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Weekly Update #3: Muscles, Metal and Musings.

This week was primarily spent doing small tweaks to existing work, or practicing new styles or techniques on existing designs. First off is the Android, it has been fully textured and all the areas are colour coded. however, once the texture maps were applied I found the design to be vastly too 'cartoon-like'. And so I experimented with the texture maps. As you can see below are what the original map looks like. I decided to try adding some metallic detail. I wanted it to be incredibly subtle however, and so using a very low opacity and having the texture on 'overlay' allowed me to pull this texture map away from the cartoon world and add some realism to it, without detracting from it's very simple design.
We were also asked to quickly produce various head types in Zbrush. Whilst this obviously isn't my first time using the program, it's the first time we've been 'officially' told to use it in university. Here are some of the mock ups I quickly put together by simply making a basic head and tweaking it in various areas:
As well as the heads were were also asked to try exploring both realistic and stylised anatomy. Below is my take on the realism, as well as the original image I was basing my mesh on:
And here is my take on stylised anatomy, but unfortunately there wasn't much time to really flesh this out during the lesson.
Finally there comes some work for a project I have been working on with my close friend for a few months now. The time is coming to either work on a teams idea for our final major project on our university course, or to possibly lead one. I'm hoping that by having the right project, one that fulfills all of not only my own goals, but the goals of those who may wish to work with me, that I'll have enough forward momentum and drive in the entire team to create something really special. The idea itself is simple, what if Pokémon met Monster Hunter? What is really a challenge for me however is getting the correct style. We want something very illustrative, but not so far fetched that sculpting, rigging and animating it would be beyond our time scale and abilities. Whilst this is not officially course work and I have no guarantee that this project will even be greenlit at the pitching sessions in roughly a months time, I've been spending a considerable amount of time trying to get some very early pre-production done to try and win over some of the other students. And so here's what I've sketched in the last week:
If we were officially in pre-production I'm sure I would create a lot more variants and flesh out the actual 'character' a lot more. However, right now this is merely a template, and I must say I do like where it's heading. Getting across a simplistic almost watercolour style will no doubt be a challenge (even in 2D), but if this works it will no doubt be a portfolio piece I will be very glad to show. I hope to show you more, and if the group allows, I may show you a lot more in the coming months!

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