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Old 23-01-2004, 04:04 AM   #1
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Default I'm back! (now in cel shading!) (Katana)

This is my newest project, using the excellent and venerable Tomcat Cartoon Shader. It's all polys, and the heat temper edge IS modeled (just couldn't get it to look right with maps)

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The beginnings of the character who weilds it:



C+C welcome as always! And sorry I haven't posted much lately, I have had LOT of schoolwork and just about no time.

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Old 23-01-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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Can we see a close up of the wire of the handle? I like the design and like to see it s little closer.

The clothing the guy is wearing seems a little thin, almost depthless. I like the blade but you might want to consider adding some detail to the hilt because the handle is so intricate, blade has lots of edge detail.. and the hilt looks like an oval.
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Old 23-01-2004, 01:52 PM   #3
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Old 23-01-2004, 05:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I think I will change the shape of the hilt to make it fit with the detail of the rest of the model. I didn't think of that.

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Shweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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Old 23-01-2004, 09:12 PM   #6
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Here's the close shot:

You will probably notice that it's not actually wrapped as a real katana is, It's just an illusion. But if this style is good enough for Kill Bill, it's good enough for me.

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May i ask how you made it? You said its all polies, from the look ide guess you made a cylinder very short and pinched it on the side, then duplicated it down the handle.

Kill bill was a very.. unique movie. Sometimes the special effects where great and the scene very nice... then sometimes it was like starship troopers....
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Old 25-01-2004, 03:11 AM   #8
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Actually it was a torus, but that's basically what it did. I created it with a high radius and low section radius, and scaled it around and pinched the verteces together in the middle.
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some more updates, this time on the female lead (the clothing is for the male guy). This head is based on a tutorial from Maya 4.5 savvy.

I've a bit of a problem, though: I made my head, duplicated it, made all my blendhapes, and then:

I realized that I had forgotten Eyebrows. Does anyone know how I could add these in without totally messing up all my blendshapes?

Maybe I could make them as a separate object parented to the head and deform them along with the blendshapes using set driven key, but I'm not sure how to do that or even if it would work.

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Wow, this looks great!
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Hey carrot, can you post a closeup wire of the tip of the blade as well as the heat tempered edge? I've gone through a couple methods of trying to model a katana and want to take a closer peek if that's ok.
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If anyone has any comments that would stop her looking like a boy I would really appreciate it, none of my tweaks seem to do much.

Here you go:
In terms of poles and n-gons it totally breaks all the established rules, but I decided to experimentally try it out and see if I could stick that heat-temper in there without making my whole mesh hi-res. So far I have had no errors or glitches, and since its animation will not require it to bend around at all I don't anticipate any.



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Does the blade itself have depth? From my references the main part of the blade is diamond shaped then the tip is shaped a bit differently.

As far as the model goes...try adjusting the cheekbones...make them higher.
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It follows the actual section of a katana, including the groove to lighten the blade.


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Really urgent though, if someone knows how to add geometry (eyebrows) to the face and all its blendshapes without making all the blends totally whack out I would REALLY appreciate it.

I'm having an idea that goes like this:

1. make the eyebrows and make blendshapes for the eyebrows, each brow blendshape corresponding to one of the head's blends.

2. Parent the eyebrows to the head

3. somehow make it so that when a head blendshape is used, the corresponding eyebrow blend is also used (set driven key, maybe?)

The problem is that I have no idea how to implement step 3. The docs don't seem to have anything on this type of situation.

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