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Gnomon Online Posts Online Maya Training Course

Full-length course in texture mapping By DMN Staff Writer
Gnomon Online, a division of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, has posted its first full-length, online course, Texture Mapping.

Texture Mapping features 16 sessions with streaming-video lectures for a total of approximately 18 hours of instruction. For $695, course subscribers get 60 days of access to the Texture Mapping material. The course is available at

Texture Mapping is based on the time-tested curriculum of the Gnomon School. Designed and taught by Gnomon Associate Director Darrin Krumweide, this class provides training on Alias|Wavefront's Maya as it pertains to texture-map application. It covers the entire arena of texture tools and techniques applying to NURBS, polygon and subdivision surfaces. Related issues, such as using 2D-image-editing tools in conjunction with Maya, are also explored. Students will learn to use textures as a tool to achieve a level of complexity which would be difficult, or computationally expensive, to achieve by modeling alone.

"Good texture mapping techniques allow for optimal representation of 3D geometry and environments," explains Krumweide. "Even a perfect model will not appear realistic without the right textures and lighting. By understanding proper texture applications, successful integration of elements into live-action backgrounds or optimal usage of in-game art can be achieved."

The video for each course lecture is available in three sizes. Subscribers choose which size they want to view based on resolution and download times. Course materials include lecture, as well as, handouts and notes. Those interested in experiencing a sample of Gnomon Online's products may view the website's sample 12-minute tutorial on dynamics at no charge.

Darrin Krumweide, Associate Director of Gnomon, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in transportation and industrial design. Before joining the staff at Gnomon, Krumweide served as an applications engineer for Alias|Wavefront and senior animator at Kronos Digital Entertainment. As a professional consultant, his clients included Netter Digital, Warner Bros., Honda, Sega and MCA Universal. He has also taught at Art Center College of Design.

Gnomon Online is a division of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, a professional institute specializing in training for visual effects for film, television and games. Launched in April 2001 by Gnomon founders Alex Alvarez and Darrin Krumweide, Gnomon Online offers subscribers a library of streaming-video tutorials, models and scene files for Alias|Wavefront's Maya.

The Gnomon Online tutorials and courses are an outgrowth of the curriculum of Gnomon School of Visual Effects which has been approved by the Alliance for Digital Production Trainers (ADEPT) whose members include training managers from studios including Rhythm & Hues Studios, Cinesite, DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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