Course info
May 24, 2018
3h 52m

Character modeling for games can be difficult when you need to pay attention to detail and performance while accounting for animation and movement. In this course, Optimized Game Character Modeling, you'll discover how to manage that balance and how to create a character model for games from scratch. First, you’ll delve into retopologizing in Maya. Then, you'll learn how to build out a body mesh while maintaining edge loops and refining edge flow. Finally, you'll master unwrapping a character for games and how to take optimizations even further. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to build a clean and optimized character for development in any game. Software required: Maya.

About the author
About the author

Dan John Cox has worked in the games industry for 8 years as both an environmental, concept, and character artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Dan John Cox, and welcome to my course Optimized Game Character Modeling. I'm a senior 3D artist in the video games industry. Creating characters for games can be delightful and exciting, but you need to be sure your creation can be animated and rigged easily, while still keeping your model clean and optimal for games performance. This course will teach you how to ensure your models have the right kinds of edge flow, detail level, and efficiency to ensure you create compelling creatures and characters that fit perfectly into your game's performance budget. Some of the major topics that we will cover include using Maya's quad draw tool for retopology, building solid edge flow for animation, unwrapping your character, and aggressive optimization techniques. By the end of this course, you'll know how to create a character model for game development. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with Autodesk Maya. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to create optimized game character models on Pluralsight.