At first, hi all SimplyCG comunity!
Let me introduce myself first just in few words
I am 22,student of Riga's Technical University Power industry faculty(Riga is capital city of Latvia, one of Baltic states in East Europe) and here I should better be taken as animation enthusiast or, as I like it more to put, "yet-to-become" animator. I am not a professional CG artist for now and neither I have a job related to CG for now. I am studying total off-topic as I now realized.
I bee for a while here on this forum, although better I should be taken as newbie. For the first time on this forum I would to introduce my current 3D project that I am already working on for a many months already, probably some 7-8, can't say exactly now. As many others probably, I always have to deal with all sorts of distractions coming from outside and so on. This project originally and till this moment was intended as test to my character rigging, skinning and animating skills which attracts me most in 3D. Why I didn't mention modeling? That I left for other time, not this time although model and everything I indeed done by myself. Alien model was created by me following to very cool, awesome and clear Video Training provided on other forum http://www.3dbuzz.com
which could be downloaded for free until their site has gone huge changes. Their training was awesome! and that lead to take steps further with my first ever created character and to skin him and put into action. And that's where we come to my project
Since first shoots it grown in it's own rights, ambitions and scale. It will be sort of musical 3D short, where this Alien fellow plays his guitar and gives a real kicking out a Jam
He will be playin' one of Monster Magnet rock band songs but let this be kept in little secret which exactly. To make things straight I should mention that animation won't be long - approx. minute and half long without credits and intro.
When project gone into production I once realized that Alien is alone and he kinda feels like that. And here we come to Plankman. This 2D character appears from time to time. It was intended as an 2D and 3D integration. 2D Plankman + 3D Alien Rocker = 5D Space Jam
As I mentioned above, this project already gone quite long road and that's why I have to mention this - since many frames rendered, much of time and effort already spent, project gone it's own way I decided not to change anything. I know that some or many people could easily point flaws in Alien model or skinning flaws. I am still learning many stuff and that's my first rig and skin after all. I hope, I very much hope that community won't take this statement as my unwillingness to hear critics
! Not at all. It's just a matter of how things go around me and how much time I have on this project, hard to explain everything and no need.....
My desire to post WIP here was driven by my wish to introduce this project to wider public. It's already is in 3dbuzz.com WIP but I am here not to distract people from one forum to another, at no point! Quite opposite, I decided that probably this project could rise some interest and maybe even some inspiration in this community also.
One more thing you should excuse to me - for more intrigue I rarely post rendered shots or videos. I hope you accept that
After all, everybody will be able to enjoy this animation for free, needless to say, so I keep my rights to little intrigue
Okay, now for my final word of my "short" introductory some tech specs. Software I use include this: for 3D I use 3ds max 2008. All renderings are done in Mental Ray with some Final Gather and Motion Blur usage. For Alien skin I used MR Skin material. There is also cloth simulations included. In first shots Alien is wearing only T-Shirt but later trousers appears, that's where things goes more interesting but also more computation-heavy. Alien is approx. for 50 000 polys. For 2D Plankman and few more stuff I use Anime Studio 5.5 Pro - awesome soft. For 3D scene background videos and some composite stuff I use AutoDesk Combustion 4. Video edit I do in Sony Vegas Video 7.
Ok, with having said all this looks like I am done. Oou, just one more. If anyone is interested, here I post link where people can watch my previous 3D works. http://www.youtube.com/Intars1986
(While working out UWRAP UWV on T-Shirt)
(One of first sequences working out)
(Scene cam movement refinement)
(Some other initial sequence)
(Scene with Plankman)
(Here comes Plankman)
(Drawing Skull Mountain on top of which Planky will stand for few shots)
(Another scene with new backgrounds. Cam movement refinement goes on )
(Sometimes shit happens and 3d collapses)
(Some other scene Alien walk refinement)
(Sometimes box degrading comes handy)
(Plankman standing on Skull Mountain with Space background)
(First trouser simulation for "trouser appear scene"
(While Alien keeps rockin' with his new cool trousers, Plankman flies somewhere in a Deep Cosmos)
(Typical trouser simul waiting)
(Both clothes simulated for another scene, Alien is happy and goes rockin' further)
(Sometimes, oh no, many times cloth intersection issues appears but just in order to be solved
(New background set for trousers appear set)
(Space stuff scene)
(Yet another background change)
(Another render goes on, Alien never stops! He kicks, and kicks a Jam!)