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  03 March 2006
The Journey Begins Challenge (3D) Entry: Eric Albertson

Eric Albertson is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Post Effects and Compositing: Almost There
 
  03 March 2006
Concept Sketch: The Great Cheese Quest



The Great Cheese Quest shows three quasi-futuristic mice as they prepare for their greatest adventure - the journey to the great cheese repository in the heart of their 3D habit-trail maze world. The leader (with a cyber cheese-fork arm), the muscle (holding his laser cheese cutter) and the brain (holding the remote to their "mouse" robot) huddle around the holographic map projector showing the route to the destination - the fulfillment of their greatest cheese dreams. There is excitement, fear, suspicion and anticipation on their faces. Subdued in the back, blending into the darkness behind the maze are the faces of two bespecled scientists who observe what is going on.
 
  03 March 2006
Concept Sketch: Accessory Details



These sketches provide a more detailed look at the accessories within the scene.
 
  03 March 2006
Modeling: 3D Maze Maya Comp



This is an initial layout in Maya for the 3D habitrail maze to get a sense of the depth and vastness of the scene.
 
  03 March 2006
Modeling: Mouse Fur Trial



This is an experiment using Maya's paintFX to achieve a realistic looking mouse fur. Without Maya Unlimited (with its fancy fur, fluids and cloth simulators) I am choosing to achieve a fur texture using the paintFX brushes. I may need to do a bit of tweaking, but I am pleased with the direction. I think this will be a viable solution.
 
  03 March 2006
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haha, nice concept! Scientists beware!
 
  03 March 2006
Thanks so much!!


Originally Posted by XxJR89xX: haha, nice concept! Scientists beware!
 
  03 March 2006
Thats a nice concept. Maybe you should change the camera angle a bit to show more of the maze!
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  03 March 2006
That laser cheese cutter is a hoot! That alone merits a bookmark! Cool sketch too.
 
  03 March 2006
nice idea and the fur looks fantastic X]
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  03 March 2006
Thanks! That is a good idea!



Originally Posted by luigithekid: Thats a nice concept. Maybe you should change the camera angle a bit to show more of the maze!
 
  03 March 2006
Hi,
Very good furwork so far and I'm a dedicated fan to all sci_fi!
Good luck to you!
 
  03 March 2006
I think this is a great concept! I'm really impressed that this is a paintFX instead of fur! -I would never have known! Though there are some patches that look a little green that i would make more brown! Really looking forward to seeing your progress!
 
  03 March 2006
Thanks! It has been fun to watch your project develop.

I actually tried out a grass brush from the paintFX tools (thus the green) as a trial to see if the shape/texture would look at all like fur. I did some quick (too quick) re-coloring in Photoshop to get it kind of brown. I think I may end up tweaking the brush and probably creating a new custom brush based on that, but that delivers the brown/gray colors.

Thanks!


Originally Posted by Selina42: I think this is a great concept! I'm really impressed that this is a paintFX instead of fur! -I would never have known! Though there are some patches that look a little green that i would make more brown! Really looking forward to seeing your progress!
 
  05 May 2006
Modeling: Mouse Modeling



Well, we're getting close to the end. I have my mouse modeled and I am rigging him so that he will be more easily poseable.
 
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