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Game Prop Modeling Fundamentals

by Justin Marshall

Video games are full of amazing environments filled with assets that help create the look of the games and provide interaction opportunities for players. In this course, you’ll learn to sculpt a Swords and Shovels-style loot chest from scratch.

What you'll learn

Think about your favorite video game. No matter what the content or style, they all need assets to populate the world; from power-ups to loot chests, and so much more. In this course, Game Prop Modeling Fundamentals, you’ll learn to begin creating a stylized loot chest from scratch using Maya and ZBrush. First, you'll learn to build up a base mesh using polygonal modeling tools in Maya. Next, you’ll discover how to prepare that geometry for use in ZBrush. Finally, you’ll learn to use ZBrush's powerful sculpting workflow to create a final high-resolution mesh. This course is the first step in the asset creation process. Once done, you can move to the Game Prop Texturing Fundamentals course where you'll create the game-ready geometry and texture the prop. But this initial phase is vital and, when you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills to begin building your own game props.

About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials, and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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