Animated text is the bread and butter of many 3D animators, and it’s also a good way to get started creating some of the most basic 3D models there are—animated letterforms. Although this basic 3D creation does not take an enormous amount of modeling skill, it will help you feel more comfortable with LightWave, and it’ll provide you with skills you can put to work right away for your clients. (Seeing their name, company slogan, or logo in glorious 3D never fails to impress.)
The primary focus of this chapter is modeling; however, it’s important to see a result, and therefore, you’ll also create a full animation for the text. It will be a simple animation, but with some complex motion added for good measure.