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posted July 18, 2018 7:30am
So, I decided that this place is better for posting WIPs than gallery :)
I wanted a B.C. Rich in my early teen years. Seeing your model reminded me of those years :). The rapier in the first page is real nice too. I wish I could see the topology of the rapier even though I have some idea how it is.
drgnclw this rapier was remade a bit, so topology from that screenshot is lost. But here is what I got at final.
Highpoly (optimal display with subdiv) and lowpoly
But I think the blade is not very interesting. so here is handle
And highpoly handle close up.
Another daily WIP. Not much time this week. Like 1-3 hours per day. I hope I'll finish it tomorrow. Some proportions tweaking and details are left.
nekronavt I'm loving the skull! This is progressing real nice 😄 Spending a bit of time every day, even if it is 10 mins, is better than long periods of doing nothing and then doing a crazy amount of hours on one day 'to catch up', which never works. So you're doing great, keep it up 😃😎
smurfmier1985 thank you :)
I think I'm done with the skull for a while. I want to switch to other parts of the scene and will do final tweaks on the skull after.
nekronavt Nice cracks 😬 Curious to see what the whole scene will look like! 😄
smurfmier1985 thanks again :) Yeah, I'm curious myself, since I don't even have a final vision yet 😅 I was just like "There will be a skull in here. And some other stuff."
Experimenting with a candle flame shader. This is what I got so far.
nekronavt really nicely done. I love how you made this look. It's really believable.
yyukinoh1989 thank you, I'm glad you find it believable
Sharing some WIP. Slowly, but better than not at all :D
There will be more stuff on this scene, so I'm not attending lighting too much now. It will be more visible for sure :)
nekronavt wow really great work so far . all together its getting awesome . love how the candle has this melted feeling :D also great work on the scull cracks details and on that hourglass .
nekronavt The candle flame looks fantastic. You had to tell me it wasn't a photo. Great job!
nekronavt Wow, that flame...
smurfmier1985 pprocyonlotor yyukinoh1989
Thank you all :) I hope to finish it before the end of the week.
That's, probably, the last WIP for this project. I'm planning to bust samples and render it in full size, but if anyone has some critique - you are welcome :)
nekronavt All the individual elements look great! And that flame... composition wise it's a bit busy, there isn't really one focus point. Try rearranging the elements, changing the camera angle or even removing some elements. Or maybe depth of field could be of help here. That flame though... wow.
smurfmier1985 Thank you for your feedback. I believe mess is a part of vanitas genre, and this scene is not even close to the mess I saw on some paintings :D.
Like this one by Hendrik Andriessen for example.
So I'm not really sure that the lack of one focus point is the issue specifically in this case. But maybe I'm missing some point.
nekronavt the camera angle on this one is much lower, and the mess is more concentrated without gaps, which gives a more appealing picture I think. It could also be personal preference though, dunno what others think :) in the end go with your gut. It's your art piece after all! I'm just conveying my point of view, doesn't mean you have to do anything with it ;) in any case the modeling is very high quality and you should be very proud of what you made! ^^
smurfmier1985 thanks again, yeah, maybe this gaps is the thing. I'll think what can I do with it. And will do some DoF tweaks maybe.
nekronavt Those materials thoooooo, I'm jealous. Hope to one day make them as nice as you.
thecabbagedetective thank you :D I think you are mostly meant the skull material. Here it is if you are want to examine. (it's 2.8 file)
upd: damn, I forget to apply the scale on monkey.
Related to composition,do try to see the elements avoiding its meaning;do only focus in its essence of colour, shapes and contrast. It's like it was an 'abstract image' although it not to be at all.
atolonio interesting idea, I'll give it a try.
I gathered some valuable feedback in russian community too. I'll, probably, take 1-2 days of rest from this project to wash my eyes. So, it's definitely wasn't the last WIP :D
Just giving signs of life :D
nekronavt The scene look much better with more saturation. Are you going to add more objects?
drgnclw probably one or two. And I'm completely reworking lighting setup.
nekronavt Yesss! Much better 😃
smurfmier1985 thanks! I hope it will be even better later 🙂
I think this is mostly the final lighting setup. There is some work with materials left and I still think if I should add a few objects to the scene. Something like dying flowers... Any thoughts?
P.S. and trying to find a variant for signature :D
P.P.S. not very active now since I bought Kingdom Come and it's amazing. :-[
nekronavt I would love to play Kingdom Come once more but I'm waiting for all the DLC to come out. Have fun playing that beautiful game!
Contrasting blue light is great but it feels too strong and takes away from the slight eerines of the scene (it's understandable if you're not going for that)
nekronavt I'm liking the flame, nice and bright! Dried roses seems fitting as flowers. Maybe some wrinkled satin fabric on the table? Sort of a luxurious table cloth.
Signature wise, I'm thinking something that looks handwritten with flourish curls would work great with the style of things you make! but that's my personal preference 😉
Everyone needs some winding down from time to time, so enjoy playing! 😄
nekronavt Your skull still life is strong. Good stuff 👏
theluthier thank you! I hope to finish it this week 😀
Growing some flowers to be dried ^_^
nekronavt Nice rose!! 😄
nekronavt amazing looking rose. Did you sculpted this or how you modeled the rose?
smurfmier1985 thanks :)
yyukinoh1989 thanks, it's just a bunch of subdivided planes, a little of curve modifier, proportional editing and a lot of patience :D
Mostly like in this video
Soo.. I randomly changed camera angle and get this... I think I love this angle more, but not sure.
nekronavt I like that you now see the skull better! also love the rose in his mouth :)
smurfmier1985 thanks. Yeah, me to. I think I should try to find something in between.
nekronavt really great work. I love how you put everything like this in the scene. I also love this camera angle more its really nice done.and then those bubbles :D Wonderfull job :).
yyukinoh1989 thank you :) I'll make a little breakdown on materials after I finish :)
So, I tried this NVIDIA's AI denoiser and it's something. On low samples, it's, of course, blurs everything, but at least there are no this dirty artifacts, that blender's denoiser has. On higher samples, it should be absolutely amazing.
nekronavt Looks pretty clean 😊 I'm liking the open mouth on the skull, like he's laughing! Gives it character 😎
So, I think it's almost final (I thought so two weeks ago tho 😅) Any thoughts anyone?
nekronavt I love it!! 😄 Time to learn and practice the next thing I would say 😉
nekronavt Jesus I've only been gone a week or two and *this* is what you've accomplished? I feel severely outclassed, but my God this is excellent.
Big thank you, mates! I'll do a final polishing today and will leave it for a rendering.
Time for a new project for sure :D. Probably, it's time, to finally complete a "Modeling in Blender" learning flow.
nekronavt Good idea!! 🤘🏻😃
So, as someone already noticed, I called this project final.
A said, that I'll do a little material breakdown, so soon there will be a few posts about flame, soap bubbles and skull. Other materials a pretty simple, but if anyone is interested, I'll break down them too.
Candle Flame material
Node Tree (clickable):
Basic Opacity Gradient. Just a simple fade in and out.
Candle Cord Zone. A bit hacky, may need some rotation tweaking for specifical camera angle.
Fresnel opacity mask. Makes edges not so sharp.
Multiplying all of it gives as a Final Flame Opacity Mask which is going right into the shader mix factor input.
Verical 0-1 flame gradient. Just a simple gradient for later use in color and intensity distribution.
Flame Intensity Gradient. I'm multiplying it later with my maximum intensity value.
Substracting multiplication of Candle Cord Zone and Fresnel Opacity Mask from Flame Color Base Gradient Gives as this
And after coloring this with Color Ramp we are getting Final Flame Color
Putting color and intensity into Emission shader and mixing it with transparent. But backfacing spoiling everything...
So we are getting rid of it
Ta-dam. That's all.
nekronavt Great material. I'll definitely recreate this and mess around sometime :D
drgnclw I'm glad you find it interesting :)
nekronavt Thank for for the awesome breakdown! You could record a chapter for the shader forge series, 'cause you're a genius with this stuff 😀
smurfmier1985 thank you! Nah, I don't think I'm close enough to theluthier majesty in procedural materials 😀. And I have a peculiarity to constantly think that I am not doing something in the best way. So I prefer to think about it not like as a tutorial, but more like "my way of doing this stuff". Conscience won't let me officially teach anyone 😅
nekronavt this is awesome to see . glad youre sharing it with us . well i agree with miranda . even if there are better ways what is the harm ? this sure is amazing looking so you should be proud . youre a true genius with shaders . i still have a lot of trouble with it xD again thanks for sharing this with us :)
It's breakdown time!
Soap Bubble material
Node Network (clickable):
Distorted Magic Texture. Spend quite a time tweaking parameters of Magic Texture. Maybe there is an easier way to get this pattern. Mix node controls the amount of coordinate distortion here.
Facing based Color. It's probably can be precisely calculated with physics and math, but looks legit to me :D
Mixing this colors
Saturation amount looks something like this - a bit less saturated on center.
Brighten it up
Mixing it with transparency (using glossy shader) and removing shadow rays for paranoia reasons mostly.
And here is my version of the bubble.
PS. The bubble itself is just a sphere with a very thin solidify modifier.
nekronavt Amazing! 😄
smurfmier1985 thanks :) I'll try to make a breakdown of skull material later today.
Well, that's the scheme...
The main color scheme is just an ambient occlusion in colorramp, overlayed with pointiness (don't mind the teeth, they are a bit simplified bone material)
Grime is a distorted noisy texture...
... multiplied with another ramped pointiness value
Final color is a result of mixing basic color scheme with brown color, using grime as factor
Grime goes to final roughness by mixing it with 0.25 gray value
A bunch of mixed noises is.. well. A bunch of mixed noises. It forms this picture, which is used in Macro Details
High scale noise is simple. It goes to specular variety and used for microdetails together with grime.
All this details stuff goes into the bump node
And here is final output of Principled BSDF
If anyone is interested, I can provide a blend file of this scene. But I don't want to put a link for all to see, so I'll personally send a link to any fellow CGCookie comrade, who want to take a look.
UPD: due to some email receiving issue - here it is
nekronavt Haha I like the suspense at the end 😆
Awesome shader once again!
Yeah I would love to snoop around and learn from it! You can send an email with the link via the send message button on my profile page ('cause I don't want to say it here for everyone to see 😉)
nekronavt the end of that post xD youre really amazing with node's . i love the way you made this all work out so i am intressted to take a look at the file and play around with it :)
Sent. And mind that it's a 2.8 file
nekronavt I would also like one, thanks much in advance! :D
nekronavt Thanks trough where can i find the note xD ?
nekronavt guess there is a bug because I'm not receiving an email :(
Couple of months ago I did receive one so it used to work...
nekronavt I've send a message via the orange button to report the bug. Now we wait :)
smurfmier1985 I tried to mail this file to myself via "send message" and received it... Strange. Have you checked the spam folder?
I send it to you, drgnclw and yyukinoh1989 once again. If it won't work I'll just post the link here.
yyukinoh1989 it should be on the email you are using with CGCookie account.
nekronavt yes first place I checked haha! I'm first waiting what the crew will say, I'll send them you're additional info
I'll let you know their response when I get it
nekronavt I haven't received any emails, unfortunately.
I also haven't received any notifications for your mention (notifications for likes have also stopped) Anyone having a similar problem?
yyukinoh1989 smurfmier1985 drgnclw
Dammit. Well, okay. I'll just leave it here
drgnclw Yes me too, also send that bug over to the CG Cookie crew just now
Also just got a message that theyre sending it to the web dev guy
To be continued
nekronavt Thanks! I'll download it this evening when I'm home and let you know so you can delete the link when we all have it 👍🏻
EDIT: I just emailed the link to myself so I have it :)
nekronavt I downloaded and neatly tucked the file in my 3d folder :D Thanks
smurfmier1985 Also thanks for quickly reporting it!
smurfmier1985 meh, let it just lie here :D.
PS. I forget to put the right thing into material output in a candle flame, but I think It's not a big issue. (I reuploaded file tho)
So, starting to sculpt some human body for the last course of Modeling with Blender flow :) That's probably can be a long time because I want to study anatomy along with it, not just "need to finish fastaaa!"
And I'm returning to 2.79 for the main part of a workflow. Latest builds of 2.8 are just crashing my OpenGL.
nekronavt whoohoo a human sculpt! Smart to go back to 2.79 in this case, I actually do that too for all the course exercises (not for personal projects though!)
Good luck with the learning 😄👍🏻
nekronavt Checked all folders but was nowhere to be found. but got the file . good to hear youre gonna make a human body . i really look forward to it :) gonna be so awesome to do that . also a question is it better to use 2.79 when doing exersices ? (the word is wrong written i guess ?) and 2.8 when youre working on more personal stuff ?
yyukinoh1989 to be honest, it's better to use 2.79 with every serious project right now in my opinion. 2.8 beta is less stable than alpha 2 was on my machine :(
smurfmier1985 thank you!
I won't post WIP's until I'll at least finish rough sculpt. Human sculpting WIPs are ugly and creepy as f. 😂
PS. Damn, it's so nice to have a wife, who doesn't go mad about naked girl references on my monitor 😂
yyukinoh1989 not better or worse. Rather easier, because the files are 2.7x and they will always work perfectly in the very stable 2.79, while 2.8 still has bugs and not every 2.7x file will work perfect straight out of the box. So it's more a convenience thing, one less thing to worry about.
drgnclw He's also going to look into the notifications by the way 😃👍🏻
smurfmier1985 That was the first thing I checked.
smurfmier1985 not sure what one needed to be on. The first 3 where active. Last one I just activated. That was turned off for me.
nekronavt Oh my Lord you are a godsend for sharing those materials, thank yooooooooou! I'm gonna learn a lot by picking these apart, thanks again! Really looking forward to your next project too, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye on you.
yyukinoh1989 I think you checked the wrong tab, there are only 3 options in the right privacy center tab (it's the first tab you see when you click 'privacy center'):
The middle one needs to be turned on, "Message Permissions".
thecabbagedetective glad you find it usefull!
smurfmier1985 i indeed was in the wrong place xD message permissions was on already :) thanks for the help :D
nekronavt yyukinoh1989 drgnclw Question from Dennis the web dev: Does each of you have turned on in the consents settings that you can receive messages from other members? (In the privacy center tab when you're in your dashboard)
Would you please check it to be sure?
If we all have it turned on, then he can investigate further.
smurfmier1985 yeah, it's turned on for me.
nekronavt drgnclw yyukinoh1989 Thanks for the answer all! I'm going to tell the web dev.
Almost finished first part of realistic character modeling course. Palms, feet, ears and final polishing are left and next week I'll do character blocking. I have a nice concept from ArtStation I'm planning to use for this character. Suzanne on guard of SFW content here.
And a bit of personal news. There is a high chance, that in January I'll start attending a course about character modeling in my local learning center here in Minsk. I'm highly aimed to get into the industry as a character artist, so I'll learn ZBrush and Max/Maya. But that no means that I'm abandoning Blender. Not at all! And of course, that will not affect my presence here :)
nekronavt dude, you've got some sculpting skills! This looks amazing already! Especially the Suzanne's of course 😛
I thinks that's great news! This character thingie seems to be really your thing 😊
Can't wait to see what kind of awesome things you'll be creating next year!!
smurfmier1985 thank you, I'll try not to disappoint :)
nekronavt wow really great sculpt amazing work love all those details you put in.
nekronavt Damn that's some high quality sculpting there, you been doing that for long? The only body sculpt I remember from you was the demon, so if this was a second attempt of sorts you knocked it out the park.
yyukinoh1989 thank you!
thecabbagedetective well, that demon wasn't the first humanlike and I wasn't tried to be accurate with anatomy on it.
I tried to sculpt anatomy even before I found CGCookie and started blender and modeling seriously. Most of the tries just went to recycle bin.
All this human sculpting stuff relies more on anatomy knowledge than on digital sculpting skills, so I'm staring at the anatomy book at least half an hour a day and constantly repeating.
A bit of history:
First ever try. Did it in ZBrush in March of 2017 but then I gave up this idea for almost a year. I never learned anatomy before and just relied on references.
This was next attempt in January of 2018. Started to learn anatomy, so this guy is not as creepy as previous. And it's Blender now.
I even retopologized him (with a horrible wireframe of course) and had some fun with rigging and posing.
And this one was the last attempt before I found CGCookie in April of 2018. You can find this zombie guy in my CGCookie gallery but without a coat and cape.
And then there was a demon, a girl with a horned mask (also in my gallery).
And here we are.
nekronavt Wow, you've improved a lot since you first started with this! Just keep at it and I'm sure you'll get there. Your passion will take you places 😄🚀
Done with the first stage.
Now I want to turn this lady into this character
Concept art by Maryna Shcherbakova
nekronavt That concept art is wickedly awesome! Looking forward to seeing this one evolve 😄
Had a one day off yesterday and back to work again.
nekronavt That's looks very close to the concept art, nice! Looking forward to seeing this one evolve 😊
nekronavt wow really great work the female sculpt looks wonderfull as well the mask already. Cool concept art to try out. I look forward to more
Had some cloth blocking yesterday, not final tho. And don't mind the materials. Just some color variation.
theluthier I have a question about this ripped loincloth in terms of Modeling Realistic Characters with Blender course. I'm planning to do this with a combination of real geometry and cloth cards (like hair cards, but cloth) for a retopo and details stage, I think this is the best solution for this kind of thing. But for blocking stage is it okay to leave it as a rough dyntopo sculpt? Maybe some tips about how to block out stuff like that?
Concept is on a previous page
nekronavt wow now this looks so great already. Truly amazing work. Can't wait to see more
nekronavt Ooooo I'm liking that mask, playing to your strengths with your excellent bone shader from your last project, huh? Keep it up!
nekronavt so much awesome details already! look at those toes! Look at that mask! Seriously your sculpting skills are wayyy beyond mine. But then again I already know I like some other 3D stuff better than sculpting, so you'll always beat me haha 😛
I'll do my best to point out stuff to improve anyway, even with my limited knowledge about it, since you want to be a pro at this 😎 but at this early stage I can only say it's a great start, and I'm looking forward to the next WIP 😄
nekronavt Progressing nicely. Impressive job so far.
drgnclw smurfmier1985 thecabbagedetective yyukinoh1989
Thank you, everyone :)
thecabbagedetective I won't use this shader, I'm planning to do a texture in Substance Painter this time :)
nekronavt For blocking it's really an "anything goes" kind of thing. A rough dyntopo sculpt is perfectly fine as a block-in because it approximates the rip and wrinkles, which is good for perception (even at the block-in stage). I like this approach because once I'm ready to convert to real geo, the rough sculpt could be good enough to bake a normal map and save time. Or just need a little extra polish and then it's ready.
All that to say, as far as I can tell you're approaching the block-in how I would as well. Cool concept too, btw 👍
theluthier thank you for answer!
I'm a bit slow now since learning ZBrush in parallel, here is a WIP to keep my polybook alive. Hair and bands are more like experimenting than blocking for now. Just trying to figure out the best methods and so on. Hope to finish blocking by the end of 2018.
nekronavt really great looking. That hair looks complicated to made :O
yyukinoh1989 thanks :)
WIP xD but I don't think that it'll survive the night with some vandal children.
Happy New Year everyone!
nekronavt I think you forgot the carrot :D Happy new year!
nekronavt Happy New Year! 😁
nekronavt OMG...I actually thought this is render as well :D
dragonice69 xD I wish it was
So, back to work. (of course I missed 2018 deadline, too many thing to do it was)
Not much left, few things to add, few things to tweak and I'll be ready for retopo and additional mesh modeling.
nekronavt This is coming along nicely! Can't wait to see when you get to material creation :) Sad that you bailed on Sculpt January, but I understand. The calendar topics they choose leave a lot of interpretation for the artist, which is both a strength and a weakness for the event, and if you are really trying to maximize your 3D time, the concept phase can be a drain. Good luck in your pursuits this month! I look forward to the posts.
nekronavt That's going to look insane with textures. I'm guessing you're going to pose her afterwards?
pprocyonlotor thank you!
drgnclw yep, I want to depict a pose from the concept.