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Old 04-02-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Goldeneye:ra-miniboss Heads (low Poly), Eoin Colgan (3D)

Title: Goldeneye:ra-miniboss Heads (low Poly)
Name: Eoin Colgan
Country: Ireland
Software: Maya, Photoshop

Coming on late on this project I had the opportunity to model and texture some NPC enemies for the game.

With restricted Poly (I had 600 for head) and texture (256x256) budgets I had to push in as much detail as possible into limited space.
Images are “print screens” from Maya viewport with “no lighting”, textures hand painted in Photoshop 7.

Asymmetrical detail was achieved by working on such details on a per face basis towards the ends of texturing. This helped out as more resolution could be spent on entire face (as opposed to giving both sides of face completed texture space for maybe one or two minor markings on face)
Rather than go for the usual “tough guy” faces you see all to often in games I tried to add a little more character to each face and try something new each time..

First guy was inspired by Clint Eastwood, with a hint of a classic German stereotype, as he was one of Goldfingers main men I gave him a golden hue and piercing light eyes to suit the look.

Second guy was my take on a tough Asian American looking dude, with a small bit of inspiration from ‘Temuera Morrison” for ruggedness (i know hes not asian!).

Third guy was an older dude who still had some street cred!! goldeneyes men were meant to have a slick factor no matter what age:]

I'll post some more work when I dig it out and organize it.

UPDATE: (April 7th) Oh heres a few grabs from the first head showing the build up of detail. Just though I add it as I like seeing this sort of stuff myself :]

I do get a kick out of doing restricted low poly work but am glad to say Im currently working on Next Gen graphics at EA. More to come soon...

Comments welcome, Cheers,

Old 04-02-2005, 10:31 AM   #2
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Cool models, and a cool game, the texture maps are real nice and they each have their own character,which is good, tell EA we want system link bot's and a system link campaign for 2, that would kick a**.

Anyway I think they look great, worthy of a good fragging.


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Old 04-02-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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hey thats unfair.. we are all trying to get this good shading on the skin with rendering and you paint it.. hahaha
jokes aside , this is really one of the best low poly characters i have ever seen...

i especially liked the old guys look on his face..
the only thing that bothers me is thier ears. i know you have polycount restriction but maybe just a bit unblurred textures for the ears could make it much better..

Old 04-02-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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Really like the faces very nice style but it has that old quake 3 unreal 2 feal to it, why not use photographic reference for the textures instead of hand painted or combine the 2 for more realism? I would recommend that especially if your working on nextgen stuff. Unles your going for a cartoony feel of course. Great work!
Old 04-02-2005, 01:22 PM   #5
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They all have the same eyes, the same expression of the face. Why not make them a little different? I think the textures need a little improvement, but very good job for a low ploy!
Old 04-02-2005, 10:07 PM   #6
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Jud: I’ll see what I can do! Cheers man.

Smaug: Tell me about it! That what Im at right now, trying to get the skin looking natural on Next-Gen along with a whole load of other stuff, the whole art pipeline is completely different, but really enjoyable! "Zbrush" is my best frind right now :] Roll on next gen graphics!!

Infinite: Yeah the painter style was a deliberate style to the game, it helps to make the characters features “pop” from a distance. They wanted a slightly stylized look to the characters in-game, to be honest I enjoy this method much more to using direct phot ref.

Alexki: your probably right man, I would have had more varation if deadlines werent so tight, although a lot of the expression is left to the animators to handle.

Here another character that got included toward the end of project, they wanted to get a Dr.No soldier in with exposed arms, so I gladly obliged! Modeled using 1800 triangles.

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Old 04-02-2005, 10:31 PM   #7
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These are absolutely incredible... "creme de la creme". Wish I could paint textures like that Beautiful.
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:45 PM   #8
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I agree with everyone! Great job!
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:45 PM   #9
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I feel so jealous, shame on me, i look at your work and i wanna jump off a cliff !
Old 04-03-2005, 02:03 AM   #10
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I don't remember his name but he was the lead animator/rigger for Rouge Agent. He had showed us these at the Alias Booth at GDC. I remember him making a point to tell us that all the textures were done on a single 256 map, as requested by you. They are mighty nice. Rock on.
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Old 04-03-2005, 02:07 AM   #11
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awesome facial textures, well done.
Old 04-03-2005, 02:24 AM   #12
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Paddy Power In The House!!!

Eoin i love it! Its all good man... pro-styler in the house!


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Old 04-03-2005, 03:05 AM   #13
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freakin amazing work man

Old 04-03-2005, 07:26 AM   #14
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frontpage stuff. Great textures.
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Old 04-03-2005, 09:47 AM   #15
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great work!!!
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