BC2-1803: Week 3 - Production-Friendly Character Models

Live Stream Host: Kent Trammell

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This event is part of the March 2018 Class, "Creating Stylized Characters with Blender".

This week centers around the strategy of being a character artist. It's not all fun and digital play-dough. Sculpting is one thing; character *modeling* is another thing.

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.

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Digital artist and member of the CG Cookie crew! Every day I teach/learn stuff in the wide world of computer graphics. I've been doing digital art professionally for the past 8 years, from feature films to major amusement park rides to TV commercials to CGC edu. When I'm not on the computer, I'm building real life stuff...or playing my Switch.
Previously Recorded March 20th, 2018. Chat is now closed.
  • thoefer

    Definately Kent, you do a great job with teaching. Live as well as in all your tutorials. Thumbs up!

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    Matthew Ullrey

    She says, "just call me Krispy Kreme."

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    Omar Domenech

    Netflix tutorial section, wait for it

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    Kent Trammell

    ullreym You're a bold man haha. Let me know if she glazes over or finds them entertaining 😅

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    Kent Trammell

    Always a pleasure, Omar 👋

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    Omar Domenech

    You're too hard on yourself, the streams go really really fine, always

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    Matthew Ullrey

    I'm going to ask my wife if she wants to stay home and watch tutorials with me.... see what she says.

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    Kent Trammell

    Ok, I'll lock up. Thanks for the sandwiches, lemonade, and pizza. Best class room situation ever

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    Omar Domenech

    I'm off, thanks for the stream Kent

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    Kent Trammell

    Heh always practice safe art indeed!

  • thoefer

    OK, I understand. I read about it a few times here in some galleries and really, they have amazing art on their webiste.

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    Omar Domenech

    That's practicing safe art

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    Kent Trammell

    My rules are:

    1. Don't financially profit of it
    2. Always credit the artist
    3. Optionally contact the artist to ask permission while being clear that it won't be used for financial gain, just for learning and/or paying homage

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    Kent Trammell

    But as personal sculpting practice or as a piece for your portfolio, it should be plenty OK to do, ESPECIALLY if you credit the creature box artists (and link to it).

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    Omar Domenech

    Seeing cool stuff is when in your head Creep from Radiohead starts to play "I wanna have control, I want a perfect sculpt, I want a perfect model"

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    Kent Trammell

    Technically, I have to say that's a grey area. I can say with certainty that you can't use their art to financially profit yourself. I.e. I can't sell the sculpture or renders of the creature I sculpted based on their art.

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    Rozalia

    that's great! thanks! more inpirations

  • thoefer

    one can use their work for free?

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    Omar Domenech

    Wow, looks so awesome, the art style

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    Kent Trammell

    I absolutely love their style. Each of their illustrations would make great 3D models