Book: Designing 3D Graphics

bookcovrIn 1996, this was the first book published about the design and construction of real-time 3D art used in commercial video games and virtual reality projects.

A practical handbook for production artists, the book provided methods and processes for designing and constructing real-time rendered 3D models of objects, people, and landscapes using technical constraints and tools available in the early 1990s.


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“This is the only book I know of devoted to the subject..”
– Amazon reader reviews:

“This book, published in 1996, focuses on developing the skills and techniques that are needed to become proficient at creating professional real-time 3D models. To do this, the book offers a low-level understanding of how real-time 3D works and discusses specific methods and techniques for specific 2D and 3D modeling software used by most professionals (Kinetix’s 3D Studio 4 is featured). Technical issues are addressed, including the understanding of file formats and giving detailed descriptions of how real-time 3D rendering takes place. This is necessary because real-time 3D models are based on taking advantage of the rendering techniques used by the graphics engine; for the reader, this will provide a low-level understanding that will enable them to create optimal real-time 3D models. The book features detailed methods for building real-time 3D models that are perfectly suited to every commercially available real-time 3D rendering library (“3D engine”). This section of the book is structured like a tour of each engine, describing features and problems inherent to each one.”

E. Cove (2000):There is relatively little literature out there on low-polygon modeling techniques. This is the only book I know of devoted to the subject. It is clear, well-written, with good exercises.”


White, Josh (1996): Designing 3D Graphics, New York: John Wiley & Sons ISBN: 0471149268, 383 pages, CD-ROM.