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How to Create Real-Time 3D Graphics (Hard-Surface Modeling)

NOTE:  Attendees MUST purchase tickets on Eventbrite here.

In this talk, 3D artist Jarien Sky will walk through the process of modeling a prop for a 3D game from start to finish. He will show you how to collect reference images, create a game-resolution model in 3ds max, layout UVs in 3ds max, create a high-polygon version of the model in 3ds max and Zbrush, and use xNormal to bake normal and ambient occlusion maps from the high-poly to the low-poly model.

Topics covered will include:
• Reference Images
• Profile of the game-resolution model
• Useful modeling tools/techniques
• Modeling details (game resolution model vs. normal mapping)
• Topology and polygon distribution
• Optimal UV layout

Jarien is a veteran 3D artist currently working for educational software company Cyber-Anatomy. Through past work for video game art outsourcing company Liquid Development, he has created 3D assets for AAA games by various developers. Notable titles include Harmonix's Rockband (PS3/360), Incognito's Warhawk (PS3), Bioware's Dragon Age (PC), and Guerilla Games's Killzone 2 (PS3). His modeling and texturing experience includes natural and man-made environments and props, characters and human anatomy, animals, and vehicles. He has also dabbled in indie projects and has a B.S. in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Portland in Oregon.

Don't pass up this chance to meet a seasoned industry vet in a small, intimate environment.

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  • Jarien S.

    Thanks for attending, everyone. I enjoyed presenting and I hope you learned something! Feel free to let me know if you have questions, since we were a bit rushed due to technical difficulties.

    May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not terribly familiar with the area, is there parking nearby?

    May 14, 2014

  • Rohit C.

    Reminder: In order to attend this event, you must purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!

    May 12, 2014

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