Cha Cha On The ROck

Dance video! Cha cha on Santana’s Smooth.

I’ve been wanting to do something based on this new hobby I picked up for a while. My teachers Myriam and Philip agreed to let me film a cha cha they danced as reference. Many thanks to them.

If you’re living in Montreal and looking for a place to learn dancing you’re welcome to try it out at Studio 2720.

Modeled with Maya, Marvelous Designer and a bit of Zbrush. Textured with Redshift Materials with some painting done in MARI. Rigged and animated in Maya. Cloth simulation in Marvelous Designer. Hair using Maya’s xgen. Rendering using Redshift.

Stress Test for Muscle and Cloth Dynamics.

A cartwheel to stress test those muscles and cloth dynamics.

It was worth the learning experience either way, but now I really have to ask myself if it’s worth the extra hassle to implement those systems in future characters or not.

On one hand it has a unique look I don’t see much around… On the other it slows down the process to a crawl to deal with all the quirks. Which is probably the reason for the former.

Muscle System Experimentation

Testing out the muscle system I build for my new character.

I might have to keep that pec in check, but I think it’s good enough for me to rig the face without fearing I’ll have to scrap the whole thing and start over.

Funny thing, I did the lower half just for practice for future characters, but I’ve found it actually gives good deformation for the hips area more efficiently then having to go in and scuplt corrective blendshapes. I guess you could arguee it’s just one very complex corrective blendshape…

Yes. He’ll be wearing pants at some point.

 

Weiss Concert – This Life is Mine

Here is the full version of Weiss Concert – This Life is Mine.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Weiss is a favorite of mine in RWBY. If you don’t know the show yet, it’s all available on Rooster Teeth’s website.

I had put out a teaser 10 months ago, but put the project on ice in favor of Theseus since over 9000 frames just wasn’t feasible at the time with my resources. Even after an hardware upgrade, it’s still a bit ridiculous: 14 days of renders (time during which I lose my pc to create the pictures) if you count only the ones that made the final cut. Easily a month if you count all the retakes to try and get the simulations to work. I guess I was willing to bite the bullet to see it done.

That being said I can now move on to a new project and do better!

Cheers,
David

Theseus

Closing 2017 with a Bang!

Here’s an animation featuring a mech. I did pretty much everything in Maya (see credits for details).

Finally made the switch from Arnold CPU rendering to Redshift GPU rendering. Which is the only reason I was able to finish it before February.

Shout out to Christine Slagman for her voice and AmaLee for her song.

Happy new year everyone!

Weiss Concert – Entrance

I loved This Life Is Mine from RWBY and really wished I’d gotten to see the full Weiss Concert. Of course nothing stops me from using learning hair and cloth dynamics as an excuse to work on it right?

Here’s a proof of concept I did to check if my RIG, cloth and hair setup worked and how heavy the renders are on my PC. As it took 3 days for my PC to render those 20 seconds, I’m pretty far away from the full 5 min song, however the setup does hold up pretty well. Much better than my previous attempts with xgen hair in any case. Learning to sew Weiss’ dress in Marvelous Designer was a nice candy bonus.

Anyhow, let me know what you think.

Outro Redone

I redid the animation for the outro of my 2017 demo. As far as I’m concerned it was the weakest part and redoing it let me get a lot better in terms of character acting and timing.

You can check the original version on the full demo in my channel. I won’t replace it. The first version was done within a deadline I had set for myself and is a testament of how things can improve with enough time and feedback.

Mark Pullyblank was my primary source of feedback and gave me tons of tips and advices for it. It was great having someone to do back and forth with. Having a second set of eyes on a project really makes a difference.

Breathing Tales to Life