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Character Turnaround

This is the development of the character that I intend to model based upon the sketch that I have in my sketchbook, (Concept 10).

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“FrailFred” Walk Cycle

Sketches:

[Fred Sketch]

[Fred walk sketch]

I wanted to have Fred walking, hunched over, and rather flat footed so he is stamping his way.

Process:

  • Started from the feet up
  • Got one foot moving as I wanted then did the opposite for the other foot (make notes on values used because it is very hard to remember and tedious to keep checking)
  • Check the leg movement and adjust if needed
  • Adjust the degree of hip swivel
  • Hunch the back and the shoulders
  • Animate the movement of the shoulders
  • Make the fingers curl in on themselves to look like the man has arthritis
  • Get the arms to swing starting at the top, down to the wrist (adjusted last)
  • Tweak any awkward movements

Starting out:

Feet movement (side view) : https://youtu.be/l8RxGMgJrxI

Feet movement (front view) : https://youtu.be/jRSQd5TsLII

Hips (front view) : https://youtu.be/Z8yEo0xFaww

Upper half (side view) : https://youtu.be/NhBh25mLB9U

Full body (side view) : https://youtu.be/oc7i045jies

Outcomes:

Feet (side view) : https://youtu.be/hGHOyDzyHRc

Full Body (front view) : https://youtu.be/O42___eQuuU

Full body (perspective) : https://youtu.be/UbtYQ8oeh2Y

Shoulders (front view) : https://youtu.be/jRLFszNULN8

Full body (side view) : https://youtu.be/wWlGmrFxILI

Top half (front view) : https://youtu.be/2g6luugfrGI

Hips (front view) : https://youtu.be/NK2_DrIW3FE

Feet (front view): https://youtu.be/qO2ux2OGsXY

Mad Scientist

Initially I tried to make this model straight from this sketch.

Photo on 05-07-2015 at 21.23

With these as the result…

So I thought it would be better to plan the character out more thoroughly…

Character Turnaround
Character Turnaround

…and this is the initial result.

I also found a very useful article on how to produce brick textures fairly quickly, which I’ve cited it below, along with an article that told me how to create the lightening ball, however, when I was rendering the plasma ball it wouldn’t appear, so I converted the paint effect to a polygon which resulted in a big glowing blob. I went back to the previous file, lessened the glow, and converted it again, which resulted in a nice level of glow for the plasma, then I imported the scientist.

Tests:

Tweaking:

Final Result:

Citation:

Brinsmead, D. (2008). Plasma Ball with Paint Effects. Available: http://area.autodesk.com/blogs/duncan/plasma_ball_with_paint_effects. Last accessed 22nd Jun 2015.

Buckle, M. (2011). How to Create a Simple Procedural Brick Texture in Maya. Available: http://autodesk-maya.wonderhowto.com/how-to/create-simple-procedural-brick-texture-maya-0126244/. Last accessed 22nd Jun 2015.