When I was looking to become a game artist back in the day, things were easy. Not many people knew the software, and even fewer were actually good artists! Breaking into the game industry then meant I was hired as an ‘artist’ – a catch-all position that meant that I would be doing a little of everything.
Nowadays the landscape is completely different. Competition for game jobs is absolutely cut-throat. On top of that, 3D art is becoming every more complicated! How can a noob possibly make it? Continue reading Want to become a game artist? Specialize!
How do you know when to use modeling vs sculpting? What objects are best handled via modeling, and which are best handled via sculpting? They seem very similar… but using the wrong approach means uglier art that takes longer to create!
If you are new to sculpting, this is the big question that you want answered: should you learn Mudbox? or zBrush?
Continue reading Mudbox vs zBrush: what should a beginner learn?
Want to know how to place joints correctly? Looking for an explanation for Maya’s skin weighting tools, like the new Geodesic Voxel bind method? Want a cheat sheet for bone placement? Keep reading! Continue reading how to rig in maya: joints & skinning
From reader Ashan, a question about character artist degrees and portfolio work:
I was hoping you could provide some answers for questions I’ve been having – if I wanted to become a character artist, would a degree in digital art/art be more valuable than a solid portfolio?
So: are character artist degrees more important than a portfolio?
Continue reading Reader request: character artist degrees versus portfolio?
When inspiration strikes, getting to work is easy. The idea is fresh, you’re still excited, and you have all sorts of ideas on how exactly to proceed.
But 3D art takes a lot of time, and inspiration passes quickly. How can you make sure to keep your momentum when that eureka moment has passed? Continue reading how to keep your artistic momentum going!
The common thinking is that starting with a T-Pose for characters is the best way of building a model. However, after years of experience, I don’t use a T-Pose any more. In fact, I think modeling in a T-Pose is a terrible idea, and results in characters that don’t look right or deform correctly. Why?
So: why are triangles bad when poly modeling? This is a common question posed to me. And if you’ve watched any of my videos, you know I use tris from time to time. But a lot of people will tell you they should always be avoided. What’s really going on here? Continue reading Why are triangles bad when modeling?
New to Mudbox? Knowing Maya or Max gives you a head start, but like all software, Mudbox has its own quirks.
I’ve assembled this list of Mudbox tips for beginners, based on my experience using the program since version 1. It should help you use the program more effectively! Continue reading Mudbox tips for beginners
Did you know that there is an easy, push-button solution for UV mapping in Maya? A tool that automates the entire process of UV mapping? I can show you a way of easy UV mapping in Maya, using a tool so easy that a beginner can master it in seconds. Continue reading Easy UV mapping in Maya 2015 and 2016