LC #42 Pipers Alley

View Full Version : Gimo + Cycle (alien Taxi Driver), Rv_el (3D)

04-19-2003, 08:14 AM (

Gimo is an alien taxi driver. He drives a taxi-cycle for impatient bussinessmen in a run down crowded massive city. The city looks much like in fifth element, or something like star wars but with a lot of reference to the 20's like in Metropolis. Lots of preproduction work was done, lots of sketches and iterations of the character. Some of the outlines were; Taxi driver/prosthetic leg/ fat and grimy / shoulder cb/ checkerboard (cab reference) clothing / trench coat / overalls / basic 20's look. Lots of stuff like that was used for getting reference. He's supposed to have a sort of Dexter Jettster (from episode 2) feel. Also was inspired by Chicago the movie.

the cycle is really light and can be lifted by the knob in the center to get it out of the way of obstacles or if its closed in in parking lots. very noisy like a harley chopper.

modeling ortho's

Gimo polycount : 3680
3dsmax 4.2 / Photoshop

04-19-2003, 08:31 AM
that's incredible. fat and grimy - i can smell him from here! obviously the preproduction was very effective, and both models and texture sheets are suited well.

no crits from me, altho is there any chance of seeing him ride the taxi-cycle?

keep it up :thumbsup:

04-19-2003, 10:21 AM
Beastley ... he is great ... I guess you cut all your textures together to show it to us.

Really good ... ACE :thumbsup:
Lets see a wireframe of the model to please that you get an 100% Ace :)

metal me solid
04-19-2003, 12:17 PM
very good, no crits here!~love the textures.!

04-19-2003, 09:30 PM
Thanks. Yeah that one pic is just a compilation of the textures used, some of them are tiled on the cycle. I'll probably get better renders of him on the bike some time.... I'm working on a passenger in my spare time. not really puting as much time and effort in as this one which sucks.

04-19-2003, 10:26 PM
Wow! How many triangles is each mesh out of interest?

metal me solid
04-19-2003, 10:27 PM
man i love ur workk...

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

04-19-2003, 10:32 PM
OMG!! amazing textures! and chararcter design!! and i can see a lot interesting things happening in that game concept...

04-20-2003, 06:10 AM
I'd like to jump in and say, I really like this as well. Amazing job. I'm especially impressed with the detail you've acheived with the texture. Excellent concept. Inspirational.

04-20-2003, 06:28 AM
I'm going to jump on the bandwagon here and and say this is great work. Great concept, great modeling, great texture. This is deserved of front page status.

Like a good book, or a movie that you don't want to end, I want to see the world this guy lives in. Very inspiring.

04-20-2003, 07:41 AM
Looks great, the final product eyes very nice aswell. Good colors, nice detail. The only thing that buggs me, must be that you've rushed the pipes on the bike, with a lousy filter... Oh wel, can't harm I guess, good job! :]

04-20-2003, 08:54 AM
that is really good.
with the work you did on the textures you could ba a texture artist.
my thing is that is the 3680 the character or both bike and character.
because if it is just the character then you have to many polys, unles you use a cruncher.
almost everygame company that is out there have models that are only about 2000 polys or less.
hell most places still stick to less than a 1000.
i talked to redstorm a little ago becasue i went through a few places checking out stuff.
they dod the tom clancy games. those guys usually use between 500-600 polys or less to do a full character.
if anyone wants to get into gaming they have to try to confine their modelling.

04-20-2003, 09:04 AM
thats great... i dont think at the moment im capable of making a hi poly mesh that looks that good...

04-20-2003, 09:15 AM
this rocks dude

probably one of the best game characters ive seen in awhile

i love ur good....teach me!!!!!

04-20-2003, 09:58 AM
Thanks guys. this really helps motivate me.

Secret Asian Man: He is 3600 polys and was originally aimed at close to maybe 8000 polys. I just dont like using polys i dont feel i need. Also about poly count. Daxter for Jax and Daxter 2 is going to be 10,000 polys. Poly count is not a simple thing, it depends on the engine/platform and what game; POV and perspective is a big thing. the gothic characters for UT2k3 are 2900 polys and i did 2 ut2k3 characters and they (people who wrote the tutorials) dont mind going up to 3500 (especially for main character games such as this guy would be in.. 3rd person perspective with him covering most of the screen). this guy is aimed at next gen (and actually falls short). The main concern isn't so much polys, but how you use them. if they are effective. texturing is the big problem these days. Because of where computers are at (even way before Gforce FX) people were pumping 1500 poly characters into Q3. Q3 is ancient now. I have many low poly characters and thats where i started out. There is definitly room for optimization on this character. I just wanted to get all the details in that (even now) and next gen will support.

JBoskma: yeah the pipes were a struggle. their tiled textures. i would like to unwrap and deal with each piece etc.. but for games its good to have some tiling material or some texture re-use. In fact i really could have just doubled up the texture for the seats and a few other things too. So the tiling textures can't look tiled or stand out too much. i went through a few different iterations before settling on this one. I wish i knew how to get a good shiny look in brazil for the pipes, reflection helps it a lot.

04-20-2003, 10:44 AM
Only crit I can think of is that, if the bike is really really light as you wrote, I don't think it would sound like a Harley, since the engine itself would be heavy ;)
Great modelling and texturing, a really nice character :bounce:

04-20-2003, 11:12 AM
I really dig the texture work, are there tuts out there that show you how to paint game textures? I really love the style. Keep up the great work buddy and if you hadn't already seen it you're plugged :)


04-20-2003, 11:24 AM
cool textures.. u use auto mapping rite? the model is good too suited like what u have said, the fifth element and so on thang..:airguitar

04-20-2003, 11:47 AM
The UV layout is very effective, and your textures are very nice as well. There are a few areas on the model that could be optimized though. remove some polys in the cape and add them to the shoulders (unless the cape is animated). Other than that and a few little details, your work is very good indeed.


04-20-2003, 02:45 PM
Beautiful work :applause:

04-20-2003, 02:46 PM
awesome work. It really shows how thought and planning and pre-production can make the final product really shine. Keep it up.

04-20-2003, 03:22 PM
very cool. great style and good use of polys. great texturing too. only problem I see is that the headlights on the lamp are right behind the front wheel. :p

04-20-2003, 07:07 PM
AweSome JOB!

04-21-2003, 01:17 PM
It's hardly ever we have a game model in the gallery, and I'm happy to say yours have been included. You have some serious talent with textures.

Please be sure to enter this into Expose you definitely have a chance

You have received the CGtalk choice award .Please feel free to display this image anywhere you like! Inspiring work.

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P.S. Please email me @ for the award .psd file


04-21-2003, 09:43 PM
Thanks guys.

lildragon: AWESOME! Thanks man. thanks for the plug, i saw it, thanks a lot. And Thank you for the choice award! I can't explain how excited I am. I'll definitly submit it to Expose!

As far as tutorials go, BOBO has some good stuff, and Don Seegmillers book is good too (he uses Painter).

04-22-2003, 05:54 AM
I like the time put into the griminess of his textures. It makes me wonder just how many business men really want to hop on the back of this guy.

One thing, wouldnt his trenchcoat get caught in the wheel? Not that that wouldnt be interesting to see though

04-22-2003, 09:34 AM
GREAT WORK! Realy Amazing! :eek: :buttrock:

P.S.: Secretasianman, arg! You stole my Avatar! Now I'm not original anymore *sniff*

04-22-2003, 06:34 PM
Great model man really like your style, think i might try a low poly model as my next project :scream:

04-27-2003, 08:43 PM
OMG man great work, this belongs in something like duke nukem, its a great model and has great textures, 5 stars man

04-29-2003, 06:19 AM
Yea man! Great stuff, the textures definetley make this model. Nice style too, Id like to see a whole world make with this quality texturing! Keep up the good work! :D

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