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  09 September 2006
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!

All crits really appreciated!

  09 September 2006
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...?

  09 September 2006
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!
  09 September 2006
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...

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...

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' ( - 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...

...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...

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...

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!

  09 September 2006
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

Last edited by stabbington : 09 September 2006 at 06:30 AM. Reason: double post...
  09 September 2006
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!

Last edited by Selina42 : 09 September 2006 at 07:36 PM.
  09 September 2006
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