Emily, how to make more realistic for head?

I use Emily as base to study for shading and SSS random walk. Is it realistic or not ? Any advice to make more realistic ? I would like to approach like Blade runner 2049 to Rachel head in CGI, How to achieve that by your help for making shading to extreme finest that look like photo ? Any 3D Artist pro can help me, please ?

Any help here I would be greatly appreciated :slight_smile:

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Can you show us the face texture nodes…Something is a bit off and maybe with the SSS settings…also the Bump/normal is a bit strong, did you also use the Micro displacement maps?

Here are my nodes :

Your picture is nice but I want more realistic, you know how to make it ?

Ah, you don’t think I have a more realistic? What more do you think I would need to qualify?

First off I tend to never use cycles but EeVee…but the nodes should work with it just fine with a bit of tweaking. Which takes quite a bit of work to get a good looking image. It also takes a few more nodes in your shaders that Cycles doesn’t need, especially transparency added with glossy, like the eyes, for example.

In my first image, I had the displacement/bump disconnected and forgot about it, so corrected and fixed a few more things…eyes are still not as good as I would like as I still haven’t gotten the pupil to not reflect, from the sclera map on the inside…Here are my current nodes just for the face texture…

You are on the right track and a lot will depend on the lighting, I use an HDRI as well as a point light for the R highlights and also a light blue backlight on the left.
I think your lighting is blowing out the texture, reduce the brightness and add a fill ( point) to the Right side to remove the harsh shadows, but not too bright that it burns out the textures and fills in the shadows.

Thanks for your tip from nodes but I am not sure if it looks like more realistic this shading ? Your second picture approach a little more realistic as well.

See this link what i do mean ? : Blader Runner 2049

Right character, Rachel have a skin more warm and sweet, so she looks like very realistic. So my question is how to make this approximate shading like her ?

Is it about to hdri or lighting or texture/shading to achieve the same look?

That is all Lighting…well most of it anyway…
Dropped my point lights and added a fireplace scene with lots of yellows and not any high light points…

and a yellowish night scene…

and a strong yellowish pillar scene with strong outside light…

Your displacement texture shouldn’t be plugged into the normal output. You should instead plug it into a displacement node, and then plug that into the displacement input on the material output node.

Then, in the material settings for that shader, scroll down until you find displacement settings, and set the ‘Bump Only’ to ‘Bump and Displacement’. Displacement actually displaces the mesh, and so generally achieves the better results.

Your main light source is a little hard and bright too. Perhaps soften it a little.

Honestly it looks pretty good, but it’s designed to. If you wanted the uber realism you describe, you’d have to do more than use the provided assets which come with Emily. You’d need to have the multiple skin maps, with different skin layers, and all that jazz. That’s what they would do in big budget CGI.

Very sorry for my late reply, thank you to your sharing, she looks good as well :slight_smile:

Look down at my last work from her and what do you think ?

Thanks for your tips and tricks info.

As I say again, look down at my last work from her and what do you think ?

This is my try to make more realistic with Blender version 3.0 :

Reduced a little of roughness from specular :

I think it looks pretty good, I do think the Skin Roughness is too harsh and something is wrong with the outer edge of the lower lip on the left side…It shouldn’t be a sharp crease.
Of course, the lighting is harsh to show the skin texture…

Ok thanks again for your info about her.

I already have done that her for rendering of more little from SSS and little more less of roughness before your posting here.

What do you think on her that ? :

I would suggest using an HDRI (Or nishita sky if anythign else) to preview your materials. It will give the most accurate representation of what your materials actually look like in a realistic lighting situation. Your lighting setup is quite strong now, and doesn’t really give a very accurate preview of your materials.

I feel like your subsurface scattering is quite strong right now. Remember that subsurface doesn’t happen with the same intensity everywhere, since in some places there are bones blocking light (think browline), so you’d want to paint a subsurf mask ideally.

Yes…SSS looks good and roughness as well! Way better!
When you get to the eyes, take your time…You will have to search for the Cornea mask or end up making one…I had a hard time getting the inner eye to stop over-riding the Pupil and glowing.


Ok thanks for your input of info.

Here I make this rendering with HDRI :

And here, a little mixing HDRI and Background :

What do you think of these images ?

Yes, the eyes from her are broken for me and I am too lazy to make her eyes now :confused:

Your last picture is nice but a little dark and a little big eyes, otherwise she is pretty and good :slight_smile:

And here again but with Nishita sky texture without HDRI :

For light is a little too bright for me so I have reduced less for intensity :

I think this way is more better than before… Because the last picture I love more this shading , more natural just thought :slight_smile:

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Maybe the last picture is a little dark so I have increased a little more as well to intensity so it is better now for shading.

Another a try on quite close to realism from her head without to HDRI/Sky texture, so I refine even more in the small details like this with one light and a background :

What do you think on her new look for this rendering ?