Maya Training

Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling

Maya Training

Interiors and Furniture Vol 1 & 2 - Modeling & Cloth

Maya Training

Shading, Lighting and Rendering the Bedroom in MR

Maya Training

Robot volume one - Modeling with animation in mind

Maya Training

Spach-Alspaugh House the complete courseware

Maya Training

Burt The Cartoon Dinosaur Vol 01 - Modeling

New Maya Training

Robot Volume 02 - Hybrid Rigging
You are here > Home > SimplyMaya Community Forums
Loading

Welcome to Simply Maya

Please Sign in or Sign up for an account

Member Login

Lost your password?

Not a member yet? Sign Up!

Old 13-08-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default Ben Hobden - Horror Challenge

Okaaaayyy...been looking forward to this.

To start things off, I'm gonna post a couple of images I found which Im thinking of taking inspiration from. Im torn between making a 100% (or largely) Maya scene, or using this challenge to further learn some Z-Brush and Maya workflow. There are some techniques for rendering passes out of Zbrush which Ive read about before but never tried myself so I might use this challenge to experiment with those. Also, Ive only made a couple of 'character' pieces before, both very simply presented and both in classic/horrible T-Pose. So the two month deadline will give me a good time period to create a decent base cage in Maya, then sculpt up in Zbrush, and then try and get whatever I come up with, back into Maya for some decent lighting and presentation, or maybe render straight out of Zbrush if I can.

This may change, but my intitial thoughts have been along these lines.

From the following two images: I love the presentation and style/tone/look/feel of this first image, which is something I might try to replicate.

I also really like the form of the front hand in the second image, looking at it makes me want to sculpt it myself, so my first idea is to create some scary looking guy, with the pose of the second image, presented in the style of the first.
Attached Thumbnails
 
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 11:34 AM   #2
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

and this is the one with the hand I like.
Attached Thumbnails
 
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
daverave
The thin red line
 
daverave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: England
Posts: 4,471
Thanks: 101
Thanked 952 Times in 879 Posts
Default

I do like the look of the first one Ben........dave
__________________


Avatar Challenge Winner 2010
daverave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 11:54 AM   #4
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

It's nice isnt it. It looks to me like its just a simple Blinn or Phong like shader, with most of the colouring work being done by the lighting. I imagine that the model itself uses a displacement map, which is always a pain, so if I go down this route - and if I get a good enough base mesh - and if I get a good enough sculpt - getting a render this good will be v hard. Be a good experiment for me though I think.
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
bullet1968
Lifetime Member
 
bullet1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,255
Thanks: 158
Thanked 651 Times in 621 Posts
Default

The first one is so cool ben.....I like it!!!! You wouldnt believe this...driving home tonight..I thought 'what would I do if in this comp?'. Bugger me dead I thought of a zombie/animal coming out of a swamp/mud in attack pose VERY similar the the 2nd pic...talk about creepy and Fri 13th as well...LOL.

Yoiks bullet
__________________
bullet1968

"A Darkness at Sethanon", a book I aspire to model some of the charcters and scenes
bullet1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

! didnt realise it was friday the 13th. what a day to start this. it was meant to be!
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 12:43 PM   #7
bullet1968
Lifetime Member
 
bullet1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,255
Thanks: 158
Thanked 651 Times in 621 Posts
Default

Seeing Im in the future...so to speak...yes a good day!!! Rain, storms....then eerily blue skies...now storms just as the night falls. Good Zombie weather!! LOL go you good thing....buy a lotto ticket!!!
__________________
bullet1968

"A Darkness at Sethanon", a book I aspire to model some of the charcters and scenes
bullet1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 12:58 PM   #8
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

I think you got me with your swamp idea
Attached Thumbnails
 
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 01:32 PM   #9
bullet1968
Lifetime Member
 
bullet1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,255
Thanks: 158
Thanked 651 Times in 621 Posts
Default

I dig it man....I dig it!!!!

more more more bahahaha love it
__________________
bullet1968

"A Darkness at Sethanon", a book I aspire to model some of the charcters and scenes
bullet1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 01:38 PM   #10
bullet1968
Lifetime Member
 
bullet1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,255
Thanks: 158
Thanked 651 Times in 621 Posts
Default

Something like a Dagobah swamp yeh??? Not all water but not quite land.....something nasty lurking in the forest?
__________________
bullet1968

"A Darkness at Sethanon", a book I aspire to model some of the charcters and scenes
bullet1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-08-2010, 03:49 PM   #11
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

We'll see. Got some other ideas for the background also, but as itll be seperate from the character itll depend how much time I have ...IF I can get the character done right.
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2010, 10:30 AM   #12
gster123
Moderator
 
gster123's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Manchester Uk
Posts: 6,300
Thanks: 1
Thanked 51 Times in 45 Posts
Default

Hi Ben

Looking firward to seeing the development of this!

Steve
__________________
"No pressure, no diamonds" Thomas Carlyle
gster123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-08-2010, 11:20 PM   #13
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

Made a start on the base mesh. I keep thinking of Jay's ball-chinean (!) character from his Outlaw's Tales wip thread. The toplogy of it, and in particular the hand. I'd like to try and take this base mesh to that kind of level, particularly in the hand area. Whether it needs it or not, I still dont have the amount of experience to judge I dont think, but, that's my rough plan. Will post wires when it gets a bit further in. Should be able to put a few hours in over the next couple of days.
Attached Thumbnails
 
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-08-2010, 01:13 AM   #14
bullet1968
Lifetime Member
 
bullet1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,255
Thanks: 158
Thanked 651 Times in 621 Posts
Default

Good start mate....Im looking forward to this.

cheers bullet
__________________
bullet1968

"A Darkness at Sethanon", a book I aspire to model some of the charcters and scenes
bullet1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-08-2010, 04:55 PM   #15
ben hobden
Subscriber
 
ben hobden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Posts: 1,162
Thanks: 13
Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts
Default

I]There's[/i] some pressure for me, Bullet.

This is a quick wip while I take a break and refill my caffeine.
Attached Thumbnails
 
ben hobden is offline   Reply With Quote

A little bit about who we are
Links you might find useful
Catch up with SimplyMaya
SimplyMaya specialises in Maya tutorials. We offer over 1,000 individual Maya training videos, ranging from basic Maya tutorials through to intermediate Maya tutorials. Our tutorials are created by instructors with industry experience and are designed to get you up and running in Maya quickly without making it seem like hard work.

Copyright © 1999-2015 SimplyMaya - vBulletin® Copyright © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.