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Buzzy
08-31-2006, 10:56 PM
Hi ya'll. This is a new project that I started today. I'm going to take this project from start to finish....model, texture, rig, animate, and render. And I'll keep this thread updated with my progress as much as possible.

The character is a cartoon bear that I've had in mind to animate for quite some time....a design of my own but borrowing some flavor from Mike Kunkel's HeroBear.

So, here's the very first steps.

Created a box with dimensions roughly approximating the size of the bear's body.
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear00.jpg


No cutting or anything yet, just moving verts to indicate a very simple head
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear01.jpg


More pushing verts and an extrusion to block in the snout (kinda looks Barney at this point).
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear02.jpg


Cut lots of loops for the mouth
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear03.jpg


Cleaning up edge loops and indicated a brow-line
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear04.jpg


Adding some detail around the eye area
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear05.jpg


Edgeloop clean-up....getting rid of pesky tris (I have an unnatural fear of them)
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear06.jpg

Kanga
09-01-2006, 06:36 AM
I already like the face!

Yo bear!:)

MVDB
09-01-2006, 12:44 PM
The face is apearing and it's looking cool indeed already!
Keep it up!

Buzzy
09-01-2006, 03:40 PM
Some updates. I guess this is starting to resemble a tutorial of sorts.

Extruded and roughly shaped the ear
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear07.jpg


Cut some more loops around the mouth, to give better lip deformations later during animating
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear08.jpg


Some major reconstructive surgery on the nose. Now with nostrils
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear09.jpg


As a final touch to the face, I adjusted the position and orientation of the eyes using soft selection.
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear10.jpg

Buzzy
09-01-2006, 07:10 PM
another update, added limbs.

A very humble beginning to the arms
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear11.jpg


Lots of extruding and moving points to build the rough overall shape of arms
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear13.jpg


Start the legs the same way as the arms
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear14.jpg


Building the legs
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear15.jpg


Arms and legs more or less blocked in
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/bear/bear16.jpg

Buzzy
09-02-2006, 01:22 AM
Update:

Created feet
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear17.jpg


Some edge cleaning and adjustments to finalize the foot shape
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear18.jpg


Beginning of the claws on his feet
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear19.jpg


Mid-step of claw creation
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear20.jpg


Final Claws
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear21.jpg


Started the tail
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear22.jpg


A quick and rough tail
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear23.jpg

mc-fleury
09-02-2006, 11:26 AM
very simple but very effective ;P keep up the good work!

Vilperi
09-02-2006, 12:02 PM
I like the head but the body could have some more personality. I suggest making the body bigger and fatter and the legs shorter and less human like. Do you know the kid's tv show 'bear in the big blue house'? That's kinda what I mean.
http://www.onlineseats.com/upload/concerts/579_con_bear-in2.gif

Buzzy
09-08-2006, 04:22 AM
Took a long vacation this past weekend, so sorry for the delay in updates.


Here's the beginning of the claws on the arms
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear24.jpg


Finished claws
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear25.jpg


Started the mouth by carving out a "bubble"
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear26.jpg


Lots of extruding and sculpting later, and here are the final teeth and gums
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/bear29.jpg


I played with some proportions and basic coloring. Here's the overall character so far.
http://www.john-con.com/missioncontrol/Bear/testRender01.jpg

XRGO
09-08-2006, 04:37 AM
yeaah i like wide forearms
he seems nice, kind, or something like that

crackle
09-08-2006, 05:19 AM
pluged!

like watching your work...

stabbington
09-08-2006, 06:34 AM
hehe, he's great! nice bit of work done simply and efficiently : )

are you planning on animating him, just curious as to whether you're going to add loops to aid the rig deformations? (i was mainly looking at the elbow joint area here)

Buzzy
09-08-2006, 02:20 PM
thanks everyone.

I do plan to rig and animate this fella, so I'll be illustrating that entire process as well. So, yes, that also means I need to work on edgeflow around some of the joints.

crackle
09-10-2006, 06:26 AM
when you clean up the edge loops, could you show before and after pics? i always get stuck around the shoulders and hips.

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