3D POLYGON MODELLING



The polygon is the building block of all 3d models. Here we explore the properties of a polygon and show how complicated objects are made of lots of these little suckers
Author:
Andrew Silke



In this tutorial we discover how polygons can be displayed as having more than three sides. We also look at how polygons intersect and how this can be useful in certain circumstances.
Author:
Andrew Silke



S
mooth shading avoids the usual hard creased edges of a polygon model.
This tutorial demonstrates this concept, and shows how vertex normals influence the shading of a polygon.
Author:
Andrew Silke



Here are a couple of examples of how smooth shading can affect real objects. Although this demo is in Maya, the concept applies for other packages too.
Author:
Andrew Silke



Objects are simply bundles of polygons with a common pivot point. This tutorial shows how any combination of polygons can make an object, and why objects are so useful.
Author:
Andrew Silke



Primitives are objects like spheres, cubes and cylinders. These objects are a handy starting point for any model. Take for example this lizard which we make using primitives.
Author:
Andrew Silke



Hierarchies are used to link the translation rotation and scale of objects to each other. They are super handy for organising scenes and grouping objects together.
Author:
Andrew Silke



Subdivision Surfaces smooth a polygonal object to create nicely rounded models. This popular technique is widely used by artists for creating smooth objects.
Author:
Glen Moyes



The topology or mesh pattern of a model can drastically affect the smoothing of a model. Here Greg Petchkovski demonstrates how to avoid smoothing artifacts. A must watch for anyone modelling with subdivision surfaces.
Author:
Greg Petchkovsky

