Dec 292012
 
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Well I made this post over 8 months ago and just saw it was only in my drafts folder… so I’ll just release it into the world and hope it forgives me eventually. Sorry, little blog post, it’s not your fault!

For this 3D endeavor, I wanted to go closer to my roots. As a pixel artist, the big pixels on this piece make me smile much more than the busier textures of the Detective-ish character from the last round. Continue reading »

 December 29, 2012  Posted by at 12:14 am 3D, Articles, Artwork, Personal Tagged with: , , , ,  1 Response »
Dec 272012
 
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The year has come and gone like a bandit. A bandit that made out like a bandit, as I can honestly say I never would have expected to get the opportunity to do some of the things I’ve done this year in any of my weirdest dreams. Adventures in artwork included drawing and animating for a few games, a few music videos, upgrading all of my workstations, and getting to employ my skills in numerous mediums like 3D, Pixel Art, Vector, and digipaint all mashed together. Continue reading »

 December 27, 2012  Posted by at 5:59 pm 3D, Animation, Articles, Artwork, Digipaint, Personal, Pixel Art, Vector Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Apr 102012
 
saxfeatured

Short of the time required to do it, adjusting the weight of vertex influences for each bone went down rather painlessly. I was expecting to need to readjust some of the mesh to play more nicely with the bones to make the deformation around, say, elbows and joints operate with less distortion. But it all just kind of worked, and the suspenders even rest/stretch as they ought to!

I could have spent a few more hours creating another rig just for the face, but I opted to just control it with shape keys. Shape keys let you move vertices around all you like for things like eyelids blinking, mouth shape stretching and squashing to form lipsynching cues, etc, then transition between the keys you created and the default pose that was in place. For example, my face had shape keys to open and close the eyes, open and close the mouth, raise and lower the teeth/cheeks for smiling and such, and lift or lower each eyebrow separately. Was a fun process to learn and use! Continue reading »

 April 10, 2012  Posted by at 8:16 am 3D, Articles, Artwork, Personal Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 222012
 
part-4-preview

First you make it simple, then you make it complex, then you make it ridiculously complex, then you make it super simple and tape a picture of the ridiculously complex version of it and hope nobody notices. Getting light sources to highlight and shade portions of the model as if it were still in high poly and let the computer create the textures for you are the whole point of why the sculpting took place. I’ve done a few passes of baking those features from the high poly to the low and wound up with a result that is good enough for me.

Next time I make a character, I will definitely try to do it with way fewer poly count than this. Was expecting to pull off making this guy closer to N64 or Nintendo DS game poly levels, but it’s probably closer to the poly count of PS2/xbox phat assets. I think he’s even creepier with features…

For the record, I really don’t like what this guy looks like compared to the concept image. He doesn’t deserve those Dr. Teeth teeth. But, I shall press on! Continue reading »

 March 22, 2012  Posted by at 3:09 pm 3D, Articles, Artwork, Personal Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Mar 152012
 
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From here I’m just focusing on sculpting details that will pop nicely when baking the textures onto the Low Poly mesh, things that will react to lighting shifts and make it look like a piece of clothing instead of just skin-tight-spandex with pom-poms at the wrists and ankles. Because I do want this to remain simplistic for ease as well as style consistency, it will mostly includes pockets, buttons, fabric seams, and some less intense wrinkling.

While making the pockets, the method I ended up being successful with worked pretty well, so I included a slow frame shifting GIF highlighting the steps used on the pants for the world to maybe learn from. Continue reading »

 March 15, 2012  Posted by at 1:45 pm 3D, Articles, Artwork, Personal Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 142012
 
Detective WIP 5

Here is a mini update from the first post, Low Poly Game Character Creation Pt. 1,  to follow up on some feedback given over on the Pixelation forums. The initial progress pushed the arms and legs toward being awkwardly lanky. So I took a couple steps backward in order to proceed with what I feel wool be a better model in the end.

New adaptions include teeth, hair and eyebrows, belt, suspenders, eyelids, legs and arms reverted to pre-sculpt shape and shortened up. I felt the sculpting on the pants and shirt was too wildly wrinkly anyway, so if I go back to give them any kind of skulpting detail, it will be minimal to keep a smooth and toony look to it. I also reversed the direction the cuffs on the shirt was facing. Continue reading »

 March 14, 2012  Posted by at 6:17 pm 3D, Articles, Artwork, Personal Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 112012
 
Closeup sculpted face.

I’ve worked with 3D sporadically in the recent years, but the work that comes my way is mostly 2D or pixel art, so I have yet to really dig my teeth into the next dimension. Recently, I picked up a DVD through Blender covering Low Poly Game Character Creation by CG Cookie.com. It will cover the creation of a humanoid model, sculpting it all at high poly, then baking those sculpted details onto a low poly mesh, rig and animate it, and finally how to import it into Unity 3D.

Throughout the creation process, updates will be added at the more significant milestones for any who wish to tag along for the journey. Could be fast, could be slow, all depends on when there’s an opening between work and parental obligations.

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 March 11, 2012  Posted by at 12:31 pm 3D, Articles, Personal Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 112012
 
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This is a subject I’ve been needing to blog about for a long time, because this thing on the internet called Tzigla really needs to be flaunted. Tzigla (I like to say it like ZIG-LUH or TUH-ZIG-UH-LUH when I’m not in a mood to slur) is place for artists of all skill levels to join up to create tiny pictures to be juxtaposed next to other tiny pictures to create one big picture. A large-scale Exquisite Corpse. There are sections just for pixel artists, sections just for people more casual about drawing, places for the big dog advanced artists, and even sandbox boards meant just for you to play and see how it feels to work off another person’s tiles without regard to quality. And excuse its funny name, in Romanian “tzigla” literally translates into “roof tile” (the developers, who are altogether a great pair of people, are Romanian). So really, it’s fitting!

The best way to describe what happens on Tzigla is to just show a picture that was created from start to finish on the board. It was made by 23 artists with a total of 48 individual 100×100 pixel squares, and nobody saw each other’s pictures, only a tiny revealed glimpse of the borders that had to be blended from. Take a look!

Duckies BoardView the finished board on Tzigla!

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 March 11, 2012  Posted by at 1:15 am Articles, Artwork, Digipaint, Inspiration, Personal, Pixel Art Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »