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spawn101
05-07-2005, 06:50 PM
I have been working with lightwave for a bit now, and i have created a body with legs and no arms. I really love the program but i just cant find a really good tutorial or mpeg to show me gow to make a head in detail. I would really appreciate if you guys could help me with this.

Digital Junkie
05-07-2005, 08:26 PM
Have you checked out the tutorials section of this site? There is at least three tuts on modeling a head.

Auger
05-07-2005, 08:59 PM
Go here: http://www.puffandlarkin.com/lightwave/tutorials/character_modelling/index.html

This is a great resource for character modeling.

WizCraker
05-07-2005, 09:56 PM
This is for Max I think but with all techniques can be translated to any other program or tool. Plus he gives a lot of good ideas about realistic modeling that will help regardless of tool of choice. Worth a read.

http://www.cgunderground.com/tutorials/M_highpolycharacter/index.php

This is off topic there is also a really good Makeing Tire Treads on the same site. :)


These are from the NewTek Tutorial Section for Lightwave.

http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/modeling/headmodeling/index.html
http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/modeling/head/index.html

WizCraker
05-07-2005, 10:21 PM
And if you want something that is a little more advance and indepth might want to look into:

http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/professionalcharacterseries.html

Kind of pricey yes. Only $200 for the modeling part but $700 for the entire series but it will take you from the beginning to the end Animating Rigging, Lib Sync. et cetra. If you are wanting to learn charachter might be something to look into especially since it is in Lightwave.

Also not Character related but excellent none of the less is:

http://www.3dgarage.com/sig8.html

He shows you tools in Lightwave that are good to know.

Next is not For Lightwave it is actually Maya but again the concepts covered can be translated to any tool of choice.

http://www.gnomononline.com/tutorial.php?category_id=2 These I believe are free downloads.

Also Check out their DVD Workshops for Digital Media http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/index.html
http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/comingsoon.html

For 3D they only cover Maya and XSI, ZBrush if you consider that 3D and they have Photoshop. They also have a really good section of what they call Analog or Traditional. The information in this section is phenominal not just in the Character section but like in their Designer Section.

Another plus with them is if you are a student you may qualify for Education Pricing.


Qualified students, faculty and schools are eligible for a 29% discount on all Gnomon Workshop DVD titles, bundles and scene files.

http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/academic.html

Other Resources

http://www.animationmentor.com/
http://www.bartleby.com/107/ Anatomy of the Human Body, Henry Grey, Online
http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/characters.htm
http://www.cmivfx.com/dvd_vfxKit.asp ZBrush Modeling DVDs, Also has Compositng DVDs

prospector
05-07-2005, 11:21 PM
Also try;
http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm

SplineGod
05-07-2005, 11:22 PM
I have been working with lightwave for a bit now, and i have created a body with legs and no arms. I really love the program but i just cant find a really good tutorial or mpeg to show me gow to make a head in detail. I would really appreciate if you guys could help me with this.

(Thanks Wiz) :)
Hey Peter,
I have a whole course dedicated to modeling, texturing rigging and animating a character - in fact the whole course is at least 80 hrs of quicktime movies. The character modeling module is about 15 hours and covers not only head modeling but the whole body in detail. I cover several ways of modeling including splines. The course is self paced and comes with unlimited online support. Its all Lightwave based too. You can check it out here: http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/professionalcharacterseries.htm

I have the first few minutes of the head modeling modeling section available here:
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/support :)

I also sell the modules separately and I do offer a discount plus additional materials.

pat-lek
05-08-2005, 04:54 AM
Take a look of this tutorial:

http://www.3dtotal.com/ffa/tutorials/max/joanofarc/joanmenu.asp


It's a 3Dmax tutorial, but you can find the sames tools in the Modeler.

you need to use :

Extender
Make poly
weld point
knife

Kuzey
05-08-2005, 06:29 PM
Also...you could try the "Cartoon Character Creation"...it's a very good book(s).

Kuzey

hrgiger
05-08-2005, 07:51 PM
You definately want the head modeling tutorial that is in both books Inside Lightwave 6 and Inside Lightwave 7. Same tutorial. It was reproduced in the 7 book because it was so popular. I just checked on Amazon and it looks like you can get a used copy from there for as cheap as $1.82 plus shipping. If you are fairly new to Lightwave, I would jump on this deal.

evenflcw
05-08-2005, 09:28 PM
I don't mean no disrespect, but I think THIS DVD (http://www.carnera3d-seminars.de/dvd_product01.html) (reviewed here by Proton! (http://vbulletin.newtek.com/archive/index.php/t-11160.html)) could be a better choice than Splinegods character modeling dvds. It's MUCH more reasonably priced and imho the endresults look alot better with a more detailed and better constructed mesh.

However, I personally think there's enough generous people and good free resources online to not have to spend a penny on any dvds. Auger, WizCracker and pat-lek gave some good links already to some great tutorials. If you want more just visit CGTalk (or some other big cgforum) and look in their Modeling section for links, discussions and more. You'll see alot more ways of modeling that way than watching one or two dvds, and it won't cost you anything.

kcole
05-09-2005, 08:13 AM
I must admit when I read the subject of this thread I expected to see at least some flaming, after all this is a case where a search would have gone a long way. How refreshing to see nothing but constructive, encouraging and highly informational responses. :eek: :D

You guys should give yourselves a big pat on the back, and come over to some of the other forums I frequent! The rest of the Internet is of a somewhat smaller caliber, I'm afraid...

SplineGod
05-10-2005, 12:23 AM
I don't mean no disrespect, but I think THIS DVD (http://www.carnera3d-seminars.de/dvd_product01.html) (reviewed here by Proton! (http://vbulletin.newtek.com/archive/index.php/t-11160.html)) could be a better choice than Splinegods character modeling dvds. It's MUCH more reasonably priced and imho the endresults look alot better with a more detailed and better constructed mesh.

.

Andras stuff is great but youre also comparing apples and oranges here. His DVD is a about 2.5 hours for $25.00 which is a good deal. You certainly couldnt go wrong with it. :)
My character modeling module is 15 hrs for $150.00 which comes out to the same price per hour. The difference is that my character material is a course as opposed to a tutorial. Students work thru the self paced material and get unlimted support the whole time they are working on it. I give detailed feedback on the work. I also tend to post new videos in response to questions and also will create videos showing how to fix or rework problems on a students model. This is what sets what I have apart from shorter tutorials that dont come with that level of support. There is nothing else for Lightwave that goes into that level of detail and support. With that in mind I think its an excellent deal. Part of a persons decision should also be based on how seriously they wish to learn to model characters. :)

hrgiger
05-10-2005, 04:20 AM
Well, I believe he only wanted a tutorial at this point on modeling a head.

Like I said. Amazon. Inside Lightwave 6. The best $1.82 he'll ever spend.

retinajoy
05-10-2005, 04:40 AM
...and if you don't know how to already, it will help a lot if you learn how to draw on paper a head (plus the body in general). Gives you a good understanding of shape and proportions which will help you a lot in the 3D world in modelling heads and bodies. Here is a thread on that inc book recommendations:

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=113904

and another one more on techniques within Lightwave

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=222780

private
05-10-2005, 04:58 AM
Free (video):
http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/modeling/head/index.html

http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/modeling/headmodeling/index.html

And much more: http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/index.html

SplineGod
05-10-2005, 04:24 PM
Some good reference: www.saveloomis.org :)