In the last few decades video games have quickly become one of the most popular forms of entertainment around the world. This can be linked to the improvement of computer systems and graphics which now allow for authentic and highly detailed computer generated characters. This project examines how these characters are modeled and developed. The examination of game characters entails a brief history of video games and their aesthetics. The foundations of character design are discussed and 3D modeling of a character is explored in detail. Finally, rigging or skeleton placement is investigated in order to animate the characters designed for this study. The result is two animated characters, which can be incorporated into several of the current and popular game engines. By the end of this paper the reader should have a fundamental understanding of how a video game character is designed, modeled, rigged, and animated.


Byrnes, Denise


Computer Science


Graphics and Human Computer Interfaces


Video Games, Character Design, Modeling

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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