Caliban - WIP

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  02 February 2007
Hahaha. I understand your situation completely!

I find stepping away and doing other things gives me my Eureka! moment. Its usually when my brain is in vacant mode. hehe. So good luck. His looking really cool.
  02 February 2007
Fantastic work. I looking forward to see the final of this.
Paul Neale
  02 February 2007
Very nice man, i woud have said the knee area looked a lil jacked up but i understand this is aa creature.

Cant wait to see more.

  02 February 2007
Thumbs up

So clean mod!
Awesome work so far!
Looking forward for it!
  02 February 2007
Nice head.
Can't wait to see the beak poor guys already ugly enough.
keep bulldozing he's looking great!!
  02 February 2007
Thanks for all the comments! They keep my procrastinating tendencies at bay.

PEN - This is all, pretty much, your fault :o)

I've added the last bits and bobs to the base head in readiness for high-res detailing. As this project is about trying new approaches, I thought it might be a good opportunity to give Mudbox a whirl?

I've also been working on a skin solution. I decided to go back to basics and use the standard Max tools, rather than rely on a plugin. The following screen caps are of a Cloth preset I've made that tries to mimic skin. Again, the geometry is just shrink wrapped cyclinders for quick testing purposes.

I thought that I might have to use Delauany meshes, but the Quads hold up almost as well.
  02 February 2007
wow pretty kool and your using cloth you say? I was going to ask why not syflex flesh but i don't think its available for max as yet. Anyway your doing a pretty good job without it


Push yourelf...and have patience
  02 February 2007
Great progress Piek, I like your approach to the muscle systems and cloth, will be very interesting to see the end results. Love the style for the head, if you havent tried mudbox yet, trust me you will luuuurve it! it's so easy to use.

Cant wait for the update.


  02 February 2007
Damn. its looking cool. Good test with the cloth. though it feels as though it has flat spots. Like between the muscles. hope that makes sense? The character is turning out great!

Keep up the good work.

  02 February 2007
Hee! I thinK I'll be totally following this thread! CG+Shakespeare - you got me more than interested! Awesome choice of Character! I love how you've choisen to build the body based on a frog pose! I've always imagined Caliban in this pose though perhaps with a less fishy face but that's your interpretation not mine Keep going!

  02 February 2007
Chars! In response to some questions:

Satellite1984 - Even for a creature, that knee looked like a case of steriod abuse :o)

RenisanceX - Thanks for the info about Syflex, I hadn't heard of it before. I've been checking out some XSI sites that show examples of it in action.

INFINITE - I'll also be interested to see the end results, this is, as they say, a total "crapshoot" :o)

sinclair - Good spot! Yup, there are "flat spots". I think it's because I'm telling the verts to constantly move in on their normals. That's how the cloth remains wrinkle free. I'll probably have to dial that setting down a bit.

Intervain - Thanks! Out of interest, how do you see him?

UPDATE - A bit more rigging this week. I come from a traditional background and I'm not very technical - I once tried to play a DVD film in a CD drive - so this has been a real learning curve. I've been following the work of Messers. PEN and Eek but they often leave me by the wayside. That's why the Reaction Manager, and its math hiding ways, has been a real godsend.

  02 February 2007
Impressive work. You're working in max, right? Rigging is made in max as well or you are switching betwen packages to complete certein tasks? Your muscle system is awsome.
Can't wait to se more...

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  02 February 2007
That looks fantastic. You turn this stuff out quick! i wish i knew more about max so i can give more technical feedback. Looking good. haha.
  02 February 2007
wow, that is amazing how realistic you have built all the bones, and they all move and interact the way they should, incredible
  02 February 2007
Hi Piek!
I tryed hard not to flood with sillys 'woo" and "waw" and "ahha" but I can't take it anymore!

Very impatient to see the result of this with "skinning" partly completed, but it has to be done step by step and precisely so it remains clean at the end I guess.

And Caliban face is like the rest of this work: truly nice. It's full pleasure to follow this thread, so thanks for sharing.

almost forgot:

wwaaw ooh! yeah ! ^^
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