Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jackrum WIP1

Started a sculpt a few days ago of sergeant Jackrum from Terry Practhett's Discworld novel "Monstrous Regiment"
The expression is supposed to be a bit more evil and less bewildered than it is now
Costume elements are just at blocking stage this far

Max, zbrush, mari, vray

Different lighting and some more work on the shader

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Jono Friesler wanted the head/neck of a dragon for a project he's working on.
I thought it would be a good chance to do the whole thing, everything is wip at the moment, lots of zbrush needed.
I put in a CAT rig to pose it for testing.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Speedsculpt with dynamesh

Just got Zbrush 4R2 and was mucking around with dynamesh from a sphere, good fun and should be a useful tool

Sunday, September 11, 2011

more work

More work on everything
Most stuff is at some stage of WIP
Still adding bits to the costume as I go

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Work on the face

I wanted to get some texturing going and try some blending of displacements coming out of Zbrush with painted ones and getting a bit of a shader together. Lots of tweaking needed.
Getting some good (but harsh!) feedback from Julie about the harmony of the facial details so I have a fair way to go to balance them out properly. Just found a rogue colour correct that was boosting the amount of red in the diffuse, which probably isn't helping. Colour blindness is starting to be a pain in the arse.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

WIP #2

Had a bit of time to spend on this guy over the weekend
Some bad stuff going on in the ribcage area but coming along
Still struggling with a costume

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ogre type thing WIP

Made this in a few hours from my human base mesh. I would like to take it further but I'll see what happens. The head design was heavily influenced by Gio Nakpil's awesome ogre bust. I might have to try and change mine a bit so it's not so similar. It is fun to try and construct a body after the fact though.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bob Brown Sculpt

Work has been busy so I haven't had much time for sculpting

This is a 5-6 hour attempt at Bob Brown of the Australian Greens political party
I just trawled through my reference folder and found some images of him

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WIP #whatever

some more work on this model

I lost a bunch of work because I stupidly subdivided to 20mil polys and then had saving errors. Stupid, stupid. The model is sitting at 5 million where it will stay for now, some tests with HD sculpting have been promising so hopefully I can use that to add detail. I'm still kind of searching for a surface and musculature that I like but it's moving along anyway. The pose will have to be adjusted to fit the weapon when I get around to blocking something out for it but it's close enough for now.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pose WIP

Putting this guy in a pose. It's really hard to get something balanced and with good shapes that works with the anatomy and concept I have in my head. It's pretty messy right now as the muscles have been pushed around a lot and need to be reformed a bit. Minigun is a downloaded model with extra stuff stuck on it for the moment. I imagine this thing will keep changing as I go along.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mutant Lemur #2

Retopo'd this guy and made changes to forms and proportions, started trying out stuff on the head area. Pose is crappy and just for fun. Added teeth and gums. I'm trying to make sure the insanity comes through.Topology

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mutant Lemur

I was watching a Richard Attenborough documentary about Madagascar that had lemurs in it. Also I wanted a bit of a release from the more realistic restrained project that I'm working on. It's a mutated Lemur monster thing. It's fun doing a more comic book style. I might retop it and move it up a few subdivisions and go full on detail, this is pretty WIP at the moment, trying to figure out proportions and muscle groups.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Lots and lots of retop.....
Trying to get all the major folds in geometry before adding smaller stuff in zbrush.
It can be kinda gruelling though. Thankg god most of it is done

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reworking the face

I recently saw some pretty awesome human renders and reevaluated where my head model/shader/lighting was at and it was pretty rubbish. I spent some nights this week redoing the shader, refining the sculpt, making new eyes and changing pretty much all the maps. It still needs a fair bit of work, I have to test ways to get some softness into the eyes and there is too much bump and spec on the neck, but at least it's better than it was.
I also decided to only do minimal post stuff on my wips (just a zblur for DOF and a slight defocus to remove cg sharpness) as it hides problems that should be fixed.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Retopped the hoodie and the backpack and started detailing the straps.
I've changed the jeans to more of a skinny jean and adjusted the proportions as his legs were too short. Added some headphones.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hoodie Retop

Mostly retopped hoodie done with Wrapit in MAX. Took ages but I wanted to investigate techniques for retopping cloth accurately from a sculpt.
It's 100K polys

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blocking out the rest

I've been blocking out the elements for the rest of the body for this guy. All elements are at varying stages of WIP, the plan is to retop it all using wrapit. I started with a basic naked human mesh and built clothes and stuff around it in max and sculpted in ZB. It's a good challenege to model cloth and something I don't do enough of. The pose is a temp thing cos I got sick of looking at it in a neutral pose. I haven't yet put the top section on the beanie and the jeans are pretty rough. I also thinking of adding headphones as this guy was more or less inspired by people that I see while walking around Melbourne

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Modeling a beanie

My half arsed explanation of how I modeled the beanie.

-Model a stitch
-Unwrapping at this point can be useful for mappin g bump or disp to each stitch
-Mirror it
-Array the stitches (you can adjust the individual stitch easier when it is arrayed properly
-Array the stitches into a cylinder
-Use FFDs and zbrush to wrap it onto the head
-Use spacing tool and a spline to create the rim
-A circular patch of stitches can create the top cap of the beanie, much like real beanies are made

Friday, April 22, 2011

Head WIP #4

Some more work on this dude. Lighting has changed a bit and I've added the beanie. All the knit is modeled and and shaped onto the head.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Head WIP3

Relit the scene, worked on the shader, added some hair elements. There is not enough light getting into the eye sockets so they look a bit dark and weird. Things like the eybrows and eyelashes also need a fair bit of work. I need to add a bit of texture variation into the ears like maybe some veins or something, they look pretty flat. I planned to give him a beanie but now I'm starting to thing that will be a pain in the arse. I thing I will give him some kind of hat though

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I've relit the scene to something more neutral, updated most of the maps, updated the detailing on the sculpt and played with the shaders a bit. I've had to soften the 3d render a bit as I think I have an antialising filter in Vray that is too sharp. Also both my monitors have vastly different sharpnesses which is a pain. I need to get more out of the spec maps and localise stuff a bit more but I think it's moved along since the last render. Funny how how breakup in the skin texture ages him by like 10 years
ZB Sculpt

Sunday, April 10, 2011

As Yet Unnamed Project WIP1

A new personal project I'm working on.
I originally wanted to do a skateboarder type guy so that is where this started.
I'm aiming to do the entire body but I just wanted to do a head so I started here.
Everything's kind of coming together at once which is generally how I prefer to work. So nothing is final at the moment. The general proportions and anatomy, sculpt detail, various texture maps and hair stuff, lighting etc all need to be refined.
I like making ordinary looking people though, something about average looking faces is much more interesting than super stylised or fantasy creations to me sometimes.
The eye and forehead areas are sticking out to me the most at the moment. He looks like he's had botox or something. Desperately needs eyelashes also.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nightmare Chicken Strip

This concept is from a thread on the SomethingAwful forums.

The artwork was supplied by forum user "The Scarlet Hot Dog" and I thought it was cool and would be fun to recreate in 3D.
He's like a breaded chicken strip or something, in nightmare form.

It was challenging to get a deep fried look in the shader, and it isn't very succesful but I didn't have long to spend on it.

Max, Zbrush, Vray, Nuke, Photoshop. More or less in that order.

I have a simple rig so I might try and do some stupid animations.

CONCEPT By artist known only as John, the roommate of forums poster "The Scarlet Hot Dog"

3D render by me

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Sculpt

This is a new sculpt I've worked on for probably 6 or 7 hours
I thought that after sculpting a caucasian looking man it would be good to sculpt an african looking woman. Although at the moment she kinda has some manish features going on.
Could possibly be the extreme focal length distorting the features a bit

I did a bit of a paintover in photoshop for fun, hence the weird eyes.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Man, nude, with bucket

I've finished working on this guy. There's bits that could be fixed but there always is. I added the loincloth because some forums have rules about nudity. I'll render a final naked version aswell.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Human WIP#4

Revisited this model to get a bit of a pose happening and a bit of hair and stuff. Trying out hairfarm at the moment, haven't quite got the results I'm after yet. I might give him some pants to cover his shame