Character Volan Texture

While I'm continuing to work on other areas of the project, here's a quick update on Volan with his textures finalised. I'm pretty pleased with the results as the final outcome achieved the original concept faithfully with only minor adjustments.

Original Concept

Isle of Cirrus Interim Presentation

We had an interim presentation this week, so its a good way to recap on the project thus far which you can find in the scribd presentation below. There's still a way to go so I'll be giving it my all in the remaining weeks left.
Isle of Cirrus Interim Presentation

Below are some larger still images of the island as it continues to take shape. The clouds are currently an expermentation with using maya fluids which I hope to be able to take further.

The main priortiy for now is to complete the texturing while getting lighting into the mix. I also aim to get a new version of the previs up in light of feedback and the development of the island.

Character Volan Model and Rig

Over the past week of the Easter break, I've been predominantly getting the character Volan up to speed with his completed model and rig in place. All that is left is to complete the texture which I will carry out in conjuntion with the texturing of the environment.

A system of skin weights and follicles are used to keep the various layers of props in place, where IK/FK switching is also avaliable for the legs. UVs are also laid out, allowing for the transfer of texturing in the near future.

Blendshapes have been created for facial movements, with a squinting expression shown below.

Testing the capabilities of the rig with some quick posing helped to expose any errors and allow for refinements where necessary.

With Volan predominantly complete, he can now move into the world of the environment which will help to realise the design of the island as a whole.