The Journey Begins Challenge (3D) Entry: Torsten Thuenen

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  03 March 2006
Modeling: Family WIP

Thanks guys,

Here a WIP of the whole family. Mother and Father will stand at there house and wave goodbye to their son.

Before Ill go on modelling I will first try to find the final layout to see which parts I have still to model and where I have to put more details.

  03 March 2006
tree house is looking great- love your attention to detail!
  03 March 2006
Modeling: Main Character WIP

Not really sure if this fits into the modeling section but anyway here is my first try to put some feathers on my main character.
I used the Hair feature of Animation:Master with the two painted feathers at the top right as emitter.

  04 April 2006
Shading (Textured and lit): Character WIP

I started texturing the face of the main character.

  04 April 2006
Post Effects and Compositing: Layout Tests

I started testing the final layout.
Here are 3 different.
Tell me what you think.

  04 April 2006
Hi, Russel! Great update! The first composition is better, from my point of view. And it'll be good to add some space to the top and to the bottom of a pic! Don't cut the zeppelin. Please visit to my post to view the displasment map for tree bark. I posted it specially for you!!!
Here it is:

Last edited by Tigrenka : 04 April 2006 at 11:50 AM.
  04 April 2006
Gotta say that I like #3 better. I think it shows more action instead of a static scene. I almost want to lean as I look at the hot air baloon in anticipation of the turn.

Excellent modeling and detail.
I'm a doodler cause doodlin is what I do...Oh, and I also like to piddle.

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  04 April 2006
I like no3, but as Olga says, give it more height so you can see more of that lovely Zeppelin. looking great!
  04 April 2006
i think that no 3 is the best of all, too. suggestioin of a start it's very clearly and have more dynamism.
  04 April 2006
I'd say "yes" to 2nd and 3rd compositions. Because there's a feeling of "going away and departure" feel in them, which the challange suggests Most participants miss that point. but which one I'll pick, it all depends on story, background, and characters.

Second composition will let you show a large background, and it will make your foreground characters more visible, more on focus. The final picture will be less crowded, easier to read and more manageable both for you and viewer (us ). In addition to this, background may suggest us the destination of the journey, so it can add alot to narration. on the other hand, this composition may have a disadventage: although we may see passangers' emotions, those who're at the dock/bay we'll turn away from us. (you may consider zooming in the camera, and blurring the dock, thus putting passangers on focus again)

The third one is almost the opposite of the second large background again, but it will show the departure point instead of destination, so maybe you should consider narrating "why they are leaving" instead of "what they are looking for". this time passangers will be turning away from us, they would be waving to those at the bay, but no facial expression. The key element becomes the people at the dock. there may be a captain looking towards us though.

I don't know, I'm speculating here and discuss the possibilities it all depends on what you want to do, and what you imagine to do.
  04 April 2006
Thank you very much for your posts

Right now I tend to use layout no. 2, because as loverdose said I can show the destination of the journey.

There will be only three character in the pic. The one with the hat (actually the son of the other two character) will drive the ship. He is starting a quest for the blue moon-leaf-flower, because it is urgently needed for a medicine to heal the forest they all live in from a deadly illness.

I have rendered a 360 view of the airship. You can find them here:


720 kb

Thanks once again for your wonderful support.

  04 April 2006
Post Effects and Compositing: Final Layout

I think I will go for layout no.2.
I added a possible backgroud in Photoshop.

  04 April 2006
great progress. i liked layout number 3
I remember my first sphere...

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  04 April 2006
hey wait, I'm sending my ship over for a landing...give me the coordinates

(great work!)
  04 April 2006
thanks for the Quicktime turntable..great stuff! layout's looking good-look forward to more.
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