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07 July 2007, 11:56 PM
Well I do hope I can do something here - not much time but I'll give it a shot - mainly because I've always wanted to do an eagle about to catch his prey... too tempting not to give it a try at least + I've never taken part in any HMC :) - ... anyway for now reserving my spot and looking forward to seeing what people come up with :)

sheesh I'm signing up for too many gigs at once:D

07 July 2007, 06:49 AM
Welcome to the challenge, Magdalena. The competition just got a bit better...

08 August 2007, 03:26 AM
Thanks Yav!

well I started the base mesh today. I work by jumping randomly a lot so don't be surprised if for the next few days you see meshes full of holes :scream: and small patches hanging in the air ;)...

anyway not much done yet - here's the start [decided to go for a lot of polys so once I'm sculpting there's no problem getting them feathers to look decent... fingers crossed]:

08 August 2007, 05:51 AM
What more is there to say other than that this looks great and judging from your previous work is probably gonna be a surefire winner!:)

Cant wait to see more!:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 01:17 PM
Looking great!

I'll be following this...especially since you are doing a bird as well.

08 August 2007, 02:32 PM
oh man.....ekhm woman :D :p :p
awsome work!!
i love your eagle :bounce:
looking forward to see more and more

08 August 2007, 12:28 AM
thanks very much folks :)

well didn't have time to work these past 2 days but got back to the mesh today - made a fish for the eagle and the base - it will be a wave :) Also made the eagle non symmetrical
Next step - sculpting - YAY!

well hope you like

08 August 2007, 05:31 AM
Beautiful so far. Love the concept for the base.

08 August 2007, 07:28 AM
Beautiful modeling!

Something odd about the pose though, me thinks if he/she just caught the fish it would probably not be in the front but rather towards the back. Your reference shows the birdie just before the catch, I'd say, and he/she'll hammer those claws down into the water, grab the fish and pull it out by sheer momentum of movement, ergo the fish should be towards the rear. That is, unless the eagle is just dropping it off at the nest and kinda hovering there before letting go. Just my two cents.

Great work though!:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 04:03 PM
that is looking great so far inetrvain, very clean edgelooping. Are you planning on sculpting out all the feather detail in zbrsuh or mudbox? Looking great so far :buttrock:

08 August 2007, 04:28 PM
WyatHarris - thanks :)

TheRazorsEdge - I see what you mean - I wanted him to be just catching the fish as it jumps out of the water hence that pose :) I'm sticking with it!

nmcelmury - thank you. I'm a zbrush girl :scream:

well the zbrushing will DEFINITELY take me the remainder of that month if I want it to look decent... should be fun. I decided that sculpting the feathers rather than going for the alpha method will be best - I might use alphas later on in the process but in the minority...

anyway I started out by hacking some basic lines - not much done...

08 August 2007, 07:38 PM
I work by jumping randomly a lot...
That line always makes me smile. Read it the wrong way and it conjures up a wonderful image :o)

Looking forward to seeing how you tackle the feathers.

08 August 2007, 08:17 PM
hey mag.. really nice work..

i like the base!

have fun with zbrush! :thumbsup:


08 August 2007, 10:13 PM
This is looking awesome so far! It will be interesting to see how the feathers turn out.

08 August 2007, 03:46 AM
the eagle is Looking very awwwwwsome! I only wish i could get the jump on the eagle, but you beat me too it! I like what you have done so far on it. I can't wait to see the final model

I would like to see more wireframes though.

M :bounce:

08 August 2007, 06:07 AM
No argument, that is a great pose. :)
Cant wait to see more!

08 August 2007, 06:37 PM
Excellent...I love the base you came up with.

08 August 2007, 01:45 PM
Good zbrush work. Very elegant eagle !

08 August 2007, 01:20 PM
well folks - I'm bailing out of this one - the feathers are more than my patience can bear at the mo:scream: and I really want to work on some other stuff I have lying around! Good luck to everyone else - I'm sure you need none! :thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 01:58 PM
My, what a pretty girl you are! :love: (judging from that lovely pinkish image) lol

Anyways, unfortunately I dont have a solution to your problem, but I'd say you are getting there nonetheless. Your sculpt continuously looks very nice and I am sure you'll deliver something breathtaking in the end!

09 September 2007, 11:02 PM
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