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  10 October 2007
HMC 11: Kangamolebunny

Couldn't resist attempting to complete one of these challeges especially when the great Bobby Chiu contributed such a great concept...

Here's what I have so far:

The way I typically approach any concept where I don't have ortho's is to block in the parts based on the image from a front view. Then try and get the parts to work in the round, and then refine, refine, refine...



 
  10 October 2007
Hi
awsome start!!
looking really natural
cheers
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  10 October 2007
Hi

Just wanted to say what a great start you've made. I am also doing Bobby Chiu's Kangamole Bunny and wish that I had drawn some rotoscopes first. You seem to have got the proportions correct already but I have alot of adjustments to make before it comes close.

Good luck with this fun character.
 
  10 October 2007
Thanks Paul,

The technique that I use for creating the initial model is something I've been developing for about 4 or 5 years now, and is/was out of necessity. I always ran into trouble when I wanted to model something that was only drawn from one angle, and I couldn't draw well enough to realize the concept from a front, side, and 3/4...

Unfortunately you won't always have those drawings, even in a feature film environment, but you will still be expected to hit the concept for the directors.

So what I do is basically start out with simple primatives, and place them in perspective, and try and line them up to the body parts so that they match the drawing, and then match them in 3D space.

Once it all starts working together, I then start to refine the shapes, and once I have a 3D version of the drawing, I go in and "rig prep" the character. The benefit of working this way, is you can capture the character and life of a sketch in your final model. The downside is you make double work for yourself in that you model the digital maquette first, and then have to go in and straighten it out and clean it up for animation.

Hope this information is helpful to you, and anyone else who reads this. =]

Good luck with your model.

-Steve
 
  10 October 2007
Hey Steve,

Nice model! This concept is one of my favorites from Bobby.

About your workflow (from the above post)-- Are you using the primitives you initially laid out in your final model? Or are they just placeholders that you delete before modelling that section? I'm not totally clear how you go from the primitives to the final model...

Also, is the image above your initial layout with primitives? Or is this a bit further along? If it isn't your modelling with primitives, could you post a screencap of your initial layout?

Thanks!
~Mechis
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  10 October 2007
My primitives are in the above model... it has the cylinders still in place for the arms, and I will use as much of the primitives as I can... but there are some areas such as the face area where I will clean up the geometry, sometimes deleting large areas of "bad" geo, and replacing it with clean edge loops...



Hope this helps...

-Steve
 
  10 October 2007
Thanks a lot for the image! I look forward to seeing your progress on this
~Mechis
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  10 October 2007
hey,
good start.
i hope the next update.
good luck.
lucas
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  10 October 2007
Looking spot on! You just gotta love Bobby's style! You're really doing his concept justice.

Keep it up!
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  10 October 2007
slight update...

I still need to add the gums, tweak the body proportions a bit more, tighten up the feet, and do a detail pass, but all and all I'm pleased with the progress...







 
  10 October 2007
Very faithful to the concepts. Interesting approach too!
 
  10 October 2007
hey great progress...
are you modeling with xsi..?
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  10 October 2007
hey steve!

really nice and clean topo. great update.
can't wait to see some sculpting on this one.

-r
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  10 October 2007
Thanks for the words of encouragment guys...Yes Oglu, I'm using XSI... I haven't seen or at least used a better modeling package... =]
 
  10 October 2007
i know the power of xsi... im also modling in xsi...
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