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Old 09-08-2006, 11:29 PM   #1
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Cartoony characters for kids series concept WIP

Been ridiculously busy recently and havent had a chance to get on here in months. While i had a spare few minutes i thought id post up what im working on at the moment...

Its some characters for a kids series concept im working on at the moment. Made in XSI. I've been trying to make them look quite painterly -used the same texturing process you'd use to make a cross hatch effect basically -so ive got a gradient controlling the textures where the shadows fall -so two different textures for lit and shadowed areas, each using an incidence node with a further texture applied to try to give it a nice 3d rounded feel -if that makes sense!

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Old 09-08-2006, 11:47 PM   #2
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i love it! i've been seeing lots of great NPR shaders recently, we had a watercolour effect based on the same principle for one of our shorts so i know how tricky the effects are to pull off! must say yours gives a beautiful illustrative feel

great little characters too, i like the aardvarky toy thing best. does the girl not get any eyebrows too...?
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Thanks very much for the lovely comment Seven! I checked out your website -i was especially impressed with the watercolour technique on the water, swan and adult ducks -really nailed it there! I recently saw a beautiful looking animation called "The Painter" which has the most fantastic painterly effect applied to it in post -using Videogogh (although its a slightly different look to what im currently going for). Have you heard of it or used it? I havent myself but i think i might well have to buy it cos it does look pretty great! Can i ask where else youve seen the great NPR shaders you mentioned -cos its always great to have a look and study!

Lol good point about the eyebrows! She will be getting some immediately!

Thanks again!
 
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hallo selina! thanks for the kind words!

seems NPR is still a little thin on the ground these days but it's definitely growing beyond standard 'out of the box' cel shading... i think my last response was more me getting overexcited at seeing your work shortly after matt roussels last two front page spots...

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=402505

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=401445


most of the NPR techniques we used in ugly duckling were custom made by my usual collaborator vegard myklebust (ulven on CG talk). we were using incidence angles/falloff based shading with a hand painted watercolour texture as the base and layered coloured shadows, you can see it a bit better in the original thread if you're interested...

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=288661&page=1&pp=15


back when we made the film i had trouble finding anything other than research papers or post process effects for creating natural media effects, but we did stumble across a great looking little plugin for maya called 'tomcat' (http://www.toonshade.com - seems the websites down at the moment though... ). they had a few great looking examples on the site of what the plugin could do which led me to this chap...

http://www.dalbiez.com/

...who became our main inspiration for how we wanted the film to look. i'll try and dig out some more examples if i can find my old research for it.

as for others there was also a very nicely made short called 'fairy berry' but there homepage also seems to be down : / here's the best i could find for now...

http://www.swiftdev.com/vb/showthread.php?t=2449


as for the painter, it looked great! vegard tried to come up with a similar effect to simulate oil paints straight from the render using animated displacement maps that might be worth a look at...

here's an old shot of his attempts...

http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5686

http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7754

anywho, i'm going off on one now... if i remember any more good ones to look at or find my old notes i'll let you know ; )

looking forward to updates!
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double post...

ho hum...

still, just had a look at videogogh, can't say i've used it but it certainly looks interesting for the price
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Thanks soooo much Seven!

Those links were brilliant and really great for pushing the imagination! -I hadnt discovered the dalbiez link before and especially loved it to bits -so thank you for that! -I just keep on getting blown away by the stuff coming out of France at the moment! -So thanks for the brilliant help!

Finished another character. Hope you dont think it looks too my-little-pony like!



different angle...



And all of them together so you can see whether they match up...



Thanks again and crits really appreciated!

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