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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 2, 2017 Under: WIP
Hey all!

This week's vlog:


GOD is so amazing!!!

As you guys can see, the focus this week was on characters - extras to be exact! I'm almost finished with them to the point where I can add them to the environment, but I still have a few characters to make single objects.

Definitely a lot of work went into these characters or extras, but just to give you guys a bit more info on how to approach characters, I want to list a few things:


Chamberlains from Esther 6 - All the same base character (second row from the top, left)

Here are the most important things to make a character look different (existing shape keys may mean adjusting each expression, but not always if you stick to the Basis key):
 - Thin or thicken eyebrows, sometimes minor shape changes
 - Vertical spacing of the eyebrows
 - Eye size (openness) - requires iris size adjustment as well
 - Color changes (hair, eyes, skin tone, tongue and mouth, teeth, clothing, etc.)
 - Amount of eye lashes and outline of the eye
 - Line of the eye fold
 - Vertical spacing and size of the mouth
 - Shape of the chin
 - Freestyle lines

Larger changes:
 - On men, various beards/hair or none (this can also apply to other types like hair on the forearms for a black smith or chest hair, etc.)
 - On women, various lengths of hair
 - Clothing changes - can be minor by removing longer sleeves for example, but can be difficult, like the chamberlains' outfits.
 - Loose accessories - things like bags, weapons, staffs, umbrellas, hats, etc.

Changes you are better off doing from scratch:
 - Serious age changes (like 18 to 89)
 - Gender changes
 - Major weight changes (like super skinny to overweight)

The latter group of changes take so much time to adjust the rig and sculpting to smooth out issues, that you'd honestly be better off to get it done well in Make Human first, export to Blender and take it from there. It's truly not worth the effort to try and make those kinds of changes with shapekeys. The subtle differences between men and women can easily throw you off. If you want to try adjusting these things, that's your choice, but I really don't recommend it.

Just as an example, I know you guys have seen in passing, is the Chamberlain timelapse video:


(Gotta be one of the coolest videos on the channel! Thank YOU LORD!!!)

I'm sharing this one again, because of the amount of work that went into tailoring this outfit (it's also why I insisted on using him as a base for the other chamberlains, haha, because it took a while to do). I want to encourage you to work as smart and well as possible, so you don't spend all your time on modelling, when you could already be busy with animation - reuse is the not cheapening your work - it's shortening it a lot!

Another way you can work really smart is by using the character's mesh to create clothes and accessories. Like in the video, you heard me talk about the wig, which came from the granny. These kinds of objects are usually already weight painted, so you don't have to re-rig them. Only when importing them to a different character is it needed (personal experience). This is also called re-using.

Let me give you some more examples of reuse - the mookleh (turban) Moses whore in the first vlog (below) - came from Esther 6. The teeth from Esther 6 are used in Exodus for every character, even the children! Same with trees, landscapes, objects, etc. Whatever I can re-use, you know I am going to, because it's a massive massive waste of time doing the same thing twice. Don't be lazy, but work smart.


Still living amazed!! GOD is so wonderful!

So, to summarize - you can produce plenty of characters if you are willing to adjust a single character enough. Remember, these changes have to be within reason. It's not recommended to try and adjust ages and girth in an extreme way, nor to change the gender of a character.

If you have a project with lots of extras or even leading characters, I know this list will be of immense help to you!! If you are making a big project, I totally recommend you check out this post:
Esther 6, KJV - Tech and Method
   It goes into quite a bit more detail and links to a few specific tutorials that will help you make characters for the first time as well as bring down those render times.

Of course, credit has to go where it is due:
- GOD for giving me the insight into working more like this - it has made a world of difference in the size of projects that can be taken on.

- Make Human - Stunning program that gets you so far ahead, the progress is invaluable!! Thank YOU JESUS!
http://www.makehuman.org/

- Blender - The free open source 3D Suite without which none of the above would be here right now! I am so thankful for every piece of software I have available to use! Thank YOU LORD!
http://www.blender.org/

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"

To find out more, you can check out this link:
http://www.crossallegiance.org/knowJesus.html
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!

In : WIP 


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About Me


Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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