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Old 07 July 2005   #1
Insect Animation - A ladybug

Hey everyone...I made this in the same vein as my sparrow animation, in the sense that I looked at something's movement in nature, and tried to mimic it in 3d. Once again, this was made in a relatively short time (a total creation time of 13 hours from start to finish, over 2 days)

The specifics are:

-Rendered in 5 passes (Diffuse, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, Dustpass 1, Dustpass 2)
-Scanline renderer (with Mental Ray for Ambient Occlusion pass)
-Render time approx 15 seconds per frame

Feel free to comment!

http://www.simplycg.net/ivan/ladybug.avi (2mb, DivX)

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Old 07 July 2005   #2
Beautiful!

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Old 07 July 2005   #3
very beautifull work indeed!

can't come up with any crits, srry
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Old 07 July 2005   #4
Thanks!

Btw...in case anyone noticed...there was a part near the middle of the animation where one of the ladybug's feet goes through the leaf (quite noticeably). That's been fixed now

http://www.simplycg.net/ivan/ladybug.avi (2mb, DivX)
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Old 07 July 2005   #5
One word man,

AWESOME!

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Old 07 July 2005   #6
Flawless.

Great job.
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Old 07 July 2005   #7
Once again, very nice. You know you should really put up a Rendering tutorial on your site. It would be great to see how you go about rendering these scenes.

Brian
 
Old 07 July 2005   #8
fsanimate: hehe...yes there are many tutorials I would like to add to my site if time permits

Thanks for the replies!
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Old 07 July 2005   #9
Hey, nice work mate.

I'm just going to pick at a few things, but only because I've been working on a ladybug lately too and watching some references.

- The front leg when it's walking looks a little odd, like it's broken or something. The side and back legs look better.
- I think a wing flap at the end just before it falls off would add alot. I think you'll find that they will do this to try and regain some balance.
- There doesn't really seem to be any visible gap between the wings on the shell. Not sure if it's there or not on the model?
 
Old 07 July 2005   #10
Hey sphere,

Thanks for the critique man...I would have liked to do some wing flapping, and definitely looked into it....but couldn't find any good enough references of the inside of a ladybug's shell (ie....anatomical references, vid/real-life motion references etc)....so I'm pretty sure anything I would have done would have looked even less natural hehe

Definitely some good points you make though.
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Old 07 July 2005   #11
No problems. Once again, it's an awesome animation! For the time you spent on it, it's really quite brilliant.

I'm not sure if you checked out bbcmotiongallery.com or not, but they have a few ladybug videos. One with the bug doing exactly what yours does, falling off the end of the leaf.
http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com/cus...temId=prod70188

Also, check out www.framepool.com and search for ladybird. You'll find alot of reference videos there and some are in slow motion.
 
Old 07 July 2005   #12
Hey man...thanks for those links! The bbcmotion one is going to help a lot in the future!
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Old 07 July 2005   #13
Well done indeed. The sutly in the feet placements and weight shifts over the legs and leaf bending accordingly is very well captured.

I did a piece similiar to this as a rig test for my demo reel out of school. Nowhere near the same quality of render or even animation. But i feel yah, bugs are cool to animate.

Incase your interested

http://www.3dfiggins.com/gallery.php?id=29&item=16#16

Keep up the cool work.
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Old 07 July 2005   #14
Thumbs up cool

very nice render. amazing work man. cool!
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Old 07 July 2005   #15
Great video Ivanisavich. I like it alot. Just like the one with the bird.
Congrats.
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