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Kent Trammell

BC2-1803 - March Class Homepage - Creating Stylized Characters with Blender

Welcome to the CGCookie Class: Creating Stylized Characters with Blender! This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about building stylized 3D characters. If you’re diligent in watching all content and hitting homework deadlines, by the end you will have a modeled and textured stylized character! It’s an intermediate-to-advanced class which means you’ll do best by having some experience with Blender and 3D modeling before committing to this class.

This is the second "Class" format where Citizen members are invited to focus together on a particular topic/skill for a month. Participation looks like this:

  • RSVP and attend the Live Events (Not yet on the schedule, but will be every Tuesday)
  • Watch the courses outlined below
  • Ask questions
  • Submit homework
  • Generally be active in this thread

WHEN? The class will take place from March 5th through March 31st

WEEK 1: Understanding Character "Stylization" (March 5-11)

Abstract: Stylization is any deviation from realism. Thus it’s a broad spectrum from slight liberty away from reality to extreme abstraction of reality. This week we're going to sift through various examples of stylized characters, noting their qualities, and categorizing a spectrum of stylization.

Goal of the Week: Train your eye and mind to stylize your perception. Practice simplifying and exaggerating reality. Loosen up your sculpting approach (gestural sculpting).

Pre-recorded course to watch: Art of Sculpting: Caricature Chapter

Homework:

  • Sculpt a caricature bust [post a screenshot, render, or sketchfab embed]
  • Choose/create concept art for your character. [post an image of your chosen concept art]

WEEK 2: Character Development & Sculpture (March 12-18)

Abstract: Story plays a big part in stylization. Not necessarily ‘narrative’ but background, personality, and purpose. The success of a character is strengthened by its developmental arc. The best artists create characters that are more than the sum of its pixels; more than the sum of its brush strokes and polygons; more than its final render.

Pre-recorded courses to watch:

Goal of the Week: Develop a story for your character; one that can fuel your creative workflow for the rest of the month.

Homework:

  • Write a background for your character with a TL;DR summary [share as a Google Doc]
  • Sculpt your character. [post a screenshot, render, or sketchfab embed]

WEEK 3: Production-Friendly Character Models (March 19-25)

Abstract: At this point a decision needs to be made about our character sculptures: A) Leave it as a sculpture or B) optimize it for ‘production’. Leaving it as a sculpture means it’s a static sculpture that can be painted, rendered, or 3D printed but not animated. Optimizing it for production means you turn your sculpture into a model that’s easiest to work with up to and including animation. If you opt for optimization, this week is mostly a technical and problem-solving task. We need to both retopologize our mesh and also neutralize it if the sculpt is posed.

Pre-recorded courses to watch:

Goal of the Week: Understand the concept of “production-friendly” and practice retopology.

Homework

  • Do the Robo Orb Retopo Exercise [post link to your submission]
  • If you’re maintaining a static character sculpture, just focus on polishing it to perfection.
  • If you’re retopologizing your character sculpt, retopologize and neutralize it.

WEEK 4: Painting Our Characters (March 26-31)

Abstract: Like Dorothy, our characters have so far lived in a black and white world. This week we’re leaving Kansas and adding color. There’s many methods for creating our character texture(s) including hand-painting, baking maps that accent the painting process (great for the less painterly character artists), as well as photo-sourcing. There's also a couple different formats: Vertex Colors and UV/Textures.

Pre-recorded courses to watch

Goal of the Week: Get comfortable with painting textures.

Homework:

See you in March!


This thread is reserved for CG Cookie Citizens that are participating in the "Creating Stylized Characters with Blender" class. Its purpose is to serve as central communication for all participating Citizens (excluding Hobby plan Citizens) to ask me and each other questions and to post homework. As the instructor of the class, I will be monitoring this thread on a daily basis (especially Mon-Thurs) throughout the month of March to review homework and answer questions.

Free members are welcome to observe the thread but please respect that communication is reserved for Citizens.


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    Matthew Ullrey

    It looks like a great plan you've laid out. I can't wait to start.

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      Kent Trammell Large

      Glad to hear that Matthew! It will be a busy March 🤘

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    Kent Trammell Large

    Glad to hear that Matthew! It will be a busy March 🤘

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    knuckelhead

    Hope i finish my Sci Fi Helmet in time to work along side this course with my next project! this is what i want to focus on for my main modeling market. 

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    Yannis Sayeh

    Cya in march then ^^



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    Kaj Suominen

    March you say. I might have bit more time during that month to actually participate more. my sculpting definetly needs practice. :)

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      Kent Trammell l

      If you (or anybody) can't make it in March, not the end of the world. Ideally I will run enough courses to repeat them periodically. So it's not a one class and that's it situation. That said, would love for you to be there for March!

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    Kent Trammell l

    If you (or anybody) can't make it in March, not the end of the world. Ideally I will run enough courses to repeat them periodically. So it's not a one class and that's it situation. That said, would love for you to be there for March!

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    Matthew Gayton

    So the class is on Mondays?  That's perfect for me.  I work from home Mon, Tue, and Thurs so I can switch over to class very easily.  I work at a pub on Wed., and Fri., so it's harder to get those days off.

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      Kent Trammell Large

      Sorry for the confusion: Live Events (streams) will still take place on Tuesdays like January's class. Though technically you can start watching assigned courses and start homework on Mondays.

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    Kent Trammell Large

    Sorry for the confusion: Live Events (streams) will still take place on Tuesdays like January's class. Though technically you can start watching assigned courses and start homework on Mondays.

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    Jaz McDaniel

    I can't wait for this!!!

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    DARRIN ALDER

    Do we have to reserve a spot or just show up? :-).

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      Kent Trammell d

      For now it's just show up. I'll be keeping a record of homework submissions and grades throughout March so, I'll be watching you! 👀

      But eventually we will have an official class system with signups.

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    Kent Trammell d

    For now it's just show up. I'll be keeping a record of homework submissions and grades throughout March so, I'll be watching you! 👀

    But eventually we will have an official class system with signups.

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      Omar Domenech Large

      Preview of the Official Class System.

      I'm so excited, can't wait. 

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    Nathan Garduno

    Looking forward to it!

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    Omar Domenech Large

    Preview of the Official Class System.

    I'm so excited, can't wait. 

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    Kent Trammell Large

    THIS IS IT. Haha I absolutely love this Large dostovel 🤣

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      Omar Domenech Large

      I proposed this as one of the features in CG Cookie SIX, even better, we got live stream classes  ;)

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    Omar Domenech Large

    I proposed this as one of the features in CG Cookie SIX, even better, we got live stream classes  ;)

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    Jonathan Lampel Large

    Ahahaha that's fantastic Large dostovel 😂😂

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    Jake Korosi

    Okay - I think I will be able to hop on this train in March.  I'll use this month to brush up.  Can't wait!

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      Kent Trammell j

      There will be some sculpting happening in the class - good pun!

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    Kent Trammell j

    There will be some sculpting happening in the class - good pun!

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    Darren McBain

    Cool beans, I've got a slow month at work in March, so ill try and get as much prep courses done to give me a half decent footing.

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      Kent Trammell Large

      Excellent! I look forward to having you in class, Darren 🤘

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    Kent Trammell Large

    Excellent! I look forward to having you in class, Darren 🤘

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