tooth, explaining how each type of map affects the surface qualities of the CG model, and how these three basic maps work together to create a photorealistic surface. In addition, this DVD covers the human face, one of the most difficult areas of a human to texture. This demonstration shows some of the basic principles involved in texturing a human head, relying on the use of good reference and observation skills. Paul also demonstrates how Maya can be effect- ively used as a 3D paint package, using Perspective Camera Projection and texture baking to generate complex UV maps, which are then combined in Adobe Photoshop® to create detailed realistic head textures.

:: Texture Painting: Weathered Surfaces
Instructor: Paul Campion

Objects created using 3D computer graphics have a tendency to appear too perfect and therefore slightly unrealistic. To create more natural textures, it is necessary to be able to observe and understand how real world objects become worn and dirty with age. This DVD focuses on how the understanding and use of aging, and “wear and tear” on an object can help add realism to your textures. Paul demonstrates how different surface materials can be simulated using simple color, bump, specular, reflection and transparency maps. These principles are illustrated by the texturing of a rustic lantern and weathered house using Adobe Photoshop®.

PhilOsirus
05-16-2005, 08:34 PM
As great as they probably are they are still way too expensive. The last (and only) one I bought was $69.00US but that ends up as over $100CAN with shipment and all. Not affordable. If this was all on one DVD then it would be worth it.

rudipooimf
05-16-2005, 08:39 PM
Have to agree there, bought 2 a while back. Good DVD's but cost/content ratio wasn't in line with say a digital tutors set which i got more out of.

Zeicon
05-16-2005, 09:25 PM
They have academic pricing as well... you save a lot if you are student (still expensive though, I agree). I have 30 Gnomon DVD's and I am planning on getting the two texturing DVD's as well since texturing is not my best asset. They look fun and the quality of the DVD's is always top-notch - very professional indeed

Xevious
05-16-2005, 11:40 PM
They have academic pricing as well... you save a lot if you are student (still expensive though, I agree). I have 30 Gnomon DVD's and I am planning on getting the two texturing DVD's as well since texturing is not my best asset. They look fun and the quality of the DVD's is always top-notch - very professional indeed

I didnt know they had academic pricing...Which websites sell these at academic prices?

Mr Majestic
05-17-2005, 08:07 AM
their main website does at a 29% discount....

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