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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (July 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470537256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470537251
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #761,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Plunge your hands into digital sculpting with Mudbox


You'll find over 10 GBs of movies, project files, models, and images to complete all of the projects in the book.

You've found the perfect hands-on primer to Autodesk's Mudbox, the 3D modeling and sculpting tool artists have used to create realistic creatures for The Dark Knight, 9, and other films. This book is just what you need to get started. Get up to speed on the Mudbox 2011 interface and tools, then follow step-by-step lessons that teach you the basics of digital sculpting, 3D painting, texturing, workflow, and more.

You'll find pages of tips and detailed instructions. So, roll up your sleeves, open this book, and start sculpting and painting!

  • Create assets for film, television, and games with Mudbox 2011

  • Save time for creativity by improving your workflows

  • Get to know the Mudbox user interface and tools in detail

  • Model a base mesh in Maya®, then use Mudbox to add surface details such as surface wear and tear

  • Learn to paint directly onto models in 3D with Mudbox's 3D painting capabilities

  • Plan your sculpture, pose your mesh, and start sculpting

  • Import a 3D scan from a 3D scanner and clean it up in Mudbox

Get to know the Mudbox user interface

Learn to customize Mudbox brushes to get the results you need

Learn how to use Mudbox's paint layers to composite realistic textures

About the Author

Ara Kermanikian is a freelance digital sculptor and 3D modeler who has worked in the software industry for over 20 years, including 18 years at Microsoft helping enable accessibility and usability of digital content creation software. His work was featured in Introducing ZBrush and Mastering Maya 2009, both from Sybex. Ara has his own blog ( and contributes regularly to Mudbox, ZBrush, and Maya user forums.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ea3ed68) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea301c8) out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Author Aug. 21 2011
By J - Published on
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This book is a great book for beginners / intermediate / advanced users of

Clearly the author is passionate about his work, and not just out to produce
any old crap to make a buck.

I've contacted the author regarding minor questions (I'm a complete beginner)
several times, and he's responded quickly and answered all my questions.

He will be available to teach Mudbox online as well, his contact info is in the
book (I think it's against's rules to post his info here).

If you want to learn / need a refresher / want to sharpen your knowledge of Mudbox,
buy the damn book, and ask about the author's online classes!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e90324c) out of 5 stars Great Workflow Guide Nov. 3 2010
By 3dProducer - Published on
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I've had this book for a while now and have found this book very complete in its overview of Mudbox for sure. What I found most useful is it's inclusion of the entire digital sculpting workflow from creating the base mesh, surface UVs, Sculpting, Painting the character and then rendering. Its a full A-Z approach. The book even covers multiple approaches to solving character creation and sculpting and also transition of your model into other apps including working with Mudbox and Photoshop. If you looking into Mudbox for creation of characters or environment CG models this is a great book to pick up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea44fd8) out of 5 stars Very good for its purpose! Feb. 3 2011
By Leonardo A. Maltez - Published on
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I bought this book exactly for its title: Introducing Mudbox. The author did a great job teaching about the software itself. It speaks how to use it with tips and tricks to make your understanding as clearly as possible. I recommend it if you wanna take your first steps into digital sculpting. It's not my intention to say anything about Mudbox x Zbrush here, by that I mean the basics to intermediate sculpting process.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9edd2c) out of 5 stars A Practical guide designed to get you working fast Aug. 25 2010
By Eric S Keller - Published on
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This is a great book designed to get you working in Mudbox fast. Not only does it teach you the most important aspects of the program but also has extensive information on working with scan data and integration into 3D pipelines using maya and other software. Ara is a great teacher and gets the concepts across clearly. The projects are engaging and fun. Ara has examples of both organic sculpting (female figure) and hard surface modeling (robot character). If you need to get up and running fast this is the place to start!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f35284c) out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful book for the beginner! April 5 2011
By Lore - Published on
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I have found this book to be fantastic for the beginner. It has taught me many lessons that I was unable to learn through some of the online tutorials that sometimes went way too fast for me. I'm very glad that I bought it and will have it for a valuable reference for in the future.