Creating Scrat's fur(Ice Age Squirrel)

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  08 August 2012
Question Creating Scrat's fur(Ice Age Squirrel)

Hi there

I have just used the particle system to see what I can create, I have this rendered image, I have used three particle settings. Though, I need some hints on how to create the fur seen on the Ice age character's tail

My rendered scene doesn't look anything like the fur on the tail. I did try youtube for clips, but the tutorials aren't directed at anything like this. I suppose I'd have to thicken the all three particle settings.

  08 August 2012
Arrow A little more progress

I'm still not there, but I have tweaked the scene more now, I'm only using one particle set. 25,000 particles. I used the particle view to shape the work in progress fur.

I'm not to sure on what I've done to get the white mixed with the ginger colour.
  08 August 2012
The title appears to mislead, as if this is a tutorial. Sorry people. I wish.

I've since tried different settings, no luck. I sent an email to the person who made the hair tutorial a year and a half ago, no response so far.
  09 September 2012
Wink Help

Maybe, u have to try to download or buy the Venom's Lab 2? Because all of Venoms Lab 2 is about Fur.But if You want I can help You.
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  09 September 2012
I'm only looking for free tutorials, 3D isn't a longterm interest or career.

Not a 3D artist, just use Blender 3d occasionally.
  09 September 2012
Venom's Lab 2 is Creative Commons license, I'm sure you can find a torrent online somewhere (yes it's legal to download).
  09 September 2012

I see the part of the DVD talks about using different particle systems to create fur, most probably very similar to that of Scrat's tail.

I have left some comments via Blendernation on what hardware is required for the effective use of the fur section on Venom's Dvd, as there is a brief review.

The only realistic project of interest I can complete is the pixar lookalike or attempt of an eye, a tutorial clip exists of it via youtube.

I have some projects in mind, but my hardware has limits, just creating complex scenes is far too slow. I just can't be waiting for four hours, and besides I only own one computer, and have to share it.

LOL 3d has got to quick and brief in my situation, though not a problem with the correct tutorials and up to date hardware.

Thanks for the information, the Venom dvd looks good.
Not a 3D artist, just use Blender 3d occasionally.
  09 September 2012
Better shading / lighting, self-shadowing/ shaded hair and a little bit of particle grooming and you'll get that 'scrat' fur look.

The rendering times will probably be quite high with the self-shading / shaded hair, but it will look nice.

Have a look at the add-on for one of the recent Blender versions which adds 'quick' hair set-ups. You can look at the generated hair material(s) and figure out what the key settings are to achieve nice hair. Don't forget a lot of the look is also dependent on the particle system settings, lighting, and a few shading / rendering settings.
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  09 September 2012

Daniel, that isn't a problem, the problem is not having up to date hardware to create, process and render quick results.

"Better shading / lighting, self-shadowing/ shaded hair and a little bit of particle grooming"

How much memory will I need to navigate in blender's 3d window while it freezes up, and then the render itself.

Pentium 4, 2.26 Ghz, 1.5GB of RAM, 512 MB GFX card.

I need double the processor and the RAM to get quicker work/render times for that specifi scrat fur tail look? Just having messed around with it to get that second result, the PC was carrying a load.

Actually, I looking at it from the view of creating it in full. Since I don't have that sort of hardware, I need to think small. So just a handful of particles/fur.
Not a 3D artist, just use Blender 3d occasionally.

Last edited by oceanclip : 09 September 2012 at 02:25 PM. Reason: It isn't quantity, it has to be quality.
  09 September 2012
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