Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Creating High Quality Surface Set



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I want to  build a high quality surface, namely a front wing/ fender with you, but as all surfaces on a car exterior have to relate in terms of position, tangency or curvature to their boundary surfaces, this means that to build a wing, we have first to build the front center section of the car, so I have spent a few hours doing just that.Here are a few pictures to show the development:

Front Centre Section created in preparation for the wing/ Fender modelling.

Arrow shows horrible cross section. Surface will have to be rebuilt

Arrow shows horrible cross section. Surface will have to be rebuilt

This is quite a good surface set, but I ‘ve had no time to light it better. At the moment my lighting is making a good surface set look like really poor! I’m going to have to find some time to properly light the scene.Surface set is good, but I need to learn how Alias lighting works quickly!

First Look At Surface of the hood top. Oh my God!

I have been trying to build this in between several other jobs and as you can see, I have a lot of problems here and the only thing to do is to delete the surfaces, improve the curves to obtain surface continuity where required and then build the surfaces again taking more care to match meeting surfaces. They should have the same construction at adjacent boundaries i.e. the same surface degree ( degree: 3 – 1, deg.5 – 1, .) and they should have matching surface isoparms, if I am forced to make the surface more pliable by adding 1 or 2 extra spans.Surface set all sorted and ready to renderCenter surface set looks good with Zebra Diagonstic shading appliedArrows show where surface defects are

Surface Quality with Diagnostic Shading Turned On.

Here I went back and broke the hood down into 3 more manageable surfaces. After I built them I re-invoked the Square surf. tool and going into Advanced setting, I used Explicit control to alter the degree of each square in both the U and V direction with the horizontal edges set to Curvature, until I reached an acceptable result. This is a simplified explanation of how to resolve the hood top surface construction geo.

Corrected Front Ceter Section Surface

Sorry! Still had no spare time to sort out the lightingt, but the surfaces are now looking healthier, ready to start building the fender/wing, to the surfaces established here. I want to  start building the fender as soon as I have some time.———–A few days laterAll the hard work worthwhile. Surfaces I can be proud of.If you are< fllowing this project, you may want to go off an work on another unrelated tutorial, until I am ready to prgress this fender further. I find if my students have a break from an intense model and go off and do something which offers other challenges, they learn more quickly, so having say an automotive project on the go along with a small but complex product design project is an effricient way to learn Alias.  One learns new techniques and new tools and can then come back to the bigger project better equiped to deal with its challenges.Corrected Surface________________________________________________________________
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167 Euros (200 USD equivalent Nov.2011) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers and is often given as a practical test at interviews.

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Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 250 Euros (USD. 300 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Setting Out a Fender

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In this project I set out to build a front wing, which was to become a tutorial for my students, but unless

I have the reference data vis a vis surrounding surfaces, I have to build the whole front centre section of the car to achieve either G0 (Possitional continuity 0.01 – 0.001 mm),Tangency or full Curvature Continuity when I come to build the wing/fender surfs. on.Just like a beautiful person has a beautiful bone structure underlying everything, a beautiful surface can only be created from perfect curves. It can take hours to establish good curve. I have shown some typical student’s set up curves, which are quite poor. The pink lines on the tops of the Curvature combs should meet where combs join each other. On this model they are miles off doing that.For an experienced modeller it doesn’t take long to correct all the curves. I do this on the student’s .wire and then email it back, so that he/she can see where the bar is set for acceptable curvature quality. “Bad Curves, Bad Model.” There cannot be another outcomeFrom this pic. you can seee that the student needs to learn how to get smoother curve combs and how to align boundry curves to get from GO (p0sition) to G1 (tangent) and where it is needed G2 (Curv.Cont.)I am now teaching what I learned from some very fine tutorials: How to build and then evaluate better curves using the Blend Curve Manipulator.I am stopping now to watch my lovely Dagenham girl. I think most X-Factor finalists have practically no individual qualities, but Stacey has a lovely texture and a unique sound to her voice, but probably most voters are women, so she’ll need “El mano de Dios” to win. Nevertheless I am sure she will earn enough from her fame and talent to give her and her family a better life. I hope so!________________________________________________________________

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Customized Wheel

Here’s a nice wheel customized by one of my students, Russell.

Wheel-1b

“I am learning something every session, although it is really a lot faster and easier now that I have a teacher and my stress levels have returned to normal.”

This is a comment sent in by an 18 year old student who has just passed his Baccualauriat. He can’t afford to go to Uni, but has his heart set on becoming an Alias Studio Product Modeller. Russell studies at home. His parents pay me a fixed monthly fee and in return I coach him. He is good at maths, which is usually a good sign and he plans to start looking for a position as an improver as soon as he has a high enough level of Alias and accumalated a nice portfolio of  Autodesk Alias Studio models.”There are things in this model that aren’t right, but if I stopped to find out how to do everything, I would grind to a halt.I am pleased that I now understand basic rendering (How to set up the scene.) Because I have been wasting so much time with lights and cameras and not learning how to model.”
Wheel-1aMy less experienced students found the disc was a challenge.________________________________________________________________

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For student’s who have the objective of finding a CAD job in the near future, I still teach One to One students and all of these students get Automotive Modeling or Design/Modeling jobs, so it’s a great investment to make. The hourly rate is very high and there are vacancies in UK. France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, USA, Brazil etc. I can only take a maximum of 5-7 students at any one time. I teach all levels right up to Post Graduates. I have never had a Private student fail to get an Alias Automotive job (Companies include Ferrari, GM, Lotus, Opel, Audi Seat etc. ). If you wish to apply for a place, please email me with all your details.
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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Student’s First Rendered Wheel

Following him having to stop development on his Porche Carrera Turbo by adjusting all the settings on his monitor and concentrating on detailing i.e. a wheel, he has made some good progress today.Wheel-1This is his first real attempt at a road-wheel. it is straight from my head (No pictures and no dimensions) I wrote a tutorial which I have sent to several of my students who are at the correct level. It has taken me 1 long hard day, but I am very pleased with my effort and now I am waiting for the emails to come in as and when students get stuck.—————————————

—————–Things to Know about Alias Wheels:

A wheel has loads of geometry and therefor has a large file size. This single wheel has pushed students PC’s to their limits very limits. If I displayed all 4 at one time I would not be able to do any modelling at all.This is the first proper rendering some of my students have ever done. It’s exactly like setting up a full-size car in a studio for a Photo-shoot, which is something I personally have done at Audi AG.________________________________________________________________

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250 Euros (USD. 339 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition with weekly reviews of your .wire. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio – Porsche Carrera Special Body Kit

My student’s latest model is growing after making major changes to arrive at special body kit design.

These are just the basic surfaces, which I will cut into to create all the tasty front end detail. Taking the dogs out now. Its very sunny with a wonderful blue sky.Once I’ve done that I’ll email my wire to my student who can then bring his model up to my level, emailing me for help as and when he needs it.Most of the surfaces on this model are Beginner’s Level, but at least now I know where I have to improve. There aren’t any tutorials available for Automotive Design,I teach Alias Surfacing Techniques by stting work in all areas of product design . I am now working on a Nike style sports watch, which involves Natural Surfacing I use this tutorial a lot. It’s a really tough one, but once done you learn so much from it. So my heart felt thanks go out to Joshua Maruska for writing “Natural Surfacing” on Aoutdesk Alias Designhttp://aliasdesign.autodesk.com/learning/tutorials/?

I teach a lot about how to build more accurate surfaces and how to get better flow across surface boundaries where needed. It’s not going to come to students over night. They will only improve by following lots of tutorials and practicing with the Alias surfacing tools.

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250 Euros (USD. 339 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition with weekly reviews of your .wire. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Porsche Styled Exterior

Porsche Look Alike

One of my young private students (18 years old) built a car that roughly resembled a Porsche. It was a pretty poor quality model, but the body sides were really good surfaces. I wanted to encourage him to continue the model, as telling him to scrap it would have just crushed his spirits, so I decided to set him the task of stage by stage developing it by adding detail. Today I have been putting some real Porsche Carrera Special Body Kit details in around the sill and air intake. It’s been a roller coaster of a day. I did all the work once and then because I have been using (YES!!!!) Autodesk v.2010 and I didn’t understand that it wasn’t remembering my preferences (my 60-70 hot-keys) I stupidly closed the application and clicked don’t save (as I had already depressed Ctrl+S), so that’s how I lost half a day’s work. I had been saving with the hot-keys for hours, but I failed to check that the new set-up was working first. Even with several years experience when you let your concentration lapse, it can cost you dearly.Normally I save my models as a new file at least once per day and by the end of the project I might have 30+ versions of the Exterior. I often import components from older files if I have messed something up. But the BEST PRACTICE is to save regularly. You avoid so many heart breaks.________________________________________________________________

 
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250 Euros (USD. 339 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition with weekly reviews of your .wire. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – “So Glad I’ve Found a Teacher!” Alias Tutorials

Autodesk Alias Studio How to Progress

Once you’ve completed all the On Board Alias tutorials

You need to register on the Autodesk Alias Design website, where you’ll be able to dowload tutorials and shaders etc.This website has a high standard forum and when you reach a good intermediate level, you will be able to ask serious queastions about Alias and get answers from the top experts.

It takes 5 years to learn the program to a basic Automotive Industry Entry Level

and you must progress from one model to the next sensibly and not set yourself up for failure by leaping onto projects that are just too difficult for your level. Last week one of my private students bit off more than she could chew trying to make a wing mirror. Her comment to me was. ” I was unable to finish it to a professional standard as I had no help and didn’t even know if it had been direct modelled in the first place”.She had no Internet that week and was unable to get support from me.

(Very often highly complex forms have to be made in clay first

and then Lazar scanned into Alias as cloud data for enhancement (Class A surfacing with G3 curvature cont.). It is really hard working in isolation). Here’s another very common comment from students.

“I have some tutorials, but they are as always incomplete and generally the standard is either, too low or too high for my level.  I have now gone back to following 1st year tutorials, not ideal, but it’s about survival. I am so glad that I’ve found a teacher who can review my .wires and accelerate my progress.—————–“

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I am a top flight Alias Trainer/Modeler, specializing in taking students who are either currently studying or who have left college/university and want to learn the skills they need to reach Alias Automotive Entry Level. I offer the best value Alias training deal out there!

Special Winter Discount Package

Courses in order of cost:

“Course #1”.6 months Website Access

6 Months website access to all video tutorials, 167 Euros one-off payment (228 USD equivalent Nov.2011)

Courses, including reviews and coaching:

“Course #2A” Private Tuition Package

167 Euros per month (228 USD equivalent Nov.2011)
(Your work will be reviewed every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally, modeling demonstrations from me on your .wire and I will supply Meshes to help you with difficult areas of your model).

“Course #2E” Economy Private Tuition Package

100 Euros (135 USD equivalent Nov.2011) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all website videos

“Course #3”.  Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course

250 Euros (USD. 339 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition with weekly reviews of your .wire. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

For more info,

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