Power Rangers – Cardiatron

This fanart/redesign was made for the tribute of the Power Rangers enemies in season 1, started by Edgar Gomez (https://www.artstation.com/artist/edgargomez).

I spent about 15 hours total in the making, from modeling to post. Done in Blender, rendered in Cycles, post in Photoshop.

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The Clown

Another speed sculpt sketch I got carried away with. It was a good exercise, on the hair specially, which took a long time to set up properly.

I may come back to this later and make another render, with better lighting and higher resolution. I couldn’t decide on which one looked better, so I’ll post both color and b&w versions.

clown_byn Clown_color_correction

 

Test renders:

Blender, Cycles and Photoshop for some minor fixes and color correction.

 

 

A cartoon dragon(ish) timelapse

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This is not exactly the best render I’ve done (or the best character either), but I’m posting it because it was a good exercise in recording my process. Also, it serves as an experiment to be able to do good and clear timelapses/tutorials in the future.

One really good thing I noticed while doing this, is that just by capturing the screen I’m forcing myself to keep focused on the subject and stop procrastinating, something I’m very good at :/ Maybe is because I don’t want to edit hours of my time wasting abilities online.

Also, seeing the process in video is a good way to see what could be improved (in the worklfow) and/or changed for the next project. Before doing this I recorded two more speedsculpts, and noticed how much time I loose just thinking about what I’m doing, there were very long pauses showing just the cursor moving around the screen and rotating the model randomly without actually doing nothing on it.

So for further projects I’ll record the entire process, to keep focus, improve myself and also to share it later here.

There’s a few things I could’ve cut off from the final version, but here it is anyway. Roughly 2 hours of work (without render times) condensed in 25 minutes.

Late Halloween

I was hoping to finish this image before Halloween but didn’t had the time, so here it is a little bit late 😛

Made with Blender, rendered in Cycles and composited in Photoshop and Blender.

Blender cycles… More tests

This is yet another Blender Cycles test, I took a model already rendered and composited with Blender Internal and tried to do the same with Cycles, and it was much more easier. 😀

So here’s the first done in Blender Internal without compositing:

 

And this is the one rendered in Cycles (2000 passes), also without any compositing:

Underwater

I made this for the september competition at BlenderGuru.com. The theme is “Underwater”, so I decided to take an old model to create this. It’s done with the Blender internal renderer and a lot of help of the compositor. Only one small final color correction in Photoshop.

Underwater

Some screenshots:

Yet another Sculptris sketch

Here’s another Sculptris lunch sketch, done in 30 or 45 mins. It’s just so easy…. take a sphere and do whatever you want with it!!! No geometry stuff, no topology stuff, none of that, just sculpt for the f”$# of it!! 😀

Seems like finally the Pixologic guys are going to give us that in the Z4R2 (Zbrush 4 Release 2) with the new Dynamesh tools. Awesome!!!

Anyway, here’s an old man 😀

Old man

New progress in the facial rig

I managed to finish the face rig and it looks pretty cool, but now that I fully understand the process I’ll go back to polish the model and add a few things to it. I’ll turn him into a mexican Luchador, so there’s still many things to do. Once he’s finished and fully textured, I’ll create the rig again from scratch, to study it more and hopefully make it better. Finally, once all that is done I’ll make a little animation to test it.

Here’s the ref sheet for the mask and the overall look of the character, and a few more render tests:

Blender Blendshapes

I’ve been catching up with some Blendercookie tutorials that I had in my watchlist for quite some time now about rigging and animation, and one particular series caught my attention (check it).  The title says “Advance face rig”, and as rigging have always been one of my fears, I tought it would be too hard… but once you see the process is quite the opposite, creating the blendshapes and it’s controllers is actually pretty easy!!!

So, I took this model that I´ve been working on and decided to try it on him, there are just a few basic blenshapes for the mouth and the nose, but so far is coming out nicely.

I’ve done a few test renders just for the fun of it 😀 (the textures and displ maps still need to be added).

Note: the eyes, eyebrows, cheeks and forehead haven’t been touched yet, thats why he looks so funny 😛