Thursday, October 24, 2013

Welp...I guess this YouTube thing is going to catch on...

I finally got around to officially adding my Transformer videos from back in the day to YouTube (I think you could already find the vids on there in some form or another by other people).

I did the Volkswagon transformer back near the end of the year 2000, and animation tools have come a looooong way since then.  It went viral before there was such a thing as going viral.  People had to email the video to each other back then.  Alright, I guess I'm starting to sound like the old man in the rocking chair. Enjoy the vids!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Putting my facial rig through it's paces...

A quick posing exercise I did recreating facial expressions from photos.  This wasn't so much about accurately portraying the pose, but learning to exaggerate it using the rig I created.  I've noticed a TON of little tweaks I need to go back and fix on the rig now, but I think it's coming along pretty nicely.  The really good news is that most of the setup process is scripted (I still need to place and skin bones/make morph targets, but once that's done it's just running a script) and recreation of the rig on a new character is "easy" (easier).

P.S.  This was my first ever SubSurface Scatter texture render for the skin, and man does it create some cool effects.