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IMPORTANT LINKS
Take the pre-test
Download the concept development document


COURSE BOOKS
Check your course syllabus before purchasing since the required book(s) for each course vary.
Glory of Yore RPG
Toonzy! the Cartoon Role-Playing Game
Getting Started in ZBrush
The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals
Universal Principles of Design


SUGGESTED COURSES
There is simply no substitute for knowing proper anatomy for artists, knwoing how to script, and being able to polish your work. It is the difference between getting a job as a modeler or not. Ignore these classes at your own risk. You will need to show competency in order to get a waiver of prerequisite for the prerequisite courses or take the prereqs.

SEQA 352 Constructive Human Anatomy for Sequential Art
In this course, students will gain a thorough working knowledge of the form and dynamics of the human body through applied sculptural, observational and rendering techniques. Specific attention is paid to how these techniques can be applied to visual storytelling. Prerequisite(s): SEQA 202.

TECH 311 Digital Materials and Textures
This course explores advanced concepts in materials and texturing as applied to the 3-D character model. The course explores material and texture application based on age, size, mobility and species, as determined by character environment, health and social characteristics. The course integrates information gleaned from reference materials into the 3-D world. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 250 or ITGM 240 or VSFX 210.

TECH 316 Digital Lighting and Rendering
Topics covered throughout this course include the practices of 3-D lighting design and rendering methodology. Students develop lighting models and rendering solutions for 3-D scenes. Students study cinematography and practice the application of lighting theory in a 3-D environment. Students become familiar with lighting tools and basic shading technique, and seek to emulate believable lighting situations by using these tools. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 250 or ITGM 240 or VSFX 210.

VSFX 160 Introduction to Visual Effects Programming
In this programming course, students are introduced to workstation text editing, LINUX/UNIX file management, the LINUX/UNIX environment, LINUX/UNIX shell scripting and basic object-oriented programming. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 110.

TECH 312 Advanced Application Scripting
This course explores the use of MEL, Autodesk Maya's embedded scripting language, Python and other modes of shell scripting, as tools for automating repetitive tasks, customizing the user experience, utilizing external data sources and extending the basic toolset with custom features. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 250 or ITGM 240 or VSFX 210.

For environment artists it is a good idea to take a few architectural history courses and get to know various architectural forms. Especially since you'll be modeling these anyways. Here's a list of some of the most relevant classes.

ARLH 208 Modern Architecture II: 1900-Present
ARLH 308 History of Urban Form
ARLH 321 Ancient Architecture in Context
ARLH 323 Medieval Architecture in Context
ARLH 355 Gothic Art and Architecture
ARLH 369 The City in Film and Media
ARLH 376 Virtual Environments


PORTFOLIOS
You need to have an ArtStation portfolio. There's no longer any need for separate portfolio site. Your portfolio should be focused on a primary skill that you are excellent at and secondary skill you're pretty good at in a related area. It is critical to show your how work looks inside the game engine. How the work looks inside of Zbrush, Substance Painter, 3ds Max or Maya simply doesn't matter. Renders are easy, showing art in game is not. You need to demonstrate your knowledge of the entire pipeline. Demo reels work best for animators and effects artists. Static images (JPGs) work better than a demo reel for showing off modeling work. They load faster and are easier to browse through than a demo reel.

Put something original into your portfolio, bring something new to the table, and show unique work that highlights your own creativity. Try taking two things you know and combining them in an unexpected way: western space marines, Aztec spacecraft, or so on. Show work that highlights the research you have done into your subject matter and that demonstrates a thorough attention to detail. While fan art and student isn't exactly forbidden from your portfolio it serves your portfolio much better to include personal projects in instead.

When evaluating your own work don't compare your work to other students, compare yourself to professionals in your chosen specialty instead. That is your competition. Remember it is quality over quantity that matters. You are only as good as your worst piece. There should be an even level of quality to the work you choose to display. Work that shows an uneven degree of refinement, detail, or design simply serves as a reason not to hire you. It is better to show a handful of excellent pieces over a dozen pieces of uneven quality.

While you need to develop and maintain your drawing skills through figure or vehicle work you don't need to show this work on your portfolio site. It can sometimes help to have a development blog on Instagram,Tumblr or elsewhere. If you do so you need to make it very clear what each piece of work is there for. Clearly label and explain when you are learning a new process, trying something outside of your comfort zone, and explain yourself when you think something is good. Show how you self edit your work down into your curated portfolio. If you choose to have a development blog or multiple websites hosting your portfolio it is critical to keep the content on all of these sites up to date and relevant.

Finally, you need to be super motivated and willing to accept any position to get your foot in the door. Remember that saying yes opens new doors, saying no closes them.


FORUMS
Z-Brush Central
CG Society Forums
Polycount Forum
CreativeCrash.com
ConceptArt Forums
MassiveBlack.com


LINKS
Science Daily
TV Tropes
CIA World Fact Book
Pop mechanics military news
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Phy's deep sea pages
Federation of American Scientists
3d.sk, a great anatomy and reference pay site
Archive.org, a wonderful free resource
Anatomy resource.


GAME RESOURCES
Glory of Yore: Fantasy Role Playing in the World of King Arthur
Toonzy! the Cartoon Role Playing Game
game pitch archive (archived)
Call of Cthulhu
Classic Runequest
GURPS
Marvel Super Heroes
D&D 3.5 SRD
OSRIC
Basic Fantasy
Microlite
Mini-Six


SAMPLE ADVENTURES
B3 Palace of the Silver Princess
L1 Secret of Bone Hill
L2 The Assassin's Knot
N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile God
Quest for the Silver Sword
T1 Village of Hommlet
U1 Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
U2 Danger at Dunwater
UK5 Eye of the Serpent
More adventure download links


FICTION WRITING RESOURCES
World Builders, a very organized site for step-by-step building a world.
Different world building website.
Speculative Literature, contains creative writing resources.
Language construction kit
Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
The Internet Sacred Texts Archive, for developing your own fantasy religion


DRAWING RESOURCES
DC cartoon archive
How to critique
Design method
Design process
Keeping a sketchbook
digital drawing tutorials
more digital drawing tutorials
human pose app
human proportions
how to draw proportions
how to draw people
figure drawing
color theory in depth
color theory basics
color scheme designer
copyright basics


RESUME RESOURCES
Read an introduction to using Microsoft Word
How to use email
Download a copy of my CV


ACROBAT RESOURCES
How to create a PDF
Read an introduction to Adobe Acrobat


WEBSITE RESOURCES
Advice: Make sure that your web presence always reflects positively on you. Never post or tweet anything that could be considered a detraction from yourself. Your personal and professional space now overlap and will affect each other.
Set up your art portfolio here
Get a web domain from SavannahWebHost. Good for a personal website!
Download the example website
View the notes for the website
Photoshop for the web
Making your own portfolio web page
Design a website with photoshop


ILLUSTRATOR RESOURCES
Download the first set of Illustrator notes.
Download the business card template
Download the second set of Illustrator notes.
Download additional notes on Illustrator.
How to capture a screenshot.
Understanding spot color.
Official Adobe Illustrator tutorials
Vector character tutorials in Illustrator
Some more illustrator character tutorials


PHOTOSHOP RESOURCES
Download an introduction to Adobe Photohop.
How to use photohop's palettes.
Notes on scanning a greyscale or color file.
Notes on scanning lineart.
Download the notes for photohop's brushes.
Official Adobe Photoshop tutorials
Official Adobe Create Magazine
A different photoshop character style
Links to a plethora of character concept tutorials
Make a planet tutorial
Make a star field


AFTER EFFECTS RESOURCES
View the notes
Official AE help site


3DSMAX AND MAYA RESOURCES
Official Autodesk learning resources.
HighEnd3d.com tutorials
Polycount.com's WIKI
Maya vids on Youtube
CGI tutorials
A guide to fish.
Download the reference grid image
3d Glossary and terminology
Generic subdivision modeling tips
Download a couple of Maya books from Autodesk.
Baking lights and creating dirt maps in 3dsMax, from 3D World.
A great tutorial for weathering a model train.
Examples of character modeling and reference pictures
Download the reference grid image
Download a different reference grid image
Download another variant grid image
Download the facial poly-regions image
The classic Joan of Arc character modeling tutorial
Video on modeling a face
Video on modeling an ear
Video on modeling a hand
Video on modeling the body
Maya tutorials
Mayang's free textures
Blood knight texturing tutorial
Ben Mathis's 3d tutorial site
Another character modeling tutorial
Scientific illustration tutorial site
FBX converter
Fixing maya's texture memory errors when rendering a file
Creating a planet
Creating a missile
Procedural shaders
Spaceship damage
Particle explosion
Explosion
Modelling a car
Rendering a car
Occlusion in 3dsmax
Microscopic cells scene
3d Glossary and terminology
Subdivision modeling tips
Creating perfect skin
Creating a face
Scuplting in ZBrush
ZBrush wire technique
Anatomy for 3d artists
Light and Color for 3d


ZBRUSH RESOURCES
zBrush Central - Forum for tutorials, questions, and artwork.
zBrush tutorials forum.
zBrush official help material.
ZClassroom - Video tutorials beginning with extreme ZBrush basics and building to more advanced topics.
F.A.Q. - A compilation of the most commonly asked questions about using ZBrush.
Concept zSculpting technique
zBrush Alpha pack.


PROGRAMMING RESOURCES
HTML & CSS
Get the official W3C notes for HTML 4.01
W3C the official getting started with HTML guide
W3 Schools online tutorials
Read the Bare Bones Guide to HTML
A detailed HTML overview
John Gilson's HTML Tutorials
Dave's Interactive HTML Tutorials
Mozilla Developer Network: Introduction to HTML
Website Setup: HMTL beginner tutorial
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: HTML coding
Meta Tags: Meta tags code generator
Austin Community College, HTML basics PDF
California State University Northridge, HTML tags chart
W3C: CSS and HTML tutorial
University of Washington: CSS tutorial

JAVASCRIPT
Learn JS: Learn JavaScript
JavaScript tutorial booklet
HTML 5 Hive: JQuery and AJAX video tutorial for beginners
Drupal: Working with JavaScript and JQuery
Net Beans: Using JQuery to enhance the appearance and usability of a webpage
Railsbridge Frontend: JavaScript vs. JQuery
JavaScript Official Site: Try JavaScript
Temple University, JavaScript Language PDF
University of Idaho, JavaScript quick reference card PDF

PHP
WordPress: Getting started with PHP for WordPress development
Web Design Degree Center: Learn to code
Cosmo Learning: PHP tutorial for absolute beginners
Blue Shoes: PHP cheat sheet
Simple Machines: Parham PHP lessons
California State University: PHP samples
MIT Sloan School of Management: PHP code style guide
Harding University, Introduction to PHP, PDF
MIT Sloan School of Management, PHP code style guide
University of Virginia, PHP simple HTML DOM parser manual

Python
Make sure that you are learning Python version 2.7x if you want it to work with Maya.
Python: Tutorial
Learn Python the Hard Way: Tutorial
Rensselaer: Python cheat sheet
Python Future: Cheat sheet
Northwestern University: Mini programming projects for the Python beginner
Practice Python: Practice for Python
Raspberry PI: Python
University of Florida: Basics of Python
Duke University's Python page
University of Pittsburg, Python 2.7 tutorial

Ruby
Ruby Learning: Ruby tutorial
Ruby for Beginners: Information
Try Ruby: Ruby demonstration
Cheat Sheet: Ruby
Testing Education: Ruby cheat sheet
Ruby Documentation: Help and resources for Ruby
University of California: Ruby programming language
Fincher: Ruby tutorial with code samples
Louisiana State University, Programming Ruby

Java
Central Connecticut State University, Introduction to Computer Science using Java
University of Texas, Java coding samples

C/C++
Gillius’ Programming: C tutorial
William Paterson University: Visual C++ tutorial
Michigan State University: C++ quick reference
Drexel University: C language tutorial
Washington University in St. Louis: C++ tutorial
Drexel University, C language tutorial
Colby College, C tutorial
Washington University in St. Louis, C++ programming language tutorials
Wayne State University, C++ programming how-to

Further Reading
Beginner’s Resources to Learn Programming Languages
Harvard's CS50's Introduction to Computer Science
CodeConquest: Free Code Tutorials
Ebook Foundation: free programming books
MIT Opoen Courseware
Hackr.io
Reddit's learn programming subreddit
Youtube's Learn Code:academy
Youtube's Learn Code:academy
Youtube's Google Developers
Youtube's Android Developers
Youtube's the Coding Train


WRITING and LANGUAGE RESOURCES
The 1912 New Websterian Dictionary for clear word meanings.
MLA writing style and citation guide
Grammarly can help your writing


INFLUENTIAL COMMERCIAL ARTISTS
Simon Bisley
Tony Diterlizzi
Chris Foss
Frank Frazetta
Jack Kirby
Syd Mead
Richard Powers
Alex Ross
Michael Whelan


HELPFUL MISCELLANEA
SCAD Course Descriptions
6x6 art show
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists


SUGGESTED READING LIST
Project Gutenberg - an online source of free books
Project Gutenberg Australia - with more Scifi and Fantasy

Critical non-fiction books:
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Deadly Powers: Animal Predators and the Mythic Imagination by Paul trout
Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steve Katz
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
Writer's Guide to Character Traits - Dr. Linda Edelstein
Color and Light - James Gurney
Imaginative Realism - James Gurney
Anything by Andrew Loomis
How to Paint Citadel Miniatures - Games Workshop
1912 dictionary

Reading list of fantasy and science fiction authors:
Wikipedia Category: Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel
Nebula Award for Best Novel winners
Wikipedia list of joint winners of the Hugo and Nebula awards
Wikipedia list of science fiction authors
Wikipedia list of fantasy authors

Critical scifi reads:
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
The Mists Of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
A Princess of Mars - E.R. Burroughs
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
Neuromancer - William Gibson
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein
The Dune Chronicles - Frank Herbert
The Conan The Barbarian Series - Robert E. Howard
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Left Hand Of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
The Complete Fiction - H.P. Lovecraft
I Am Legend - R. Matheson
A Canticle For Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Elric Saga - Michael Moorcock
Ringworld - Larry Niven
Animal Farm - Orwell
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
Anthem - Ayn Rand
The Lord Of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne
Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Jules Verne
Slan - A.E. van Vogt
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Lords of Dûs series - Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
The Once And Future King - T.H. White
The Amber Chronicles - Roger Zelazny


MOVIES & TELEVISION WATCH LIST

Horror
They Live (1988)
Re-Animator (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Thing (1982)
The Shining (1980)
Alien (1979)
Carrie (1976)
The Exorcist (1973)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Gojira (1956)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dracula (1931)
Nosferatu (1922)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Drama
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
The Godfather (1972)
Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
North by Northwest (1959)
Vertigo (1958)
The African Queen (1951)
Casablanca (1942)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Potemkin (1925)

SciFi
V for Vendetta (2006)
Minority Report (2002)
The Matrix (1999)
The Fifth Element (1997)
City of Lost Children (1995)
Total Recall (1990)
Predator (1987)
RoboCop (1987)
Aliens (1986)
Back to the Future (1985)
Brazil (1985)
The Terminator (1984)
Repo Man (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)
Star Wars - A New Hope (1977)
Logan's Run (1976)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Star Trek (TV show, 1966–69)
The Time Machine (1960)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
The Shape of Things to Come (1936)
Metropolis (1927)

Action
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
300 (2006)
Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Gladiator (2000)
Léon: The Professional (1994)
Die Hard (1988)
Predator (1987)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Robocop (1987)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Commando (1985)
Ran (1985)
Escape from New York (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Death Wish (1974)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Bullitt (1968)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Goldfinger (1964)
From Russia With Love (1964)
Dr. No (1962)
Spartacus (1960)
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1954)

Western
Unforgiven (1992)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The War Wagon (1967)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
The Searchers (1956)
Shane (1953)
High Noon (1952)
Red River (1948)
Stagecoach (1939)
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Fantasy
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Hellboy (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Highlander (1986)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
Superman (1978)
Wizards (1977)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
Fantastic Planet (1973)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
King Kong (1933)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
The Lost World (1925)

Comedy
Army of Darkness (1992)
Evil Dead II (1987)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Bringing up Baby (1938)
Duck Soup (1933)
The Three Stooges (shorts, 1930-1950)
The General (1926)

Cartoon
The Venture Bros. (2003-)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-)
The Tick (1994-1996)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95)
Ren & Stimpy (1991-1995)
The Simpsons (1989-)
Thundarr the Barbarian (1980–81)
Scooby-Doo (1969-1970)
Jonny Quest (1964-1965)
The Flintstones (1960-66)
Rocky and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show (1959-64)
Fleischer Superman (1941-1943)
Tom and Jerry (1940-1958)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Looney Tunes (1933-1960)
Steamboat Willie (1928)
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

Cult
Hell comes to Frog Town (1988)
Man on Fire (1987) the Italian version
Pulgasari (1985)
Zardoz (1974)
Hercules Unchained (1959)
Les visiteurs (1993)
MST3K Episode 422 "Kalevala"
Bubba Hotep (2002)
Master of the World (1961)
My Name is Bruce (2007)
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
The Adventures of Brisco County Junior (1993)
Jack of All Trades (2000)
Any "Hammer" films

Plus anything from these Directors
Kathryn Ann Bigelow
Cecil B. DeMille
John Ford
Terry Gilliam
Alfred Hitchcock
John Huston
Stanley Kubrick
Akira Kurosawa
Sergio Leone
Hayao Miyazaki
Leni Riefenstahl
Martin Scorsese
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Billy Wilder

Cheers and good luck in your classes!