Procedural Animation – Week 3 – Character modeling

We have been ongoing about the character design for quite some time, after narrowing down the concept it was finally time to 3D model it. I started off by shaping a cylinder with a reasonable amount of subdivisions. Since this is the character model, I tried to keep it somewhat low poly, but of course not too low poly. Since it’s the main character.

After shaping the cylinder into a sphere, it started getting the shape I was going for. However, it was looking somewhat too round. I created the lid out of another cylinder, and used the extrude to form the shape. The handle was quite simple, I created a doughnut and refined it a bit to look like a handle. I created the nozzle out of a third cylinder and used extrude to shape that as well. Obtaining the form and shape by moving the faces, edges and vertexes, I ended up getting something that looked like this:

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It was starting to look good, however the shape was not quite what I was hoping for.

It felt too big and round, so I thought it would maybe look a bit better if I tried to make it more flat. But not too flat of course, because it should maintain the sphere shape. It ended up looking something like this:

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Now that the shape was starting to look better, the shape of the nozzle had room for improvement. I felt it was a bit too tiny and I was getting some good feedback from Marcus and Edvard too. Trying to make it a bit bigger, I also accidentally made it too long:

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Again getting some feedback, I gave it another shot at making it a tiny bit shorter.

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Now I was starting to get quite satisfied with the shape. There was still some room for improvement on pretty much everything, but I thought I could start making the head and legs in the meantime.

I used Ncloth and applied it to a sphere and passive collider on a plane. This gave me the possibility to experiment with the bounce settings. So it was like dropping a water balloon towards the ground without having it bursting. The sphere looked like a tiny blob at some point. When I got the shape I wanted, I duplicated it and continued on trying. I also at some point created a doughnut and made it the second passive collider. This caused the sphere to try and flow through a tiny hole in the doughnut, which made it look even more like slime.

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Putting together the head and legs from these shapes, I was starting to get the character from the concepts. Adding subdivisions, scaling and shaping the edges of the slime, I managed to create a tiny blob hanging out from the nozzle which we will probably add jigglebone to later.

I also made the back side where the handle is a bit flatter to look more realistic, and I tried to shape the handle a bit differently, because it was looking too much like a doughnut. Take a look:

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Although it was looking quite nice looking, it still needed some improvement. Edvard and Marcus pointed out that the legs was a bit too short and that the handle should be improved a tiny bit as well. After spending some time sending pictures back and forth asking for feedback, this was the final result:

Side view:

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Front:

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Slight perspective turn:

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The poly-count I ended up with was not too high considering our character is going to be quite small which is good.

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Why this is good is because we then get more space for more assets or characters with more detail. Considering most of the assets we are making is low-poly, our game will run very smooth which is our goal to achieve.

Now that the character is done, all that is left to do is texturing it. I made the UV map ready in UV Layout and cleaned it a tiny bit. Take a look:

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Now when I am going to texture it in Substance Painter, I want Edvard to assist me, since he is responsible for how the style of the character will look. What artstyle we will be using and color-palette.

I will keep you guys updated in the next blogs!

 

 

 

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Animation 2 – The end product

The final animation ended up looking really good. I am quite proud of this animation. I have prior experience with animating walk cycles, but I have never finished them entirely like this. The learning curve has extended and I am looking to do more animations like this in the future.

Combining all the 3 animations together was a piece of work, but the end result looks really good so I won’t complain. I saved one of the 3 animations as a new file and imported the other saves into the new file I made. I then copied the animations from the rigs of the other saves into the new file and polished and tweaked it one last time.

I expected to run into a lot of problems doing this because I have said prior experience with doing this in other animation software such as Source Filmmaker. Although Source Filmmaker is really buggy and there is a lot of know bugs. So animating in a professional program felt like a pleasure.

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Animation 2, Getting started

My first point of reference started of course with Johnny Bravo’s animation. I found a clip from Cartoon Network where he is walking down the street where you get a perfect side view of his walk cycle.

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With some editing and cutting I managed to get a looking cycle of only the walk.

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This was a good point to start. Only thing is that cartoons made in the 90’s did not have a gigantic budget. So his walk cycle only consisted of 6 frames, so the challenge here was how could I make a 3D animation look polished and good and still keep the cartoonish feel to it. My first attempt at the animation turned out really stiff and choppy. So I figured I needed more frames to support the actual animation itself. I thought about doubling the frames from 6 to 12, which still was not enough. At 25 frames it started to look good, now the challenge was to try and get that cartoonish feel back.

Rigging 2 – Story

Now that the project is finished, I also made a little story with shitty images drawn. This is the actual backstory of the structure for the people that didn’t hear about it.

I originally thought up the story to begin with, I liked the idea of having a complicated time era and manipulating the time space continuum to escape this era. However every story needs a conflict as well. So I wanted this to have a tint of sad love story with it.

The images drawn is not really the best, they are just there to help the viewer get a clearer image of how the story goes, but I am really satisfied with how the story turned out as well.

Getting started

20151002_154500My name is Martin André Flagstad, I am a student at Noroff University, and I am studying Animation and 3D Modeling.

This is a temporary blog made for the 3D modeling and animation course. My plan for the future is to use my domain http://www.MottonBunchie.com as my main blog. But as for now, this is where I post my projects.

If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.