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  10 October 2003
Character: Hellboy

Hi all,

Now that the Hellboy movie is coming next year, I thought it could be cool to go back to the comic and try to make a model that looks like the real thing! As any fan would probably say, no movie can ever get close to the dynamic and power of Mignolas artwork.

I did this short animation to see how far I could get to the original drawings, and also if there were ways I could get away from the apparent semi-3D look that most toon-rendered 3D ends up having. I think I got pretty close, but you should judge for yourselves.

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You can download a 2 mb divx compressed AVI here.

You can download a 1 mb sorenson3 compressed Quicktime here.

Technical stuff:

This is all done in 3dsmax, using a low-poly cage of about 10.000 polys. Everything is painstakely modeled by hand, to make sure that just the right shadows and edges would appear. I've only done the upper torso, since I was limited in the time I could spend. Before you ask: I will post no wireframes of this, since I want to keep some of this close to my chest

It is all rendered in the amazing Brazil Rendering System from Splutterfish, with it's built in toon-shader. The animation was rendered in separate layers, so that I could do the colouring post-render in a compositing package.

Anyway, I haven't got much more to say. The animation is very short (too short!), but I still hope some of you might like it

  10 October 2003
very nice. the breathing and camera movement is top quality.
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  10 October 2003
That looks awesome. And I'm saddened by the fact that you won't release any wires, but it's your choice Would've been nice to see.

And please find the time to make a longer animation. I'd love to see where you can take this. Just looks so good
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  10 October 2003
Wowowowo.. this is AWESOME
  10 October 2003
I love it!!

Only problem like you said: it's too short!

I wanna see more!

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  10 October 2003
damn thats impressive. I like how you captured the look of the comic exactly. when its paused it looks like its a page out of the book. Mignola might want to see this
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  10 October 2003
wow, it shows the style how the communistic russia did some propaganda! Nice style, even I didn't like the way russia did it, but the style is great!
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  10 October 2003
Hey dude! very good animation.
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  10 October 2003
dude that looks insanely good. I thought your screenshot was a scan from the comic.

amazing stuff!
  10 October 2003
hay man thats super cool, i thought it was a drawing at first...i dont understand why you dont want to post the wireframes?
  10 October 2003
Man u absolutly captured Mignolas style in 3D, congrats for it, but like already mentioned, dont know why u dont show us a wireframe
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  10 October 2003

i really impressed. I love your work.

I also check out your website, and Jet was also really COOL, too.
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  10 October 2003
I can understand not posting the wires..

It gives away your modeling technique something I hold dearly to my heart

Looks real good, Wish there was more
  10 October 2003
Wow! This is great! Ya managed to keep the look of the comic book in here! Its really suh-weet! Can we see more? It IS a lil short... Hellboy Rocks!
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  10 October 2003
Had to plug this, this is one of the best 2d-3d translations I have ever seen...and mignolias style is a hard one to capture in any medium, let alone 3d, great work.
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