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Chapter 8. Environmental Modeling > Creating Plant Life

Creating Plant Life

The vast diversity of flora around us is staggering, if we stop to think about it. Recent estimates of the number of earthly plant species alone are close to 450,000, with as many as 50,000 yet unknown. While this diversity wouldn't be practical to re-create in computer graphics, we can at least try to give the illusion of it. In this section we're going to create a small sampling of plant life that can be used to populate our recently finished landscape environment. Don't limit yourself to just the landscape tutorial, though. As you continue to build trees and other plants, it is a great idea to build a library of them and reuse them in your own environments!

Modeling a Tree

Modeling a tree can be a very daunting task because trees are so complex and have so many individual pieces. However, a tree can still be broken down into manageable parts. There is a lot of repetition in a tree, and that is what can help make it easier to model. The aim of this tutorial is to start simply and build complexity by using repetition of the different elements of a tree. If done in the right order, a fairly simple tree can be modeled quickly and efficiently.


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