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09 September 2003, 05:55 AM ('')

Title: Infosection "Swead"

Name: Richard Rosenman

This was a job for Infosection, a German company, that required four different renders of a newly designed character to serve as their upcoming video game host. As you can see, it was decided early in the production that the character would have fur, which therefore required a fair amount of research and development regarding fur solutions for 3dsmax. In the end, Shag:Hair was used because it provided unlimited flexibility and control over every aspect of the fur. The character was lit using traditional lighting techniques in conjunction with global illumination.

POST Magazine Siggraph front cover featuring Swead:

Swead is now featured in a spot for Jamba! You can check it out here:
Jamba! Mobile (

For more info including credit list and additional renders please go to:

The official "Swead" project page. (


09 September 2003, 06:28 AM
Dang, this is Pixar quality, amazing stuff, I love your sketeches,too. -hf

09 September 2003, 06:45 AM
Amazing stuff man.............Great conceptual visualization, and you achieved it brillianty

09 September 2003, 06:49 AM
very nice caracter :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 07:27 AM
great !!!!! really cool stuning image:D

09 September 2003, 07:32 AM
well done ...

the character design is great!!!

09 September 2003, 01:39 PM
ok that is amazing...altho the fur :shame: its not too good...should be fixed :) other than that its :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 01:47 PM
Great job Richard. I rellay like the sketch of him on a vine on your site.

On review, the third image looks remarkably similar to a guy I saw by the crap table in the Bellagio a couple of weeks ago...hmmm...

Really well done.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Kel Solaar
09 September 2003, 01:54 PM
Excellent character, very funny! :)

09 September 2003, 02:53 PM
Great work!

I would love to see this guy in an animation.

09 September 2003, 03:01 PM
:drool: Very well done. Is it going to be animated?

09 September 2003, 03:08 PM
Fantastic work as usual Richard, you never cease to amaze me with your stuff :thumbsup:

olivier Defaye
09 September 2003, 03:08 PM
great design as usual:rolleyes:

09 September 2003, 03:20 PM

09 September 2003, 03:52 PM
front page stuff!!

09 September 2003, 04:05 PM
very nice work
allot of style and personality
good jizob

09 September 2003, 04:50 PM
Wonderful models and renders. Add 100$ bills :thumbsup: .

09 September 2003, 04:57 PM
absolutely fall in love with you!


you're the one

:drool: :drool: :drool:

09 September 2003, 05:05 PM
great character! real funny!!:applause: :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 05:30 PM
Great detail. I think the back ground he needs to be in is a grocery store. :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 05:55 PM

:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

09 September 2003, 06:22 PM
:wip: :wip: :wip:

nice character
it's amazing for the further video game
nice low polygon!
and nice FUR and nice V-RAY

Nick Unden
09 September 2003, 06:34 PM
Nice work, I really enjoy your style. The texturing is impressive. Impressive work on you website as well. :cool:

09 September 2003, 06:37 PM
cool character, but i also think the fur is a little wierd.

09 September 2003, 08:05 PM
What a great character! Another addition to your long list of amazing work Richard. :)

09 September 2003, 08:11 PM
I really HOPE you anim him!!!

If not, please permit to someone to animate it!! :D

p.s. I'm an lalla la'....

09 September 2003, 08:45 PM
amaizing :buttrock:
front page!!!

09 September 2003, 08:59 PM

reminds me of

but i HATE the hair on the nose, it's disgusting (to me)
of the mole

09 September 2003, 10:30 PM

looks like the character belongs to the Crash Bandicoot's family......

anywayz really orignal and cool......:eek:

09 September 2003, 10:33 PM
I REALLY like it. Reminds me of a Sendak character. Good show.

09 September 2003, 04:00 AM
A+ work i must say. Its a character that has a lot of personality and a story could easily involve him. Great work


09 September 2003, 05:21 AM
I say leave the fur the way it it. The dirtbad hedgehog look is in this season. He'd loose his BADASS appeal if the fur was softer. I would like to see some teath seperation though. Maybe 1 missing tooth ? Come on then he'd be unstopable. lol. Ok all jokes aside, I'd go to the theater to see this MOFO use his rocketlauncher. Excelent work :buttrock:

09 September 2003, 06:05 AM
Im not usually the type to come on to a thread and blow more hot air into someones head.....BUT you sir deserve every last breath i got. YOUR site honestly humbled me beyond all reason:)

You rock fellow Canuck!!! :beer:

09 September 2003, 06:42 AM
Great design...its easy to show the characterlistic and easy to tell story....anyway, its remind me "silivan"....:p btw will it be animate?!

09 September 2003, 01:03 PM
just LOVE IT!:scream:

09 September 2003, 01:35 PM
Great work with getting a LOT of personality out of that character. You can really feel what it is feeling. Excellent!

09 September 2003, 02:24 PM
very nice work. Are you going to animate it? Would be funny seeing him do some stuff.

09 September 2003, 03:33 PM
great , great great !!:thumbsup:
I love it :thumbsup:
gratulations:applause: :applause:

09 September 2003, 04:46 PM
Can't wait to see him animated! :scream:


09 September 2003, 05:30 PM
:eek: :eek: :surprised OUCH MY EYES

09 September 2003, 05:57 PM
A lot of personnality,even on stills !
Can't you see ??
He wants to move !!!

A great start.
I hope you will give him life.

09 September 2003, 12:32 AM
Thanks for your warm compliments, guys.

Yes, the next step is definitely animation and there is a possibility of a commercial featuring this character. He would, however, require a lot more work in order to make him animateable.

Of course, as soon as this happens, CGTalk will be the first place I post it. :)

Best regards,

09 September 2003, 03:43 AM
Whoa Richard, ya gotsa let me know when you complete stuff, heh I can't believe this one slipped by me. Incredible quality on the renders, and love the additional character designs you got going on. Have you given thought about using Shave & Haircut? Shag looks good tho, but the render time must've been crazy :). Also have a question for you, I'll email or call you tomorrow.


09 September 2003, 03:48 AM
This is great work, I have absolutely no crits whatsoever :applause:

09 September 2003, 03:49 AM
what program did you use ?

09 September 2003, 03:49 AM

man...this guy rocks.
I wouldn't change a thing.:thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 03:50 AM
Oh this guys a riot!
Very cool stuff!!!

09 September 2003, 03:54 AM
Thanx, Tito.

And Leigh, it's a pleasure to finally meet you.

On that note, has anyone here used Shave and a Haircut? If so, what was your experience with it? Anyone have some tests done with it they'd like to share?
As Tito has mentioned, I've also heard good things about it but haven't seen too many examples.

Best regards,

09 September 2003, 03:54 AM
Pixar quality after all :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 04:18 AM
Now that was entertaining eh... right on guys :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 04:26 AM
hehehe this is pretty fun!!!

09 September 2003, 04:34 AM
Nice work, It could be perfect if you eliminate the few fur/hair of the stomach, and make contrast between hair and no hair... but it's only my opinion. He's ugly and wants money = bad. I really like it, the expressions and the model itself of course.

09 September 2003, 04:38 AM
Like I said at , Nice work ! :thumbsup: :D :applause:

09 September 2003, 05:12 AM
Beeeah! He is so ugly ;) :p I Like the fur!:buttrock: :applause:

09 September 2003, 06:36 AM
very impreesive

09 September 2003, 06:44 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 06:50 AM
first of all great character! love the personality.

My question is how did you manage to have the eye ball deform yet have control over where it's looking? unless you have the pupil a seperate object and let it follow the surface of the eye ball.

09 September 2003, 07:20 AM
great stuff sketches on your site are great
will you be able to show us the finished animation?

i'm playing around with shave and haircut now lots and lots of features its really great they have a 30day test on there site you can download. I highly suggest it i have nothing i'd like to share currently with it my only major issue with it is the rendertimes ARE KILLER even on just a test run the rendering times ARE HUGE but i highly recommend it.

09 September 2003, 07:58 AM
he is so cute, I wish he was A toy, so I could buy`:)
great job

09 September 2003, 08:08 AM
The emotion . . . The expression . . . The QUALITY! :: GASP :: AND . . . .. the furrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

:buttrock: :buttrock:

09 September 2003, 08:23 AM
Interesting and fun design.

However, I do think the poses could be a lot stronger, you are just skimming the surface on how those poses could read...

...any plans to animate him/it?

09 September 2003, 09:11 AM
I JUST love it !!
this is the kind of image that makes me happy for the day !
The design and the modeling are perfect to me....:applause:

Linus Ericson
09 September 2003, 09:14 AM
Where can I find shave and haircut demo for download.
I cant find any links on

09 September 2003, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by richardrosenman
On that note, has anyone here used Shave and a Haircut? If so, what was your experience with it? Anyone have some tests done with it they'd like to share?

Hi Richard, i've betatested Shave&Haircut 2 (the C4D version), i have it on my machine right now and i have to say it's a quite good package.

Pros: quite accurate results, great dynamics, relatively easy to stylize the hair.

Cons: high rendertimes, some shading problems (it's very difficult to obtain good results when backlighting, obtaining the rim lighting fx can be really really difficult, you have to use strooooong light sources and sometimes the only way to go is compositing)

I hope this helps, lemme know if you need some more infos about S&H, in the meantime look at this thread, maybe it can help you.

09 September 2003, 10:06 AM
Indeed Pixar quality, definately breathtaking.

Great poses too!

Maybe dirty up his teeth a bit, they scream 'COLGATE SMILE' at the moment! ;)

09 September 2003, 10:07 AM
for a trial version of shave:beer:

Linus Ericson
09 September 2003, 10:21 AM
no trial for max?:hmm:

09 September 2003, 10:47 AM
wow, you worked on the toyota matrix commercial. i see it all the time and everytime i see it i wonder how they did it - so hopefully you'll still be putting the 'Making of The Toyota Matrix' section up. Keep up the gw:buttrock:

09 September 2003, 10:56 AM
Wow... real cute model.. like it!!! really good quality..:applause:

09 September 2003, 11:12 AM
wow... what is there to say except: great character :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 11:13 AM
:bowdown: ................................ :thumbsup:
really got nothing to say !! damn nice!

09 September 2003, 11:17 AM
This is actually pretty cool! Nice job :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 12:45 PM
Got a new desktop background now. The scene with the money is the fu**in' best :love:

09 September 2003, 01:09 PM
hey man, i was stunned when first look at the pics........
u'd done a great job buddy, amazing!!!!:thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 01:22 PM
oooo.. I love it!

looks like an extremely fun character to animate!

my new weekly desktop :)

09 September 2003, 01:23 PM
Very good! :eek:

09 September 2003, 01:29 PM
wow i love the emotions that he radiates

09 September 2003, 01:30 PM
I hate U !!!!


:applause: :applause: :applause:

09 September 2003, 01:33 PM
Cool, funny monster. :) :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 01:37 PM
I actually love the way the fur looks, and I think the hairy mole on the nose was a touch of genius :). My only crit would be regarding the teeth. I think they're a little out of character with that sparkling white look. I'd chip them a little and turn them yellowish.

09 September 2003, 01:41 PM
reminds me of george w .. especially the one with the bazooka .. hem
ammazing character .. i luv it :applause:

09 September 2003, 01:45 PM
Looks very cool but I must agree with the teeth. I think if he had a nice little chip somewhere that would be sweet!

Excellent tho! Everything on your website rockith too!

09 September 2003, 01:54 PM
Really good work!

09 September 2003, 02:03 PM
Hi Richard,

i´m allready monitoring your work for a while.
And i´m allways astonished from new, how creative and brilliant your work is.You´re like a good bottle of wine: the longer it last´s, the better it gets.

I´m absolutely AMAZED!! from this little cute, clumsy looking devil.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Wanna see more!!:applause:

very special regards


09 September 2003, 02:05 PM
BTW, your Toyota gig was outstanding!!



09 September 2003, 02:18 PM
this guy really rocks!! :buttrock: for me, i think the hair is a little bit too thick at some places and could need i little more variation... anything else is just lovely! keep up the good work...


09 September 2003, 02:26 PM
Fantastic Piece!

09 September 2003, 03:26 PM
Wow! The expressions are superb!

I can't wait to see some animations!!!!


P.D: Is Sulley's little brother?:rolleyes: :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 03:46 PM
gah, he's so cute :love:

09 September 2003, 03:54 PM
This is an incredible image. So much character and energy within this character. The model is excellent and the textures are incredible. Reminds me Monsters Inc also. The fur looks really nice man. I could imagine how cool the animation is gonna be on this one. Beautiful work. EXCELLENT. you deserve front page!

09 September 2003, 04:45 PM

09 September 2003, 04:46 PM
Simply great :>

09 September 2003, 04:53 PM
He's brilliant, I'm sure you have a big plans wit this sweet guy. Yeah, he looks a litlle bit PIXAR, but they doesn't have patent for this kind of characters, do they?


09 September 2003, 07:09 PM
This kind of $hit impresses the buh-jeeeezus out of me.


Send your reel to Pixar. Its not too late to start working on The Incredibles and Cars!

.....I would

09 September 2003, 07:51 PM
Amazing work!:thumbsup:

I think you may start to build up pixar :p

09 September 2003, 08:08 PM
I'll be redundant in adding, "Love it!"

About the teeth, tho. They look fine as they are. The rest of the character isn't dirty, why should his teeth be? I like the simple shapes used to represent something that can be overly complicated. Well, maybe a little chip wouldn't hurt. NO, forget I said it.


09 September 2003, 08:18 PM
This guy is sooo cool! Itīs funny just to look at him!

09 September 2003, 09:23 PM
yeah! really amazing model!
waiting with excitement for some animation!

09 September 2003, 09:41 PM
:beer: Top work man. I really enjoy the pic where he has all the money in his hands...the look on his face is :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Quality stuff!!!

09 September 2003, 10:23 PM
this... is... PMP!!!

09 September 2003, 12:09 AM
I really like your character, he looks like he could be part of the cast from Monsters Inc.

09 September 2003, 12:42 AM
Wow, quality stuff. Definitely pixar quality.

09 September 2003, 01:22 AM
Awesome character. You should be working at Pixar:)

09 September 2003, 02:12 AM
Expression really fine:thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 04:42 AM
Interesting work. :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 06:29 AM
ohhoo, great work! You should fix the fur though..

applause: :applause: :applause:

09 September 2003, 06:38 AM
Pixarish, what character!!

09 September 2003, 07:38 AM
Everything looks top notch :buttrock: except the fur looks a bit too thick.

09 September 2003, 09:26 AM

09 September 2003, 09:49 AM
High quality as always. :)

Fantastic image!

09 September 2003, 11:22 AM
Very nice work,yes fur needs some work but still very nice,fun.:beer:

09 September 2003, 12:13 PM
amazing quality of facial expressions :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by sixthe45
Everything looks top notch :buttrock: except the fur looks a bit too thick.

I think there is good reason for thicky hair. As I couldn't imagine this guy with soft "teddybear" looking hair, yea maybe like sweet Saly form Monsters inc. or others.

09 September 2003, 01:29 PM
The BEST!!!!!!! character I' ve seen on this forum so far! Bravo!:applause:

09 September 2003, 02:33 PM
Heheh, you made me laugh, excellent work

09 September 2003, 02:38 PM
Yeah! i would like to see it in a movie ;) looks like monsters inc or something ;)

09 September 2003, 02:43 PM
Nice character, Richard, I like it :)

I don't like so many people saying it's "Pixarish". So, they did a movie 'bout fur, so what? They did great job, they do a great job, but I think there's many people that could do even a better job, on smaller scales of course. Creativity will always come out of the most surprising places, otherwise it's wouldn't be creativity, but production. You are a perfect example for that I think, and I want to wish you good luck with all your future projects.

I have a few Q's on the making, you wrote it's Vray+Shag, and someone noted on the render times and stuff, I couldn't stop to wonder bout something else - have you tried to animate the guy with proper fur behavior (collision+weight)?
I don't think I've seen an anim like that done in Max and I think this would be a really interesting point on how close it is to match the quality of Maya/PRMan.

Again, outstanding work and good luck on your future projects. :)

09 September 2003, 04:33 PM
What's wrong with being compared with don't make 300+million dollars in the box office for sucking....enough about that.

You're character is simply the expressions and I love the concept...I personally think it's one of the better cartoon characters i've seen here in long time....nice animate him:)

Edit: After looking at it for a minute...reminds me a little of the 'Wild Things' Book characters...just a little modified....:)

09 September 2003, 05:40 PM
Yeah! Saying it looks like it came from Pixar is one of the highest compliments (in my opinion) one can give! (and its not because of the fur, its because it has the same tooney, yet refined, funny, creative, interesting look)

The hair just reminds people of Monsters Inc in particular.

I agree that I'd like to see some animation tests with this bad boy, to see how that fur will react to movement.

09 September 2003, 07:04 PM
Hi there Richard. Man i am fan of your job from long time ago. :)

I like your animations. Even for Broadcast publicity, and even for simple products you know how to put "LIFE" on your animations, and everything looks always nice and good to see.

I liked this cartoon Character a lot. ;) The thing i could talk something about and suggest to be your point of tweaking, is the Fur. I donīt know whatīs wrong for sure. Maybe itīs looking a bit thicker , or thereīs something strange with the shadowns (Maybe smooth them ?)... So...The works looks very good !

See you later man !

09 September 2003, 09:06 PM
Very Crazy this image....

09 September 2003, 09:36 PM
hey yo i saw the imgaes on your website and also the imgaes under gallery finalrender ...
can u tell me what plugins it is for having this radomly created squarez extruded !?!?

and if there is a similar solution for maya ??
thx !

09 September 2003, 10:00 PM

John Lee
09 September 2003, 12:00 AM
wow that look very sweet!! I like would like to see some animation :)

let me know once you got some done. very well done!

09 September 2003, 09:01 AM
I like it very much.
no comments, except the fur... I think is too thick. maybe do it wit more fur and less thickness ?

can we see some unsmoothed wires??

keep up the "evil" work

09 September 2003, 09:03 AM
UPDATE pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee

09 September 2003, 12:52 PM
Bah! I'll just hand this over to you now :p Seriously tho, this monster could be in the lineup for Monsters Inc. The fur on him is great, but the bits on his stomach can tend to be a bit distracting, and Bentllama did have a good point about pushing the poses more, but it's great nonetheless!. Can't wait to see him alive along with the other cast.

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


09 September 2003, 02:51 AM

Thank you for your compliments and critiques!

Well, to update, here's a few things...

Yes, the fur could be better. I personally like the thickness of it because it makes his look raggedy and suits his character but what I think is the problem is that there's not enough fur. This would also explain why the bits on his stomach are not quite right because you can see individual scattered little hairs. If there was five times the amount of fur, you'd see patches instead of strands which would have looked much better.

This was purely a hardware issue because my machine was practically melting just trying to render this much hair. Although this would not have been the case with volumetric hair, I find geometric hair is the only real way to light hair properly, as well as being included in global illumination solutions. I would like to get more ram and give it another shot.

Animation. Yes, that's the next step although he requires a lot of work because the mesh hasn't been skinned very well - skinned just well enough to allow me to pose him in what you see. However, our lead animator at Redrover, Kyle Dunlevy, is very excited about giving him a try and he intends to put him through a few animation tests. Obviously, we'll post anything for you guys to see as soon as there's something.

AniMo. The boxes in the FinalRender section were created with the Greeble plugin for 3dsmax.

Tito, as always, thanks for the award! I'm not sure I deserve it though because there's some really wicked talent here which just blows my work away! :)

Thanks again, guys, for such a great response.

Best regards,

09 September 2003, 04:00 AM
Congratulation Richard. You deserve it a 100%

09 September 2003, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by richardrosenman
Tito, as always, thanks for the award! I'm not sure I deserve it though because there's some really wicked talent here which just blows my work away! :)

Look at the modesty here guys ;) I'm sure over a 100 responses and 17000+ views surely means you work is awesome man :) heheh. Now give us more!


09 September 2003, 11:39 AM
Great work!
Author's site interesting and useful

09 September 2003, 12:22 PM
Ehy Lilidragon,
I think that richardrosenman was trying to win another award for extreme modesty!!


09 September 2003, 08:09 PM
WOW!! sick that thing is UUOOGLLY!! good job man:wip: :D

09 September 2003, 03:13 PM
Puuuffff!!!!! simple amazing :drool:

09 September 2003, 05:48 AM
well done!
:applause: :applause:

10 October 2003, 06:56 PM
MAN OH MAN how in the world did u do this?
did u do this in Maya or what?
where are u located if u dont mind me asking?
Great motivation for an artist like me just starting out, thanx

10 October 2003, 01:07 AM
Fantastic character, the most appealing in the gallery!

10 October 2003, 11:25 PM
cool, which hair plugin did u use?

09 September 2004, 09:10 PM
very good. funny, great expressions. good fur work.

silent samurai

03 March 2005, 02:39 PM
i realy like this fellow. i would love seeing him in some kind of cartoon...:)

great job :thumbsup:

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