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Vehicle Design with Alex Jaeger Volume 2:

Concept Breakdown and Rendering

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In this series, Alex Jaeger demonstrates his process for designing a futuristic military vehicle based on descriptions from a science fiction screenplay. In this second volume, with an emphasis on the production pipeline, he shows how to break down a three-quarter view of a vehicle design into orthographic views for a 3D modeler, and then demonstrates the process for rendering that three-quarter view into a final presentation piece in Adobe Photoshop®. Alex begins with the side orthographic view, showing you exactly how to correctly measure and position each element from your design. He leads you through his workflow to then create top, front, and back views, as well as alternates for "on-road" and "off-road" modes. Throughout the orthographic demo, Alex focuses on keeping the design accurate, well organized and easy for a 3D modeler to "read". He then moves on to rendering the three-quarter view in Photoshop, adding details to the line drawing and finishing with color, lighting, graphics, photo-textures, scale cues and atmosphere to present the vehicle in its world and bring the final design to life. Instructor for this title: Alex Jaeger

  • From 3/4 View to Side View
  • From Side View to Top View
  • From top view to front view
  • From front view to back view
  • Alternate side view
  • Finished orthos
  • Detailing the 3/4 view
  • Rendering the 3/4 view
  1. Side View
  2. Top View
  3. Front View
  4. Back View
  5. Alternate Side View
  6. Shading the Orthos
  7. Ortho Notes
  8. 3/4 View Detailing
  9. 3/4 View Rendering Start
  10. Using Photo Textures
  11. Lighting Effects
  12. Final Rendering
  • Product Code: AJA02
  • ISBN: 1-59762-814-X
  • UPC: 805366017507
  • Duration: 196 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM

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  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

Alex Jaeger

Visual Effects Art Director

Alex Jaeger studied automotive design at the College for Creative Studies but then turned to entertainment design studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Soon after graduation he was working in both the model shop and art department at Industrial Light and Magic. There he has served as a visual effects art director for the past 15 years on projects such as Star Trek: First Contact, Wild Wild West, Starship Troopers, Deep Impact, Galaxy Quest, Pearl Harbor, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Special Edition, Star Wars: Episode 2, Star Wars: Episode 3, Transformers, Mission Impossible 3, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and the most recent J.J. Abram's Star Trek. He's responsible for such designs as the Akira Class starship, Bumblebee's and Starscream's head designs, the Clone Trooper variations and the future police officer's mask from Star Trek among many others.

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"Through hard work and dedication, Alex has gained an amazing amount of achievements in his professional career. His designs and art direction have brought life to some of the most iconic films in Hollywood. It is individuals like Alex who continue to forge the unknown roads ahead and define the industry we all call Entertainment. He is truly an inspiration for me."

- Feng Zhu
Founder, FZD School of Design
Founder, Feng Zhu Design

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