Review: Beginner’s Guide to ZBrush by 3dtotal Publishing

While I enjoy reading on Kindle (where possible) this book was only available in print when I originally purchased, and I’m actually glad I got the real book. Beginner’s Guide to ZBrush is packed to the brim with full-color photos, and the paper quality is top notch. At 288 pages, it’s not the longest book but it focuses on 3 specific projects and

Review: Creating Games with Unreal Engine, Substance Painter, & Maya: Models, Textures, Animation, & Blueprint by Kassandra Arevalo, Matthew Tovar, Jingtian Li

I’ve read probably hundreds of game development books, and this one, I can say, is the best. Bar none. The authors are clear, and explain their steps as well as the reasoning behind it. They display keen knowledge of the subject matter, the topics are explored in every detail, and the final product is actually a quite impressive little demo. I will delve

Review: Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn

Jeremy Birn’s Digital Lighting and Rendering is a masterful treatise on digital lighting and, in my opinion, a must have on your bookshelf if you’re a 3d artist. While the text is clearly aimed at pre-rendered art, for example in animated movies or live-action effects, most of the concepts are fundamental enough to apply to lighting real-time scenes in games, or even more traditional art