FROM CONCEPTS TO FULLY RIGGED CHARACTERS Companion WebSite Find source files for the tutorials in the book, useful Blender links, and much more on the companion website. www.sybex.com/go/introducingblenderTap the power of Blender, blend in your creativity, and build memorable animated characters with this practical guide from Blender guru Tony Mullen. Covering the new Blender 2.5, this book offers clear, step-by-step tutorials, a complete discussion of all tools, and illustrations that will both enlighten and inspire you.Follow all the projects and you'll soon have the skills you need to build and animate a well-modeled, fully-rigged character of your own. A full-color insert presents dazzling examples from some of the most talented artists in the Blender community.Get up to speed on Blender 2.5's extensively redesigned user interface Master organic mesh modeling tools and build a complex character meshFashion skin, hair, and clothing with material shaders, textures, and slotsUse Blender's new Rigify add-on to create complete, professional-quality character rigs with easeLearn to sync lip movements with a sound fileUnderstand function curves, keyframes, and the basics of animatingLearn to link assets and use Armature proxies to organize your productionsAnalyze the Blender short film, Sintel, and read what its creators have to sayAnimate a rigged character to get him runningUse particles and subsurface scattering to create hair and skinExplore open content from the Blender Foundation Open Movie Projects 'Introducing Character Animation with Blender, 2nd Edition' is written in a friendly but professional tone, with clear descriptions and numerous illustrative screenshots. Throughout the book, tutorials focus on how to accomplish actual animation goals, while illustrating the necessary technical methods along the way. These are reinforced by clear descriptions of how each specific aspect of Blender works and fits together with the rest of the package. By following all the tutorials, the reader will gain all the skills necessary to build and animate a well-modeled, fully-rigged character of their own. The character built over the course of the tutorials is included as a .blend file on the companion website, for the reader to experiment with and learn from.'Introducing Character Animation with Blender, 2nd Edition' is inspiring as well as educational. A color insert includes sample characters and frames from animations by many of the Blender community's most talented artists, which help to illustrate the impressive potential of the software.