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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for amateurs., 11 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Introducing Character Animation with Blender (Paperback)
Well this book is not easy going and is certainly not for anybody new to Blender.

This book takes you through one main project of creating a person in Blender into rigging and animating it. One of the hardest objects to model are human characters and the book does take you through the full process of this quite well although not brilliantly. The book is nicely laid out which is full of clear (but black & white) images that compliment the text perfectly. Each step is explained clearly but because the Blender buttons interface has a habit of changing with every new version of the software you may find that some buttons are not where the book tells you which can get frustrating.

The DVD included with the book has most but not all the models and textures that the book says should be there. The DVD does have some nice animations and includes the Elephants Dream short movie which is a joy to watch.

The book does contain one major flaw. Parts of the rigging and animating steps are completely missed off and so I found myself confused as to what I did wrong and kept redoing the previous steps only to find after looking at the model on the DVD that the book misses out some key (but small) steps.

If you want, you can download a sample model from the book at fosgad legally to see the model that you will eventually create and rig.

Overall a must have book for a Blender user as long as you use the model on the DVD as reference.
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