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Shaman Model, 1st Stage

on December 14th, 2009, by angela


Shaman’s 1st modeling stage is completed. Here are some quick screen captured images…

Note: Geometry pieces of hair/beard/brows are temporary and meant to outline shape. They will be replaced with hair particles.

Next stage will involve topology refinement to face & robe, adding remaining clothing details, adding inside mouth. Then lastly, sculpting final details/surface will follow.shaman2

– Angela

48 Responses to “Shaman Model, 1st Stage”

  1. Virgilio Says:

    Great model, Angela! πŸ™‚

  2. Another fellow Says:

    I do like da mesh!

  3. JustinBarrett Says:

    Topology looks clean already….did you plan on reducing the count…I really don’t see many if any problems with this…other than from animation around the elbow area…maybe another loop or two….
    Great Stuff.

  4. jachristie79 Says:

    That’s just sexy with the modelling. I aspire to be as fluent in modelling as this lady right here! Good work Angela!

  5. Gianmichele Says:

    Killing us softly…

  6. Sly Says:

    Great model, although the man looks a bit strange with his scarf around the head, as if one of his grandchildren had played him a trick and disguised him during his sleep. Maybe some kind of cap would look better ? But I am sure texture will make all these clothings look well worn and old and tattered.
    Thank you again for sharing with us all these works in progress !

  7. Pablo Lizardo Says:

    Hey Angela, excelent model!
    thanks for show us the topology πŸ˜‰ . That’s really helpfull for all of us!
    By the way, you going to use meshes to simulate hair?

  8. Pablo Lizardo Says:

    oops, i have to read before post :S

  9. D Says:

    His nose and ears are indeed huge; he looks somewhat… cuter than his painting. πŸ˜›
    The scary hands have so much character! And the mesh is just killing me. πŸ˜€

  10. radek Says:

    Like living.

  11. Eemo Says:

    Bon boulot, trΓ¨s bon boulot πŸ™‚

  12. rogper Says:

    Very cool topology! Great work!

  13. Gu4r@ Says:

    Simply inspiring.

    thanks for sharing.:)

  14. kram1032 Says:

    Great πŸ˜€

    I already love that character now πŸ˜€

    Too bad his four arms are gone xD But oh well, this is nice too πŸ™‚

  15. Riboshom Says:

    Hey! That guy have my nails!

    Maybe it’s time for me to cut them…

  16. Igor Says:

    Yeah Angela, you rulez!!!!:) \o/

  17. Month3d Says:

    Hey angela,

    In my untrained eye the topology already looks quite neat, looking forward to see how it can be improved ^^ Although it’s still a bit early for this kind of thing, do you think there will be a (small) explanation of topology on 1 of the durian dvds?

    I personally find the head slightly too roundish, the original drawing that was posted on the blog looked more sharpish and more scaled over the z-axis, which I preferred. But still I really like the topnotch stuff you and the rest of the team are producing πŸ˜€

  18. Gwilwileth Says:

    Realy awesome work !

    He remains me of Gandy’d head and Raspoutine’s hands ! Hehe

    keep it up ! =D

  19. RH2 Says:

    Aghh, long scary fingernails!

  20. Jacob Valenta Says:

    he looks so weird with out the hair, and when you do add that in, it gives him a lot of character πŸ™‚

  21. Fake Says:

    Without the beard, scarf, etc, he just looks to cute, young and innocent. However with the bear he looks right. Can’t wait for this magnificent job to be textured.

  22. kopi Says:

    Angela! You are the best!

  23. Double_G Says:

    IMO he looks too much friendly and kindly. I`d say he`s a retired pirate πŸ˜€ I`d like to see some scares on his face.

  24. higginsdj Says:

    IMHO the hair makes this character look too cliche! The character has a very interesting face – why hide it?

  25. Rns Says:

    Wow! it’s going to be some adventure! great work!

  26. Guillaume Says:

    haha He looks like a pirate with the bandana πŸ™‚

  27. Chris Says:

    nice work, a very solid start indeed.
    Are you planning do do the whole displacement sculpt or normal maps, this is going to look wicked with details!
    too bad you couldn’t get this guy in

  28. karamelo Says:

    Looks great.
    But i think its look like an alchemist.

  29. Max Says:

    Alright. Now just add two extra arms and get rid of the beard and silly hat and there we have the nice shaman again… πŸ˜›

  30. David Jordan Says:

    Pretty neat, although I do have a few critiques. The nose looks a little bit on the fat side, and most of the head is a little bit wider than looks natural. I agree that the face looks quite interesting without the hair, but don’t really see any reason to get rid of the hair either.
    One thing I would like to see is a mesh version of the hair for the final character. Of course in most/all of the film’s actual shots, you’d want to use particles, but fully rigged human models would be a boon to lots of free software projects beyond Durian. By the way, how many polygons are in this mesh?

  31. Rudiger Says:

    What a clean and detailed model. It looks like it’ll be a breeze to rig and animate, even without the retop. The Durian team really is lucky to have you!

  32. Max Puliero Says:


    the topology is already cool πŸ™‚

  33. Rudiger Says:

    Oops, I was so in awe of the mesh. I forgot my question.

    The mesh around the Shaman’s face appears to be quite dense. You said before that you use proportional edit mode for modelling detailed areas like this. Just wondering do you use a mouse or a tablet for this sort of modelling?

  34. Bardes Says:

    I can’t wait to see your tutorial in the DVD. Great work, congratulations!

  35. Matt A Says:

    Thats very a very nice model. Can’t wait till I can start producing stuff of close or the same quality. I’m struggling with bouncing back between Maya PLE and Blender but my heart says Blender..

  36. Reyn Says:

    You always amaze and surprise us with your fine details, Angela. Keep it up! ^_^


  37. Well Says:

    Nice work Angela. I would like to see the images when proper hairs have been added. Great work!

  38. tyrant monkey Says:

    damn nice work that topology looks neat, though the skin below his arm looks overdone he looks he got a bit of wing at the moment.

    @kram1032 and Max; I take it neither of you has seen Spirited Away, if this guy has four arms than you are going to hear a lot of people say how he is a rip off of Kamajii from Spirited Away and I will be one of them. Kamajii also plays a similar role in that movie. The wise man role that is familar in all hero narratives.

  39. otsoa Says:

    Hi !
    The piercings are generally located above the nostril in sillion and then under the spetum. For as it is placed here, if the guy mouse it will hurt him if something crosses the septum…sorry for my bad english. J’es^^Γ¨re que c’est clair !?

  40. MD Says:

    He looks like an old biker.
    Someone should model him a motor bike! πŸ˜€

  41. angela Says:

    Thanks for everyone’s comments!

    As mentioned in my previous blog post, aside from proportions being locked for rig joint placement, more improvements (cleanup, fine tuning, etc) will take place during the 2nd stage of modeling.

    @ Month3d: yes, I plan on making a topology tutorial in the Durian DVD.

    @ Chris: both sculpt and normal maps will be used

    @ Rudiger: Currently I only use a mouse. For sculpting I will use a tablet.

    @ otsoa: You’re absolutely right – that type of piercing would be especially painful

  42. freen Says:

    Nice one Angela.
    I especially like the hands. Really great work!

  43. malefico Says:

    Excellent work Angela !

  44. Month3d Says:

    awesome, looking even more forward to my copy now πŸ˜€

  45. MeshWeaver Says:

    pretty cool πŸ˜€ the Mesh hair and stuff always looks good, even if it’s temporary πŸ˜€

    awesome πŸ˜€

    GO DURIAN!!! (is this getting old? i say it at the end of every comment…lol :-D)

  46. 9BlenderArtist9 Says:

    Wow, this is fantastic. Your mesh reminds me very much of the models/digital assets I have made for my current project.

    Will you be releasing the final model at some point for public studying like the excellent models of Elephant’s Dream?

  47. therealnoz Says:

    I miss the old four armed shaman!

  48. eva Says: