At 2/16/13 01:27 AM, big-jonny-13 wrote:
At 2/15/13 07:41 PM, BCRice wrote:
CGI meaning what? Rotoscoped?
At 2/15/13 07:19 PM, BCRice wrote:
The comic style images are largely CGI. I use a bunch of different render filters and then tinker around to clean things up. I mostly do PS stuff, though the line work happens in the actual programs except where I need a specific effect. It's efficient and leaves me more time for the animation stuff. :)^ Not sure if that answered your question. lol I guess...none are traced? Unless you count what the computer does?
I'm just asking because there are some big jumps in quality between some images.
So there are differences between some of the images. For instance, the animation style stuff is free hand. The rest of the comic book style images are 3D model characters using different toon renderings, and then the backgrounds are typically either painted free hand, 3D CGI renders with various toon filters, or 3D CGI renders with paints.
I do a lot of little things to the 3D characters like adding reflections and stuff, but mostly they're built, morphed and then rendered in-program. It doesn't make for a perfect final product, but for someone without a lot of traditional pencil skill, it does a pretty good job. I'm always working at being a better artist, even if that style of art is a mishmash of different disciplines.
There *is* though one rotoscope item which is the little signature pic -- but that's actually a still from a rotoscope video of a friend acting as Damage. It's sort of a surrealist dream sequence thing. I'm about 50% done with it, but it's not really taking precedence right now against the other stuff. And since it's 12fps FBF, it's pretty labor intensive.
With all the different means we have to create things nowadays it can be pretty overwhelming, that's why I'm trying to just keep my focus on the short term goals which is the Flash series and the web comic stuff I'm working on. But I do plan on keeping on working towards the rotoscope, live action and CGI shorts as well.
Hopefully that answered your question. The *least* manipulated 3D renders would be the wizard and military guy pics, while the most altered would be Maca and The Supreme Beings (and consequently, the Supreme Beings pic is nearest to what I'm doing for the web comic). And you bring up a great point about when using CGI -- you really have to come to a specific style and palette for everything to mesh well. Right now all of these images could not exist in the same page together. It's been sort of an ongoing WIP over the last couple years. :)