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Creating the Art of the Game Paperback – April 2, 2004

ISBN-13: 075-2064714095 ISBN-10: 0735714096 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Matthew Omernick currently works as a lead artist for LucasArts Entertainment Company near San Francisco, CA. With a B.F.A from The Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, Matt has more than seven years of industry experience as a 3D artist and animator.

Matt has also taught college-level 3D graphics for four years at Cal State Fullerton and the Academy of Art College in downtown San Francisco. He has worked for companies such as DreamWorks, Day 1 Studios, and Electronic Arts. He began his career working for various film and broadcast studios in Florida and Chicago, then branched into creating 3D art for video games. Some of Matt's credited titles include the Medal of Honor series, RTX Red Rock, and Secret Weapons Over Normandy. He is currently working on several cutting edge projects for multiple platforms.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735714096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735714090
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"mpcottam"
I found the information in this book to be very well thought out and presented in a clear and understandable format.
Michael Cicchi
I strongly recommended the book for anyone with an interest in the industry.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By LatinMessiah on May 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book does a great job at covering the important areas of game art production, like what is to be expected from a game artist and what a game artist should expect to encounter while working in the game industry, but the author doesn't elaborate enough on the problems that are associated with modeling and texturing for games, i.e. the technical aspect. He over emphasizes what game art should look like, but does not dwell on how to achieve the best, most efficient results on modeling and texturing objects that may be difficult to work well in real-time game environment.

There is not enough "meat on the bones", sort of speak. The author covers a wide range of topics briefly, highlighting pros and cons and then quickly moving on. Personally, I was left with many unanswered questions, chapter after chapter. The examples throughout the book were oversimplified; using pine trees, wooden crates, and basic shapes (triangles, squares, and circles) to get some of the points across. Clearly, the author was thinking the reader would be completely new to game art.

On average, the screenshots took up about 50%-80% of the page. The rest is filled with very short paragraphs. I was amazed as to how much space was left blank on each page, almost as if it were there to jot down notes or do quick sketches.

The "tips and tricks" at the end of the book are, unfortunately, not that groundbreaking. You come across a lot of these "tricks" just by simply surfing the web or reading one of the various tutorial books and magazines that are out there.

One upside, however, is that most of this book is devoted to motivating and inspiring you, the game artist, to find out things for yourself and to raise the quality bar on your own. At times, it almost feels like your reading a self-help book for game artists, but at least his makes for easy reading.

-LatinMessiah

(Game Art Student)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cicchi on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Creating the Art of the Game is an excellent place to begin for any artist interested in entering the video game industry. It hits all of the basics of modeling, texturing, lighting, vertex coloring and so on. Being an artist in the videogame industry for almost fourteen years I wish there was a volume like this when I was starting out. Well actually there weren't any actual 3D games being produced when I started out, but be that as it may, Creating the Art of the Game will give those entry-level and intermediate game artists who read and take to heart the lessons in this book a good head start above their peers. Advanced artists may also find sections of this book to be very valuable. I personally found Matt's tips and tricks interesting. Every artist has their toolbox of tricks and shortcuts and its fun to look into another artist's toolbox and find that there are different ways to achieve the same result.
I'm glad that Matt mentioned right off to the budding talents out there that it is their artistic talent that makes them marketable not the knowledge of a particular tool. It is through the development of their observational skills and their ability to translate that information into whatever medium they are using that is the utmost importance. I can take a talented artist and within weeks I can teach them to be proficient with any tool. I can't take a technician of a tool and teach them to be an artist in that same amount of time.
I found the information in this book to be very well thought out and presented in a clear and understandable format. We, in the industry, can speak in acronyms and shortcuts that are unintelligible to the average person. Matt has explained what a lot of the terms we use mean.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Terry Hess on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is an absolute must have for any inspiring 3d game artist. You will save years of trial and error by reading "Creating the Art of the Game". You want to become a game artist? Matt Omernick describes in detail the complete process of making art for video games from the artists perspective that will put you well ahead of any other artists that are inspiring to work in the game industry. He shares some of the in industry information that you will never learn in a classroom. Matt covers both Maya and 3DS Max throughout the book. His coverage on Modeling, Texturing, Alpha maps,UV's, Lighting and Effects is stellar. I have been doing Max for 4 years and this book taught me a ton.
Thank you Matt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S Viray on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
There have been many books in past years that were about creating 3D art, but none that I know of covered in depth how to make 3D art for video games. This book really fills a void and it is packed with knowledge for anyone who wants to become a video game artist.
For those concerened as to what 3D program this book uses, it does not follow any one program. Rather, it teaches you game principles, techniques, and theories that can be applied to any program, which in my opinion is the strength of this book. Matt teaches you how to think like a game artist and presents you all the things you have to consider to become a successful artist in video games. In addition, the material is presented in a manner that is easy to read and really takes you through the process.
The topics covered in this book are: Preparing to Create, Modeling Theory (very important!), Intoduction to Texturing, Advanced Texturing, Applying Textures, Advanced Modeling, Lighting Principles, In-Game Lighting, Effects, Tips and Tricks, User Interface and Creation, and Wrapping it up.
So, what makes him qualified to teach this material? Not only does he have 7 years in the industry, but 4 - 5 years actually teaching college level 3D and whose credits include the highly praised Medal of Honor series. This is an excellent read and is a bargain for the price. We all know his work, now learn how he does it! 5 stars!
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