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#1 destron   Members   -  Reputation: 184

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:15 AM

Here's a few articles and stuffs that might be useful to some of you.

 

 

::GamaSutra Articles::

 

"Improving the Combat 'Impact' of Action Games" - http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20050428/sang_01.shtml

Excerpt of the Book "Create Professional Game Art Using Photoshop" - http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20060622/ahearn_01.shtml (Three Whole Pages! )

"Modular Game Art for Fast Level Design" - http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20051202/mader_01.shtml

"Illustrator-to-Maya: How to Design and Build the Perfect Level" - http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20050607/steingraber_01.shtml

"Tiled Terrain" - http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20011024/peasley_01.htm

 

 

::Level Design::

 

GamaSutra Level Design Resource Page - http://www.gamasutra.com/resource_guide/20010716/index.shtml

Misc. Level Design Articles - help.hourences.com/ http://www.gamedesign.net/node/111?PHPSESSID=b9d5fc7f7f9e82a463cc3b84d8f51815

 

 

::Other Stuff::

 

"Watch and Learn Videos - Digital Painting" (DivX Format) - http://www.carloscabrera.com.ar/tutorial.html

"Designing Arcade Computer Graphics" (zipped PDFs) http://www.gamemaker.nl/feldman/full.zip

Tsugumo's Article "So You Want to be a Pixel Artist?" - http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/tutorials/tuts/tsugumo/

"Creating Good Game Art When You’re Not An Artist" http://www.gamedev.net/reference/articles/article1069.asp

 

if there's something that i missed please notify me and i'll stick it up here. this will also be added to as i find more articles.

 

NOTICE: As you can see in the succeeding posts (no offense to Fenryl and Shankar, of course, they were just trying to help ), please do not list link suggestions for "cut & paste" tutorials, since this thread is focused more on design than the "do this, then do that" kind of instructions.

 

[2010-02-26: Fixed a broken link. -dbaumgart] [Edited by - dbaumgart on February 26, 2010 5:51:14 PM]


Edited by jbadams, 04 January 2013 - 04:22 AM.
Fixed formatting.


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#2 D Shankar   Members   -  Reputation: 241

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 02:12 PM

Very nice! I really like the Illustrator to Maya one of Level Design. [Btw, spelling error there; you missed the last "l" on level. ;)]

I'm sure a mod will agree that this thread deserves a sticky, especially if more articles can be dug up.
D. "Nex" ShankarRed Winter Studios

#3 destron   Members   -  Reputation: 184

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 04:56 PM

Thanks for telling me about that typo Shankar
*fixes typo*

sometime i'll dig up some more stuff to post up here...

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:39 AM

Quote:
Original post by destron
Thanks for telling me about that typo Shankar
*fixes typo*

sometime i'll dig up some more stuff to post up here...


Oh, you want more stuff? Here you go [smile]

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Tutorials
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Gnomon Online -- http://www.gnomononline.com/information.php
A web based service launched by the Gnomon School of visual effects.
Gnomon Online offers video tutorials for Maya.
Head modeling tutorial -- http://www.thehobbitguy.com/tutorials/polymodeling/index.html

3D Studio Max tutorials
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http://maxrovat.sns.hu/subdiv/
http://www.3dmaxer.dk/tutorial.asp?ak=777&type=max
http://www.tutorialoutpost.com/3d-studio-max-modeling/
http://www.3d-resources.com/
http://www4.discreet.com/3dsmax/3dsmax.php?id=399
http://www.huntfor.com/3d/tutorials.htm
http://www.web3dservice.com/3d_tutorials.html
http://www.3dlinks.com/Links.cfm?categoryid=13&subcategoryid=105&subsubcategoryid=44
http://www.the3dstudio.com/default.aspx

Blender 3D
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www.blender3d.com

http://www.be3d.org/
The most updated tutorial list -- http://www.elysiun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4624
Tutorial on armatures -- http://mmaigrot.free.fr/didac-blender/ikas/ikas-eng/ik-intro.php
Tutorials on BlenderWars -- http://www.blenderwars.com/tut.php?module=index
Tutorial on texturing -- http://www.geocities.com/woodsmith102000/Tutorials1.html?
and part 2 of the above tutorial -- http://www.geocities.com/woodsmith102000/Tutorial2.html?
The good places to learn about RVks:
-- http://download.blender.org/documentation/html/x4939.html
-- http://membres.lycos.fr/bobois/Tuts/VertexKeys/rvk1.htm
-- http://membres.lycos.fr/bobois/Tuts/VertexKeys/rvk3_2.htm
A big list of Blender tutorials -- http://membres.lycos.fr/bobois/Liens_Links/big_list.html
A tutorial on making clothes in Blender -- http://www.free-webspace.biz/sonix/BlenderTutes/QuickClothTute.html
A basic tutorial -- http://www.fanfilmengine.com/Blender0001.html


Video Tutorials
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http://www.bl3nder.com/tutorials/
http://www.letwory.net/tutes/edgefaceloops.htm

UV -- http://www.ibiblio.org/bvidtute/mytut/uvtut.avi

SubSurf -- http://www.ibiblio.org/bvidtute/mytut/subdiv.avi

Duplivert -- http://www.ibiblio.org/bvidtute/mytut/duplivert.avi

Small examples -- www.weirdhat.com
for sfx with
blender

Modeling a stargate -- http://www.fanfilmengine.com/Blender0003.mov

Atutorial for beginners -- http://www.fanfilmengine.com/Blender0004.mov
on widgets



Character Modeling
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Character Process -- http://www.poopinmymouth.com/process/character_tutorial/character_process.htm

A full procces character -- http://67.15.36.49/ffa/tutorials/max/joanofarc/joanmenu.asp
modeling tutorial

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Hope this is helpfull...

-Fenryl

[Edited by - Fenryl on August 30, 2006 5:39:33 AM]

#5 D Shankar   Members   -  Reputation: 241

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 11:38 AM

Ooh extremely helpful. This should be added to the sticky tutorial thread.
LINK::
http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?whichpage=1&pagesize=25&topic_id=257345
This sticky has 100+ sites for tutorials, downloads etc.

Here's one I use often:
www.3dquakers.com <- extremely helpful (I used one of their free videos, really nice.) A lot of paid stuff too, but expensive.

[Edited by - D Shankar on June 25, 2006 9:38:53 PM]
D. "Nex" ShankarRed Winter Studios

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 02:10 PM

One more:

http://www.tutorialized.com/
Lots of CG stuff. Photoshop, Flash, Max, Blender, Bryce. You name it!
D. "Nex" ShankarRed Winter Studios

#7 destron   Members   -  Reputation: 184

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:46 AM

hey guys... i really appreciate all the links and stuff you've given me but i was trying to focus this section on design, rather than "cut-and-paste" tutorials. i might post the gnomon workshop link up there and maybe some of the other ones, but i'm afraid i'm gonna leave out most of the tutorial links.

[Edited by - destron on June 27, 2006 5:46:15 PM]

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 05:05 PM

I agree on that last point. Its easy enough to find tutorials and whatnot on those generic sites... the design articles are alot harder to find and gather.

#9 Fenryl   Members   -  Reputation: 176

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 10:32 PM

Quote:
Original post by destron
hey guys... i really appreciate all the links and stuff you've given me but i was trying to focus this section on design, rather than "cut-and-paste" tutorials. i'm gonna post the gnomon workshop link up there and maybe some of the other ones, but i'm afraid i'm gonna leave out most of the tutorial links.


Oh, sorry [oh]

These articles give more information about the 'design' of level design
(hope this is a little bit more helpfull then my last post [smile])

www.gamasutra.com/resource_guide/20010716/index.shtml

www.gamasutra.com/features/20030603/licht_01.shtml

www.gamedesign.be/Hourences/articles.htm
EDIT:
The website has changed. New site: http://help.hourences.com/

You can find the old tutorials on this site: http://phalanx.planetunreal.gamespy.com/tutorials.htm
/EDIT

www.gamedesign.net


-Fenryl

[Edited by - Fenryl on November 19, 2006 5:32:14 AM]

#10 D Shankar   Members   -  Reputation: 241

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:57 AM

Yea sorry. I didn't realize your goal with this thread was design only ;). EDIT: And I'm glad this got a sticky. It'll really help designers and cg artists alike.

#11 destron   Members   -  Reputation: 184

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 09:44 AM

COOL! This thread got stickied!

anyway...
thanks for understanding, guys.
and for you, fenryl (as well as for understanding), thanks for those few design links. ima go put those up! the one from gamedesign.be looks especially cool...

[Edited by - destron on June 27, 2006 4:44:54 PM]

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 06:28 PM

"Creating Good Game Art When You’re Not An Artist" is broken (404).
Life's like a Hydra... cut off one problem just to have two more popping out.
Leader and Coder: Project Epsylon | Drag[en]gine Game Engine

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:01 PM

blogs you might find interesting:

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.de/
http://muddycolors.blogspot.de/


books I highly recommend both for beginners and advanced:

Gregg Kreutz - Problem Solving for Oil Painters: Recognizing What's Gone Wrong and How to Make It Right
James Gurney - Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
Ian Roberts - Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting


book I recommend for complete beginners (neither "talent" nor knowledge required, if you can write your name with a pencil you have all you need to work with this):

Betty Edwards - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
(there are at least 4 editions of the book, but I don't know which one is best, nor do I think it makes a big difference.)

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:46 AM

wow thank you guys



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for sharing! smile.png







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