Introducing Character Animation with Blender
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PART I: CREATING A CHARACTER WITH BLENDER.
Chapter 1: Blender Basics: Interface and Objects.
Work Areas and Window Types.
Navigating the 3D Space.
Objects and Datablocks.
Chapter 2: Working with Meshes.
Polygons and Subsurfacing.
Extrusion Modeling and Box Modeling.
Chapter 3: Completing the Model with Materials, Textures, and Particles.
Textures and UV Mapping.
Using Static Particles.
Chapter 4: Armatures and Rigging.
Blender Armature System.
Building a Simple Armature.
Rigging Captain Blender.
Chapter 5: Shape Keys and Facial Rigging.
Shape Key Basics.
Building a Shape Key Set for Captain Blender.
Facial Bones and Controls.
Improved Mesh Deformations Using Driven Shape Keys.
PART II: BRINGING IT TO LIFE: ANIMATION.
Chapter 6: Basics of Animation.
Keyframes and Ipos.
Using the Ipo Editor: Bouncing a Ball.
Interpolation and Extend Types.
Chapter 7: Armature Animation.
Posing and Keyframing with the Action Editor.
Walk and Run Cycles.
Chapter 8: Facial Animation and Lip Sync.
Chapter 9: Nonlinear Animation.
Using the NLA Editor.
NLA in Action.
Mixing Actions: Walking and Talking.
Chapter 10: Further Issues in Character Animation.
Interacting with Props.
Deformation with Lattices.
Softbodies and Metaballs.
Chapter 11: Lighting, Rendering, and Editing Your Animation.
Rendering Your Animation.
Editing in the Sequence Editor.
Chapter 12: Using Python Scripts.
Installing and Executing Python Scripts.
Extended Functionality with Scripts.
PART III: BLENDER IN PRODUCTION.
Chapter 13: Full-Scale Productions: Elephants Dream and Plumiferos.
GPL, Creative Commons, and the Blender Artistic License.
Elephants Dream, the World’s First "Open Movie."
A Preview of Plumiferos.
Chapter 14: A Look Into Elephants Dream.
Proog and Emo Rigs.
Ways of Walking: Following a Path vs. a Manually Keyed Walk.
Tips on Studying the Elephants Dream Files.
Chapter 15: Feifi the Canary: Plumiferos Takes Wing.
Rigging a Cartoon Bird.
Chapter 16: Blender in the Pipeline.
Collaboration with Subversion and Verse.
…and Back Into Blender.
PART IV: BLENDER AND BEYOND.
Chapter 17: Other Software and Formats.
Importing and Exporting Other File Formats.
Useful Open-Source Software for Blender Artists.
Blending into the (Near) Future.
Chapter 18: Resources for Further Learning.
Selected Online Resources.
On Becoming a Blender Master.
Endorsed by the Blender Foundation, Introducing Character Animation with Blender, is written in a friendly but professional tone, with clear descriptions and numerous illustrative screenshots.
Tutorials focus on how to accomplish actual animation goals, while illustrating the necessary technical methods along the way.
Students will gain all the skills necessary to build and animate a well-modeled, fully-rigged character of their own.
Includes clear descriptions of how each specific aspect of Blender works and fits together with the rest of the package. .
The character built over the course of the tutorials is included as a .blend file on the DVD, for the reader to experiment with and learn from.
A color insert section includes sample characters and frames from animations by many of the Blender community's most talented artists, which help to illustrate the impressive potential of the software.
Companion DVD includes the complete Blender installation executable for Windows, Mac, and Linux; the short film "Elephants Dream"; all the Blender and source files used to produce the examples and tutorials in the book; extensive links for tutorials and Blender related resources; and other valuable open source software discussed in the book, including the popular BlenderPeople plug-in.
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P. 62: "In this example, you created the belt as a separate object, so you must now join the meshes by selecting both mesh objects in Object mode and pressing Ctrl+J." should be "In this example, you created the belt as a separate object, so it will be necessary join the meshes by selecting both mesh objects in Object mode and pressing Ctrl+J. However, at the moment there is a mirror modifier on the body, but not on the belt, which will lead to doubled vertices on the belt if you join them now. It's best to wait until after you apply the modifier at the end of the modeling process and then join the two meshes together."
Pg. 158: "Create an IK constraint on the forearm bones targeted to these IK bones" should continue with " and set the ChainLength to 2."
Pg. 159: "set up copy rotation constraints on IK_Hand.L and IK_Hand.R, respectively" should read "IK_Arm.L and IK_Arm.R, respectively".
Pg.178, Table 4.1, in the row "Bicep.L", column "Parent": "UpperBody" should instead read "Torso"
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In the row "Ball_Heel_Rotation.L", column "Copy Loc" reads "No". It should instead read "Yes."
Line Ball.L has parent listed as FootRoot.L. It should be Heel.L.
Two bones listed on the table, "necknull" and "spinestretchnull," do not appear anywherre else in the text.
These bones were renamed and are mentioned in the text under different names. Remove the entries for these two bones in table 4.1.
Page 375: last paragraph, "hit has become almost a cliche" should be "it has become almost a cliche".
Page 463: "Colin Lister's" should be "Colin Litster's"
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