With the variable plethora of different applications, scripts, tools, plugins, platforms, engines, and packages available on the market today, how is an aspiring 3D artist (or a seasoned professional for that matter) to know which package he or she ought to be using? In this article I have attempted to do some of the heavy lifting for you, and narrowed this list down to what is, in my opinion, the top 15 applications out there for 3D artists right now. Enjoy!
- One of most widely used 3D applications by professionals, and students alike, is “Autodesk 3ds Max”. Autodesk actually has a ton of programs for 3D modeling, animation, and special effects, but 3ds Max is optimal for someone who is learning 3D, and wants to take it into a profession. The latest release of the software platform is the 2010 version, which has over 350 new features, (including a render-quality viewport display, and the new “Graphite Modeling Tools”). Visit the official Autodesk website for more:www.usa.autodesk.com.
Setting up a character to walk and talk is the last stage before the process of character animation can begin. This stage is called ‘Character Rigging’ and is the underlying system that drives the movement of a character to bring it to life. This paper will examine several key techniques used in character rigging and provide an explanation of why these procedures are critical to good animation.
‘…rigging can be one of the most complicated aspects of getting a 3D character on the screen.’ (Swain 2001)
3D Maya rigging basics – Joints, IK handle, Controls and Bind Skin
I love typography!
It’s no secret that Words are powerful! In the Net words are the main tool for communication with your customers and readers. And typography is a cool way to skyrocket the mojo of your site!
Today I’ve collected a huge collection of web typography for your inspiration 🙂
Take a look!