Monday, August 29, 2011

Learning awesome animation stuff...

So I always wondered why folks locked attributes for animated objects. The rule of "you don't want to fuck something up by accident" seemed justified enough, but I couldn't find a way to make it so that attributes that I did not want animated to be excluded when I set a key. When hitting set key, all attributes would get a curve and key when I did not necessarily want that.

And thus, learning to struggle through curves, super long clean up of unused curves made it all made sense. Locking and unlocking attributes on the fly prevented new curves from being created, and therefore allowed you the flexibility to change an attribute's lock state while you animated.

I like learning the practical way, but it also taught me I shouldn't be afraid to question my teachers and fellow colleagues. I learned, by making this mistake, that having too many curves also causes performance issues in game, but also clogs up your file quite a bit.

So lesson learned: Lock and unlock your attribute as needed! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

fruity pooty

Learned about shadow box recently and did this unfinished 3 to 5-minute little designs on a Zbrush-created shadowbox mesh. Radial symmetry is crazy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

funkie feets

One thing I've learned about modelling (from my results and watching videos) is that its best to model from non-straight on views (like I have here). These look alright from the front (where I modeled them) but falter from the 3D view a bit from my expectation. It might work out better to draw guides from the orthographic views, but then to model from the non-orthographic.

Draw overs also seem effective, and from this view you can really see that her hands and feet are also suffering in terms of structure and size (as well as some other stuff too). I should probably do a draw over of this little lady to help guide me through the problems.

Just working on this little guy for a game I'm working on with Kirk.