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This is the only book that actually walks you step-by-step through the process of creating game art so that it comes to life in a real game engine!


Background Information

One of my major influences was as a student, I somehow managed to have bad math teachers, even at the university level. This made me interested in being a really good teacher, and at this point in my life I have taught for nearly twenty years.

But I don't teach math! I teach subjects like Flash, 3ds Max, Animation, Photoshop, programming, etc. I love teaching and I work very hard at it, because it is so rewarding to see students begin to understand subjects that can be quite challenging.

I moved to Sweden two years ago, with the idea of spending the first year creating a video game - not just a regular video game, but one that you can learn geography from while you played. Well, after a few months of wrestling with the game engine (The Torque Game Engine), I began to realize this wasn't going to be easy - the engine was very poorly documented. I had to figure out things by trial and error, or by asking questions on the forums and hoping for an answer.

I was making lots of notes on what was working and what wasn't, and it was starting to look like I was writing my own book on how to bring game art into the Torque game engine! So I did just that. When I was teaching at the Art Institute the previous year, we'd had a publisher stop by and ask if any of us had ideas for books. I contacted this man, one thing led to another, and after six months of intense writing, Creating Game Art for 3D Engines came out in late 2007!

I took extra care to explain this entire process clearly, and have over 300 pages, and over 240 full-color illustrations, as well as a book CD with over 90 minutes of video tutorials.

Birth Place
Denver, CO USA
Accomplishments

Application Engineer for Autodesk
Masters in Management
(Thesis on CAD Software Utilization)
Masters in Computer Information Systems
(Thesis on Game-Based Learning)
Certificate in Object Oriented Programming

Additional Information

Recently I've been busy updating my website with 3ds Max Video Tutorials, as well as Theory pages that describe how things like Animation, Design, and Biomechanics can make artists and designers better at what they do. See the Theory pages at www.3dcognition.com to see what I mean!



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