Dress it Up! The Importance of Set Dressing
Set dressing is a term that comes from theater and film and entails decorating a particular set with curtains and furniture, filling shelves and generally making it look real and lived-in. In the world of animated movies and video games, you must accomplish the same tasks with your virtual sets. This means that after creating your base set geometry (a creature-infested subway, child's bedroom, etc.) you can then go in and populate the set with appropriate models in order to add realism. This could mean adding boards and barrels to the subway tunnel or a shelf full of toys and books in the bedroom.