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Chapter 3: Modeling I > Employing Image Planes

Employing Image Planes

Image planes refer to images attached to a Maya camera. The images themselves can be used as a guide for modeling or as a rendered backdrop. In this section, you'll learn how to create image planes for Maya cameras and how to import custom images created in Photoshop to use as guides for modeling the example subject: a futuristic space suit.

The example used in this chapter is based on a design created by Chris Sanchez. For this book we asked Chris to design a character in a futuristic space suit that is heavily detailed and stylish in the hope that as many modeling techniques as possible could be demonstrated using a single project. Figure 3.16 shows Chris's drawing.


Chris Sanchez is Los Angeles-based concept artist/illustrator/storyboard artist. He attained his BFA in illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design. He has foundations in traditional and digital techniques of drawing and painting. Chris has contributed designs to numerous film projects including Spider- Man 3, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes, TheHulk, Bridge to Terabithia, RocknRolla, and Tropic Thunder. For more of Chris's work, visit


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