The Challenge of Animating the Artist's Dream
Figure 1 - Artist's lament: "It never looks quite the same in the game…"
Source for Michelangelo's David: Digital Imagery © copyright 2001 PhotoDisc, Inc.
by Steve Pitzel
Introduction: Disguising seams in NURBS models
Today is a great day to be a 3D animator! It wasn't long ago that animators were stuck with creating stiff-jointed, scarred-looking automatons. These characters had all the beauty and grace of Frankenstein. Rendering engines couldn't handle deformations, or high-level geometry, and polygons ruled the gaming world. The computing power for creating fluid movement and seamless-looking joints simply wasn't there.