Inspired 3D: Organic Texture Mapping Tutorial — Part 2 (continued from page 4)

This process was used to create the textures on the owls in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The owls as they appear in the film have additional feathers added using Rhythm & Hues’ proprietary software system, giving a heightened level of realism.

To learn more about constructing 3D characters and other topics of interest to animators, check out Inspired 3D Modeling and Texture Mapping by Tom Capizzi; series edited by Kyle Clark and Michael Ford: Premier Press, 2002 (272 pages with illustrations). ISBN 1-931841-50-0 ($59.99) Read more about all four titles in the Inspired series and check back to VFXWorld frequently to read new excerpts.

Author Tom Capizzi.

Tom Capizzi is a technical director at Rhythm & Hues Studios. He has teaching experience at such respected schools as Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Academy of Art in San Francisco and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has been in film production in L.A. as a modeling and lighting technical director on many feature productions including Dr. Doolittle 2, The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas, Stuart Little, Mystery Men, Babe 2: Pig in the City and Mouse Hunt.
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