April 4, 2022
A new book by Dr. Magesh Chandramouli, Professor of Computer Graphics Technology, aims to make 3D modeling and animation more accessible and understandable for beginners inside and outside of Purdue University Northwest (PNW).
Chandramouli’s new textbook, 3D Modeling & Animation: A Primer, can be purchased from Amazon and Taylor & Francis Publishers.
This book is aimed not only at students, but generally at anyone interested in computer animation and modeling.
Chandramouli felt that other common introductory texts proved too pedantic and were often filled with jargon that made the basic lessons unclear to his students.
Additionally, he wanted to create text that would be digestible for others outside of academia who wanted to learn computer graphics on their own.
With over 200 images, the book gives a more visual and artistic flair to the modeling and animation primer, he says. “I wanted to make a book that was engaging and that used relatively simpler language and provided context in a more thought-provoking way,” Chandramouli explains.
“Focusing only on technical text makes reading monotonous.
With this book, students are not overwhelmed by technicality alone. They have juxtaposed images and easier explanations.
Gary Bertoline, senior vice president of Purdue Online & Learning Innovation and Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, composed the foreword and praised Chandramouli’s book:
If I was still teaching introductory infographics I wouldn’t hesitate to use this textbook as it covers just the right amount of topic for a semester course and is presented in a very engaging way to engage the reader .