We received word from Tony Mullen that he will be working on a new Blender book called "Introducing Character Animation with Blender". Tony could use your help! Read on to see how.
I'm pleased to announce that I have signed a contract to write a book for Sybex/Wiley called "Introducing Character Animation with Blender". Ton Roosendaal is aware of the project and has been very encouraging, and it looks likely that there will be at least some level of cooperation between Sybex and the Blender Foundation to do some sort of co-promotion. Furthermore, I'm delighted to announce that Bassam Kurdali, the director of Elephants Dream, has agreed to be the technical editor on the project. His input will certainly elevate the book beyond what I would be capable of coming up with on my own.
The current deadline for me to complete the book is the end of September. It's daunting, but I think I can manage to do something which will at very least be valuable for beginners and hopefully also have something of use for more experienced users.
The book will include 15 to 18 full color pages in the book which I am hoping to use to show off the best and brightest of Blender's character modeling potential, and also space on an accompanying DVD in which I hope to include some actual animation samples. Elephants Dream will certainly be included, but I would love to have a varied and impressive collection of images and animations. This book is likely to be a lot of people's first look at Blender, since Sybex typically produces books aimed at Maya and 3DS Max users. So it would be great to have a first rate collection of work to show people what Blender is capable of.
If you have character renders or animations that you think would help to show off Blender's character modeling and animation potential, I would love to consider your work for the gallery and/or the DVD. I cannot offer payment for inclusion, but selected artists will receive a free copy of the book and have a very nice showcase for their talents.
To submit work, please contact me at [email protected]
Hoping to hear from you!
This looks like it's going to be a great project and with people like Bassam and Ton backing it, they can't go wrong! I'll go digging around for some character modeling/animation tutorials to get everyone in the mood :-)