View Full Version : Cute Creatures-session

04-04-2004, 07:31 PM
hey guys. going to start a new session on cute monsters.

the whole point with this challenge will be to create a little critter that could fit into a game like final fantasy ( think enemies ).
or something like by brian froud, or digimon.. etc.

the rules are:

1.)you have 4 hours to work on it.

2.)2 hours into working, you have to post your progress.
as well as your finished piece

3.)has to be related to the topic.

heres an idea of what were thinking about.

good luck to everyone.! ( if anyone enters ;) )

Soeren Nielsen
04-04-2004, 07:45 PM
lets see some of those amazing models guys :) Ill be joining up next weekend, untill then I expect to see some kickass stuff :P

Edit. it doesnt have to be game models.

04-04-2004, 08:46 PM
Pokemons are EVIL Martin, Pokemons are EVIL ... ;) :p

04-04-2004, 09:06 PM
Evil yes, but sooooo cute...

Can my avatar be in the contest? :)

04-04-2004, 09:37 PM
hmm, looks cool. hopefully, i'll get my computer back up and running sometime next week, and I'll still be able to enter.

also, martin...
please check your PM i sent you a rather important message. :D
thanks! (apparently, your email address on your website doesn't work)

04-04-2004, 09:44 PM
cool idea man :buttrock:

ill do it in the following week or somethin :thumbsup:

04-04-2004, 10:00 PM
Sweet! I'll take a crack at it i guess. See how well i can work in Silo 1.2. Heres my chance i guess. Can it be over a period of 2 days? like 2 hours one night and 2 hours the next. Because i go to school since i'm 12:hmm:

04-04-2004, 10:20 PM
what's with the evil pokemon and digimon ? :surprised

04-05-2004, 12:03 AM
Welll, why not?! :-)

Soeren Nielsen
04-05-2004, 02:09 AM
rsjrv99 : how you distribute your time is up to you.

ila_solomon : I expect to see a cow from you.

Joebount : right, no pokemon lookalikes, like you say, they are evil ;)

04-05-2004, 02:56 AM
wow, this is exactly what I love to do. I hope I can find the time to make a little something.

04-05-2004, 03:08 AM
4 hours total, I'd like to join in too. do a cram session on evening.

04-05-2004, 05:41 AM
This was made in XSI 3.5 and textuerd with photoshop. The modeling didn't take to long as its a pretty simple character design. This is also the first time I've experimented with using displacment maps on a character.
Here is screen shot from about 1 1/2 hours in.

And here is the final product. Time to finish: 3 1/4 hours.


04-05-2004, 06:02 AM
Here's my 2 hour progress (in Cinema4D):

Am I allowed to finish the other 2 hours after I get some sleep?

-Amnesic Elephant

04-05-2004, 09:59 AM
my entry :)

after two short hours

gotta take a break first :wise:

04-05-2004, 10:09 AM
Probably a little too humany and not enough cute, but here's my first 2 hours:

04-05-2004, 10:19 AM
I have a sudden urge to do a moggle .... hmmm:p

04-05-2004, 11:05 AM
I'm started at to this 12.15 and it's 14.05 now. Not bad for me.

04-05-2004, 12:09 PM
anuarnor - I love your cute monster ;)
keep coming :thumbsup:

04-05-2004, 01:43 PM
Here we go:

Edit: Sorry, I've forgot the wires.

04-05-2004, 03:58 PM
am i allowed to do sketches before actually starting the 4 hour modelling process?

04-05-2004, 04:10 PM

Eric Rain
04-05-2004, 04:22 PM
Well 20 minutes of work... Just for fun (I know it's quite shitty)

04-05-2004, 04:22 PM
am i allowed to do sketches before actually starting the 4 hour modelling process?

Is this even a question ?

am i allowed to go to the bathroom before crapping my pants Momy?

04-05-2004, 05:06 PM
im still a n00b but hey, here's my entry:

04-05-2004, 05:09 PM
Is this 3d only or can I do 2d characters as well?

04-05-2004, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by The Art Guru
Is this 3d only or can I do 2d characters as well?

i believe this is stricktly a 3d thread .... b.c its on the Modeling/Speed Modeling session forum and that stuff usally is 3d stuff... never seen a 2d post in here

04-05-2004, 06:06 PM
Oops... Just noticed it was a sub-catagory of the modeling thread. I clicked on the image on the front page. It's not medium specific. Thanks Fire...

04-05-2004, 07:49 PM
What forces in the world will prevail you from posting a 2D image on this board ?

look there's a fence dont try to escape

04-05-2004, 08:14 PM
Total time about 2 hours 45 minutes. I don't think I can do much more with him

04-05-2004, 08:41 PM
Well it's not very complicated, so I finished this a bit under 2 hours. I hope it can be my 2 hour 'report' and finished model... :blush:

It's a tumble bee. I might try to give him a more competent flying mechanism, or at least a nice array of hats.

I might have a crack at something a bit more complicated later in the week.

04-05-2004, 08:44 PM
wow aj thats reeaaaly cute :D

04-05-2004, 09:01 PM
I dared to make a moogle, so here it is. :p

It took me about 2 hours and a minute work.

04-05-2004, 09:21 PM
AJ - that Tumble bee is *brilliant*!!

If it were up to me, I would declare you the winner...

(yes I know there are no winners here) :D

04-05-2004, 09:44 PM
wooo! that's sooo cute Aj. :) :thumbsup:

William b. Hand
04-05-2004, 10:01 PM
AJ_23 - Wonderful Wonderful!

look there's a fence dont try to escape
That's beautiful, Peanut. You've inspired me to come back to this thread tonight after work.

04-05-2004, 11:17 PM
great stuff everyone, fun topic aswell. anyway, here's 2 hour progress of a pokemon-esque thingy! done in wings3d.

alrighty! if all goes well, I should be back with an update in two hours!

04-06-2004, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by AJ_23
Well it's not very complicated, so I finished this a bit under 2 hours. I hope it can be my 2 hour 'report' and finished model... :blush:

It's a tumble bee. I might try to give him a more competent flying mechanism, or at least a nice array of hats.

I might have a crack at something a bit more complicated later in the week.

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen, and I watch kids morning TV.:surprised

You gotta animate this thing AJ! Seriously!

04-06-2004, 01:03 AM
ok, this is what it ended up like, basically all worked on was the face, with most of the time spent on cleaning up the ugly polyflow, if anyone wants to play around with the mesh then let me know and I'll upload it to my webspace.

ambient-whisper, won't you model any cool creature? I was hoping to see more screenshots from clay, and your models are always great!


04-06-2004, 02:15 AM
I took the simple cue from AJ. Awesome charcater BTW.

the sparky
04-06-2004, 02:15 AM
AJ, that TumbleBee is so cute. I want to hug it. :)

04-06-2004, 02:24 AM
Hey everyone, This is the first time I've done this but I just couldn't resist this one. It took about an hour to model this but another hour and a half to ready him for the render. It's kind of funny because I always have to tell producers that see how fast I can model that it's that last 20% of a job that takes the longest. ;)

I plan on ataching the fingers and smoothing out some of the details that are catching my eye right now as I look at the image... anyway, I'm done for now. I'm not working on anything right now so I think I'll do some little animations with him too.


04-06-2004, 02:34 AM
Hey AJ_23, I absolutely love the tumble bee! It's so subtle but the proportions are fantastic. Very nice. I think It's funny; I actually had a really hard time on this one trying not to add more detail. Like around the shoulders on my model. Every little crease winds up working against you with a character like this. I'm really interested in seeing what Ambient Whisper and the hi-detail guys come up with.


04-06-2004, 02:39 AM
Really great works everyone! Love that tumble bee AJ. Good topic too..

Heres my doodle...

I'll try and make him more cute with the remaining time :)..


04-06-2004, 03:16 AM
Here's my final:

04-06-2004, 04:28 AM

Softimage. Needed a break...I am animating all the time and...I am not an animator. Only took 2 hours....soooo....that's all.

04-06-2004, 04:36 AM
after another 1 half hours.
Lots of tuning and reshaping ahead. Looks like I'm going to miss the 4 hours mark. :(



great work guys. :drool:


04-06-2004, 04:49 AM
Here's something I made tonight. His name is Nimbus...

I hope it's cute enough :)


04-06-2004, 05:51 AM
Squiddy the squid, i know very hokie! lol

Working on texturing atm, sleep time until tomorow.

Soeren Nielsen
04-06-2004, 06:16 AM
good stuff guys.

AJ : seriously, that thing is SOOOO cuddly! but I bet its evil! ;)

Fetus : cool stuff man, hes got a complete "duh" expression going on ;)

Keep em coming, cant wait for Friday to arrive so I can enter :)

Just to clear up some things.
1. you can do your concept before starting on the model.
2. Rendertime, and setting up for rendering (lighting etc.) is not a part of the 4 hour limit.

And one last thing. peanut, if you have a need to be a troll, go somewhere else please

04-06-2004, 06:22 AM
entering now

04-06-2004, 08:27 AM
I was wondering what could be cute, a monster, and somehow original, and I think that...

a custom-computer guy/beast monster could be a serious enemy (I realize the winnie-the-poo/coca-cola bear look after I finish it... :surprised )
but then... I tough that he didn't have any weapon, so I attached
those claws, now it's a killing machine and I can rest in peace knowing I have covered all the requirements.


04-06-2004, 08:56 AM
over 4 hours

officialy i'm disqualified :(

A very rewarding experience though.


Edit : SerpenteS-X- thx man, glad you like it. :)

04-06-2004, 10:15 AM
I love all, especially your work anuarnor :drool:

04-06-2004, 01:33 PM
The Griblet and the Tumble Bee are great :bowdown:

04-06-2004, 03:11 PM
anuarnor, love that kitten :)

04-06-2004, 03:42 PM
my little cute monster
1h10min with zbrush

04-06-2004, 04:20 PM

My first post inhere this is my model till now...

Any feedback or suggestions are welcome...


04-06-2004, 05:12 PM
There's my 2 hours of work. Looking too much human right now.. Will be changed..

04-06-2004, 07:58 PM
First time I do a modeling challenge.This is my little monster, Franquin style.Made in a little less than 4 hours.Maya modeling with a little bit of paint effect.

04-06-2004, 08:55 PM
I call this one Jaikee. ZBrush 2.0 used. 20 mins to create the ZSphere model. 75 mins total to get to this point. Thanks for looking. :D

04-06-2004, 08:56 PM
The wips :)

04-06-2004, 09:31 PM
amazing work everyone!!! im loving this

this is mine, took me 50 minutes and illwork more on him tomorrow, he has plumps instead of hands- climbs on walls and stuff. maybe ill do an animation with him.

ill finish him tomoorow.

04-06-2004, 09:55 PM
Hola, LOTS of cuties! all are nice.

mine, after 3 hours:

04-06-2004, 11:26 PM
about 2 hours. spent most of the time just trying to think of something.

Ninja Bebe

04-06-2004, 11:34 PM

04-07-2004, 02:58 AM
Here's Onion Man. I spent about 1hr 30 min on him. I didnít have much time, could have made improvements, but I had to. go :cry:

Onion Man:


Cheers! :beer:

yay my 100th post!

04-07-2004, 05:05 AM
Great work everyone! Here's my final cute creature...onto the next!! :)

Keem em coming!


04-07-2004, 12:56 PM
Hi all,

Here is an update...



I've spent 2h and 32 mins now...and almost out of ideas on what to refine om him next...

Hope you have any suggestions..


04-07-2004, 06:18 PM
I will make it as soon as i will get little bit free time..

here is design.

04-07-2004, 06:42 PM
nice work everyone


cool work ..

Will please tell me how you got bumpy effect on back of your charater???


04-07-2004, 06:50 PM
Hey guys, Im a newb so dont go TOO hard on me. :wip:

I made this guy in about 2 hours, Ill probably go and spend a little more time on him later.

Oh, and that tumble bee is the cutest thing I have ever seen! :scream:

04-07-2004, 10:26 PM
Girl from the ocean
Oh... I see now that my model does not fit very well to this session topic. But my first idea fitted well before I started to modeling. :surprised

Her profile : So, she is a cute girl met on a nomad market settled on a beach. Near a stormy/noisy ocean. Her crown/headband is made of turtle scales, and she has spiraloidic shells as earrings (not to forget the sound of the ocean when she go on continent) and to preserve her chignon. Extra note : if you meet her, lets know how she is talkative and so lovely seductive.

So, do you accept her as a cute creature? :scream:

Don't worry about topology if you are taking care about it... I know that is not good at all, but that was just to shape a face.

04-07-2004, 10:35 PM
I am a little late on this but...Here is what I have done for this little challenge. I am not much of a cut character kind of guy, which is why I wanted to do this and this is what I have done.

2 hour render

Final 4 hour render
I actually didnít get it completed to my liking, the texture needs work, but my time is up and what I have got gets the general idea a across.

04-08-2004, 02:25 AM
Here is a quick one I did tonight called Birdy. I hope you like her...

Nice renders from everyone! What an enjoyable speed modeling session :)


04-08-2004, 07:07 AM
And there's about 4 hours of work.. This is some kind of a rabbit girl. I'm not sure what i was exactly pointing to.

and wires:

An Erased One
04-08-2004, 07:48 PM
Meet Bob, the ... bombing sabre-toothed suicide lizard ... thing.

It took about 2 and a half hours to this point, and there are a lot of things about it that I don't like, but... A well, I tried.
I'll see if I can fix something in an hour or so. :D

04-08-2004, 08:21 PM
3datari : I used zbrush from start to finish for that creature...the bumps on his back are modeled as is everything else. The mesh is extremely dense when working in Z, over 2 million polys...but i could easily pull off the displacment or normal maps and put them onto a lower rez cage for animating in another package. Thanks for your interest.

s_u_m_s_a_r, ionanism, AJ_23, dmonk and Mentat7...nice job guys...I really like all of your creatures. :)

Great work from everyone, don't stop!


04-08-2004, 11:27 PM
this is my 2 hours cute monster.. hem.. well.. not what i expected, still lots of tweaking to do.. the bottom part is not finished:

the sparky
04-09-2004, 01:13 AM
This took me about an hour, I think I still need to spend more time on it, I'll probably make a better neck because the side view bothers me. I'll also try to give the face a little more definition (which is why there are so many subdivisions there)

04-09-2004, 06:14 AM
Whutup Mr. Krol. Good choice on the session--quite the success. Was hoping you'd bust off something for us to gush over (I mean besides the Tumble Bee--KAWAIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!1111oneoneone).

What would AW come up with that he thought was cute? Cmon you know you wanna.

04-09-2004, 10:39 AM


I browsed through your www - some nice stuff there :thumbsup:


04-09-2004, 01:25 PM
Ok I am in..



04-09-2004, 02:09 PM
Im a newbe this is my first post in ths forum,heres what i made
took me about 3 hours to make it :)

04-09-2004, 03:41 PM
nice to see so much pepole

here is mine its inspiret from the ld SNES Game Secret of Mana

its not finished but i have 0.5h to go :)

and here ( a turn a raound (XVID Codec is used)

04-09-2004, 04:10 PM
Lots of very cute Characters!

Here are my last change on my martian balls.
the modeling was pretty fast, it is just a cube with smoothing and extruded faces.I spend the extra time on painting.

04-09-2004, 09:28 PM
Well I have to say so far all of these "Cute" creatures are pretty cool, think i may join in and make something myself!


04-10-2004, 12:47 AM
Some more...



04-10-2004, 04:54 AM
That last one had some procedural texture for fur, but I wanted to do something for this using "real" fur, so here's the "Frayed Teddy":

wireframe 2 (

wireframe 3 (

Blender 2.32, internal renderer. This took about an hour to make and almost 40 minutes to raytrace render because of the complex alphamapping involved here and the complex lighting setup used here. Some post-processing was down to tweak several hairs due to jagged edges resulting from lower than usual oversampling values (mainly to expedite the render process). An extra dot of extra brightness was added to the eyes' specularity.

The main mesh is very low poly while the "fur mesh" in layer two contains several times more vertices for the purpose of overlapping alphamapped teddy hair. Both meshes are shown in the wireframe images above.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and that we get to see a few more creatures :)


Soeren Nielsen
04-10-2004, 07:06 PM
some good stuff guys. I think its time for me to enter.
s_u_m_s_a_r.. hmm tha name. Does copenhagen, and the name Magenta ring a bell?

04-10-2004, 11:04 PM
post edited: I took off the attachment, cause I now have a webhost!! :thumbsup: hope you guys like, this is 2 hours into it.

04-11-2004, 02:03 AM
just working out concepts for now. tomorrow soeren and a few other artists ( and myself) will do ours :D

Soeren Nielsen
04-11-2004, 10:41 AM
And mine
see you tonight martin.

04-11-2004, 08:00 PM
Here is Snoorap, a combination of 2 models I had done before,
one of Snoozy, the cartoon dog and of a raptor dinosor,
It is done all from one sphere subdiv.

04-12-2004, 04:22 AM
1 hour in.

Soeren Nielsen
04-12-2004, 05:31 AM
2 hours in

04-12-2004, 06:02 AM
i lost count, after taking a few breaks, but Soeren says we are at about 2:45 now.

04-12-2004, 07:04 AM

was hoping to zbrush it , but ran out of time :/
bah ill do that anyway later :D

Soeren Nielsen
04-12-2004, 07:42 AM
finished model. 4 hours

04-12-2004, 08:44 AM
heh, cool stuff guys, i guess i'll have a quick shot at it. here's my lil concept

04-12-2004, 01:23 PM
hey Martin could you post some wires i would like to see your topology

anyway great work Soeren and Martin :beer:

04-12-2004, 10:55 PM

04-12-2004, 11:05 PM
thanks for the wire

is that the finalwire or will you do some fixing in it ?

04-13-2004, 04:00 AM
Nice critters soeren and martin, as always.

Wish I had soem time to participate..this would have been a fun one!

good job everyone.


04-13-2004, 01:25 PM
About 1 hour into it

04-13-2004, 06:29 PM
I think i've run out of time...

04-17-2004, 08:24 PM
Somewhat nervous - This is one of my first models (learning 3d for about 3 weeks now)- about 30 minutes in so far, just wanted to see if i'm screwing up too badly yet...

2 iterations -

wire (318 polys so far)

thank you for viewing.

04-18-2004, 07:17 AM
2 hours, Still time to work out the back legs.

total mesh: 1164 polys - 544 of which are in the hands - I plan on fixing up the hands later

thank you for viewing

04-19-2004, 07:32 AM
All done. I believe I made it in under 4 hours if you exclude the render time.

Thank you for viewing.

04-20-2004, 07:21 PM
That is just incredible for one of your first models! Very good!

04-28-2004, 04:55 PM

04-29-2004, 01:03 AM
Hi people!
This is my first speed modeling!

04-29-2004, 01:09 AM
Great original design, Bartok, and great render, idegar

04-29-2004, 04:21 PM
Thanx dagoof I liked ur model also :thumbsup:

I think this was my inspiration

04-29-2004, 04:55 PM
:eek: wow!
Hey bartok!
The monster of this photo is really frightfull!
You are really very good to obtain to make this to be likeable !


04-30-2004, 05:16 PM
New here
1st post :D
newbie , dont get hard on me

2 . 5 hours

05-03-2004, 04:17 PM

Inspired in Roberto Carlos , we miss him in Palmeras 4X0 Coringa

05-03-2004, 05:12 PM
Bartok - that last one is genius! :D

05-03-2004, 07:34 PM
Thanx ma8 . Im glad that u liked .

05-03-2004, 07:47 PM
Yeah, that last one's really cool, made me smile.

He just looks so "happy"..

Loads of great stuff in this thread.


05-04-2004, 05:22 PM
Yeah heeheh that one was happy , but this one is in a bad mood
20 minutes

05-05-2004, 11:53 AM
Well, I dunno if this is cute enaugh, but it's still has name He's called Cupid.
I made it in 3dsMAX6 in about 40 mins, and rendered in about 30 mins...
I'll start from my wires. Here you go...

And here is the final render:

Any comments is apriciated, cozz I'm not a pro, any comments would make me happy, coz I want to became a professional CGartist.
btw, sorry for my bad english...

05-05-2004, 04:39 PM
I think u have a nice char and about beeing a pro , I dont think u should be so worried .
The thing that makes it scary is the way the hands are , like ...
Im gonna get u

05-16-2004, 05:20 PM
My first time playing with ZBrush, now my Cupid don't look so cute anymore. Added some details, and this took about 45 mins to complete, so all moddeling took me about 1h and 35 mins. Hope u like it....

05-17-2004, 01:40 PM

ok - repost after the attack :/

Heres my cute crature ... i namend him ralph.
Modeling took 2 hours and 9 minutes.

additional lighting, materials and some fixes in mesh (attach head to body)
took about 1 hour.

As Ambient-Whisper asked for an animation ...

I recreated the "GI" light with soft shadow omni lights and
removed reflection from the wooden desk.
Sounds are in progess.

OK here is it. :)

hope you like it :beer:

05-18-2004, 06:09 AM
korn_art: Impressive design and efficent modeling. Somewhat reminds me a bit of grim fandango, not sure why really :P Anyway cute to the bone, ciao!

05-30-2004, 03:04 PM
hello.. good worx out there. here is my agumon.. I'v made him 2 month ago, took about 2 hours i guess.. hope you like it guys!

05-31-2004, 05:08 PM
@ray - like him much ... and he is very cute ... reminds me of a small cartoon dragon called "Grisu". :beer:

05-31-2004, 05:26 PM
Nice peace of work, just wanted to ask what software did u use, and what render (if not standart)...


06-04-2004, 04:16 PM

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