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Stahlberg
12-24-2003, 07:00 AM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/566/NFS_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/566/NFS.jpg)

Title: Nfs Underground Characters, Stahlberg (3D)
Name:
Country:
Software: Maya

The first image, the so called "Flag Girl", I'm not sure if she was used
in the end. I didn't do any of the in-game rez stuff, or the animation, or
any other character.
http://www.androidblues.com/EA1.jpg
http://www.androidblues.com/EA2.jpg
http://www.androidblues.com/EA3.jpg
Copyright 2003 Electronic Arts

Stahlberg
12-24-2003, 07:00 AM
Two more:
http://www.androidblues.com/EA4.jpg
http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/566/NFS.jpg

yangmiemie
12-24-2003, 07:13 AM
wow..nice models.....:love: :bounce: :thumbsup:

PureFire
12-24-2003, 07:51 AM
gorgeous :D

Spirit2029
12-24-2003, 08:34 AM
just finished playin the game through steven..and Im disapointed that they didnt showcase your characters more..I mean these renders are gorgeous...You keep me sooo inspired..thank you.

merry christmas man

Spirit2029
chris

Supervlieg
12-24-2003, 08:40 AM
Great stuff, hats off to you

RusMan
12-24-2003, 09:30 AM
Nice models:love:

I'm getting that game for Christmas.:beer:

greydef
12-24-2003, 10:38 AM
Fantastic!:bounce:

What software did you use?

Got any wires?

honkie
12-24-2003, 10:52 AM
Wooooow! These are great! two of the bestlooking women ever ;)

Lemog
12-24-2003, 12:13 PM
I like a lot this game... I like your artworks too... and more !
great... I don't speak english very good, I can exprim exactly what I feel...

We want to see more :applause: continue to make us dream...

Lemog...

DDS
12-24-2003, 12:41 PM
I think that the hair from the blond girl (the one that appears in several renders), is simply amazing, and I don't know If you used the technique you use often, of modeling planes, or you used some kind of plugin, but It looks simply amazing.

The modeling of the car is good too.

The game rules, but I also think they didn't make a good use of those models(even knowing I have seen better models from mr. Stahlberg). The one that is on the front of the DVD, and that appears once in the game more or less...maybe...only a bit of motion capture, or some senior animators, and having extended the cinematics a little more...would have made the game...better looking than it is!

Sorry for my english, I haven't had time to think!

Antonbomb22
12-24-2003, 02:46 PM
great models and texturing!:thumbsup: :love:

peXel
12-24-2003, 03:17 PM
hi steven, very very cool!

i love the clean skintextures, you know :)

best regards
peter

moogle
12-24-2003, 03:43 PM
Very verry nice..
I like the game, don´t have it though..
I would like to see a wire.. And a little more info on what programs you used..

:applause:

cucaracha
12-24-2003, 04:11 PM
ha! Just played that game :D

Very nice work, no crits
The renderscenes in the game aren't as good looking as yours!

thanks for that game ;) (But beat up the coders for the physique...)

cu

ShinChanPu
12-24-2003, 04:12 PM
:applause: :applause:
I love these characters, specially the asian girl. Very good work.... as always, Steven. :thumbsup:

plug3
12-24-2003, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by Stahlberg
I did these hires characters for EA's game Need For Speed Underground which recently came out, and Habib Zargarpour did the cars. The first one, the so called "Flag Girl", I'm not sure if she was used in the end. I didn't do any of the low-res stuff, or the animation.

Is that the same Habib Zargarpour that used to work in the SFX department at ILM?

Rey
12-24-2003, 04:43 PM
:drool:
WOW. Very Natural looking.
You keep getting better. Its amazing to see your
characters become more life like with every project.

tyio
12-24-2003, 04:58 PM
the game isn't very good, but nice, but the first movie was perfect, i know why now !!


could you show us more pic of the girl, and a little explanation about how you did them (wire, shader....)

xDreamer
12-24-2003, 05:01 PM
Your Models are very Amazing ... I always check ur thereds and i'm trying to do something like u :)

Habib Zargarpur ... He is the Particle Man !
I heard that he left ILM and hire a New Job in EA Sports ...

He is my Number One ;)

iNFERNiS
12-24-2003, 05:08 PM
wow, i didn't know you made those, they're beautifull.
Finished the game a while ago :D

k4k
12-24-2003, 05:17 PM
wow!! thats fantastic!!!!!!!!!!:thumbsup:

anoe_nomus
12-24-2003, 06:18 PM
u bastard... u crushed my n00bie spirit :(
JK , ur work keep me moving. someday i'll be like u (i hope) :buttrock:

eknathon
12-24-2003, 08:52 PM
That's just awsome! ...hey you'r a swedish guy right?

Jätte bra 3D Ståhlberg! Jag hoppas någon kan lära mig att göra sådant någon gång ;)


I repeat AWSOME!:bounce: :bowdown: :bowdown:

RickStefani
12-24-2003, 11:04 PM
Amazing work. Really amazing.

pZion
12-24-2003, 11:21 PM
I love the two last renders!!! Especially the one with the Skyline!

Sexy girls! :wavey:

Stahlberg
12-25-2003, 01:53 AM
Thanks everyone. Yes it's the same Habib.
The software is Maya, here's a link to a thread in the Maya forum where I show some renders and wireframes of my latest improved female body:
link (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=108412&perpage=15&pagenumber=5)

(Search through the pages for wireframes)

altermind
12-25-2003, 11:06 AM
one request.... if yer alowed... WIREFRAMES

Lunatique
12-25-2003, 01:58 PM
Steven- I have to wonder why EA didn't advertise the hell out of the fact that they had both youAND Craig Mullins working on NFS Underground. I think their marketing department completely overlooked the CG fanboys as potential customers.

Mr.Black
12-25-2003, 02:39 PM
Completeley right...I'd buy it for the cars and your ladies :D! Simply stunning. I just wish I had something to crit consturctevley but I can't. I find no flaws what so ever. If u'd shown me them on a photograph paper n said they was real...I'd belive you.:applause:

Crashoran
12-25-2003, 04:08 PM
Heh. I play this game all the time! Nice work

blasphemy3_d
12-25-2003, 05:07 PM
Stahlberg, you have kicked my eyes with it.

Amazing man.

Garma
12-25-2003, 05:42 PM
crap, steven, they are yours :surprised Kicking ass man, I just played the game a few times, my little brother bought it.

amazing man, they should plug this :love:

Gecko
12-25-2003, 06:03 PM
awsome...realy great work.

honkie
12-25-2003, 07:02 PM
Ah discovered just one thing: on the last pic it looks like she's floating, cause of the water pit...

NickBFTD
12-25-2003, 10:14 PM
really NICEEEEEE!!!! work

i just gave the game to my brothers for christmas ,the gameplay is not up to the standard of the art.

VitaminC
12-25-2003, 10:49 PM
DAMN THIS IS HOT!

skyeywei
12-26-2003, 09:03 AM
wow ! so cool . great work :)

Chappo
12-26-2003, 11:51 AM
Yet again very impressive Stahlberg :D

safakoner
12-26-2003, 12:51 PM
super :applause:

JHarford
12-26-2003, 01:28 PM
hhmm not bad
nice game too

flegos
12-26-2003, 02:17 PM
Wowww, it s unbelievably nice work! And Girls huhh, beauti :cry:
Congratulation man! :bowdown: :beer:
No crits!

sorry for my bad english!

PCollier
12-26-2003, 02:55 PM
Nice work on the cars Habib they look gorgeous, and Steven the models look great I prefer the blonde female cause the girl on the left has a lsightly to big ear me thinks :shrug: but far be it for me to judge heh! The last image of the blonder turned around looks heavily airbrushed maybe that could of been turned down a slight notch but all small crits brilliant work as usual :bowdown:

unwrap
12-26-2003, 03:24 PM
They are hot! :love:

MadMax
12-26-2003, 06:04 PM
DAMN Steve!!!

You just rock. That is incredible.

mushroomgod
12-26-2003, 06:16 PM
amazing....as usual :thumbsup:

Wilson-3d
12-26-2003, 06:18 PM
Man great work. What a fun job you have.:thumbsup:

eYadNesS
12-26-2003, 06:19 PM
Wow wow wow wow very nice Mr.Stahlberg

Do you know Habib Zargarpour face by face?!!

I can't understand!.. This for NFS official game, or this just fan work... :surprised

cucaracha
12-26-2003, 06:30 PM
they're for the game actually, this 2F2F-chick shows in the outro :)

cu

sfx
12-26-2003, 07:08 PM
i m in love
incredible work
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Ac0rN
12-26-2003, 07:10 PM
:bowdown:

velinje
12-26-2003, 07:35 PM
You are truly an insperation Stahlberg.

Du är helt klart grym, bara att ta emot! :thumbsup:

http://images.ea.com/eagames/official/nfs_underground/gallery/images/all/set1/scrn_2.jpg
(there are more pics on the official site) of the two girls.. they even have interviews about the making.

Did you work with the scans from the girls?

They look undeniably alike.. :D *hugs* Stahlberg.. ops sry I just had to thank you for the amazing 3d models. :blush:

MVA
12-26-2003, 08:39 PM
congratulations!!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

LoTekK
12-26-2003, 08:50 PM
I get the feeling that the Samantha in the cutscenes isn't yours. Yours looks a hell of a lot sexier (and closer to the actual model, who's positively gorgeous). The Samantha in the game's cutscenes seems to have been unnaturally "enhanced" a couple of cup sizes, and doesn't look nearly as hot as your model. The blonde chick looks like your model, though. Top notch work, as always. :thumbsup:

Originally posted by Lunatique
Steven- I have to wonder why EA didn't advertise the hell out of the fact that they had both youAND Craig Mullins working on NFS Underground. I think their marketing department completely overlooked the CG fanboys as potential customers.
Cripes, I hadn't realized spooge worked on the game. What in particular was he responsible for?

JA-forreal
12-26-2003, 09:12 PM
Great Models! I likes. My favorite types of 3d projects. Although it seems that your female characters in the past were shaped more to my taste of the female form. I see that this is for a game and a lot of guys in that market like really thin framed females in the media titles and such. My taste aside, this is some primo modeling and texturing as always. As they say where I come from, you hooked this one up man.

JA-forreal
12-26-2003, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Stahlberg
Thanks everyone. Yes it's the same Habib.
The software is Maya, here's a link to a thread in the Maya forum where I show some renders and wireframes of my latest improved female body:
link (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=108412&perpage=15&pagenumber=5)

(Search through the pages for wireframes)

I totally missed this thread! Man, someone needs to sound the alarm when Stahlberg graciously gives us a taste of his amazing modeling techniques.

Riddick
12-26-2003, 10:07 PM
The girls, the cars, the lights looks really cool sexy and "road rage"!:applause:

Turbonium
12-26-2003, 10:33 PM
I think I'm in love... with CG models...

mmmmmmmmmmmmm :drool:

xsilentpepe
12-26-2003, 10:41 PM
I've just checked the photos of real models on EA. I would said i
love ur works better than the real models...... Especially their
facial expressions and poses of Samantha are so so natural and relaxed.
I love it~~~~~:love:


:arteest:

eliseu gouveia
12-26-2003, 10:46 PM
Stahlberg, you´re my God!:bowdown:

Stu_Hacking
12-26-2003, 10:50 PM
I can't simply say that the models are amazing, that would only be a half-truth

In fact the thing I admire most is your texturing and also your simulation of how light hits the surface.

The whole things puts together a very good picture.

oh...and you're models are amazing :)


(slightly late but Merry Christams and a happy new year to all!!)
:beer:

Amilton Diesel
12-26-2003, 11:10 PM
Man, when the point is CHARACTERS, you are a god.

awesome Work!

Barbas
12-26-2003, 11:38 PM
Stahlberg AND Mullins man now i know why this game look SOO much better than the other racer sims.

Really amazing models haven't seen the blonde one yet but i'm close to the end so i hope i will soon.
Great work once again i was wondering who did those models when i first saw them! :thumbsup:

dgpilot
12-26-2003, 11:41 PM
I like that picture of the first chick with her mouth open :D
Great stuff

BiTMAP
12-26-2003, 11:43 PM
maybe becuase of who worked on the game, explains why its one of the most enjoyable games i've played in some time... Sure theres like no story, but the gameplay is amazing!

Lincoln Hawk
12-26-2003, 11:48 PM
Wooooooow!
Master you are very good, congratulations.

swampthing
12-27-2003, 12:04 AM
Terrible game, nice graphics but horrid gameplay and cheating AI.

The art is great though.

One thing i'm curious about.

http://media.xbox.ign.com/media/552/552527/imgs_2.html

That's a link to the actual models these models are based off. When doing these models what exactly where the 2 real girls used for? Where photo's taken and then used for textures? Where there bodies scanned?

Curious how something like this is done.

hpslashluvr
12-27-2003, 12:08 AM
OMG, I just played this game...woulda paid more attention...*drools*...haha weird but I thought it was Kiera Knightley when I first saw the close-up on the front page:p Must rework that stuff I thought was good...:cry:

DoLeeP
12-27-2003, 01:01 AM
:thumbsup:

RenderFX
12-27-2003, 01:38 AM
Excellent, Elegant and Cool! :beer:
I knew it was a Ståhlberg when i first saw it on frontpage. ;)

Incredible what technicall knowledge can do in the right hands, no radiosity right?

When i first saw the the NFS: Underground trailer, i was confused about the female character being a real actress or a digital one. I guess i know now what it is. :p

Two Questions:

The hair looks GREAT, did you use mapped geometry?
How much time did it take to complete each model????


Gratulerar, skit snygg jobb !!!! :thumbsup:

goodlag
12-27-2003, 01:49 AM
yeah sexy baby!~

:thumbsup:




http://www.eagames.com/official/nfs/underground/us/gallery.jsp?media=videos?platformID=all&videoID=video_4_hi&mediaID=videos&resID=hi

media==>vidio==>Amy's Interview : Hi-res - Lo-res

hackie
12-27-2003, 03:06 AM
OMG!
Stahlberg!!
one of my favourite artists!!!
you did good job again....you're just mind-blower.

:bowdown:

ji revolutions¢â

Stahlberg
12-27-2003, 03:08 AM
Wow, so many replies overnight, thanks everyone! And happy holidays to you too! :)
Only Melissa, the blonde, was scanned, and only her face. I did use it as a template for modeling, and it was helpful up to a point, but as it was also very rough, bumpy and plain ugly looking, I was afraid to rely on it too much. I suspect she moved during the scanning, or something. And it didn't contain any texture data.
Apart from that I also had a lot of photographs, from several photo sessions the EA guys did with her. Overall I'd say I relied more on the photos than on the scan.
Melissa's hair is tubular NURBS surfaces, mapped with colormap taken from her real hair photos, and a falloff ramp in the transparency to make the edges blurry.
A wireframe of Samantha (the eurasian girl):

edit: note that this is animatable, and so I couldn't tweak the shapes to be exactly what I wanted, that's why the skirt looks funny for instance, it's rigged to the skeleton. (Guess I should have gone with Cloth on that one, but of course that wouldn't have worked for the in-game character).

http://www.androidblues.com/EAscreen1.jpg

kcurtis
12-27-2003, 04:28 AM
Posted this on the wrong topic before....here goes again....First off let me just say I think your work is some of the best out there I've ever seen. If I could just get my models to even half of what your are I would be in awe. Ive only done one female character which is posted on my website which also was my first try at a character. When I was in school trying yo learn Maya and such, many of the instructors went to your site to show us examples and some tutorials. Great Work!!!

Couple questions even though some may be old or I just totally missed something...lol

Your rigs? Whats the average time they take to do? When you do the skely, do you add bones for ribs front and backside? And your morph targets, are they like influences. I used some influences on my model after learning them from Gnomons dvd skinning 4.

And two, for your clothes, do you usually model them separate kinda of like say a poser model, that fit right on top of the body so you can interchange pieces or are they modeled as part of the body. I understand belts and small objects might be modeled separate but I was wondering like shirts and pants.

Thanks..
www.digitalcurtis.com

Peteleebe
12-27-2003, 04:40 AM
oh dear!

another wonderful work from a great artist!

:bowdown: :bowdown:

ShadowM8
12-27-2003, 06:30 AM
Amazing models! I really admire you work.

I think their marketing department completely overlooked the CG fanboys as potential customers.
This is so true. I went out and got the game today just because of it.

pelos
12-27-2003, 09:17 AM
exelent work, beautifull
do you have wire frame pics?
very well done!!!!:thumbsup:

box1126
12-27-2003, 10:07 AM
you are the best ~~~~

MartinNH
12-27-2003, 11:09 AM
Great, great work! It's good to see some of your comercial work, its very top notch.

BluesManJF
12-27-2003, 11:25 AM
really good !
so wonderful!
Are there more wires?
thanks!
:buttrock: :drool:

phoenix
12-27-2003, 12:04 PM
cooolll dam nice work

Kamui
12-27-2003, 12:20 PM
While I was not associated with this project personally, I know that the effects, visuals, and look of the game is credited to Habib Zargapour. He was the Art Director on the project. I believe Mullins was hired to do a bunch of concept visuals for the artists to get a "feel" for what the game would be like visually. However, the extent of the art direction process was done by Mr. Z. Also, EA was able to hire the talented Mr. Stahlberg to do these wonderful models, which, in fact I had not known he had done until I read this thread! It looks like EA has got the money to hire the big guns in this industry.

I have been working under the direction Habib for the past 5-6 months as he took over the Art director position for the driving in the next James Bond game. At the time, he was working on both Bond and NFS. We also had some concepts done for us by Peter Rubin, lead concept artist of Terminator 3. The game will be out early in the new year. Sorry for the plug!

Thanks for listening :D

PS. I enjoy your work whenever I see it, Mr. Stahlberg. :)

Erotic Fetus
12-27-2003, 02:17 PM
We also had some concepts done for us by Peter Rubin, lead concept artist of Terminator 3

i hope you're talking about the movie & not the trainwreck of a game.

They're redoing the Terminator 3 game because the first one was so terrible.

ninoaniceto
12-27-2003, 03:30 PM
your my idol, man. too good.

superlayer
12-27-2003, 05:04 PM
Truly amazing.
I noticed that the degree of detail changes on the wireframe model. Is this for optimization and animation?
How was it done? Tess?

I would love to know.

Thx.

wgreenlee1
12-27-2003, 05:13 PM
excellent stuff steve:thumbsup:

tinitus
12-27-2003, 05:38 PM
REALLY AMAZING

in your sofa
12-27-2003, 05:51 PM
wow...very nice. Some of the shots make their skin look slightly plastic-like...perhaps the speculars?

Franc
12-27-2003, 06:33 PM
Very like:thumbsup:

seraphin
12-27-2003, 07:51 PM
Hi :) ,
your girls appear prettier than the original:
amy walz and cindy johnson...
great work...
http://www.cafesale.net/forum/images/smiles/casse_slip.gif
Tchô:D .

Abe
12-27-2003, 07:57 PM
Just got to write and say how impressive your really are,and dare I say it, how much you have improved in twelve months as regards to their hair!, a million well done's to Steven

Kamui
12-27-2003, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by Erotic Fetus
i hope you're talking about the movie & not the trainwreck of a game.

They're redoing the Terminator 3 game because the first one was so terrible.

lol, yes the movie... :cool:

AtrusDni
12-27-2003, 09:59 PM
Damn Stahlberg, amazing as usual. I especially like the last picture, very very realistic. Can you post some wires and what not?:beer: :buttrock: :drool: :bowdown:

Goul
12-27-2003, 10:12 PM
amazing work :surprised :rolleyes:

You rocks m8 :thumbsup:

dwin
12-28-2003, 12:12 AM
Girl...girl...girl... Nice model!!:thumbsup: This makes me want to buy the game. :bounce:

cnnme
12-28-2003, 12:35 AM
SWEET!!:drool:

oxyg3n
12-28-2003, 01:16 AM
Really nice work. I downloaded the demo of this game a week or so ago and it is pretty fun.

designch
12-28-2003, 03:00 AM
http://aackorean.com/zboard/data/gallery_3d/Smantha.jpg



Hi, Stahlberg.
First of I'd like to thank you for that you had a great job for this project.
I'm Jung Min, Chang and I'm working at Wild Brain as a modeler. Wild Brain made this project Hi-res animation for EA. You had a great job for that, so we could work easily for this project. We didn't know that you made Samantha for Hi-res. I made Samantha and Eddy Hi-res and I tried to match the body size of Samantha to the body size of Melissa because of the rigging or motion capture data. I'm not sure why we had to do that (well, I don't know about the rigging and the process of that time.)
And, my Samantha model was used at that animation.
Anyway, your rendered still images of Samantha are great and it's better than mine.
Thank you for your work at that project once again.

JDMedia
12-28-2003, 03:23 AM
I love the models!!!

RichardHertz
12-28-2003, 03:34 AM
Amazing work Mr. Stahlberg. You have been an inspiration to me since I came across your web site years ago. Hats off to you. Thanks for sharing the images.

Diamant
12-28-2003, 05:37 AM
very nice steven. I love the hair on the blond.. and the face on the other is beautiful. any chance of a wireframe on the blonds hair? hair is always the biggest problem.. especially without any plugins.. I'm having some troubles with that myself right now.. i think you pretty much nailed it perfectly with the blond. I'd love to be able to see closely what you did :) great job! and good luck with all your other projects!
-Rich

Stahlberg
12-28-2003, 07:13 AM
Again thanks to all!
Superlayer, I'm using a Subdivision surface, which in Maya can have a hierarchy of resolutions. Lately I've changed my workflow, but for that particular method, see my rigging tute on my site. (The foot modeling tute is how I do it now.)
designch, that's a great Samantha! :) Very good work.

Here's a screen of Melissa's hair, mostly open-ended NURBS tubes, but some flat square sprites there also.

http://www.androidblues.com/EAscreen2.jpg

Spirit2029
12-28-2003, 09:00 AM
hey steven could I have a peak at your hair maps?
awesome stuff again buds...cant wait to see your new female done..

Spirit2029

Magius
12-28-2003, 01:02 PM
Man, there are no words that i can say that would tell you what i think of your work!!

i simply lack the words to speak! (write)

no words..... none... :eek: :eek: :thumbsup: :eek:

HengTao
12-28-2003, 05:10 PM
nice work!!

merry christmas !!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :applause:

Raul-Reznek
12-28-2003, 07:11 PM
nasty! :D

Keddy
12-28-2003, 11:50 PM
Very nice work!

mo wuhen
12-29-2003, 01:15 AM
nice girl:drool:

DimitrisLiatsos
12-29-2003, 01:59 AM
The way u create in 3D a womans legs and waist are making me nuts...U really have my deepest respect.:bowdown:

phoenix
12-29-2003, 04:19 AM
very impresive...

Stahlberg
12-29-2003, 10:25 AM
Here's a test I did for Melissa's hair.

http://www.androidblues.com/hairtest.jpg

Anvirol
12-29-2003, 10:52 AM
Absolutely amazing modelling but I bet we all got the same request: could you possibly provide higher resolution (ie. 1024x768-1600x1200) renders? =) Unless if the rendertimes are like totally insane.

They would definetely make the best wallpapers possible!

-Happy holidays

RoadKill
12-29-2003, 11:31 AM
There is no word in English, Danish, Dutch, or any western language that I can think of to describe this.......

The Japanese term "suberashi" comes closest I think.

When saw the blonde on the frontpage, I thought it would be a nice model of my favourite starlet Jessica Simpson.

http://www.androidblues.com/EA3.jpg

It's frigging awesome, I can't describe this other then suberashi!

BluesManJF
12-29-2003, 11:33 AM
are these hair´s only nurbs?
Man, it´s so good!

Larry_g1s
12-29-2003, 05:11 PM
Gorgeous modeling, both cars and charaters. Both of my brother's just got this game for the GameCube and it's very cool. It's always nice to see the work of talented artist on this site out there. :thumbsup:

digitalputty
12-29-2003, 09:41 PM
WOW! Incredible! :) I hope to someday be as godly as you!

:bowdown: :bowdown:

Garma
12-29-2003, 10:54 PM
you mean: nurbs and maps as in "no plugins"

:surprised

PhantomDesign
12-30-2003, 10:22 AM
This is amazing. It takes a lot to make me a fanboy, and there's no question you succeeded. I’ve been thinking of expanding my portfolio to characters, but this is truly amazing.

dragonfx
01-05-2004, 10:15 AM
:cry: I will never reach that mastery... :cry:

But cries apart... Stahlberg, its a shame that the video quality on the game (at least on pc version) doesnt displays your work properly...

Pd: tutorial for the hair texture! tutorial for the hair texture!

selina
01-06-2004, 03:55 AM
wow!!

very very nice work!!!!

Elliotjnewman
01-06-2004, 09:25 AM
Wow, that is great. I saw that poster the other day and thought that model was really nice, but had no idea that you made it! Its got a real 2D look, how much was done in post?

Malifor
01-06-2004, 09:40 AM
i love these chicks, they are great. now i wish i could model :(

sawoozer
01-06-2004, 10:00 AM
Wow~awesome girls

kier
01-06-2004, 12:19 PM
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cz0633
01-06-2004, 05:04 PM
:beer: :beer:
i like it very much!

Rozen Zhao
01-06-2004, 07:23 PM
very good!

nose
01-06-2004, 09:46 PM
I should have said this much earlier, but I was also very much impressed by these girls. I also play the game a lot and like someone else said, they could have paid more attention to the fact that these artists were working on the game.
Myself I'm just starting with 3D modelling, but I hope someday I can make things like this too.
This is a very good job, well done! :thumbsup:

Stahlberg
01-07-2004, 03:15 AM
Thanks! Elliotjnewman, yes there was some very minor tweaking in Photoshop. For instance, with Maya default renderer, depthmaps set for lighting the whole body, there's always the problem of little bright spots inside the nostrils (and other 'tight' places). :rolleyes:

el paso
01-07-2004, 07:04 AM
hey stahlberg,

I was just wondering if you could post the images you used for the hair, and then also talk, or show us a bit more on the process of your test render.

I think it's absolutely beautiful, the game was great too, I only wish there were more of your models in it.

:scream:

jin kazama
01-07-2004, 08:05 AM
is it possible to import these models into the game(pc version) for like those start line girls?
they would be 10x cooler than the ones already there

Elliotjnewman
01-07-2004, 09:13 AM
So Stahlberg, I take it your working freelance at the moment - is your school still in the pipeline?

animalunae
01-09-2004, 10:32 PM
Steven,

About the only thing I really really liked about the game was the ingame cinematics and I had these feeling the girls had a Stahlberg feeling to it... I didn't think you would be the one who did these. I'm blown away, these are amazing, taken a step further ones more, just the way it should be. I truly love these, wow... I know I will use the technique you used on the hair... this really works... GREAT work!!!!!!


Btw Sorry for my late reaction

Stahlberg
01-10-2004, 05:12 AM
el paso, here's an illustration:

http://www.androidblues.com/NFSUmelissahair.jpg

On the right, the main image I made, from the photosession EA did with the actress. The enlargement just shows the original resolution. The narrower image is a texture for a thinner cylinder, taken from the bigger main image. And of course I made spec and transparency maps based on these images too.

jin kazama, I don't think that's possible, sorry. :)

Elliotjnewman, it wasn't really freelancing, it's just that I was working alone on this particular project. :) The training center is still in the pipeline.

derby, thanks.

PhantomDesign
01-10-2004, 05:17 AM
check that picture link

"See, he is still....only human"

I'm just kidding you.

kmest
01-16-2004, 10:11 PM
well.what can i say,perfect as usual.i always looked to your models and study them,nice geometry,and good trick with the hair,usefull for my new caracter,thanks for sharing your experiense.

boehda
01-17-2004, 11:47 PM
what was wrong with the real model? now u got something without a soul

kicit
01-18-2004, 02:56 AM
hey, steven, besides good job me really dunno :beer: how to say. Than day i just go Malaysia siggraph, hope in malaysia can make more CG artist like you. Me also hope can learn from your.
:thumbsup:
Besides that, i got a question. How do u do so realistic skin texture? If free write a tutorial for us k? hehe,,thanks wey....

i am from malaysia animation student~!!!
:D

Woyman
01-18-2004, 07:04 AM
Stahlberg. Wow. Once again I'm floored by your models. I remember reading ign.com when they had an interview with the girls and they had pictures of your models along with the actual girls (yes folks, these hotties actually DO exist!) and was amazed at how lifelike your models were. I was sure that it was a team at EA that made them! Hehe only to find out it was done by you!!

My girlfriend bought be a book a while back called Digital Beauties that is a collection of CG women, and you were definately one that stood out (the one of the girl on the motorcycle/jet-unicycle) and was again amazed to see how much better your models have become!

Hats off to you! Amazing work, please keep it up and continue to inspire us!! :thumbsup:

el paso
01-18-2004, 08:02 AM
hey stahlberg thanks for taking the time to tell us about your hair techniques, btw your female models on your website are absolutely amazing, I can't stop going back to it!

be ha

animalunae
01-18-2004, 12:17 PM
Say boedah, its a form of art, don't try to comprehend a decision like this...

Btw before S has to say it... He has a Skin Shade Tutorial, kicit.

Question though... how many models did you make for this project? Cause I didn't really get that.

frantic
01-19-2004, 12:30 AM
wow...these girls are hot..just as the game:)

really good work...I always wondered who does the character designs and stuff for the games...good to see it:)

keep it up.

(I hope I can work on games one day also)

graybay5
01-19-2004, 06:27 PM
Absolutely beautiful:love:

Great work:thumbsup:

It would be awsome to see some wires...:drool:

Stahlberg
01-21-2004, 03:01 AM
Thanks guys! frantic I only did some of the character work on this game, only the pics I showed. (And not the backgrounds or cars.)

Lemog
01-21-2004, 07:49 AM
Hi,

Almost all days, I play with this game... which finally, is well far from your achievements, full with charm and sensitivity. Even if the humming of the engines is alleviated by your art...

That made now a few years that I work in 3dgraphics domain, and it is always a great passion... but that recquiert always to work to improve, unceasingly. See your achievements obliges us with always trying to better do.

In 3d, as in much of other fields, it is necessary to give oneself references, which make it possible to rise upwards, you form part for me of these references. Then, still thanks for making us dream, your works today reached a maturity which makes us forget the technique... Cheer!

I saw with great pleasure that you formed part of the jury of the contest organized by the French forum Maya, Mayalounge, what a honor you make us!

:applause:

Lemog...

Tigerdog
01-21-2004, 03:16 PM
Now this is Awsome, Stahlberg you have done it again! That blond hair looks Brilliant, I can never get hair looking even close to real. Thanks for the tips u showed on how u made it.
:thumbsup:

Aimes
01-25-2004, 04:27 PM
:thumbsup: :applause: very very nice models :beer:

LuWeeWu
01-27-2004, 09:27 PM
Seeing your work always inspires me. Great stuff

Fred Heys
01-28-2004, 10:56 AM
Thats awsome man!

ArtManiac76
03-17-2004, 11:02 PM
You did a great job! I love them!:applause:

danniesanchez
04-09-2004, 06:07 PM
wonderful!

Can i see a close up wireframe of the face of any of the girls? Really interested in seeing it :)

pretty please with a cherry on top.

:wavey:

jjcoolio
04-12-2004, 11:51 AM
Great models. Great work.
I really love the way it came out

AbS0Lut3
04-17-2004, 12:07 PM
yeah, these chars are really awsome :o

but the two cars in the last pic are also very impressive...

well done
.greetz
AbS0Lut3

Stahlberg
04-18-2004, 04:53 AM
Here's a closeup screen of Samantha, note it's a SubD with the hierarchy intact, so the low-res cage is the 0-level, the high-res one contains detail all the way up to level 3 I think.

http://www.androidblues.com/NFSUscreen.JPGhttp://www.androidblues.com/NFSUscreen2.JPG

hilyan123
04-18-2004, 06:24 PM
I found your work a couple of months ago on raph.com. i loved your anti gravity bike (and the rider. she had great legs (and the girl in skirt on train)) im 17, got hormones flying all over the place. lol

im more of a 2d person at the mo but am taking a degree in 3ds max in september. much respect to you, awesome models and ideas.

regards,
mike hill:bounce:

Digitool
05-21-2004, 12:07 AM
great job!

i wasnt a big fan of the game... i'm not one for that genre of vehicles... but none-the-less great work on your half... you've been my fav. artist since i've laid eyes on the first peice of work you've done! hehe

i hope someday i can be at least HALF as good as you

i use Maya and Photoshop on a daily basis and i bet by the time i'm 50 i still won't come close to matching your stuff... great job, keep it up, and i'm always looking forward to more of your stuff

nelu
08-01-2004, 11:16 AM
really nice! great job!

ZMC
08-01-2004, 01:53 PM
SuperB
All the Best.
You really got skills



Best Regards
ZMC

olijosman
08-01-2004, 09:58 PM
fantastic models! congratulations:applause:

nelu
08-02-2004, 08:15 PM
Steven I want to ask you something if you know...what programs did they use for modeling the cars?...sorry for my english :)

the_zed_axis
08-02-2004, 11:10 PM
--------just finished playin the game through steven..and Im disapointed that they didnt showcase your characters more..I mean these renders are gorgeous...You keep me sooo inspired..thank you.--------

dunno who said this but on the first or second page i think

dude i think its a car racing game not a chick watching game==== dead or alive beach volleyball===

the game is quite good -managed to keep to hooked the last race is with a chick in a nissan 350z
anyhoo
thanks for the wires steven good job as usual
that shader of yours must save a hell lot of time by not having to map or skin the model fully

Milou
08-03-2004, 03:51 AM
wow, very beautiful :thumbsup:

iodacasamia
08-10-2004, 09:46 AM
steven,
you're the man!
incredible works, as usual...

'nuff said!

P.S. i hope to see some in XSI from you...

ciao!

ambient-whisper
08-10-2004, 11:14 AM
i think some people here are expecting these ladies to be used for pre-rendered movies. by the look of the images i think they were mainly meant to be used in marketing?!. like in magazines.. posters... etc.?

shamarfolus
08-21-2004, 04:52 AM
You rule. You're one of my favorite character modelers. My favorite one is the black and white image of the girl on the stool. Simply amazing. I was looking to buy a print of it on your website but I didn't see that one offered.


Great work.

nubian
08-21-2004, 03:26 PM
if you stare at them for 5 minutes one of them will wink at you! :eek:

mvunderground
08-23-2004, 08:16 PM
I always love the :wise: Master's (Steven's) work .... :applause:

mr.wheels
08-26-2004, 12:56 AM
Man these are really nice models I actually bought NFS under ground :thumbsup: Girls Rock

really nice work

Tilstrom
08-26-2004, 05:21 AM
sensational work, very ****ing cool. :D

Zero CooL
08-29-2004, 02:42 PM
So WOW!!!

Those pictures are GREAT!

I'm a total newbie, and only have PSP.. to draw... but
with wich program did you make this?

Respect for you!

Zero CooL

silentsamurai
09-13-2004, 09:06 AM
I'm not necessarily a NFS fan, but the Asian chick looks alot like Lucy Liu. Did you use her as reference. If so...dang near close to spot on.

slient samurai

Ali Imran Zaidi
09-26-2004, 01:26 PM
What a modeling.....I love these images.....I am a great fan of your modeling. :thumbsup:

LAcrima
01-15-2005, 01:55 PM
NFS or Fast and furious... same anyway...

Ayen
01-23-2005, 02:56 PM
Very nice illustration. I think that the Asian girl looks really attractive, especially the gesture and facial expression - seems like her personality fits those car racing types. Great work.

fluids
03-17-2005, 10:50 PM
great models. i love the cars and the lighting.

123_hero
06-18-2005, 06:39 AM
very nice!!!I love it

tiancp
02-21-2006, 03:59 AM
i like it... ...

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