Computer graphics and the web

Posted on 2000-03-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
I want to get into making computer graphics that are 3d for the web using programs like ray dream designer and 3d studio max

one of the biggest questions i have is how do they create the images???

do they use scanned images ?

do they draw it all with a mouse ?

or do they use one of those electronic tablets you can write and draw on ?

this is on thing i have not been able to find covered on any websites.

I will give points as soon as EE fixes the point problems sorry I have none to offer at this time.

if anyone can suggest either a website or explain how these graphics are done it would be greatly appreciated.
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They are done whichever way is comfortable for the artist. You can use all the methods if you like. There is no set creation method. For example: I want to create an image. I start by scanning an image, I trace the general outlines of the image with the wacom pen/pad (drawing tablet). Then i adjust those lines with the mouse. Then i add text or somesuch.

For 3D type stuff its usually all done with a mouse but if you have carpul tunnel syndrome a wacom pad isnt a bad idea. Certainly isnt going to hurt the way you create images. I have seen simply amazing art that looked like it had been done with a wacom pad where it had actually been done with a mouse. That was of course done in Photoshop but the principal is the same. If youre good at a certain method you can make anything look great.

The point is that you can do it however you like. Its your method, your art, how you choose to do it is part of your style. Once you get a style your method with change to match. And vise versa.

I have a feeling youre looking for the easy way to create images. There isnt one. There are no 1-2-3 books that give you a list of all the steps to making a good image. Every image is different and requires different methods.
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you hit the nail on the head i was kind of looking for a 1 - 2  - 3 book on how graphics are made it seems as though no one has a book like this out there I am really interested in getting involved in computer graphics because I draw freehand off of the pc right now but i was not sure how people drew things on the pc i am suprised they can do it with a mouse I find a mouse a little klunky to work with...

but at least this gives me a better idea...

any suggestions of any websites that give a little background on how the graphics are created?
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My suggestion is to completely ignore the websites that tell you how to do it. If you can draw freehand without a computer, use the skills that you know and apply it to a computer. Perhaps a wacom pad would be a good investment for you. What i have found is that the artists with classical training in artistic methods outside of the computer generally create the best work on the computer. Their work is more creative, complex, and origional. The websites will teach you how to make it look like everyone elses work with the minimal ammount of actual art. Dont fall into that trap! If you want some reference material to get you started here are some ideas. The Macworld Photoshop 5.5 Bible, Illustrator 8 Bible, a copy of photoshop and illustrator. The books are an incredible reference that will help you to know the tools rather than the techniques. Once you know the tools its just a matter of applying the techniques you know from your pen and paper drawing to the screen. And of course you need photoshop and illustrator too as they are the tools of choice for most artists. Photoshop and illustrator are 2D based programs and while youre interested in 3D you  should think of them as a stepping stone.
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Thanks Weed I appreciate your help .... how much does a wacom pad cost ?
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I bought my 9x12 USB pad for about $350. Shop around, there are ways to get them relatively cheap.

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