3ds Max is the leading 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution for artists, schools, and production environments. The unique tutorial approach of this book permits readers to learn essential techniques that every 3D artist needs to create CG environments by recreating the earth's elements of earth, air, fire and water. No extra plug-ins are required to perform the exercises. Draper studies the real world and then simlates it with 3ds Max -a unique approach that reflects classical art training.

"Deconstructing the Elements" allows artists to re-create natural effects using Autodesk® 3ds Max®. This new edition boasts all new tutorials. All editorial content is updated to be current with the current version of 3ds Max. Inspirational images cover every page as the author shares his professional insight, detailing the how and why of each effect, ensuring the reader a complete understanding of all the processes involved.

The companion web site includes all of the tutorials from the previous two editions, only available to purchasers of this 3rd edition - plus all new tutorials of the current edition. It's like getting 3 books in one!

Deconstructing the Elements, 3e



Nuclear Explosion
Afterburner jet engine
Sparks & explosive sparks
Sparkler trails (long exposure effects)
Forest fire (from the air)
Underwater explosion
Smouldering paper


Oak Tree
Countryside landscape (uses Oak Tree result as focal point) Beach cliffs (cont in water section) Grass macro (extreme close-up, cont in water section) Mud volcano (bubbling / cracked mud) Impact crater (Meteor crater) Wrapped / strangling Vines


Beach shore (cont from beach cliffs) with lapping shoreline waves Water droplet "crown" effect Whirlpool (bath plug?) underwater splash-in (eg parallel underwater view of an item splashing in) Icicles / frozen fountain Blood trails (aka ice splash) Frozen lake Dew on grass (cont from Grass macro)


Steam vent
Heat distortion
Tornado barn destruction (re-vamped version) Dissipating contrail Aurora Borealis Black Smoker (underwater volcanic vent)

Video tutorials

Fire - rocket lift-off
Earth - Avalanche
Water - Boat Wake
Air - Galaxy