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3ds Max Modeling for Games: Volume II: Insider's Guide to Stylized Modeling: 2 [Paperback]

Andrew Gahan
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29 Dec 2011

There's a new trend towards sylized, comic-style art, with the latest wave of 3D movies (a la Pixar ).  Max users can do this kind of thing, and they want to learn how. Andy Gahan is building on the success of his Focal book, 3ds Max Modeling for Games (which covers realistic style art) with this new VOLUME II, covering stylized comic-style art.  Forum members are asking for this treatment, and we are delivering. We are linking up to original book branding and titling, and offering the same robust portal for both books - the art on the cover will show the distinction of this volume. The book will offer new modeling techniques, specifically cartoon style - think Pixar, offering new challenges to people who bought Volume I (which focused on more realistic art).

Website (www.3d-for-games.com) is unique - an online forum where readers can post and answer questions about their work. In terms of developing a portfolio, online peer critiques are invaluable, and current readers have made use of this feature, in fact some have happily become the forum responders (along with Andy) to coach and develop new artists at work.  Also included: step-by-step project files for each chapter; all the relevant texture files and source photos; panoramic skies, small scene objects, bonus texture maps & models so that artists can create whole scenes very quickly without starting from scratch each time; 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.  Unrivalled support in over 10,000 current posts - backing up the book with a lively forum and community of readers from all over the world, ready to help your work. 

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (29 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240816064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240816067
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I started in the games industry in 1992 as a junior artist for Digital Image Design. They came to my college and after seeing my graphic design work, offered me a summer job making games.

I jumped at the chance and without any portfolio or experience at all, and started training on my first game. I progressed to Senior Artist developing flight simulators and military training systems until the studio was bought by Infogrammes around 1998.

I became Lead Artist when Infogrammes sold the studio to Rage, I then left, and then became Art Director at a small start-up called Lightning Interactive. I switched again to join my old friends from Digital Image Design at Evolution Studios.

I progressed through the ranks again at Evolution studios becoming Art Manager on some of the later World Rally Championship games on PlayStation 2 and then to Producer/Outsource Manager. I went on to be Senior Development Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and delivered 3 titles in the MotorStorm series on PlayStation 3 including MotorStorm, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and the newly announced MotorStorm: Apocalypse - including all the downloadable content.

I now own and run The Pixel Bullies, which is an Outsource and Game Development studio in the North West of England.

I've written 3dsmax Modeling for Games (2008) Focal Press, and I edited Game Art Complete (2008) Focal Press. I also founded www.3d-for-games.com and www.3d-for-games.com/forum which has now grown into an extremely friendly and vibrant 3D community where everyone helps out with any 3D related issues and showcases their work.

Specific help and support is give to anyone who registers and logs in. I've also just completed the Max in Minutes and Maya in Minutes video tutorials for Focal Press, be sure to check them out to help you master the software in short bite-size videos. http://www.focalpress.com/eresources.aspx

I also give lots of readers the opportunity to work with me on new projects and get the valuable experience they need to get the job of their dreams.

I'm also currently the Executive Producer on a short animation called Mila - www.MilaFilm.com which is in the early stages of production.

If you're interested, here is the list of games I have helped to develop...
Robocop 3 (Amiga)
Inferno (PC)
EF2000 (PC)
F22 - Air Dominance Fighter (PC)
Total Air War (PC)
Wargasm (PC)
GTC Africa (PS2)
World Rally Championship (PS2)
WRC II Extreme (PS2)
WRC 3 (PS2)
WRC 4 (PS2)
WRC 5 - Rally Evolved (PS2)
MotorStorm (PS3)
Pursuit Force 2 (PS2)
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (PS3)
Pacific Rift DLC (PS3)
MotorStorm Apocalypse (PS3)

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About the Author

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)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title 18 April 2013
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This book is aimed more at Maya and Zbrush rather than 3ds max, Which I wouldn't mind but it specifically says 3ds Max.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title. 18 Feb 2012
Well as the title of the book claims its about 3ds Max Modelling for Games, I readily bought this book having been impressed by volume 1 in the series by the same author. To my disbelief when I finally got it and opened this book, I saw that the greater part of the book's modelling tutorials are done using Maya. This left me feeling cheated somehow and incredibly annoyed as I wanted to learn how to do such stylized modelling using 3ds Studio Max and not using Maya! This then will force those of us not familiar with Maya to download its trial version and try to complete the tutorials under pressure in the time period OR adapt each tutorial to 3ds Max which is what the book is supposed to be using in the first place! This is not as straightforward/quick as it might seem, as the products have a different GUI/ look and feel! However as a 'compensation' I guess for not teaching you in the product you'd expect from the title, the book does devote a section on how to model the same character in.....ZBrush! Annoying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent for self study 17 Oct 2012
By amalia
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I just look through the book and I am really excited. But first I have to finish another book I bought. I will come with another review after I finish the book. everything is there. it just need self desire for study and ambition. It is an endless field to study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Pleasantly Unique Book 6 Dec 2011
By Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the author's first version of this book and was impressed enough with it that i also got the revised edition (volume one) and eagerly awaited this volume (volume two). The uathor impressed enough in the previous edition and volume that my expectations felt they were too high for this one. Fortunately, those expectations were met and easily surpassed. Here's why.

The style of instruction is detailed and the accompanying images as well as figures match the text that you are never lost and your momentum is never broken. You build the models with just the right images, details and advice.

But while this may seem like a blanket generalization common to excellent 3d books, what makes this book really stand out is how it shows the content you will hardly find elsewhere, plus related important lessons you will not have to find elsewhere, including what I can only describe as insider information and methodologies that can only come from somebody with not only deep knowledge of the gaming, animation and the general 3D industey but someone who still works in it and has a very keen sense of what the latest technology and tools are available at your disposal to produce cutting edge work-- the way seasoned professionals do it, and then readily shows you exactly how it's done.

This time it IS different in that the workflows and actual pre-modeling as well as planning and related relevent work is shown, in the way gaming studios do it and showing a depth in the topics you will not find elsewhere.

For example, apart from the chapters on modeling and game mechanics and methods, it includes such gems as how to plan your projects, how make the actual plans, briefs, sketches, concept art, mood boards, and LODs (level of detail) implementation, among many others. Some are the stuff that may seem like they belong in other books you may not care to buy, while some are just specially available in this book, coalescing around the concept of 3D modeling for games. It also provides coverage on 3ds Max's strong new features like graphite modeling tools as well as the vaunted Nitrous accelerated graphics.

The theme focuses on building models of a boy, his robot, and many environmental elements, including props and vegetation. The idea is in making a bit of a departure from the usual realistic modeling style to what is also a very popular (but not often addressed) artful, playful characters like you'll find in many games and films such thise in the styles of Pixar and Dreamworks.

There are two key caveats about this book, however. The first is that it is not for the absolute beginner. There are a lot of other books for that, and this is meant to address that great need for information beyond the basics. (That being said, the author still adds enough of the basics anyway so no one gets lost. Talk about commitment.)

The second caveat, and something many may cry afoul about, is that in this volume, the author provides the key tools available and relevant in the "here and now," and this may make the title seem a bit misleading to some, because this volume actually has more pages devoted to Autodesk MAYA and zBrush than it has for (also Autodesk's own) 3ds Max!

But do not be surprised, or fooled into thinking this is wrong because it actually fits perfectly and is absolutely appropriate with how Maya has grown to such heights that it has moved not only from the realm of finding its strongest use in film but now also in conjunction with 3ds Max in the gaming industry as a key part of standard pipelines. And you will see why when you read the book.

What is actually happening here is that instead of focusing on what would have been the narrow confines of the subject (3ds Max)-- something that would have limited you to miss recent industry direction as well as in the real reasons for buying the book (3D modeling for games and key 3D lessons, instead of a primer on one particular software)-- the book gives you the clear, big picture.

This book and its accompanying first volume stand very well on their own, and you can also use it in conjunction with related Maya and Zbrush books from Eric Keller, Lee Lanier and Scott Spencer, and watch your level of awesome in the technical side of 3D skills match that bona fide pros.

I would have easily given this book 5 stars if it focused solely on core 3ds Max concepts. But it's like you get the integral chapters on Maya and zBrush for free, and I would have gladly given it six stars out of five.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Book title is deceptive; very little 3ds Max content 13 Aug 2012
By Stephen Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of this books is "3ds Max Modeling for Games: Insider's guide to stylized modeling."

What would you expect from such a title? I can tell you that I expected:
1) That it is 3DS Max specific
2) That it is about modeling
3) That it primarily focuses on STYLIZED modeling (AKA Pixar like as it indicates in the summary)

This book meets only the second criteria; it is actually about modeling. It completely fails to meet the criteria about being 3ds Max centric and has very little about stylized modeling.

This book is NOT 3DS Max specific at all. Of the 356 pages of content, only 81 pages are 3ds Max specific (the first five chapters). My calculator indicates that this works out to only 23 percent of the book! And yet the words "3ds Max" are the first words in the title.

What makes up the remaining 77 percent of the book? Tutorials on Maya and Z-Brush. To the author's credit, the Z-Brush tutorial is about creating a stylized character (24 pages), although NOTHING like a character you might see in PIXAR film. The Maya tutorials are an intro to modeling in Maya and then how to model a robot.

Not only is a measly 23 percent of the content dedicated to Max-specific content, none of the 3DS Max content has anything to do with stylized modeling; it shows how to create trees, bushes and vegetation. Based on the title and the summary I was expecting lessons on how to create stylized characters; or stylized something.

Neither the title nor the summary are forthcoming about what this book actually consists of. Now if you are looking for a few chapters on how to create realistic vegetation in 3DS Max, this book has beautiful color images and appears to contain excellent learning material in that area. But that is a steep price to pay for a few brief tutorials. The publisher and/or the author did a great disservice to prospective buyers with this title, and are downright deceptive.

These books are way to expensive to be led-on by false promises, deceptive titles and summaries. I am sending this back to Amazon for a refund.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Title is decieving 10 Oct 2012
By Hoogle Hans - Published on Amazon.com
This isn't a very good book on modeling with 3ds max. The first volume is far better in my opinion. The examples are mediocre and a lot of the techniques are outdated. Also more than 2/3 of the book is maya and zbrush! Then why is it called 3ds max modeling for games? Save your money on this one or get the first volume instead.
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