The pipeline for digital asset creation begins with digital modeling. It is the birthplace for a digital asset, and it is here that the basic aesthetic form and technology are laid. If they are not done well, this is the place where most problems for the future pipeline begin. Modeling is as important to the creation of an asset as the foundation is to the construction of a house. If the model is solid, all of the other crafts from rigging to painting to color and lighting can be done with far greater ease.
Digital modeling can be broken up into four types: character, prop, hard surface/mechanical, and environmental.