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  1. That is some amazingly good looking foliage! Especially if it was easy to set up. I would love to hear how you did it! Is it perhaps adaptable to animating the foliage growing (like a time-lapse movie)? My growing tree animations (here) have been collecting dust on the shelf since I had so much trouble getting the foliage to look natural and lush without causing rendering problems. Guess it might be time to dust the project off and try some of the new possibilities for foliage. This is the gist of what I was working on: Growing Tree Animation ...and one branch: Growing Bran
  2. OK, I tweaked the ear a bit more to improve it's shape. Pulled the recesses a bit deeper and so on. Then I made you an ear for Mr. Spott. Both will still need plenty of more tweaking of gamas, etc., plus some porcelain material to smooth them out a bit. You'll need to adjust them to suit your characters and your taste. Here they are for anybody who wants them: Ears A bit of (somewhat gruesome) trivia: Porcelain derives its name from the fact that it was made with pork bone ash mixed into the clay. The really gruesome part was scraping the rotting flesh from the large piles of
  3. I made more of a cartoon ear. The trick is to basically start with four splines looped into a "9" and then fill in the gaps. No ear hole, which really complicates things. Here are a couple of pictures to show the basic mesh. You can probably improve on this. Your Spott ears actually look good! And Krok's are pretty decent as is. I can post the ear model if you want it, but I can see you are quite able to make one.
  4. Spott on! (Sorry, couldn't resist...) But really, I think the Spott character is a great characature. I have "ears for the taking", by the way, but they are a bit too detailed for this kind of character: Ears Might at least give you some ideas. Some day I need to work out a simplified version for more stylized or cartoony characters. Anyway, this project of yours sounds very interesting and so far the characters are looking great.
  5. Maybe you could alter the construction of the model just a bit, such that the edges that visibly oclude objects behind them are not , for example, the actual edge of a box, but just the decal edge on a transparent form. So instead of the castle being build completely in a 3D form, just use a plane folded at the nearest corner of the outer castle wall and project a decal with only the brush strokes for that part of the painting. (You can use brush strokes for the mask in Photoshop even, but I would just paint on separate layers.) Inside that would be similar forms for the towers, etc. As lo
  6. That brings back (ancient) memories of building "Rat Fink" car models way back then. (Do you remember those?) Cool! Now you just need a monster! Bill Gaylord
  7. The example references posted so far are good. Probably the best printed reference is Jason Osipa's "Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right". It's not specific to A:M, but the principles apply very well. A very good investment if you are serious about character animation. The mesh design is very important in realistic facial animation. Bill Gaylord P.S.: Realistic ears are probably the hardest body parts to model (at least they are for me). I don't have an easy method worked out to model ears accurately, but I do have some example ears I have posted that anyone i
  8. Great work on the nose! Looks like you've got it licked! (Accidental pun...Honest!) I've been studying my dog's eyes. The lower lid is fairly puffy and runs kind of straight across the eye at an angle from the tear duct up to the eyebrow. The upper lid is much less puffy and pulls up to follow the brow. The tear duct is actually fairly large on a dog's eye, extending out a ways along the snout. The lower lid connects at the bottom of the duct and doesn't move much up or down. The upper lid stretches the tear duct straight up along the side of the snout and eye as it raises, which
  9. Al Desrochers did a fine job of translating the script into French! I am very pleased with the results! This will add a lot of "character" to the episode. Thanks, Al! Bill Gaylord
  10. Have to say you have a real talent for creating mechanical models. I'm really impressed by the scope and level of detail in these models. Fantastic work! Sometimes I'm amazed at how quickly you crank some of these things out, too, given the detail and precision you put into them. I can see why the author wanted to use your model. Bill Gaylord
  11. Whipped up a script in English. It's short and sweet (pun intended!). I need to translate it into French, since the dialog will be done in French with English subtitles. I studied French for six years long ago, but, I am embarrased to say, I never took the opportunity to speak it enough to become fluent. I sometimes say I've forgotten more French than I've every learned. I can read it aloud as a script for voice acting and my pronounciation is fairly good, but I'd be hard pressed to carry on a conversation. Therefor, I'm putting out a request that anyone who is a native French sp
  12. Had to add this one just for Halloween! Bill Gaylord
  13. Looking really good, especially the legs. The face has improved a lot. Here are a couple of pictures (not dalmations, though) that might help a bit with the face. Dogs jowls tend to drape over the lower jaw. They are usually "puffy" (rounded) near the nose and more lean (almost floppy) toward the corners of the mouth. When the mouth is closed the corners stick out a bit, as though the skin were folded (which it is actually). Usually a bit of an open loop at the back with the jowl sloping down toward the front. From the front the upper lip curves downward like a frown under the nose. Usua
  14. It occurs to me that I might be able to use composited renderings to get around the computational load of rendering the whole tree animation, along the lines of the techniques thread below: Compositing Particles I could even use the same branch or two, just relocate it and render it in different location of the tree! That might allow me to render the animation from a wide angle view relatively close to the tree. Worth a try! Just need to squeeze in some time to try it out... Bill Gaylord Update: The most obvious flaw to this is how the branches and leaves in e
  15. Thanks for the compliments! AAC! I was so focused on the video the audio coding options slipped my mind! (Easy done, given the tiny dimensions of my mind!) Yes, I do have Quicktime Pro so I should give that a whirl. Thanks for the suggestion. Bill Gaylord
  16. A couple of hints: The painting in the background is a Van Gogh...and you are more likely to find wax than pollen or nectar in these fowers... (you probably figured it out already, I'm sure) I've attached the front of the card, which makes the visual pun a lot more obvious. ...and yes, you could put your finger in it! Thanks! My wife loved the card and we had a wonderful night out! (And yes, we've had 23 _ears [sic] together!) Bill Gaylord
  17. A few more tweaks. Now to paste it into the card. Bill Gaylord
  18. My wife and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary today, so I'm created a bouquet for my wife. Actually this will be part of a card I'll be printing shortly. Yes, I am indeed prone to bad puns! But fortunately my wife has the same brand of humor. The card will explain that the result is due to a bad cell phone connection when I called the florist... Bill "Bad Pun! Bad Pun!" Gaylord
  19. This has been on AM Films for some time, but I recently updated it to include the title and credits. (This expanded it to 6M instead of the posted 4M, so be warned.): Marshmallow Lecter It features a marshmallow character I designed for a series of short films in the works I call the "Marshmallow Safety Films". Being rather vulnerable, it's rather easy to invent many kinds of humorous "accidents" for them to experience. Not much action in this one. More of an exercise in lip syncing, based on Jason Osipa's excellent methods from his book "Stop Staring--Facial Modeling and An
  20. If you want a quick peek at what I look like before I get around to applying decals just click on my forum name and check out the photo on my profile. I would be glad to add it to the Extras DVD. I'll also donate the both the regular and "orc" ears as well. Bill
  21. Still needs plenty of tweaking, but here it is attached to the ears. Ears and face are OK, but the shape of the head isn't quite right, especially at the back. The problem stems from side and frontal rotos that don't match because the camera perspective causes relative distortions. I take it the best way to prepare rotoscope photos is to use a telephoto lense with a long focal length. So with a mirror (or two), I'll make adjustments. Ears are my own design (with plenty of inspiration from Yves Poissant and Mark Strohbehn). The face modeling follows Bill Young's "Model a Fac
  22. You have such a unique and very entertaining style. Really enjoyed this one! I enjoy your ever present decorative flair, too.
  23. I like the look, but technically speaking your ocean waves would be sunamis that would dwarf Mount Everest. Depends on whether you want a realistic look or an artistic fantasy look.
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