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3. Hard Surface vs Organic

  • Hard Surface Modeling

  • Organic Modeling

  • Sculpting

  • Reconnecting Edges

  • Booleans

  • Topology

  • Edge Loops

  • Working with Quads

  • Hard Surface and Organic Objects

Hard surface objects are anything man-made or constructed. Architectural structures, vehicles, robots, and anything machined or manufactured could fall into this category. 

Organic models are subjects that naturally exist in nature. This would include humans, animals, plants, trees, rocks, boulders, terrains, clouds, and even lightning bolts.

***Excerpt from William Vaughn's article Model Classification: Hard Surface and Organic

Here's is a great by Pluralsight "What's the difference between hard surface and organic modeling?" I want you to read on the difference between hard surface modeling and organic modeling.

  • Smoothing and Subdivsion (Continued)

I found some awesome video given an in-depth break down of the Subdivisions by UC Davis Academics  (Part 1 | Part 2)

I also posted some videos below to explain further.

  • Midterm (October 25)

In production, props are a huge part of the modeling pipeline, so huge that a lot of studios have dedicated modelers for creating props. In this project, you will model one complex prop/asset. You will research and develop this project by gathering references and inspiration.

  • Find at least 10 different props of your choice, find concept designs/references for these using Pinterest to store your choices. Also, a group pinterest board will be created for students to use to help you decide on a concept. We will discuss what you chose then we will narrow those choices down in class.  *Midterm prop needs to be approved first* *No Character concepts in your boards this is a PROP assignment*

  • Once you have chosen your design you will begin setting up your scene then begin modeling.

  • We will review progress in class.

  • Final will be a turntable video and Maya file that includes a wireframe in your video

Important Hotkeys

  • 1 =  Flat Shading

  • 2 =  Cage + Smooth Preview

  • 3 = Smooth Preview

  • 4 = Wireframe

  • 5 = Shaded Display

  • 6 = Shaded and Textured display

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5. UV Layout

6. Texturing


7. Shading

8. Environment Modeling Part 1

9. Environment Modeling Part 2


10. Lighting


11. Presentation 


12.  Expermentation

14. Project Management


13. Rendering