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06 June 2009, 11:24 PM
Rodrigo A. Branco is entered in the "Secret Agent" update: View Challenge Page (

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06 June 2009, 11:45 PM

Think about him as a younger Clint Eastwood acting on a Quentin Tarantinos movie:thumbsup:
A mix between Dirty Harry, Easy Rider and Jason Bourne...with the wolverines angry mood:)

06 June 2009, 05:34 AM (

Talking Codename Bounty hunters
starting with ideas

Character story:

These codename Bounty hunters are freelancer agents working like a unofficial custody service. His targets...the worst kind of bad guys. The modus operandi always turns to be take the targets to the contractor, but sometimes, when things went wrong...the usual briefing is;

" Bring the target at any cost, cut that bullshit about dead or alive. don?t mind what?s your choice."

tools:Any kind of weapons , close combat , infiltrate tactics and special gadgets .

Im thinking about a scene with a downed guard and the couple of agents posing for a poster.

06 June 2009, 06:11 AM
hey rodrigo, looks amazing. I love the way he looks..clint eastwood is my favorite character back then in the good bad and ugly movie..Really nice concept. hope to see more soon, take care for now.

06 June 2009, 04:24 AM
Thanks , Peter:thumbsup:
I need to sketch some poses on concepts before start to modeling the couple, but im a little stuck right now. Waiting to get some inspiration and fuel to really start the work:D
Ill be posting something soon;)


06 June 2009, 10:40 PM (

Just made an frankenstein concept for posing reference and the kind of clothing and guns the agents will have:thumbsup:
I?m just starting the base modeling, i?ll be posting soon.

06 June 2009, 11:34 PM
Very slick Love the blades on the girl. The camo texture on the gun is nice too.

06 June 2009, 11:44 PM
Wow...for a pre-vis this piece is very elaborated. :cool:

Are you still going for the agent-for-hire theme? If you do, you should add some more hints at the story. Right now i "just" see two cool guys, but i have no idea what they are doing or what they are standing for.

Anyway, its just an idea, so plz just dont pay any attention, if im talking crap :)

all the best

06 June 2009, 11:49 PM
Think about him as a younger Clint Eastwood acting on a Quentin Tarantinos movie:thumbsup:
A mix between Dirty Harry, Easy Rider and Jason Bourne...with the wolverines angry mood:)

wow this guy is going to really kick ass for sure !, i think this couple is looking very cool !, i like your design on the clothing and weapons choice. :cool:

06 June 2009, 12:14 AM
Thanks guys:thumbsup:
I was thinking about this kind of scene:
By digitalinkrod ( at 2009-06-18
The main characters are sorrounding by a group of soldiers, but its not the final option:)
Maybe ill put the couple on action, dodging bullets and shooting one of the soldier on front of the camera. Im going to sketch this for a better view.

Thanks again for the feedback folks, its really important for me to build a kool scene:beer:

06 June 2009, 02:52 AM
You've got some really nice concepts here!! Nice to see another guy from Brazil on this challenge..

Temos que colocar pelo menos dois brasileiros entre os vencedores dessa vez!! rs..

06 June 2009, 03:33 AM
Hi good work and ref too. looking forward for more updates :) Best of luck

06 June 2009, 04:02 AM
I love that last sketch, lot of soldiers surrounding the agent, is fresh new.

06 June 2009, 04:12 AM
Nice! Good luck man! The duo are so far so good!

06 June 2009, 04:26 AM
Very Cool! Maybe the Man Agent can be more dynamic in this scene, well, this is a idea.

Good sketches!

06 June 2009, 04:44 AM
interesting,kinda remind me of neo and trinity in Matrix:D good stuff

06 June 2009, 08:23 AM
SUPER COOL START !!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

06 June 2009, 08:26 AM
Lovely characters! NICE!

06 June 2009, 08:44 AM
wow man!
awesome start !

06 June 2009, 09:05 AM
looks great! :thumbsup:
The woman kinda reminds me of Maggie Q , was she your reference?

06 June 2009, 12:03 PM
Great work :) I really have a thing for dark-haired women...

06 June 2009, 12:37 PM

You are doing great ! love the desing.

Very , Very inspiring

keep rocking


06 June 2009, 06:33 PM
Wow! Thanks guys:D
I was not expecting such big feedback about this scene...thank you all very much. This is like gasoline for me, gives me a full throttle inspiration

Herbert- Podes crer , brother! Temos que mostrar que no nosso paz no tem s samba e futebol:D
Valeu mesmo pela fora:buttrock:

Rishikesh- Thanks for watching the progress, Mate. Ill post some ups every day.

Luciano- Hey bro, thanks a lot. I hope the scene pleased you posting something today

Xia- Thanks:) This couple reminds me something about Mick and Mallory Knox, im thinking in some way to build an ambiguous moment, you dont know if theyre about to be down or the soldiers wholl pay with blood.

Alessandro- Hey Bro, thank you very much. What you think about some action like matrix style? Valeu pela fora

Michael- Yeah! Thats a lot inspired by some moments from the first Matrix movie. Ill put more dramatic actions to the scene

Fabio- Thanks , Mate! Your entry looks awesome too:buttrock:

MVDB- Thanks!

Alwyn- Thanks:buttrock:

Maikl- Thanks! Yeah, i used Maggie "Sexyyyy" Q as reference for the vixen agent

Martin- Me too , dude! especialy Maggie...shes hot:D Thanks for watching.

Weverton- Thank you very much. Valeu por acompanhar o andamento.

06 June 2009, 06:42 PM
cool...the scene reminds me of Mr. & Mrs. Smith....:)

06 June 2009, 01:43 AM
More detailed references and A concept for the soldiers look:

The dome can be a nice example for the structure,more sci fi, of course. Looking like an command post, the other buldings can be used for imagine the background:

The big guns. The male bounty hunter are holding a weapon looking like the same used by the soldiers,because probally taken from a killed enemy:

Im making a concept for the full body soldier and the kind of environment ispired by the dome.

06 June 2009, 01:53 AM
Hey Man!

Greate references and excelend drawings..

I'm wait for more! Very cool!

06 June 2009, 04:54 AM
Alessandro,Speedsnake- Thanks a lot guys:)

06 June 2009, 06:47 AM
Man, you my hero if you will use the hard expressions of Clint Eastwood. The man have 80 years and still can make shake your bones when he look at you haha. He is my idol, directing, acting, writing, composing and all what he do.

P.D: Nice to see somebody else from latin america. :D

06 June 2009, 07:27 PM
Thanks Luciano:thumbsup:
The most detailed part and the one thatll make me work hander is the face sculpting ...i hope to reach a realistic look on them.

06 June 2009, 08:54 PM
this is looking great - are you going for a 2d or 3d scene?

06 June 2009, 11:59 PM
Hi Magdalena:)
Thanks for your visit...actualy ill merge both 2d & 3d techniques to have final image.
Going to model the characters and some elements for the environment...much more like 3d, but im going to use some mattepainting work to build it.
The characters is my primary aim.


06 June 2009, 12:58 AM
Absolutely great idea! I love how your work is progressing. You're using some of the same references that I am for a project that I'm working on! I can't wait to see what your models will look like!

06 June 2009, 06:06 AM
Ziergiest- Thanks , dude! I checked the google search engine to catch some refs;)
Here comes some new stuff:

I made this pre-Viz just to know the spatial arrange and the position for the characters, also starting to think about the camera angle.Lot of details to not sure about the dome size , and the big engine in the center is something like an giant magnetic reactor ..going to skecth the little technology stuff(computers and wires?).

I started to model some of the guns(Better to start now, because im going to put a lot of time on the skinshading and organic sculture), changed a little the look, in this case i transformed a shotgun into a riffle:D

I was thinking about add these scary eyes behind the soldiers masks....creepy look insnt:eek:

Ps: Finishing the soldier full body look concept...:thumbsup:

06 June 2009, 11:47 AM
I like the composition you made for the scene. My personal suggestion for camera angle will be a low angle shot, which always create mystery and excitement. The environment is more depend upon the time period means if its current time or future or little back, according to that. You may take inspiration from Halo Wars kind of games or movies.

Looking for more updates.

06 June 2009, 03:09 PM
excellent Job so far, I am really interested to see what elements you are making in 3d to build your scene, and how they will integrate with the 2d. Very great concept.

06 June 2009, 07:45 PM
Thanx guys:)

Deepam- Yeah! The camera angle should be lower indeed, poiting to the top of the magnetic reactor thing.;)
I m looking for inspiration on some games like Half life & uncharted for the look of the main characters & the technology style for the environment.I imagine the soldiers close to our time and reality, the gear need to look from our time but a little some years from now. Theyre gadgets are from a closer future as the agents too.

Thanks for the tips.

06 June 2009, 08:51 PM
I think if you lower the camera and bring in the perspective a bit, so it feels like they are really surrounded, it would be much more dynamic. Loving everything I've seen so far.

06 June 2009, 03:20 AM
Thanks! Ill work on the camera angle and field of view;)

Here goes my work until now:

Next : work on the gun and base mesh details...

06 June 2009, 03:25 AM
hey man, wow i wish i could model weapons as fast as you do, i like youe soldier so fast, seems that you have a great base there! ill keep watching mate :cool: oh, and your scene plan, really rocks !

06 June 2009, 03:59 AM
Hey Thanks a lot , bro. The gun isnt too hard to model because its very geometric,but still adding some stuff...Ill take more time to model the other weapons theyre much more detailed. The soldier base mesh was preaty easy since i already have a bunch of base mesh modeled before, so i just need to thinking about the gear details such packs and armor.
Heres another camera angle view folloing the nice advices;)

06 June 2009, 04:07 AM
man i like the idea of this scene a lot , but i think its not fair to put your main characters far away , i mean u will spend a lot of time working on them and we will barely see them that far, but well that just my point of view, im not really good on composition i guess so ..:D .

this is so difficult since the scene looks very cool, but man your characters!!..hahah dam ,

well i guess my reply its not helpful at all but just posting what i :)

06 June 2009, 04:16 AM
I agree with that...i dont know right now if this angle will work. What about changing for a closer cam on the main characters? Better to put them on action, maybe the chic could make a jump...if i made a angle close to her boots(bullet time style). Hummm....ill really need to think about this:p

06 June 2009, 04:25 AM
I agree with that...i dont know right now if this angle will work. What about changing for a closer cam on the main characters? Better to put them on action, maybe the chic could make a jump...if i made a angle close to her boots(bullet time style). Hummm....ill really need to think about this:p

ah nice, i think that can work too, sounds like a good idea doing something like that, ull find a great shot man i am sure :beer:

06 June 2009, 10:39 AM
It's coming together nicely. Canvas needs a bit more space on the left to balance the composition. But, it's shaping up well. :)

EDIT -- Just seen the other stuff. Completely missed it. ( I tend to look at the first post). I like where this is going a lot. A lot of dynamism to it. I do wonder whether we may be a bit far from our protagonists though. I wonder whether bringing us in a bit would be an idea. It would still be possible to get the feeling of being hemmed in. Maybe even increase it.

06 June 2009, 02:53 PM
Totally agree with you...i was wondering about to simulate a steady cam framing to the comp, and bring the main characters to the front of the image. Sketching up some options.
Thanks for the help guys:thumbsup:

06 June 2009, 03:01 PM

Greate modeling Guy! Many work!

I don't know, but I think that I prefer a Closed Scene, like more near the principal characters. Try it!

Good work!

06 June 2009, 03:36 PM

My one and only crit is that you should bring the groin protector down a little more. Its too far up on your mesh to be of any real use to your soldier. Notice how far it comes down on this picture. It covers up all his "bits and pieces". You should adjust that just a little. Otherwise, great mesh and I can't wait to see the big finish.

06 June 2009, 06:10 PM
Ziergiest- Thanks a lot:) Nice reference, it will come very handy once i put this on zbrush to work on the proportions and the details. Now im working on the main characters base meshes...posting soon:buttrock:

06 June 2009, 04:30 PM
Hey guys:)
Im staying only with the main characters and try a closer look, better to focus on them...the soldier could be ok, but i dont think ill be abble to made the 3 characters because time is a thing that i dont have at this moment:(
Starting the zbrush steps for the couple and heres what i have until now.
The soldier needs lots of retopology, so im going to leave him for last...and nevermind about the full environment, ill take aim on a base scenario for the characters stand maybe i use that to made the final mattepainting background.
The entry will not beeing a full scene, but i can focus on details.

07 July 2009, 02:02 AM (

The sculpting progress...changed the focus ...again. The female will surely be harder to make, because the most dificult thing is to made it look as a real hot&deadly woman can be not just a simple sexy character.smoother shapes and perfect edge loops...that`s my aim right now, but at work i need to wait for the room get clear, so nobody will check & bother me during my intervals.Heres the results for that free time:

07 July 2009, 03:27 AM (

Zbrush coloring and then i?ll start the photoshop work...more ,coming soon:)

07 July 2009, 04:15 AM (

wip for the male agent...still working on the textures and details, im almost finishing the soldier but the female agent is still on the base naked body.
I hope to have the full scene ready for the deadline :(

07 July 2009, 04:46 PM
Great work! I'm glad I could see a bigger pic on your blog. The texturing looks very well done, that's some super polypainting work. Looking forward to seeing your other characters.

07 July 2009, 06:52 PM
Thank you very much Joe:thumbsup:

Here comes some latest shots from zbrush:

07 July 2009, 01:03 AM
Hey Rodrigo,

Really great models, the secret agent looks simply awesome, great details!! Good luck and waiting for more updates!! Cheers!! :beer:

07 July 2009, 02:33 PM
Ferx- Thanks , Bro! Ill be posting the soldier pretty soon, im going to explore poses and the scene :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 04:59 PM
A frame from the weapons modeling makin the mesh very simple for the high res details doing zbrush sculpting work.

07 July 2009, 08:25 PM (

Just posting the texturing progress...

07 July 2009, 12:24 AM
unfortunately ill have to maintain the focus for one agent,im afraid im no abble to finish the female agent. The guy will be the lone agent sorrounded by the troops(model these complex combat gears are freakin me out:eek:). The background will take too much time for the render and props, and the hair used on the character will certainly made the render time a painfull step...and of course, the weapons;)

07 July 2009, 01:02 AM
I can feel for you... I was looking at your progress last week and I was thinking: "I should suggest to him to drop the girl."

But I didn't want to sound like I was assuming too much about what you could or could not accomplish.

It is safer you let go of the girl agent.
It's painful. We all loved her.

Good luck. I love the Resident Evil 4-ish finish on all your work so far and I only wish I had the same skill as yours.

07 July 2009, 03:48 PM
CGIPadawan- Thanks for the words , Man:) You can call me crazy, but right now im on two challenges(CGTalks Secret Agent & The Comiccon challenge) Both of them makes me want to work like a maniac. I have 1 month to made DOMINO from Xforce, but since i already have the agent done and the soldier(just need some details), i can spend more time on the environment and it will take lots of mattepainting techniques & texturing work. So...that will test my skills to the limit:buttrock:
The only problem, is my current hired job...its boring, and takes a very precious time from me...luckly im ending my part on that job next month:D and ill be plenty of time to this all.
Posting the soldier tomorrow...check it out.

07 July 2009, 11:19 PM
Oh man!

You should have told me!

I would have suggested you make just the girl!

You see, if you make her sexy, Asian (like in your concepts), and then you give her lots and lots of gear...You have a good secret agent.

You can then put face paint on her, change her hair.. and she doubles for Domino in the Comic-Con challenge.

Two for the price of one! :wise: Sheesh!

P.S.: Yes, I know that's kind of not in the "Spirit of the Rules".... but I was thinking it would have given you the best opportunity to make all the audience members happy. :P

07 July 2009, 02:46 AM
hi digitalinkmind,nice progress!!i like your last post,cool character,i don't know if you mean't to have short legs or not,but your character legs are a little bit short i think,the pelvis should be more up,hope it will help you :)
good luck!

07 July 2009, 08:06 PM
CGIPadawan- Sorry bro:D
But i promisse a good combat scene anyway, the reason to change the scene ambience is the better secret agent modus operandy..since hes a sneakin spec ops dude:)...The agent will be hidding from the troops looking for him...the environment is something like this:

A destroyed city sector , a wall maked by hundreds of bullet holes and the agent behind some debrits reloading his assalt rifle or infiltrating a lab or fortress coming out from shadows.
The Childern of men movie is a great inspiration for the environment and color pallete.

diisar- Thnaks a lot for the watch and comments...I changed the proportions and some details. Hope you like it;)

Ill sketch this later...
Also i changed the agent hair...the hair&fur sistem from max was getting me , i cut that of and modeled a plane hair with alpha opacity, this will make the render lot easyer than using digital hair. The lightning and render with the right camera angle will have my full attention since i done the characters. Still makin some stuff on the Trooper:

07 July 2009, 11:22 PM
Hello Rodrigo,

Well good luck to you. I love "Children of Men" (a shame it never got the box office it deserved). But to pull off that "look" in 2 weeks? I hope you have a really good plan for this.

When I think of doing that.. I already think of "punching below the belt" (aka: High-res photo projections). hehehe.

The agent hair is okay, but I suggest UV-ing the polygon mesh for the hair and coming up with a hairstyle via texture maps. Right now, I think his hair is just done with basic material shaders?

It's too black... Like he had his hair dyed.

It can look more natural with texture maps and even pre-painted sheen, tone, and darkness. Try it. :)

Good luck.. Hope you finish on time! :)

07 July 2009, 05:52 AM
Hey Giancarlo.
Yeah man! Think the same about Children of men...and for the scene construction plans, high res images on a camera map, but im not sure about the environment. My hidden card is to put the characters on a action closeup, so the background can be done with mattepainting and a few modeled props. Wow!2 weeks:eek:!? I tought the deadline is for 10 september..but its ok...i think i can do it;)
For the plane hair,thats exactly what i was thinking...working on that.
Heres some shots for the trooper texturing progress:

07 July 2009, 11:38 PM
Hmmm.... I was expecting you would try to achieve the "greenishness" with Compositors like Photoshop or GIMP, but I see you are literally trying to paint the characters so that you can just render them and they look "green".

That can work, but it carries risks because the speculars and shadows may not carry the same greenishness.

The problem of course is that there is literally no way of knowing what the natural colors were on "Children of Men" unless you can see the raw on-set photos before post-production.

I was just thinking about this, because I am currently doing a short where I am trying to mimic a similar "greenishness" from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and it is very difficult when looking at just the finished print.

As for the production of your scene, I suggest taking inspiration from Pop-Up books and Paper-Tolling. It's not the most "honest" approach, but this is actually a simulation of the kind of deadlines you can expect in real life I guess. I think the guys doing CGI on "The Dark Knight" had a similar problem for finishing the Batpod and Tumbler sequences. They were lucky all principal objects just had to be very black.

Even then, to be honest, you have more than the detail and ability in Modelling and Painting to create something exceptional, even if you will have to resort now to projections.

Good luck! :thumbsup:

08 August 2009, 10:44 AM
Man, youre designs are great as your skills in mapping! are you going to finish!? please do
Go for it:beer:

Fora nisso! abrao para o Rio!


08 August 2009, 04:00 AM
Hey guys:)
Im sorry,but i think ill not have the final image as imagined before...ill see what i can do with these two characters before the deadline. Im on a rush at work,and just the nightshift are vacant to do some personal stuff.Ill give my best to at least have a nice image for the challenge:thumbsup:

08 August 2009, 05:13 PM (

Software: 3ds max,mental ray,Photoshop,ZBrush

The agent are sorrounded by a bunch of enemy troopers and what will happens next?
Not the final image...just a little more details and stuff...

08 August 2009, 05:17 PM (

Software: 3ds max,mental ray,Photoshop,ZBrush

The agent are sorrounded by a bunch of enemy troopers and what will happens next?

08 August 2009, 06:15 AM (

Almost finished...the background needs more work.

08 August 2009, 02:39 PM
Was looking good .. but unfortunately the time was over, man... the challenge ends on last sunday (08/09) ...

Vc deveria ter postado assim mesmo como estava no sabado cara .. agora j era .. :hmm:

08 August 2009, 08:23 PM
Dang! Ill be finish the scene anyway and post on my portfolio page:)
Sorry for the lateness...i wish i had more free time,but i was drowned by the every day(need to do) things at work:(
Hopefully ill be ready for the next challenge, but i want to be so good like this latest one.
Thanks a lot for everyone who checked the progress and dont worrie...this agent are not dead:thumbsup:

08 August 2009, 08:27 PM (

The secret agent are sorrouded by enemy troops and finds himself on a very delicate moment. Surrender?I don?t think so.

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