And some of the newer stuff.

With dyntopo and skinmod, I have more or less lost the fun of carefully modelling a character the classic way. Whether it was box modelling or poly-by poly. Because this method is soo much faster:

skinmod proportions>sculpt on top of that>retopo. There is a workflow I’m thinking about regarding rigging characters like this. I was thinking about keeping a copy of the main basemesh, fatten it out and use it as a mesh for the mesh deform modifier which would deform the retopoed mesh. The retopoed mesh can then use a multires modifier along with a shrinkwrap (which you could apply) to get some details from the dyntopo sculpture. These are just some ideas… I have no idea if a multires mesh would actually be more suitable than a dyntopoed one in this case, since the animation would NOT come from the retopoed mesh…

I don’t like multires characters to deform based on the lowest level of subdivisions, because the higher levels of subdivisions might not be weighted as you would expect, at least, in earlier versions of blender. Here’s an example: my MTI newfella character was rigged without subdivisions. Then I added a multires modifier and started sculpting to give him more details (muscles). But then when I wanted to animate him, the details didn’t deform as I expected. Around the elbows for instance, the lower part of the upper arm, and the upper part of the lower arm got a fair amount of influence. This meant the forearm would more or less collapse. I would have liked it if this would have stayed confined to just around the elbow. The mesh without subdivisions deformed just fine, but then again it didn’t have any vertices in the area that was affected.

But then again, that was a few versions ago, and upon opening that example file again in blender 2.66a, the multires didn’t deform badly, it looked okay.

Enough crap. Images:

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I wanted a new default humanoid skinmod. This is the result.

And the rest after the “Read more” bit.

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New rig project

I haven’t posted anything in a while, which is mostly because I have been busy with work/family/other hobbies/blahblah. But I’ve also been working on this:

I have broken open my previous lowpoly rig, and started to rebuild it. I have a kickass rig which is basically ready to use, and has loads of features, while still being KISS… If you like how stickman, Audine and some of the newer blender 2.5 rigs that are floating on the interwebs handle, you are going to LOVE this… 🙂

I could show some images, but I rather wait until the complete rig with animations and characters are, well…. finished…

But I can show the characters I have been modeling to try the new rig with. It is supposed to be really easy to transfer… So I need lots of characters for it to handle. I have modeled 3 new characters for the rig (4 if you count newfella, which uses the old rig) and adjusted proportions and such on 2 old characters I made earlier.

So now I have  2 generic male meshes, 2 generic female meshes, 1 toony character and the newfella character. I’ll refit newfella with the new rig. I actually want to create 2 more characters, and do some sculpting somewhere along the road, but I don’t know if I’ll go that far. The characters are just eyecandy for the rig, after all.

I have to redo the face rig, but I have a clear idea of how to build it. If it works as I hope it does, it will make it much easier to open and close eyes without eyelids intersecting all the time, for example… I have to wait and see, but I think it should behave quite nicely.

I don’t have a lot of time to work on this, so it will probably be done after blender 2.55 is released.

Here are some character images (more after “read the rest of this entry”):

This is how I model my characters

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MTI_newfella

That is this little guy’s name for now. Someone asked me to come up with something, so I started and it ended up becoming this new character rig. It reminds me of little_fella, so I called him newfella. His rig is a spin-off, or fork from my other project: lowpoly character.

"Hello world! My name (for now) is newfella"

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Back from Sicily and a small update

So I got back from Sicily last week. I went there for volunteer work, did a lot of gardening. To be honest, it wasn’t as much fun as Bulgaria was, but still pretty cool nonetheless. The other volunteers and I took a lot of pictures, and we haven’t shared them with each other yet (didn’t have access to a computer with the correct cardreaders). Look for some photo’s here soon.

I also have an update on the rig. The facerig is done, all the controls have nice shapes now, and everything just works nicely. There is a slight “issue” with the toes that I might solve for a small additional amount of freedom, but there is apparently a new constraint in the latest build of blender that might have me remove the footroll bone and add footroll functionality to the heel bone instead. Which means I have to rethink the foot setup. Then again, the footroll as it is now doesn´t get in the way of the foot control, while the heel might, so I might leave it and just make the toes controllable.

So yeah the rig works, gotta skin the character to it, make textures, cleanup, etc…. I might also make another rig system for the eyes, one that is for an actual spherical eye, instead of the flat planes of this character. So people with a character with real eyes can use that system instead. I also wanna model more props.

EDIT: not enough for a new post, some bugfixes in the eyes, found some new bugs to squash, and a few new images under “read the rest of this entry”.

rig with just IK controls, and both IK and FK

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Lowpoly generic character

Not planning on getting all back into 3D again, but still, I don’t wanna get too rusty… So I started a new low poly character, inspired by PXstriker’s movies on youtube. He has some nice tutorials.

I wanted a different kind of head, so there would be room for facial expressions, and I don’t stick to his knees/elbows method.

Look it's Samus Aran...

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Got pants?

I do now. Bought a pair in Germany. And it’s also relevant to a new project thingy I’m working on. I’m not that interested in CG lately, but whatever…

It’s gonna be a new character, a default generic one maybe. And I may end up using it for another project, not related to CG. Not sure if I’ll release this one like my other rigs… tbh, I don’t think so.

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not enough to justify a new post, but I figured it’d go well here. I wanted something a little more toony, so I made a new head. Might make a body to go with it, or do another head untill I have a toon head I really like.

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