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03-05-2004, 11:30 AM (

Here is the character of our shool short film " RIBA "made in 2003.
The story speaks about a cat which dreams to become pianist until
an immense flying fish comes to help him...
Production took 6 months and we tried to get an illustration render. The feature is animated.

We used Maya 4.5 and his renderer.
For the feature, we used tomcatoonshader.

Hope you like it!

03-05-2004, 12:03 PM
heh. love it. nice style. Especially the background, is that also 3D?

any changes on a link to the anim?

03-05-2004, 12:41 PM
Hi. I know this pict (toonShade addicted)! Great stuff here. So it seems that your project is finished, am i wrong? When and where will we have the opportunity to see it?
Anyway, good job. SeeYa

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03-05-2004, 01:25 PM
wow!! awesome! I'd love to see that animation someday. Like the plot :-)
Visuals are very appealing in a funny and yet sad thus exalting way :p

03-05-2004, 10:15 PM
cool shader...

anyone knows something similiar for LW?

03-05-2004, 11:52 PM
Good Shader.

03-06-2004, 01:05 AM
look like that swedish cat findus, but im cind of drunk so i cant tell..

03-06-2004, 01:12 AM
beautiful work, love the colors, love the shaders, love the composition.

03-06-2004, 01:14 AM
amazing style dude...i just love it :)

03-06-2004, 02:19 AM
So... is it done? If not, I'd rather like to see a website on the film if it exists. Or a link to the download if it is done. this is awesome! Toonshaders usually suck. This does not suck. The character is really something too.

03-06-2004, 02:20 AM
great stuff
it is very good to see a cartoon style render with hatching but not only silhouettes
or duotone shading.
very tasty and very good
this might be one of the most beautifull cartoon shaders i have seen
just my opinion of course
tell us when it is ready
or post some more of it
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

03-06-2004, 04:43 AM
hehe, i think it's funny that in 2d, people try to imitate 3d, and in 3d, people try to imitate 2d..! :)

i really like the style. it's very.. sketchbook-y. it reminds me of childrens' books :) not to mention the way it looks almost watercolored is fantastic!

03-06-2004, 11:21 AM
Thanks a lot all !!!

yes this toonshader is wonderful, it was difficult to burst the feature which is often too much linear in these kinds of render, the shader use the Maya's paint effect...

more info about the feature shader of my friend >

Garma > thanks, all is full 3D, just textures are painted with classical materials.

DrakeX >yeah, I had enough the realistic 3D ( I like it too but...) I wanted to forget a little bit the 3D during projection ;)

This short is finished since june 2003, it's not avalaible a this time because it's diffused in festivals. We' ll put it online as soon as possible.
More screenshots and info about the short, it's here:

Here are another screens, enjoy!
and sorry for my awful english

03-06-2004, 11:35 AM
Oh great!!...
I love the shader and the character^^~~~:thumbsup: :applause:

03-06-2004, 01:22 PM
:drool: those renders are just great
also think the cat character is great too
nice a kinda odd :thumbsup:

03-06-2004, 03:29 PM
That is excellent work :applause: :applause: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

03-06-2004, 05:32 PM
Beatiful work; I love that feeling between painting, 2D, cartoon and 3D... I think in that line will allways be a lot to explore!

03-06-2004, 05:48 PM
what ? No stars for that work ?? :buttrock:

Happy to see these images again my friend :thumbsup:


03-06-2004, 06:20 PM
Fantastic shading mate, it doesn't look 3D at all, congrats!

[plugged on the front page]

03-06-2004, 06:30 PM
While i can say little about shading and 3D stuff. I realy love the characters expressions.
Great design on the Character :beer:
can one see this film somewhere?

03-06-2004, 06:39 PM
Cool style
Cool shader

03-06-2004, 06:41 PM
Really nice.....I like de style, and the shaders!!!! :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
03-06-2004, 06:49 PM
Incredible artwork. Your character looks very alive. Congratulations!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

03-06-2004, 08:02 PM
Vive SUPINFOCOM!!!! good job dude!

03-06-2004, 08:15 PM
Yeah it's from supinfocom isn't it ? I saw it on the documentation that they sent me, the shading is wonderful, i'd love to see this short .


03-06-2004, 10:14 PM
wow this stuff looks out standing I love it. got any wires?

03-06-2004, 11:03 PM
Whoa, looks gorgeous!
Good luck on the festivals everywhere - and post the whole film here, as soon as you can! :thumbsup:

03-06-2004, 11:13 PM
I am fascinated by the colour tones and textures you have used.
Very original and unique rendering style.
The render-view of town is my favourite

Though I would like to see more pencil strokes involved, more roughness.

Howcome you have chosen not to use any shadows at all?

03-06-2004, 11:14 PM
flying fish :) ?
Arizona dream ?

Carrot Juice
03-06-2004, 11:36 PM
Great work! I really love it, especially since I am into NPR myself.

If you don't mind my asking, how did you get it to shade correctly (receive shadows, surface shade, etc) while using a file texture for color?

I'm using tomcat and having a lot of trouble with this.

Keep it up!

03-07-2004, 01:16 AM
Just wonderful, soft, rich, and the character is just right for the environment. Waiting for a trailer.

03-07-2004, 01:34 AM
Very cool style indeed.
Great work.. the cat character seems to have alot of style himself! Great job!

03-07-2004, 03:14 AM
I just have to comment on this one...I LOVE this kind of NPR stuff. Awesome mix of loose, hand-made texturing with 3D. I also agree there's lots of cell-shading that I find lacking though there's lots of good stuff out there too. But this has that added textured hand-crafted "painterly 3D". Kind of reminds me of that Ringling School student short "Eat Your Peas" (Paul Hargrave) in that way...

Also digging the color palette and lighting.

Just checked out the site with additional stills and the rollover with animated wiggly lines...beauuuteaous! (is that a word?) :D

03-07-2004, 05:02 AM
Awesome work! Truly inspiring and beautiful. Congrats to the entire team :thumbsup:

03-07-2004, 05:42 AM
its uniquely different, great job

03-07-2004, 08:29 AM
nice render

03-07-2004, 09:11 AM
I really hope that the animation is as good as the renders and character design. I usually dont like cartoon shaded things but Im definitely looking forward to this one.

03-07-2004, 11:17 AM

03-07-2004, 01:18 PM

Love the concept, style, well... everything!

03-07-2004, 02:08 PM
Love it...nothing else to say !



03-07-2004, 04:48 PM
excellent job

one of the best toon shading work i've ever seen.

I can't wait to see the animation.

03-07-2004, 07:03 PM
looks like CLIMT paintings

03-07-2004, 07:51 PM
i love the style
very beautiful
nicely done

03-07-2004, 10:57 PM
Great job , never see a toon shader like this before

Can't wait to see the movie !:bowdown:

03-07-2004, 11:08 PM
HEY! Thank you very much everyone! :wip:

happy that you like it, this encourages me to go on this way!!
Thank you for the team too, we worked hard.

Segmoria > there are shadows but sometimes the layers combination attenuate it.

broken > I will search in files in order to do a screen of wires.

Scroll_lock > yeah, it can recall the movie arizona dream but its more a fish stealing way "spirited away " :p (cf pics under)

Carrot_juice > The Tomcat toonshader was used ONLY for the layout of lines: one of all layers...
The render is a result of different multi-layers compositing and textures with acrylic paintings.

I will try to make a little trailer (few seconds of short) to show the render in movement...

Thanks a lot all:beer:
here the flying fish...not enough space to post it

for more screenshots, click on this link

Kel Solaar
03-08-2004, 12:06 AM
Doude : Hello :) J'ai vu l'animation au festival de Clermont Ferrand
Vous avez fait un excellent boulot :) Le rendu est très beau et l'histoire touchante. Vraiment du beau travail. bonne continuation :)

03-08-2004, 12:49 AM
i want to see the film :wip:

03-09-2004, 08:17 AM
great great work. no crits so far based on the stills, can't wait to see the full video.

i'm looking to buy tomcat toonshader with my next check so this kind of work is encouraging

03-09-2004, 03:56 PM

very good stuff,
I'm glad to see this today,
I remember I saw one of these screenshots on
(the view of the street) but could not find any link to know more
about this project…

Would you mind telling us a bit more about this shading ?
Here's why :
I'm quite interested in non-realistic renderings, more besides
in "paint" looking, this "Triplettes de Beleville" looking I mean,
than pure "cartoon" style (manga style).
But on there are no many info on how the way
the plug works, except that it uses Maya Paint…
My issue is that I don't even know Maya but use Lightwave,
and I wonder eventually on such a rendering
what is exactly due to :
- the toonshade itself
- the Maya Paint engine (I know that it for example allows fantastic
watercolor effects)
- your painting work for textures…

I'd really would love that if you could explain a bit more precisely
how you control things…

PS : une fois de plus SupInfo Com déchire grave, bravo !

03-09-2004, 04:30 PM
Hey realy coool!!!!!
ca fait plaisir de voir des belles images de sup!!bravo les nouvos!
realy nice ....keep it up!
where ca I see some anims??:bounce:

Carrot Juice
03-09-2004, 11:27 PM
Lasco: I have the plugin, so I'll tell you as much as I know. The actual ink outlines were done by the plugin, which traces the outlines and creases of the objects as curves (very well I might add) and then puts Maya Paint effects along these curves. Paint effects (at least I think) can't actually shade a surface to look like watercolor; the only paint effects used here was the ink line used to trace the outlines. These outlines were comped over a custom paint shader in post.

03-10-2004, 08:30 AM
Paint effects (at least I think) can't actually shade a surface to look like watercolor;
that's precisely what I'm wondering about,
check this link, it's a little movie made with Maya
and it's obvious this shading is not got by a "hand" painting of texture
but with a real texture shader… It's not Toonshade but Maya paint is used…

03-10-2004, 06:46 PM
The cell shading coloring is excellent

03-10-2004, 10:54 PM
I like how this truely captures an illustrated quality. I have seen lots of toon shaded 3D that just doesn't get there.

03-11-2004, 10:09 AM
Hi all!

thanks for your replies.
I would like to clear up something on this render method for Riba.
People often asked me what the toonshader was used for?

This toonshader is wonderful, I repeat, it only asks to be exploited several ways.

But for the render of the short RIBA, we used the cell shading ONLY for the cell lines!
I mean that the render only with the cell-shader would have been
" black lines around the objects over a white surface background "

I must say that the most important work and most tiresome on this render is the work of compositing, texturing (with painting), and lighting...

I hope I 'd have answered a few questions. :)

03-11-2004, 11:21 AM
i love it !
Comme on dit chez nous, le chat retombe tjs sur ses pattes!
Supinfocom is back!
very nice very nice

03-12-2004, 10:09 PM
:applause: :applause: :applause:

you have a wonderful style!grtz.

Carrot Juice
03-14-2004, 06:05 AM
Can't wait for that trailer!

03-14-2004, 09:52 AM
firstly i'm an asian and my english is not my first language,
and i'm curiously just want to know, do you hav a reference of all this or just use your fantasy to create it all, the value color also u create it ????

i'm curious, please replyin me. thx...
i like you compositing very....very......very attracting me. i'm trying to be best like u one day. please be my lecture..


thx very much

03-20-2004, 06:06 PM
Omg this is just great
looks totally like a real toon and not shaded
really great toon shade in there !
the idea is also pretty cool and the cat has alot of character in it !
Cheers !

03-21-2004, 02:27 AM
where is the PIANO? :thumbsup:

03-21-2004, 05:43 PM
:rolleyes: HI ! the RIBA's piano is here but more in the cat's head :)

When we dream to become a pianist,we don't have a piano inevitably ;) ...


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