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d4rk
02-13-2003, 10:44 PM
Hey, I was wondering what is the best way to start learning lightwave? I got the book from Dan Alba Inside Lightwave7 and I'm currently learning on the demo, though some features are disabled and I cant hve more that like 200 polys. I plan on buying the Educational Version in the Fall when I can afford it and start school again. How did all you guys learn? Any tips or advice? I learned v5.5 a long time ago, but I forgot almost everything I knew. v7 is really different too. I use to use A:M :annoyed: ..... but now I'm moving back to LW. Well I'm just starting to get back into things now hope I can get to be as good as some of you guys I see here on CGTalk.

proton
02-13-2003, 10:47 PM
Here is a great place to start:

http://www.lightwave3d.com/tutorials/index.html


and all features should be working in the demo....where are you having a problem....

fletchman
02-14-2003, 12:22 AM
Originally posted by d4rk
How did all you guys learn? .

Proton is right there are valuable resources on the newtek site. Here is another:

http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm

I also got Dan Alban's Class on Demand tape. :buttrock:

LittleFenris
02-14-2003, 05:29 AM
I actually bought a bunch of Dan Ablan's VHS tutorial videos a while back...they are great. Its a nice quick way to learn stuff w/o having to sit down and read a 600 page book. I also have all his books and a bunch of other various books (not only for lightwave). Thats the way i learned what i know so far. :)

quatermain
02-14-2003, 05:49 AM
hey, y'all. my first post.

has anyone tried character builder from class on demand, the $169 4 dvd bundle taught by dan ablan?

fletchman
02-14-2003, 06:17 AM
Hi quatermain,


if it is anything like the first two tapes, then it should be very good. you should also check out the DesktopImages Tapes "Get into 7" DVD. It covers just about averything from modeling a character to animation plus the use of SASlite. :beer:

SplineGod
02-14-2003, 08:25 AM
Dont forget my courses at: http://www.splinegod.com/onlinetraining.htm
Hours and hours of training and months of online support too. :)
My Intro to Lightwave course is on special. It comes with over 30 hrs of lectures and 3 months minimum of support online through our support forum. You can ask questions when you want and have your work critiqued as you learn. Its very thorough.
http://www.splinegod.com/introtolightwave.html
:)

d4rk
02-14-2003, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by proton
....where are you having a problem....

hmm.. well I wasn't having a problem, just messing around and I used something I forget what it was but I got a message that said disabled....

I'll definetly check out all the tutorials that you guys sugested!

Thanks!

Arte
02-14-2003, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by SplineGod
Dont forget my courses at: http://www.splinegod.com/onlinetraining.htm
Hours and hours of training and months of online support too. :)
My Intro to Lightwave course is on special. It comes with over 30 hrs of lectures and 3 months minimum of support online through our support forum. You can ask questions when you want and have your work critiqued as you learn. Its very thorough.
http://www.splinegod.com/introtolightwave.html
:)

Seconded.

I wouldn't recommend looking at anything other than interface at Newtek without looking at Larry's tutorials if possible. Newtek's tutorials are too advanced and *WAY* too dangerous to a newbie. The Hypervoxel smoke tutorial for instance will set up a new user with a bad habit instantly.

They should be bundled with Lightwave!

Proton you could categorize the tutorials similar to Fusions's Courseware and avoid teaching new users deadly solutions before they can distinguish good from bad.

X

SplineGod
02-14-2003, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by Arte
Seconded.

Proton you could categorize the tutorials similar to Fusions's Courseware and avoid teaching new users deadly solutions before they can distinguish good from bad.

X
Hey, Whats modeling without losing a limb or two? :)

fletchman
02-14-2003, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by SplineGod
Dont forget my courses at: http://www.splinegod.com/onlinetraining.htm
Hours and hours of training and months of online support too. :)
My Intro to Lightwave course is on special. It comes with over 30 hrs of lectures and 3 months minimum of support online through our support forum. You can ask questions when you want and have your work critiqued as you learn. Its very thorough.
http://www.splinegod.com/introtolightwave.html
:)


Hi Larry,


The World tour CD? Does it cover modeling a character?? Coz I suck at it and want to improve on it. I like your spline approach.

:buttrock:

SplineGod
02-14-2003, 12:34 PM
The World Wide Tour CD has a about 10 hrs of material on it. No splines on the CD. I have a free spline tutorial on my site you can DL. Several hours of the CD cover character modeling in general, skelegons, IK setup and creating a walkcycle. The rig is on my website.
Proton mentions here whats on the CD:
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=239692#post239692
Im also in the process of putting together CDs specifically on modeling with splines. Something that covers the subject in great detail. :)

fletchman
02-14-2003, 12:53 PM
Hmm it does say that you do character modeling. What sort is it? Biped?

SplineGod
02-14-2003, 12:58 PM
Its a fairly generic human type biped but not anatomically correct (I usually leave those kinds of details to the students). This was a two day seminar and covered a great deal of material. I actually enhanced the character material to make some things clearer or go into more details. Its pretty good. :)

fletchman
02-14-2003, 01:01 PM
This is me, reaching into wallet and grabbing the credit card to get CD. WOOOOHOOOO! :airguitar

LittleFenris
02-14-2003, 03:05 PM
SplineGod, these things say they are 3 month courses...what exactly does that mean? Sorry I'm very new to all this online training stuff. I usually just buy books and videos to learn stuff. (Especially when the place i work for pays for them ;)) And what type of project(s) do you cover in you online training?

SplineGod
02-14-2003, 11:04 PM
The 3 months MINIMUM refers to how much support you get along with the CDs. So basically when you sign up you get the CDs and start working through the lectures. As you work through them you will have questions. You use the support forum to ask questions , get answers and interact with others taking the same course. You also post your work in progress to have it critiqued. The critiques are to point out where its good and where changes need to be made to improve it.
The courses are self paced which means you can break up the support time any way you want.
The intro course is not simply a run through of the manual on CD.
I believe that its easier to remember things when associated with a project. When I was working at Foundation Imaging we worked on a TV series called Dan Dare (you can see some of the stuff I did on my site). If you arent familiar with Dan Dare, he is a British comic book hero from the 1950s similar to Buck Rogers or Flash Gordan. The show has a very retro look (imagine how ppl in the 1950s envisioned the 21st century). All the planets have life, the space suits have large diving type collars, rivots in everything etc etc. I thought a good project to learn lightwave would be to model a Dan Dare type spaceship, launch ramp and so on. Once its modeled then the next phase is to texture and light it. The next phase is to animate and add various f/x to it. This is a typical thing that you would do on a job. By the end of the course you should have a good grasp on lightwave. I cover a lot of material and go into some depth with it. As the course progesses I also add additional assignments based on what you have learned like creating other things not directly on the CDs where you have to use your own imagination. Its the best of having one on one training and training as a group. I also try and teach many of the tricks Ive learned on the job.
I think books are great and some of my best friends have books.
Dans got some very good books. Books are excellent reference and can also reinforce things you learn through videos and courses.
I also wanted to mention:
For the first 50 signups to The Lightwave World Wide Community Tour ( http://www.learnlightwave.com ) there are specials you can qualify for. One is my Intro to Lightwave course for $199.00 and my Professional Character Series for $600.00 (3 monthly payments of $200.00). That comes out to $50/week.

d4rk
02-15-2003, 12:36 AM
Wow that training sounds really good. If I could afford it I would go for it. Definetly something to save up for! :applause:

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