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3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster in 3ds Max and ZBrush - SOLD OUT!

3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster in 3ds Max and ZBrush - SOLD OUT!

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PLEASE NOTE: this book is out of print with no current plans to reprint it.
3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster in 3ds Max and ZBrush offers a truly comprehensive, step-by-step guide to modeling, sculpting, unwrapping, texturing and rendering a low poly game character. Each chapter is broken down into bite-sized steps that leave no setting or process unexplained, allowing aspiring modelers to learn at their own pace and develop a solid understanding of the character creation process. The professional workflow detailed in this book is typical of the games design industry and anyone looking to produce a portfolio-worthy character will benefit from talented character artist Gavin Goulden's extensive experience in this field.

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Follow in an experienced character artist's footsteps to create a breathtaking low poly game character fit for any portfolio.

About the Author
After attending the Center for Arts and Technology, Gavin Goulden moved west to begin his career in the video games industry. Gavin began his career as a generalist for Magellan Interactive, then moved on to Piranha Games to work on multiple first-person titles. After years of working with Piranha, Gavin decide to take the leap and become a full-time freelance artist. It was during this time that he was able to dabble in multiple styles and genres, contributing to titles such as: Dragon Age, FEAR 2, Rock Band 2, Damnation, Fallen Empire: Legions (now Legions: Overdrive), and many other unannounced projects. Feeling the need to be part of a team again, Gavin joined Blue Castle Games/Capcom Vancouver as a character artist on the titles The Bigs 2 and Dead Rising 2. After completing work with Capcom, Gavin moved on to Irrational Games in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a character artist on Bioshock Infinite.

Product details
Softback/Slipcase 200 pages
Dimensions: 210mm x 245mm
Paper quality: Full colour premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-0-956817174

Contents and contributors

Chapter 01 // Modeling the Base Mesh

Chapter 02 // Creating a High Poly Model

Chapter 03 // Creating a Game Model

Chapter 04 // UV Unwrapping

Chapter 05 // Texturing

Chapter 06 // Presentation


"Any artist would be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive and easy-to-understand character creation tutorial than The Swordmaster by Gavin Goulden. You often hear artists throw terms around like "I wish I could download your brain” or "I want all your powers” - well this is as good as it gets. From base mesh creation right through to final presentation, everything is documented here in an easy-to-digest format. Beginners and seasoned professionals alike will be referring to this book for years to come." JON TROY NICKEL | Lead Character Artist - Trion Worlds

"Gavin Goulden is simply one of the most acclaimed and recognized artistic talents in the video game industry. He's garnered attention for achieving high placements in some of the most revered art contests in the world, and the quality of his work always seems to be a step ahead of the rest of the industry. Gavin achieves his inspiring results by infusing his bold, yet richly detailed, artistic style with a strong underlying understanding of technical constraints.

Gavin shares his artistic process with painstaking detail, to give insight into what makes his characters so memorable and polished. His tutorials have served as a huge inspiration for many of us in the industry, and I would highly recommend them to anyone serious about making high-end video game characters." JACQUE CHOI | Lead Character Artist - Eidos Montreal


Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Great Material

A really nice asset to have, I really recommend it to see how a professional of the industry works and all the process and the workflow they follow.Pros :Great information and the book has a really comfortable sizeCons : They work in different versions from the programs used now but it can be still used


go fast on some point like UVs but great book

Perfect and surprising

Whether you are new to these apps, want to learn new methods or simply wish to discover how a professional creates amazing art, this is the book for you. Incredible value for money, its stock, print and layout are sublime. The book goes into detail step by step, but not so much that you are left holding it and not your stylus/mouse. Great insights on workflow and more than a few clever and surprising tricks. I thoroughly recommend this release to anyone considering upping their game in computer graphics, modelling and artistic limits. And of course, the price is outstanding...

Worth it

The whole book is a step by step tutorial for creating a fully armored, highly detailed game character from base mesh (in 3DS Max) to high poly model (in Zbrush) and then to low poly game-ready model (back in 3DS Max) plus texturing and rigging. Bear in mind that its not for an absolute beginner, its for the intermediate 3D artist who knows his way around 3DS Max and Zbrush who wants to learn the process for creating a game character. Very easy to understand explanations and with dozens of colored photos of the steps involved.Got my copy for US$5 but the quality of the book itself is worth more. Printing and paper quality of the cover and the pages are top notch. Feels like a coffee table book minus the hard cover.

Great purchace

A very nicely written book for those looking to create a full character ready for use. I'd say it requires a little basic knowledge of Zbrush and 3ds max so a complete beginner might be a tiny bit overwhelmed, but anyone looking to deep dive on their first time will be welcome here. There are a couple of zbrush areas that skip over and will require possibly more practice than a beginner posses, but for the 5 I spent, this is fantastic value for money.

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