Creature Animation Topology

I’ve finished the creature retopology. It took a little bit longer than expected and as a result I’m 3 days behind schedule.
But I’m happy with the fact that I took the extra time and got it right instead of rushing though the process. The retopo was done in Topogun, and now I feel like I know the ins and outs of the application. During the process I tested baking out displacement maps and did some simple joint rotation tests. I didn’t experience any larger complications, I was just slower at retopologizing than I expected.

Creature look development meeting

On Wednesday we had a look development meeting where we reviewed the creature design. We asked students both from our class and the second year to give us some critique on the creature sculpt.
Eventually we got a list of changes that we tried out, some didn’t work but most of them made the design better.
We are having these meetings every Monday so we can get some fresh perspectives and ideas of our work.

lookDev before and after

Creature proportions and anatomy

This is the creature sculpt I’m been working on this week.
There’s still some work to do before I can say that the proportions and anatomy is 100% done. So tomorrow we will have a look development meeting where we go over the design and list the changes that needs to be done. As soon as that’s finished I will start to work on the details, such as scars, skin folds and other nasty stuff.

It was a fun challenge to figure out how the skeleton and muscles would work and I’m pretty happy how it turned out in the end.

3D sculpt coming along nicely

So I’ve started sculpting the creature and it is starting to shape up. Once I got the main proportions in I gave the model to Kim so he could start working on the rig.
Right now I’m working on the anatomy of the creature, trying to make sense of it all. Even though it’s a completely made up animal it still have to make sense and have a natural look to be able to fit into the world of our short film.

Speaking of fitting into the world, here’s a size comparison to a human. I wouldn’t like to confront it in real life!
Scale of our creature compared to a human