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Figures, Characters and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art

Figures, Characters and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art

ISBN 13: 9781598638165

ISBN 10: 1598638165

Author: Les Pardew

Pages: 227

Published: 03/16/2009

Print Book Price: $34.99 Add to cart

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Unlock your inner 3D artist as you create amazing 3D art using the powerful program DAZ Studio. "Figures, Characters, and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art" will help you bring your artistic vision to life and enable even those who haven't mastered technical art skills to create beautiful, realistic art. Unlike other art software, DAZ Studio gives you the ability to compose striking scenes using a vast library of existing characters, props, and sets. DAZ Studio's easy-to-use toolset allows even beginning artists to set up an environment and populate it with characters that can move and interact. You'll discover how to construct, move, and pose figures, how to use lighting to make your art look lifelike, and even how to make the characters you create talk. Offering comprehensive coverage of the DAZ Studio software, "Figures, Characters, and Avatars" will help you become a better artist and show you how to stretch your creative imagination as you make unique digital art and animation.
Note*: If you are buying the e-book version of this product, any CD/DVD supplement files referenced throughout the book can be accessed for free at our Companion Downloads page.
  • There are no other books on the market that teach DAZ Studio.
  • Skills are taught using step-by-step instructions with full-color images.
  • Accompanying CD-ROM includes full, working version of DAZ software.
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Author Bio
Les Pardew
Les Pardew is a recognized leader in the world of interactive entertainment. He is a video game and entertainment industry veteran with more 20 years of industry experience. His artwork credits encompass film and video production, magazine and book illustration, and more than 100 video game titles, including numerous market-leading choices. Les has also authored or co-authored 13 books on game art and game design for teens, digital art and 2D and 3D animation, drawing, and virtual models. Les started his career in video games doing animation for Magic Johnson Fast Break Basketball for the Commodore 64, He went on to help create several major games, including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Star Wars, Wrestle Mania, NCAA Basketball, Stanley Cup Hockey, Jack Nicklaus Golf, Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiego?, StarCraft Brood Wars, Rainbow Six, Cyber Tiger Woods Golf, and many others. An accomplished instructor, Les has taught numerous art and business courses, including teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. As a business leader, Les has founded two separate game development studios. He is also a favorite speaker at video game conferences and events.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to 3D Graphics;

Chapter 2: The Scene;

Chapter 3: The Camera;

Chapter 4: The Figure;

Chapter 5: Clothing;

Chapter 6: The Head;

Chapter 7: Posing the Figure;

Chapter 8: Non-Human Characters;

Chapter 9: Avatars;

Chapter 10: Props and Sets;

Chapter 11: Advanced Posing;

Chapter 12: Lighting;

Chapter 13: DAZ Studio and Traditional Media;

Chapter 14: Animation;

Chapter 15: Lip Sync;

Chapter 16: Emotional Characters;