Artists working with computers can learn the secrets behind the techniques for creating convincing, realistic, highly professional 3D landscapes for videos, films, web comics, and websites. This book instructs on how to use modern graphics software and shows how to construct intricate, hyper-realistic worlds with topographical features that include mountains and hills, forests and foliage, oceans and rivers, skies with textured cloud layers, fog, rain, and even lightning. To these worlds, artist and author Simon Danaher shows how to add realistic living creatures and man-made structures. He explains the theory of 3D world modeling in easy-to-understand language, offering essential insights into how virtual worlds are created for movies and television dramas. Students of this medium can use the book in combination with its enclosed CD-ROM, as they follow step-by-step instructions for creating a wide variety of landscapes and environments. Instructive full-color illustrations and diagrams on every page of the book.