2011 is about to come to an end and has been quite the roller coaster ride. Over the last two months I took on the monumental task of writing a new book for Peachpit, [digital] Modeling, and I’m happy to say that I made it through to the other side.
The book is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and should be released in January 2012.
Below is the official description of the book:
Professional modeling is the foundation of every aspect of the 3D production pipeline and is essential to the success of any 3D computer graphics project. [digital] Modeling is unlike any other modeling book you’ve seen—it gets to the core of what it takes to create efficient production-ready models and demystifies the process of producing realistic and jaw-dropping graphics. Taking a software-neutral approach, it teaches you the essential skills and concepts that you can apply to modeling in any industry 3D software, such as 3ds Max, LightWave 3D, Maya, Modo, Silo, XSI, ZBrush and other leading programs. Modelers, animators, texture artists, and technical directors can all benefit from the valuable information covered in this jam-packed guide containing years of industry knowledge. Simply put, if you work in 3D, you must have this book.
It’s the book I’ve wanted to write for several years and when the opportunity came up thanks to a recommendation from my good friend Deuce, I couldn’t resist. I’m extremely proud of the book and look forward to receiving more feedback from people after they have read it. Here are a few quotes from a few people that had the chance to review the book:
“William Vaughan is not teaching techniques as much as he is teaching the necessary mindset one must have for success as a digital modeler. Having been a student of William’s, in my opinion this book is the best learning experience possible aside from sitting in on one of his classes. From the very first page it is clear that his experience and passion for his craft are the driving forces behind this amazing book.” —Kurt Smith, Pixomondo
“In his trademark natural writing style, William concisely explains not only how to model but also how to think and solve problems like a professional. This book is an absolute must-have for those who wish to get a solid understanding of the digital modeling process.” —Alan Chan, Digital Domain
“You’d be hard pressed to find a more talented or prolific artist in the industry today. William is one of a truly rare breed: someone who can both do the work and teach it to others. His methods have shaped my own practices in countless ways. I’ve learned a great deal from William, and so will you!” —Jarrod Davis, Emmy Award–winning VFX artist
I’ll keep the site updated about the book so stay tuned for more information.