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Ned the djed
07 July 2003, 04:49 PM (

Hope you like it...;)

Please post comments...many thanks!

You can see bigger pic and more pics of it here:

Morpheus (

07 July 2003, 04:55 PM
wow! That is incredible photorealistic! Great work! :thumbsup:

Comment: There seems to be some transparancy on the left side of his head..

07 July 2003, 04:57 PM
at first I thought you just stole the original poster ! :p

it is so photorealistic I can't believe it :bowdown:

07 July 2003, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by seb4d
at first I thought you just stole the original poster !

So did I ! ! ! I was like "I don't get it, where's his work?" Then I saw his site... :eek: Amazing! :drool:

07 July 2003, 05:59 PM
wow! great work! :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 06:12 PM
Holy Plugworthiness Batman!

07 July 2003, 06:36 PM
I thought he stole the poster too then I saw the work, then i was like... noooo....that cant be real can it?? its so photoreal its unbelieveable!

07 July 2003, 06:40 PM
looks like morpheus to me :p
great work Ned!:thumbsup:

There seems to be some transparancy on the left side of his head..

i see this too...

07 July 2003, 06:46 PM
now thats what i call photorealistic...!!

AMAZING... check out his wires at his believe it!

07 July 2003, 06:48 PM
That looks good.. is this 3d or 2d.. can't tell.. looks good anyways

07 July 2003, 07:00 PM
HOLY SHIT thats some amazing work. Have u worked on the movie or somethin ? If not they should hire u to do the digital stand ins.

07 July 2003, 07:09 PM

07 July 2003, 07:13 PM
Do post the wires when you have a moment, can't locate them on your site


07 July 2003, 07:17 PM
Lildragon>Try under "process pictures in the "morpheus" section

07 July 2003, 07:22 PM
Links taken out as a request.

Ned the djed
07 July 2003, 07:23 PM
Here's a wire :) :

link to process pics and some others pics:

Morpheus (

07 July 2003, 07:24 PM
You have to post your wires. THe render is great but I think it doesnīt meka justice to you model.

Post the white mesh renders... they are great. Th jacket is awesome and the face looks like the origina Fishbourne.


07 July 2003, 07:34 PM
wow. I thought it was a photograph, and thought it was kinda cheap, but then I went to the website... that is amazing that it's a 3d model.

again: wow!

07 July 2003, 07:49 PM

Did you work for ESC or something?!?

that is bloody brilliant!

:eek: :beer: :D :love:

07 July 2003, 07:52 PM
dude the wachowski's should be working for U! a modern day digital michaelangelo. Absolutely top notch, I can't say anything more than what other have already said. Amazing!

07 July 2003, 07:52 PM
me too Unicorn. First time I saw I thought it was an sphere with a photo applied :shrug:

When I sa<w the model mesh :surprised

Congrats again!! :beer:

07 July 2003, 07:54 PM
I can see Matrix 4: Fan Film coming out any time soon now :D.
Very very shagadelic, and I thought you stole the poster as well.


Digital Ninja
07 July 2003, 07:55 PM
That is truly amazing man, I was looking at the un textured version on your site and the level of detail is unbelievable.

Nice work'


07 July 2003, 08:04 PM
I'm speechless :eek:...

07 July 2003, 08:05 PM
God, i'm shocked..

07 July 2003, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by BeerBelly
wow! That is incredible photorealistic! Great work! :thumbsup:

Comment: There seems to be some transparancy on the left side of his head..

I think the trans effect is just an illusion from some green lighting/spec.


07 July 2003, 08:07 PM
another mere compliment among the crowd :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 08:16 PM
wow looks exactly.. welldone!:applause:

07 July 2003, 08:18 PM

07 July 2003, 08:20 PM
man thats hot

07 July 2003, 08:21 PM
you should make a new Idea ,not the old one

07 July 2003, 08:23 PM
one more thing, how long? be honest!

07 July 2003, 08:48 PM
Gah, that's really amazing! I'd like to see a un-smoothed wire, if that's not a problem, I want to know how one make those awsome details ;)

07 July 2003, 08:48 PM
I swore it was just a poster at first, then I visited your site :eek:
Amazing work:applause::applause:

07 July 2003, 08:51 PM
OUT OF THIS DARN FU***** WORLD! I feel as if I knew we are living in the matrix: itīs just not real!


07 July 2003, 08:57 PM

07 July 2003, 08:57 PM
Um... uh... yeah... uh... <gulp>... Whoa...

07 July 2003, 08:58 PM
*bows repeatly*
I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!:eek:

07 July 2003, 09:04 PM
nice work. especially the textures.
what modelling method did you use?

07 July 2003, 09:07 PM
That's amazing!!!!!:thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 09:09 PM
Absolutely stunning piece of art! Wish I could do something like that. :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 09:36 PM
... :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: ...

is there a chance to get a HiRes of your art?:surprised

07 July 2003, 09:45 PM
There are books about creating digital humans from very well-respected artists. And their work doesn't even remotely come close to yours.

The world belongs to you.

07 July 2003, 09:49 PM
ithink it's time to hit something w/ a baseball bat now :P excellent work!! it is truly some photorealistic work you have there. I almost cannot tellt he differnce. great piece youhave shown us.

07 July 2003, 09:50 PM
I really hope that the place you work now does your work justice


07 July 2003, 09:52 PM
Whoa! That's great. What size image do you have on the face?

07 July 2003, 09:56 PM

I am going to cry now. my first look i couldn't tell it wasn't real! that is so realistic.

Your work is incredible.

07 July 2003, 09:57 PM
you make it so that it could be the reason why I am still enthousiastic about 3d.:thumbsup: Some unnatural source is with you!!!

07 July 2003, 10:04 PM
That's not fair this guy can re-write the Matrix!! :eek:

07 July 2003, 10:05 PM

07 July 2003, 10:10 PM
what software do you use & where from are those textures?
how long did it take you to do everything?

07 July 2003, 10:10 PM
I love the model but the background does it no justice. Try a different color background which I think will give your model more justice especially the jacket. Hope this helps out. Great model once again.

07 July 2003, 10:22 PM
Wow. One of the best examples of photorealism I have ever seen on a piece. Very, VERY good work. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

07 July 2003, 10:24 PM
Is he rigged???

It would be very cool to have him say one of his lines from the matrix!!!

07 July 2003, 10:32 PM
I'd like to see the model with a different lighting...

Gentle Fury
07 July 2003, 10:34 PM
holy crap!!!!

that is nicer than his digital double in the actual movie!!!


07 July 2003, 10:39 PM
You have freed my mind... WOW, fantastic work! :thumbsup:


07 July 2003, 10:40 PM
Excellent Work!
Can we see the texture map for the face, watermark it or something, being a texture artist I would love to check it out. The render also looks very un Max like, nice job!

07 July 2003, 10:51 PM
absolutely amazing stuff!

just wondering does he reacts to lights at all? I mean is he mapped with photo (includes all the high lights, shadow, bumps..), or custom color, bumb, spec, reflection maps which makes him ready to be interact with all 3d elements in a scene.

07 July 2003, 11:01 PM
soon actors are gonna be unenployed. great job!:applause:

07 July 2003, 11:27 PM
I have no words for this one :bowdown:

07 July 2003, 11:39 PM
Good work.

07 July 2003, 11:53 PM
It seems as if the face is just mapped on a uniform head shape ???!

07 July 2003, 12:40 AM
ohh my lord this is THE BEST PEICE OF 3D EVER MAN. No one has yet made a pic this perfect as far as I have seen this is positively amazing.

I bow in awe to you.


07 July 2003, 01:28 AM
He is the one!!! :eek:

This is the best 3D none!! Wow, when I woke up this morning I didn't expect to see a photorealistic morpheus model. There isn't much more to say! If you don't have a job in the industry then I feel sorry for humanity.

07 July 2003, 01:39 AM
Oh my goodness! I thought that was a real picture....

07 July 2003, 01:42 AM
okay congrats, that's exactly morpheus. Jezus...

07 July 2003, 02:08 AM
Nice work overall:beer: .. but I'd really have a closer look at the way you're handling the ears. :)

07 July 2003, 02:15 AM
Well I am humbled...right down to my socks.
When I first saw the pic posted here in the forum I thought "OK, what's this noobie doing posting a photoshop trace-N-paste as a chracter work" :hmm:
Then I clicked your link and checked out the progress pics on your site. Then I still thought that you mapped a photo on a generic head shape :p
Then I saw your untextured model and the wire frames...and then I came too on the floor with my mouse clenched tightly in my fist. :D

Without repeating all that's been said already, that is some fantastic work. It is one of the few examples that I have seen that are ACTUALLY unbelieveable. It's so good it looks like a doctored 2D photograph...not even photorealistic 3D.

You nailed just send that picture as a postcard with the URL to your project pages on your site to any VFX company you want and you'll be hired.

Congrats :beer:

07 July 2003, 02:26 AM
nice work

but before I bow down, I'd like to point out to the others that the image is much like I'd think it's safe to say you had the model and mapped the face image on with a few tweaks.

I wonder if a closeup might fall apart.

nice job though :p

07 July 2003, 02:30 AM
That is incredible work :thumbsup:

I have absolutely no crits whatsoever! You should apply to ESC - this beats the CG doubles in Matrix Reloaded hands down.

Amazing stuff, this is probably one of the best pieces of work that I have ever seen on CG Talk :applause:

07 July 2003, 03:20 AM
Originally posted by Leigh
That is incredible work :thumbsup:

I have absolutely no crits whatsoever! You should apply to ESC - this beats the CG doubles in Matrix Reloaded hands down.

Amazing stuff, this is probably one of the best pieces of work that I have ever seen on CG Talk :applause:

couldnt have said it better myself


07 July 2003, 03:35 AM
awesome....looks very photorealistic.

07 July 2003, 03:42 AM
i want to know more about your image.
how much time?
wich app?

really espectacular!
i still can't belive it!

07 July 2003, 03:45 AM
Oh, my god...

Awesome!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 03:52 AM
That is the most perfect replica of Laurence Fishbourne I have ever seen... even tho I haven't seen many :D

Absolutely impressive~!

07 July 2003, 04:23 AM
can anyone say... freeeeeeeeeeeeeeak :)

07 July 2003, 05:00 AM
:drool: man..i really like this guy's work..and i admire your previous gladiator character..(check his website)awesome!:buttrock:
this is're the man!the ONE!:applause:

07 July 2003, 05:09 AM
OMG, you are the one.
the clothes model are amazing as well as the head.


07 July 2003, 05:27 AM
Unreal...your skill is unreal..congrats..though your layout on the wires seems rather, mouth are modeled like they can't be opened and some very weird distribution around the head..was this intended or are you still new to modeling? If so, congrats x 2.

07 July 2003, 05:37 AM
I cant stop looking at the pic if its real or CG, its absolutely amazing.... you got some amazing skillz :beer:

07 July 2003, 06:27 AM
wooo :buttrock: when i see the pic, I said Its the real actor, and its a fake.. but when I see your website

wooooo:surprised :eek: :applause:

07 July 2003, 06:51 AM
incredible, it seems real!:bowdown:

07 July 2003, 07:24 AM
What bothers me is this point :
the head lighting is different from the body lighting.
That's why i'd like to see the head with a completly different lighting.

On the other hand, the body modeling is really cool.

07 July 2003, 08:15 AM
The model itself is great - my hats off! But the baked lights in the textures do not amaze me.

I really dont like hi-poly stuff with "camera mapped" photos.

Not very usefull for any production at all...

What about making some real shaders for him?? Then it would be flawless:rolleyes:

07 July 2003, 08:29 AM

You deserve a trophy...or three.

07 July 2003, 08:31 AM
I find the mesh amazing and if the textures are actually full shaders and not just prelit textures then even better. But what does bug me is that you had the skill to make this amazing model but decided to just recreate a movieposter instead of making a truly unique piece.
I'd love to see what you could have done putting Morpheus in an action scene or cool pose you yourself came up with.

I know it's tempting to recreate something just to see how close you can get it. But in the end all you do is still to create a copy albeit a flawless one.
Hope that didn't come across as harsh because the model itself is really great


07 July 2003, 08:53 AM
just one word... well, maybe 2 : IN-CREDIBLE!!!!

07 July 2003, 08:53 AM
Pitzutz! (Blast in hebrew)

I too thought you stole a picture or something, but man, you've made a hell of peace here.

Great work!:thumbsup:

Ned the djed
07 July 2003, 09:10 AM
Thank you so much for all your replies!

This 3d model was made only for some still images (that's why i've modelled only the upper body).

I modelled it on Max 5 with polygon editing.

here's an un textured version:

Can not reply easily cause my internet connection is broken...

Tim Deneau
07 July 2003, 09:11 AM
Excellent, looks just like him. You did great work on the clothing, too.

07 July 2003, 09:14 AM
I look at it for the first time... and I'm thinking whats with a photo??? I scroll down to see the replies and then I go back to the post and see the URL. omgogmgmg THIS IS TOOO FSCKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
/me sings praises of teh Ned the djed

:buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock:

07 July 2003, 09:16 AM
really cool!!!:)

07 July 2003, 09:28 AM
Only a question. The texture looks just like a photo. As a photo it is yet iluminated.... Would it work in others views and enviorements? Is allways lighted the same way?

I think you have the mesh detailed enought to use his own volume for rendering. Are you using some skin shadre?

Thanks for your time :beer:

07 July 2003, 10:33 AM
So when is he getting put in the CGtalk gallery?
If you goto SIGGRAPH now you will be a hero.
Somebody sponsor this guy.

Please post some info as to how you went about modelling this...

and need I say.. its amazing... *drops down unconscious*

07 July 2003, 11:47 AM
Well it looks fantastic.........however......theres something wrong....cant put my finger on it....but looks like Camera Mapping to me .....lets see him in a different setting with different lighting,there just seems to be a little glitch in the matrix.
some up close large renders from a few angles with a default light setup should sort it.......
(waits to be thrown out the building..........:blush:

07 July 2003, 11:50 AM
Forgot to say the modelling is great:applause: by the way

07 July 2003, 01:17 PM
this is unbelievable!

how long did it take you?
is the texture selfmade or taken from
can you post them? even in small
size or with watermarks

07 July 2003, 01:36 PM
Lots of the answers to the many questions in here can be found on the site: [shows the original* mapping]


I like the modeling but dunno about the textures, they serve well for the poster but would be cooler to put that much ability elsewhere where it's most creative :(.

07 July 2003, 01:42 PM
well, spank you very much for kicking my day off to a unbelivable start!

i checked your websites out. i love everything, the caveman,skecthes,gladiator and all your process shots of morpheos.

has lawrence seen it? u should show him! i think it would be awsome if you did the full model then animate him with his bad ass sword pulling some hot shapes!

you are the matrix!

07 July 2003, 02:39 PM
Your work is incredible. I really suppose photo :)
very realistic work ned !

07 July 2003, 02:46 PM
wow.. your gladiator pic is nuts as well.

07 July 2003, 02:50 PM
very nice work:love: :applause:

07 July 2003, 03:30 PM
wish i, myself can get into the matrix..:applause:

07 July 2003, 03:41 PM
wow so much commotion but well deserved. clap clap : )

07 July 2003, 04:52 PM
Holy $hit!!!!!! This model is unbelievable!!! It truly does not look 3d at all!! Your lighting and texturing is invaluable to your amazing looking model. Your work here has just blown my mind in a way that has not happened in a long time. Good work my mang.

Cheers! :beer:

07 July 2003, 06:20 PM
OMG, thats the coolest thing ive seen in a long time.

Excellent and Beautiful work! :applause:

07 July 2003, 10:48 AM
That worths to reply on - indeed very photoreal and splendid modeling. My congrats. You made an amazing job and so fast.

07 July 2003, 03:25 PM
just 2 words, simply mindblowing...:applause:

Ned the djed
07 July 2003, 07:20 PM
Thank you for all your replies! :buttrock:

Couldn't reply the last days because got problems with my web connection.

A lot of people asked me if was just a frontal mapping projection of a photo.

No it isn't.

The face material hasn't got a self illumation.
It receives lights and shadows.

The diffuse map is made from a picture of laurence fishburne and then highly modified in photoshop. I've removed the most of the shadows in it, and set a default lighting.
I started with a planar map, and then unwrap it.


The picture "71b.jpg" which shows distortions on the top of the head is a process pic, not final mapping.

Here's a new lighting of the face (lights on the sides):

07 July 2003, 09:08 PM
Wow extraordinary modeling

07 July 2003, 03:22 AM
Thanks for clearing that up! :D

Looks cool!

07 July 2003, 04:34 AM
Dude, this is incredible, I saw your Gladiator model back in the days when you first made it, I think you posted it at Polycount, this is utterly perfect, it's probably better than the one they used to make the movie.

07 July 2003, 12:30 PM
Well can't get much more photoreal than that ;) excellent likeness,, must spent quite awhile fine tuning everything. Great work

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, 05:55 PM
what a cooooool guy!!!!

07 July 2003, 06:50 PM
Wow, absolut superp!!! :applause:

07 July 2003, 08:11 PM
What's the image res. of the face map? Can it hold up to a close up? I can't see any detail to good w/ small images.

07 July 2003, 11:42 PM
The first two in your wallpaper section, the head looked like it was copied straight from the Matrix poster, the 3rd one looks different. I took the one from the Matrix site and layed it over top of the first two in your wallaper section its perfect! A perfect match! The Matrix poster was a bit bigger but when sized down it matches the one you posted.

Its exactly like the real thing! Exactly!... :cool:

07 July 2003, 12:10 PM
Did you send it to the man ?
i'm gonna check your site right now...:eek: :eek:

08 August 2003, 05:54 AM
very realistic :eek:

08 August 2003, 04:55 PM
wow the site is pretty impressive, the gladiator model is like... :drool:

08 August 2003, 05:18 PM
Well, hat's off to you m8:)

I agree with LilDragon with the award because, regardless of any
quality issues this particular model may or may not have,
"this Boy's got skilz!"

So, in a production environment, he would excel and fit in quite nicely.

Sounds & looks like he has a full grasp of the techniques and issues that arise when doing digital-double / character modeling/detail work.

Great job m8!

08 August 2003, 06:25 AM
wow, great work!!:thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 12:06 AM
I can't belive it! is it really a mesh? wich app. did u use?

10 October 2003, 02:35 AM
OMG, I can't beleive that's 3D. :surprised

10 October 2003, 02:41 AM
nice work there,keepit up :surprised :)

10 October 2003, 04:44 AM
holy crap... film quality for sure. Awesome modeling and texturing. Do you work for ESC? :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 07:32 AM
Weeeell Done, :D

10 October 2003, 11:50 AM
Very nice work!:applause:

10 October 2003, 12:13 PM
A-MAZING............................. speechless

10 October 2003, 06:01 PM
Wow, guy, you're crazy good. Love both this model and the Gladiator stuff on your site. When can we see more? :)

10 October 2003, 08:30 PM
whats ESC? and his origional post is totally a photo i am convinced. if it isn't can't he put the model in different positions or something? using photographic images for the textures isn't cool, thats just my opinion.


10 October 2003, 06:15 AM
Check the link to his site, 5 maybe more wireframe's there. I also think if photographic textures can make models look as stunning this (if it uses em, that is) then i'm all for them.

10 October 2003, 06:22 PM
man ........i cant believe...its cg....its truely an amazing job

10 October 2003, 01:24 AM
Wholey crap thats sweet.... You should go into the movie bussiness they need more people like u. On your site u should make some tutorials that would be sweet.:love:

11 November 2003, 09:01 PM
Ned the djed

tell us also dear which program you have used
look like lightwave 3d

11 November 2003, 09:21 PM
I believe in one of his 2 posts he said he used 3D studio max, in poly edit mode. Kinda hard to miss since he has only responded like twice ;).

Great modeling, I think you should finish it and do some other poses too!

11 November 2003, 12:52 AM
great work :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 03:01 AM
This looks so much more real than the digital Neo that they used in some of the fight sequences of The Matrix: Reloaded. They should have had you do Neo!

11 November 2003, 10:25 AM
man, i remeber seeing this aages ago. cant beleive its still going!!

11 November 2003, 08:19 PM
excellent skills, but pitty he modeled from something as lame as the Matrix

11 November 2003, 05:18 PM
:eek: :eek: ... wow:applause: simply amazing

11 November 2003, 10:46 PM
Relly nice work, good textures, good model, good result... :)

04 April 2004, 04:59 PM

Man, thatīs unbelievable, the modeling, the textures, everything is so damn good.Youīre God.

Michael Chen
04 April 2004, 11:03 PM
Incredible, did you work on the movie "The Matrix"? :D

05 May 2004, 12:45 AM
Amazin work!!!!:beer:

05 May 2004, 09:56 AM
Its when I see work like this that makes me want to get involved with CG. Your work is amazing. I want to kiss your feet.

05 May 2004, 09:02 AM
Originally posted by RayMan53
Its when I see work like this that makes me want to get involved with CG. Your work is amazing. I want to kiss your feet.

05 May 2004, 08:36 PM
:thumbsup: So greaaaaaaaaat that I hardly believe what I've seen!!!Man You got it!!!:bounce:

05 May 2004, 12:05 AM
the tie, u can tell it's 3d cus' of the tie (plastic)

05 May 2004, 12:57 PM
you left me breathless! amazing!

05 May 2004, 10:13 PM

05 May 2004, 03:45 AM
Real? What is real? how do you define real? If it's something you can smell, or touch, then real is just, electric signals interperted by your brain...
Wow, great work man... I dislocated my jaw after viewing your website... You should've worked for WB! :( They used 3d models for all their fight scenes and such, from the second movie on... ;) should have finished this earlier, and they might have just hired you :)

05 May 2004, 01:44 PM
great, the jacket looks nice and solid

05 May 2004, 04:50 PM
It looks good, but it's not worth all the positive critiques I feel, although it looks good, it's mainly because you used projections, just project an image on a mesh to make it look like the real thing. It's also the image used for the promotional posters I believe... you may want to look at this link:

We are just looking at a picture, projected on a mesh, not at a piece of 3D, how good it may look.

Credit goes to Mihai Angelescu who actually did texturing and shading.

Although I feel you cheated on shading/texturing, you were good on your way with the modeling... Just tweak some more, the chin for example should be adjusted a little, also the forehead needs ajustment... mostly in the depth axis ofcourse...

02 February 2005, 03:57 AM
Are you working for any movie company?

you are so good!
Keep going!:thumbsup:

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