Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Jan 19, 2015
Duration
4h 27m
Description

Throughout these LightWave 3D tutorials, we'll be modeling a Bell 407 helicopter, which is popular for use with TV news programs, military reconnaissance, highway patrols, and other uses. We'll start in Photoshop, preparing a blueprint drawing for use in LightWave. We'll then move into LightWave and once our background is set up, we'll model the helicopter using a variety of techniques including working with polygons and sub-divisional surfaces (Sub-Ds). We'll learn to handle hard surface modeling with Sub-Ds, including how to make sharp corners or soft, precise curves. Finally we'll set up basic textures using images from Photoshop and UV maps made in LightWave. Software required: LightWave 3D 11.6.2, Photoshop CC.

About the author
About the author

Phil Nolan has been an artist of one sort or another all of his life.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Phil Nolan. I'm a freelance 3D Artist in the Philadelphia area. My recent work has been mostly medical animation, but I'm also working on a personal project based on a fantasy novel. In this course, we're going to model and texture a Bell 407 helicopter using LightWave 3D. Some of the things we'll cover in this course include: How to set up reference images in Photoshop and LightWave. Modeling hard-surfaced objects with both polygons and subdivisional surfaces. Unwrapping UV maps for an object, and painting basic textures in Photoshop, then loading them onto the model. By the end of this training you will have learned how to model a full vehicle from scratch that's ready for animation. I'm really excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these techniques with you. So let's get started with the first lesson.