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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Doodles
« on: July 08, 2008, 04:56:15 am »
B3dman and Dosser , thanks! i decided to go in between and make him fatly muscular!

i'm just going with the flow with its design, after this update i'm going to take him in an entirely different direction now! as you can see in the updates below, i just made his arms and hands extra large!

render (camera distortion makes the features extra-exaggerated :P):


Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Doodles
« on: July 05, 2008, 10:40:13 pm »
not sure where you're getting a frog from! but i didn't get the design from anything since i was just winging it and going with the flow


Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Doodles
« on: July 04, 2008, 06:46:19 am »
yep, it's a blackberry 8830!

i've done a bit more for the phone, probably going to go back to the pig for a while before i update it again!

areas i need to work on:
sides are basic, still need a lot of detail
screen is just a texture, will add more detail there and make my own graphic for it ;) also needs antennae light thing on top right
the entire back needs to be done

i'll add a clay render to show the modeled details in some future update!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Anime Head-WIP
« on: July 04, 2008, 12:40:29 am »
why would you cripple yourself by not using refs!? that's the assistance you need!

best site for refs:

try posting a wireframe!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Animated book
« on: July 03, 2008, 02:43:30 pm »
i think what still makes it look odd is that the sheets shouldn't extend past the binding! even if there was excess binding like in thecolcloughs sketch, the sheets start at the corner where the cover starts to fold! otherwise it'd start to rip when you open the book all the way and started reading toward the middle!

but that aside, your animation is nice, and you've got an interesting idea going with the museum project!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Doodles
« on: July 03, 2008, 02:32:23 pm »
updated the head a little bit! in general i've been tweaking and getting prepared to start on the body...i'm trying to update at least once a day unless i've done nothing ;)

as a change of scenery i'm working on a phone on the side! try to guess what model it is!
theres more detail than just the silouhette but i'm just having fun being mysterious ;)

my appreciations go to you fellow artists!

tanzim: its not that low poly since its a subdivision object, but the original cage wireframe is kind of efficient ;) i'm not sure if i'd finish enough of this pig for it to be placed in the gallery, its starting to make my computer cough up blood!
lynn22: i hate pigs too! thanks!
xalener: of course it was done in anim8or! ;) anim8or's modeling tools are great, but there needs to be a few more features changed and added for it to completely satisfy me!
B3dman: oops, forgot about the tusks! they were easy to install ;)
PlanAhead: as hihosilver said, you just change the color! the light angling down was completely white, and the light angling upward as the backlight was set to a medium-to-dark gray!
thecolclough: i like the flange thing too :) in this update I added some more detail/contour to it but thats where the changes will probably stop!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Doodles
« on: July 02, 2008, 07:14:25 pm »
i'm glad you guys like it! he's intentionally ugly, being some sort of pig kind of alien (i consider pigs ugly, therefore the alien must be ugly ;))

the lighting isn't colored, but the background has a slightly blue-ish cast added to the diffuse material. there are two infinite lights, one facing down at an angle and one facing up at an angle. the one facing up is less intense to provide a backlight kind of effect

here's a screenshot of my setup. as you can see it's really simple

update: i changed the eyes! he's not as alien-like, and is more like a fantasy kind of creature, but i like these eyes better. i also made some improvements to the helmet, but am still working on it

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Transformer revisted
« on: July 02, 2008, 07:01:05 pm »
very nice, has a lot of polish to the animation! the landing does seem to need a little bit more work, but i'm not complaining :)

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Doodles
« on: July 01, 2008, 06:33:52 pm »
i figured i'd get more exposure by posting the same stuff in the same kind of topic at both and so that non-org users can take a look at my stuff

i'm reserving this topic as a posting place for my artwork that isn't specific to any project i'm working on!

here's my first doodle i'm working on, some kind of pig-like alien!

nice for being a starter! when i first began using anim8or, i didn't do anything on the scale of a mod for a game :)

the only tip i can make is to keep learning anim8or's features, and then naturally your models and animations will look better! also look at tutorials covering modeling techniques and uvmapping and texturing

not bad! the texturing makes it hard to figure out the details or maybe its just the ship's design...looks great though!

nice :) reminds me of ghost in the shell, can't say that i'm able to try it out now though!

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