View Full Version : Snowbioard, Fetus23 (3D)

07 July 2003, 09:10 AM (

The snowbioard....I may take him futher someday but for now he is finished. Watch for him to appear on my upcoming demo reel.

The images...

07 July 2003, 09:12 AM

Your comments are always very welcomed!!!


A MacVey
07 July 2003, 09:13 AM
:eek: thats amazing!!!

With all that armor and such it looks like it would be incredibly difficult if not impossible to ride that board down a hill

ALso there is no apparent texture on his grey/green pants making it look flat and cgish

07 July 2003, 09:16 AM
so i think this isn't human :D
i think this is fantastic work, i love that fur, or i think i love everything on it...
exept thos arms and it his skin?...tho it looks kinda simple or too clean...i mean it looks just one coloured or something...

yeah...will we see this fully animated then in your demoreel? just rotate animation? the way...the heads of that board, i can see sharp this meant to be that way..or should it be rounded?

07 July 2003, 09:27 AM
Awsome awsome work. I love the design of the character. I took a stroll over to your site and love all the work youve done so far. Keep up the amazing job.

07 July 2003, 09:40 AM
Probably can't really cut snow with a board edge like that. If he falls at least he's got the armor, althought he's quite likely to fall due to it as well...;)

But of course the logistics of it all don't have to be a problem at all, since well hé, what happens to Spidermans webropes after he has passed a building? or how come Superman can fly with that outfit?

Anyhow great charcter, would love to see more,... animated if possible.

07 July 2003, 11:16 AM
That's very nice but why is he "flying"? It seems he's floating.. :shrug:

07 July 2003, 11:20 AM
Beautiful Fetus! im really fan of this job ;)
give us pleasure again in the future :beer:

07 July 2003, 11:21 AM
mhhh...compared to my memory of the former snowbird i think you would do him a favour if you let him go without that mask...i think he's got more character without it

just my 0.02$

07 July 2003, 11:22 AM
very very good , i like your design

07 July 2003, 11:23 AM
great job fetus!!!

nice character and some really lovely renders...

-can´t wait to see your reel:thumbsup:

how about a wire for people?

07 July 2003, 11:27 AM
interesting :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 11:31 AM
Wow! Amazing character with great amount of detail.

My crit is for the snowboard, it just doesn't look very functional, it has a sidecut radius that goes outwards and not inwards which will make it hard to turn. Plus the characters heels are sticking to far out on the heelside, he would get instant heeldrag to wipeout on heelside turns.


"Do unto others before they do unto you"

07 July 2003, 11:34 AM
Beautiful work dude, cant wait to see the reel.


07 July 2003, 11:36 AM
how renderer do you used in this superb picture?

07 July 2003, 11:41 AM
Great work fetus!! amazing détails!:thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 11:52 AM
Excellent buddy, just excellent ! It jus t lacks a background now :thumbsup: :wavey:

07 July 2003, 11:52 AM
about time :P
no wonder considering the freakishly amount of detail :D

excelent work:applause:

07 July 2003, 12:01 PM
Hey great job. I really like the lighting. That character is unique. Keep it up.

07 July 2003, 12:11 PM
Awesome !! :eek: :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 12:29 PM
yeah my friend:buttrock: can't wait to see your reel.

07 July 2003, 12:31 PM
really great work man, i like the design and the modelling is great!

07 July 2003, 01:26 PM
I like the renders a lot. Great job. However, teher is no way this character will ever snowboard if you position him on his board the way you did in the last picture.
The charcter need to stand in the middle of the board and most snowboarders have there feet a bit in an angle
For example:

Nice job anyway.

07 July 2003, 01:29 PM
Hey Fetus,

I don't know why people keep on critisizing your snowboard or the way you dressed him according to if he would be able to snowboard in real life...THIS IS ART FOLKS!!!

I think it is completly fantastic. The modeling and the "Inuit" designs you gave your piece really shines through. Great work, a visual candy for me. thanks


07 July 2003, 01:49 PM
Great Design ! Love that ! :)

07 July 2003, 01:52 PM
I just looked through your entire WIP thread.

You, man, have got some skills (and a whole lot of patience ;) )

I'd love to see him in an action pose and that cityscape finished :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 02:08 PM
very original model... a other good artist to link :arteest:

07 July 2003, 02:22 PM
I like the design of the character. The arms and Legs are pretty simple in contrast. Maybe a bit more muscled detail or some sort of fiberious texture on them, stains or something to bring them up to the level of the armor you have. Nice though. Im not concerned with the logistics of his suit vs the ability to snowboard while wearing it.. its FANTASY!! so... Im a fan. great job.

07 July 2003, 03:36 PM
This is freaking RIDICULOUS!!!

How am I suppose to compete as an artist when you guys are constantly blowing me away with these killer designs!!!

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you!!! LOL

Thanks for BLAZING the path!!! or should I say snow trail!!!

Love the eskimo feel.

07 July 2003, 03:40 PM
amazing man, i love the way the guy carries around the snowboard in the first pic and that fur is rediculous,
great job

07 July 2003, 03:51 PM
omg what an awsome design and modeling skill. can i see the wire?

07 July 2003, 04:06 PM
it reminds me of one of the models seen in Batman Returns (?), where Waine has loads of life-size characters from all over the world.

Great work, not so sure about the 'scate board.

Well Done

07 July 2003, 04:26 PM
:eek: ..............sooooo......Cooooooooooooooooool


the equipment is very cool!!

07 July 2003, 04:47 PM
the board itself feels half done..... then it's all good :)

07 July 2003, 05:05 PM
wow cool model! very clean modeling :thumbsup:
can't wait to see your finished reel:drool:

07 July 2003, 05:18 PM
as a snowboarder, i have to agree with the others.
The bindings have to be in the board, right now almost half the boot is out the board. This will seriously prevent the board from functioning properly especially while turning and brakeing.

I think this is important because the whole character tells a story, there is a background to the character to make him more believeable. Like he is wearing thick clothes because he is not accustomed to the cold weather, and wearing a mask because he cannot breathe the thin mountain air...etc.

You don't just throw in any elements you think will make the character look "cool". There has to be a certain amount of research done.

I've heard people submitting a character design without proper research and get totally slammed("this is pathetic...etc").

This is just my opinion in order to improve your demo reel.

07 July 2003, 05:29 PM
I wonder that that turtle shell on his back.

07 July 2003, 05:30 PM
Fetus, turned out awesome man!! Great job. Once again you amaze me with your work.:buttrock: :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 07:20 PM
Hey Thank you all for the fantastic response and also for the front page plug, that made my day and then some!! :D
I think I need to address some concerns about his outfit/story/background history. For starters the Snowbioards DON'T snowboard on snow. The board is used for FLYING, along with the backback/jetpack to keep them up in the air. They surf the air. I should have mentioned that in my first post but that info is contained in the Work In Progress thread ( I definatly agree about the body suit needing a slight bump or texture, the board could also use some scratches or dirt and I'll probably do that for my reel. Also, all of my characters have stories and backgrounds to go along with them and this guy is no different....spending a month on a character gave me alot of time to think about his origins , come up with a story and figure out what all his gear is for. I'll post that along with some wireframes and a shot of him without the mask tonight when I get home from work. I hope that will explain some things about his armor, outfit and purpose.
Again I'd like to thank you all for the fantastic feedback!!! I always love reading your comments and critics!!!


07 July 2003, 07:33 PM
Brilliant design + very very impressive modeling.

I agree with some of the comments on the board: it looks blobby, unfinished (ouch, you can see the cilinder segments of the edge of the board :rolleyes: ).

Dirty him up a bit and work a bit more on the board and will be killer.

Awesome work nontheless of course, very inspiring! 9.8 / 10

07 July 2003, 07:48 PM
:buttrock: :drool: :love:

07 July 2003, 07:49 PM
that sadness, very god, the modeling, texturing, color ...
but he flying is really strange ... congratulations but arrange this...


07 July 2003, 07:56 PM
That's one enthralling piece of work lad! :p
Some things can still be improved, but that's just details.

Cheerio mate!

07 July 2003, 09:09 PM
very nice ! beautiful rendering !

07 July 2003, 09:55 PM
Amazing model. The fingers are weird though. But it doesnt state it's a human anywhere so thats okay :P

07 July 2003, 09:56 PM
As iv'e told you so many times ,wicked man!

07 July 2003, 10:28 PM
Nice idea and rendering....

07 July 2003, 10:34 PM
WoW.. fantastic work..!!! i like the fur thingy around his head.. look like some artic swat unit.. with a snowboard! =) cool! and extreme!!:applause:

07 July 2003, 11:28 PM
OMFG, this is an amazing modeling job. So much detail, creativity and style! I love it!:thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 11:41 PM
Ive been following your WIP and I think you have amazing creativity but im a bit let down by the way you have posed him.

From the weird way hes hovering to the weird stance on the board. I think he deserves better. :D

Excellent model, excellent design....

07 July 2003, 11:56 PM
No crits really's very original design.. I guess the pose and background could be better

07 July 2003, 12:06 AM

07 July 2003, 01:05 AM
Yes AMAZING! Nice work!

07 July 2003, 01:18 AM
Dont know if you rememeber me fetus.... But NICE freaking job... it looks like things are really working out for you. You really are INCREDIBLE.... keep up the AWESOME work!!!!

-= Jerry Campbell =-

07 July 2003, 02:51 AM
great work - i like the fur :applause:

07 July 2003, 03:14 AM
may i say...holy sh*t:D much detail..its amazing...and his eyes freak me out..i love it:applause: :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 03:31 AM
I've have saw all the WIPS, and i love the final model.
Are you going to putz bones, in it ?

Amazing work

See yaa

07 July 2003, 03:49 AM
amazing stuff ..well done!!!:applause:

07 July 2003, 05:20 AM
that is so sweet! just blew me away. i can't wait for your reel.:buttrock:

07 July 2003, 06:45 AM
I'm not sure it these points were addressed earlier, i'm too lazy to read the whole thing. But I read in the beginning some comments were made about the board not being functional and the armor keeping the character from being able to ride it properly...

As anyone can see that's the new titanimumium armor which, not only being feather-light, but it also has a built-in microscopic gyroscopic balancing device that actually assists him with balance.

And the snowboard is obviously the cutting edge Swedish designed locomotoloco board created by Sven the Hammer's also futuristic polymer design as an actual hovercraft board...see, no need to actually "cut edges" in the snow..that's for dinosaur riders...

Glad I could clear that up for everyone...


07 July 2003, 06:58 AM
:beer: :beer: I like it very much man!!! I see your taste for many small ornaments and organic designs in it's prime...very cool work and fantastic renders...only thing missing now is a cool background.

Hope to see more of your work soon.

....have fun!

07 July 2003, 07:59 AM
This is flat out amazing. Detail is of the essence in this thats a nice pic :eek: :eek: :eek:

07 July 2003, 08:41 AM
Without the mask :

Cage #1 :

07 July 2003, 08:42 AM
Cage #2 :

Cage #3 :

Some technical info about this piece..

Software: Maya and Photoshop for textures
Render : maya default (I would have used mental ray but I couldn't get the fur to work with it)
Fur: Maya fur with lots of tweaking...
Poly Count : too many for my system :)
Machine: PIII 800, 512ram, Elsa Gloria II 64 video card

I can't thank you all enough for the kind words!! I won’t get into much about his story but here’s a little tidbit. The Snowbioards (snowbird + snowboard) live at the top of mile high cliffs. They use their fancy equipment to hunt the Gizzards ( that live in the lush rainforests at the bottom of these extremely high cliffs. Snowbioards are a very ruthless species caught up in an extremely decorative lifestyle.

Thank you all again for your continued support, kind comments and helpful critic!!!

Cheers to everyone and model upward!!!

07 July 2003, 09:32 AM
Wow Amazing work!:eek: :buttrock:
I really love the modelling:thumbsup:
and as well the texturing is awesome:applause:

Good work !!!

07 July 2003, 08:18 AM
Thanks jungle_Tintin!!

Here's a look at the spec maps used for this character...drawn in pen then adjusted in ps..



07 July 2003, 05:33 AM
Lookin good! Do his arms or legs bend at the joints? I'd love to see a few poses! :arteest:

07 July 2003, 02:47 PM
Hey clot! thanks for the response. He is rigged but posing this fellow turned out to be a challenge with all that armor. Here's one with a bit more of a pose...


07 July 2003, 09:14 PM
I was talking about a bigger background dude ! :p

07 July 2003, 09:47 PM
I really love this character! your references must be the size of the rockie mountains. before you textured the pants i thought they looked better simplified cause sometime details can be overdone. maybe you should just go back to that and just dirty things up a bit. you said their viscious creatures why not add some dried blood stains. but its only a suggestion. your definatley on my wall of fame, good work!:beer:

07 July 2003, 10:15 PM

That is easily your finest work yet...

you rock my socks you lil bitch...

:love: :love: :love:

07 July 2003, 12:01 AM
now that really good work... Amazing stuff.. :love:

07 July 2003, 05:35 AM
what was the rendering time on that beaut piece of work?

07 July 2003, 09:33 AM
I just have to say I think this whole idea of snowboids hunting gizzards and the other things u mentioned about the background behind this character (your second place on the cgtalk entry) ect ect .. is just imho brilliant :applause: i absolutely love the idea behind it and wish someone would set up some finance for you to make a series out of it kinda like starship troopers but far far more original and exciting (I love fantacy stuff)

i wont wish u luck u dont need it .

07 July 2003, 12:18 PM
Awesome work yet again Fetus, you have mad talent for detailing.

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

upon receiving this award, it guarantees you a spot in the cgtalk gallery hall of fame ( - which you are now placed

P.S. Please email me @ so I can send you the award .psd file


07 July 2003, 10:06 AM
wow !super model!
thanks a lot for the wire!

:eek: :eek: :eek:

07 July 2003, 11:46 AM
:eek: i love it! magnify work... 16 stars for you!... only able 5? :annoyed: 16 for u!!! :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 04:22 PM
great design I love the mount of detail and I like how his mask changes his character completely. Like he has two faces. Very cool.
Will he be in a film?

Jadzia Dax
08 August 2003, 06:29 AM
Hey this charactor is so cool. I'm surprised you don't have a job in the business already. I'll tell you one thing though, I'm glad to see a fellow Canadian artist do something his country can be proud off.

08 August 2003, 11:22 AM
Very very cool - quite literally! (Feel free to lose all/any respect for me for that)

I present you with 5 shiny stars and 4 round yellow grinning faces

:D :D :D :D

07 July 2004, 09:11 AM
This is noe of the mst original and striking characters here in my opinion.

I'm not sure why, but I don't like the legs. maybe thay're too puffy.

08 August 2004, 03:51 AM
Hello fetus23I just love your work, it's very inspiring. I got introduced to your work by Dean, the drummer of Summerlad from Calgary.....Does it ring a bell?

08 August 2004, 11:09 AM
very nice picture. Especially the modeling is very nice!

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