View Full Version : How to improve this?

08 August 2002, 01:59 PM
I hope you texturing guru's can give me some suggestions on how to improve this texture:

This is for a mechanical/mecha shark. I want a realistic shark feel to the colours, but want to maintain a mechanical look. The render will be underwater, so specularity may not be an issue, as shark skin is somewhat flat.

Thanks for any input!


08 August 2002, 07:37 AM
Hmmm.... a sharkskin look....I know this sounds a bit lame, but I think the best thing to do would be to do a google image search for close-up shark pics, and use those as a reference....

I'm not too sure offhand what sharksin looks like close-up, so I can't give you any real tips at this stage. :shrug:

What you have so far here looks cool though :) I like the scratches, although I think they may be a little too big. I think that finer scratches, with a couple of larger gashes here and there might look a little better.

08 August 2002, 03:44 PM
Thanks Leigh! :beer:

I actually have some images from a Google search and that is what I have been basing the colour map on. I see your point about the scratches now. I will play with it some more.

Thanks again!


08 August 2002, 03:50 PM
Cool :D
I'm looking forward to seeing what you are going to do with this one - I followed it's progress somewhat in the WIP forum, and find it a fascinating concept.
I've always loved the idea of a mechanical shark ever since I read Tintin and Red Rackhams Treasure when I was a kid, where they had a shark submarine. Very cool :)

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