Saturday, October 30, 2010

Traveller Shader Tests

UPDATED: 10/31

With lights....

Without lights...
Ramp shaders a peculiar animals....

He's also proving a little more difficult than the dino... came up with some ideas on my back and forth trips to the computer lab- for now we might have to put it to rest and come back to it later.

Also, the time traveller rig is done! Three cheers for David!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Texture Experiments

I need some color up here!

Experiments with the textures- basically we're trying out a ramp shader with different files of different shades on it- according to principles of light. I can stand here and pretend I thought of that myself, but it was actually Xuco who came up with this- he's the master of experimentation. I'm just trying to adapt it to be more painterly.

The goal is to get it to all match up with how light actually affects objects. I made each texture file according to how light wraps around a form.

Image above from James Gurney's Blog, which is a necessary resource for any artist, regardless of specialty. All this computer work has kept me from drawing for a while... and I was surprised to notice that I was forgetting simple (yet so complex!) principles such as this. So, I turned to diagrams like this and found I still have a lot to learn...

Anyway, there's still a lot of tweaking to be done, and figuring out how they'll look with lights is still a challenge to face.

EDIT: 10/28/10 More experimentation. Added complimentary colors to highlights and shadows (blue and red.) Probably should push it more...

Removed some unnecessary maps- makes render times faster!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Facial Rig

Almost there with the facial rig. Need some corrective blendshapes for the beard.

Cretaceous!? Damn!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dino Rig Test

Quick rig test. Done in an hour or maybe two so animation is somewhat lacking... but shows that that rig works!

Thanks Xuco!

Here's an endless loop URL:

Also, I think i got him to sit the way we need..

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dino Rig

Hello dudes. I've been working on the dinosaur rig, and it's coming along. He's looking pretty happy

Gave it to Natalia and she gave me a few things to tweak. For the most part, though, it's working pretty well. I'll post a video of the rig working later. Or maybe Natalia will post a motion test. It does have a hard time sitting down, but we'll figure out.