Model Making Tutorial

How To : Master Maya modeling by making a 3D airplane

Maya is arcane, complex, but incredibly powerful software. It is the industry standard for 3D modeling in games and film. This video for Maya beginners will teach you how to create a model of an airplane as a means of teaching you a lot of the basics of Maya. It is meant to be ...more

How To : Learn the Maya modeling basics by making a toy

Mastering the intricacies of 3D modeling in Maya can take a lifetime, or as close to a lifetime as anyone has had since Maya came out in. This video for Maya beginners will teach you the basics of modeling by walking you through modeling a toy rooster. The model doesn't look t ...more

News : Making Art on Your iOS Device, Part 3: 3D Modeling

Today's segment of Making Art on Your iOS Device takes us into the third dimension. The below apps are suitable for beginners looking to venture into the world of 3d modeling, as well as pros who simply want the basics of Maya in their pocket. Build models/3D mockups or small ...more

News : Miniature Cakes & Other Tiny Desserts

Perhaps given the fact that a majority (73%) of the US population is now obese, we should think about ways to shrink ourselves. Think if everyone was shrunk down to a quarter of their normal size how much longer all the resources would last. Well, before we have the technology ...more

How To : Make a Yamaha papercraft motorcycle YZR-M1

Learn how to make your very own Japanese Yamaha paper craft motorcycle YZR-M1! These easy-to-follow instructional paper craft video clips explain everything from basic paper craft techniques and how to make major parts of the realistic paper crafts, right up to the final assem ...more

How To : Create your own ring light for lighting and more

Ring Lights can create a specific lighting that brings out warmer hues from your actors/models, as well as giving you a cool effect for the eyes. If you're not looking to spend a fortune on buying an already made one, you can make one with items from around the house on the ch ...more

How To : Sculpt the details of a shoe in 3D using Zbrush

This video from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein covers some basic techniques for using Zbrush to sculpt the details of a 3D model of a shoe. He already has a basic model of a shoe when he begins, so you should be at the level where you can sculpt that before you watc ...more

How To : Buy An Electric Guitar

Choosing the right axe for you There are many choices and factors when it comes to buying a new electric guitar. Price, style, quality and comfort are major players. Many new guitarists start off with a box set, one that includes a guitar, amp and cable. These are good for t ...more

How To : Use LOD (level of detail) groups in Maya

This video, from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein, will teach you how to use one of the many powerful features in Maya to manipulate you 3D models. Specifically, it will teach you how to use the LOD (level of detail) tool in order to control how much of your model loa ...more

How To : Master 3D modeling in Maya by modeling a chair

Maya is the most powerful 3D modeling tool that most people are likely to have access to. This video will teach you some basic techniques for creating 3D models in the program by teaching you how to make a chair from scratch. It's not a very exciting chair, sure, but you have ...more

How To : Make foam box miniature mountains

A quick and inexpensive method of making highly detailed miniature landscapes for model railways, diorama's or garden sculptures. This is a vivid scenery design lesson perfect for your train scenes or other mountain scapes.

How To : Make a baby Spider-Man balloon with diaper

One of the tougher models to make in balloon twisting is a balloon baby, also seen on an episode of Scrubs. If you were curious how they made a balloon baby, check out this video. In it, you will get a full tutorial on how to create your own balloon baby that you can write mes ...more

How To : Build a pro level steadicam for $14

Steadicam is important in filmmaking and can help you get the perfect shot. If you are a budding filmmaker and don't have the cash to shell out for a professionally made model, check out this video. In this tutorial, Rodney Smith will show you exactly how to build a steadicam ...more

How To : Model a head in 3D Studio Max

Making a head is hard enough with pen and pencil or with clay. Doing it in a 3D graphics program can seem impossible. This video is here to prove that such is not the case. Its eleven parts feature incredibly detailed instructions for modeling a human head using 3D Studio Max, ...more

How To : Fold an origami shuriken (ninja star)

A full guide to making the perfect ninja star. I've seen loads of videos of how to make Ninja Stars, and I don't have a clue what they mean. So I decided to make this how to video on paper ninja stars (aka shurikens) and it's easier to understand and follow, especially for you ...more

How To : Origami realistic birds of paradise flowers

Birds of paradise flowers are strong and architectural in appearance, making them the perfect models for origami projects. Check out this origami tutorial to fold amazingly lifelike origami birds of paradise flowers. Stick them in a tiny terra cotta pot for more lifelike appeal.

How To : Create depth map shadows in Maya 2011

Learn how to create depth map shadows when working within Maya 2011. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. F ...more

How To : Upgrade the hard drive on your XBox 360

Microsoft has behaved pretty douchily as far as managing the hard disc drive (HDD) sizes it made available for the XBox 360. The 20GB drive included in most models of the system is woefully inadequate, and many have been convinced to give Microsoft even more money to get a lar ...more

How To : Model realistic arrow impacts in 3D Studio MAX

If you want to make fantasy 3D games, and if you're watching this video there's a really good chance that that is the case, you are probably going to have to model an arrow hitting an object at some point. Do it right! This two-part video will show you how to 3D model an arrow ...more

How To : Work with cloth in 3DS Max

If you want to model a character in 3DS Max and don't want them to be nude, you are probably going to have to work with 3D cloth. This three-part video will teach you how to create cloth in 3DS Max (without using Reactor), attach it to your character, and make it animate prope ...more

How To : Use Photoshop CS4 to overpaint 3D seams

Maya and Photoshop CS4 may be made by different companies, but that doesn't mean they can't work together. This video will teach you how to take a 3D model from Maya, import it into Photoshop, and then use Photoshop CS4's new 3D editing tools to overpaint the rough texture sea ...more

How To : Pack a .blend file within Blender

When working in a production environment it is a common need to send a model, along with all of it's associated files off to another artist. Blender makes this quite easy by allowing you to pack (compress) all of the external data associated with the model into the .blend. Whe ...more

How To : Morph a human skull into a Terminator robot

Terminator Salvation is the fourth film out in theaters right now, starring Christian Bale as John Connor, the near-leader of the Resistance, and Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, a mysterious new prototype robot, a one-of-a-kind. It also has a cameo of Arnold Schwarzenegger i ...more

How To : Make a Snowman & Christmas Tree with Sugar Paste

It's time for the holidays, and you're full of Christmas cheer, all ready to make some homemade decorations. Well, get out your modeling sugar and check out these two video tutorials on how to make a snowman and Christmas tree with modeling sugar paste. These crafty Christmas ...more

How To : Build a building in Google SketchUp

This video series takes you through every step of building a building in SketchUp and is taken from chapter 4 of "Google SketchUp for Dummies" in case you want to follow along. PART 1 explains how to switch to a 2D view to get you ready to build the floor plan. It's a good ide ...more

How To : Produce a 3D house/building model using Maya

Autodesk Maya, affectionately known as just Maya to its users, is a 3D computer graphics software that makes it easy to create impressive, realistic models of real-life - or imagined - objects. Super useful for graphic designers, film makers and web designers, the program is o ...more

How To : Cut and style a modern poufy bob haircut

Does a bob haircut remind you of flappers from the 1920's? Originally, the hairstyle (as worn by flappers) was meant to be an androgynous cut, boyish in length and style. But that doesn't mean you can't sex it up for your own needs. Check out this video to learn how to cut an ...more

How To : Color match and apply Luminess Air airbrush makeup

Photo retouchers can do a lot with Photoshop, from making a so-so gal look like a model to virtually applying makeup and cleaning up ugly cellulite. But don't you wish you could look perfectly airbrushed at the first take? If you want flawless, airbrushed skin, look no furthe ...more

How To : Model and animate a crowd of 3D models in 3DS MAX

Do you work with 3D graphics? Have you ever wanted to have one character that you've modeled destroy hordes of tiny other characters you've made? Well want no more. This video series will show you how to model and animate a small army of little models that will walk around and ...more

How To : Model basic cloth using Reactor in 3D Studio MAX

Creating a good 3D model in 3D Studio MAX is hard enough. Now I've got to model clothes onto them too? Why can't all 3D game characters be naked? Once you've resolved that debate in your head, watch this video. It will show you how to use the Reactor cloth system within 3DS M ...more

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