hexagon: Thanks hexagon. I tried modeling several different poses and this was one of the more effective ones given the storyline. I didn’t rig the character, but if I have time I’ll try a couple more poses to see if anything can be improved, not for the wc, just to see. I’ll post if it’s good. He’s supposed to be walking back to the edge of a cliff and is, we are perhaps lead to believe, about to make an “impossible escape,” which may have something to do with whatever he’s holding in his left hand behind his back. He’s surrounded and moving back slowly, aware of the dangerous edge he nears yet remains focused on his pursuers. At this point he’s about thinking, the choice to be made, or not, survival, or not, the calm before the storm or the beginning of an end
dante: Thank you VERY much! I really appreciate your feedback, and believe me I completely understand where you’re coming from I’ve been Blending long enough to put blends into context This being a weekend challenge, time’s a factor, but that’s not something that concerns me (several of my “best” works were the fastest ones created :P). For me, this is by far the “best” toon shaded render I have ever produced, and that’s no small accomplishment believe me after numerous frustrated efforts at toon shading Plus, I never did anything like anime/manga before, so this was another little personal milestone In the larger scheme of my works, it’s not what I’d place in my list of my top ten blends But one of the things I’ve been wanting to say for a while, because we all tend to look at things comparatively, is that it can be helpful, or sometimes essential, to consider things in their own contexts and not try to compare things too much, whether it’s artists or different works by an artist. This image stands out in my personal collection of Blender images for several reasons, mostly because it’s unlike anything I’ve done before and was a learning experience, knowledge I can bring to the next blend In some ways I hope my “best” work is years away Something to work towards. There probably will be plenty more renders in between here and now that aren’t so great, but it’s all part of the experience Think of your favorite artists or bands and all their works, and there are probably more than a few things that don’t seem to fit or sound good. These we skip over, pressing Forward on the CD player or turning the page in the art book (or clicking off to another web page if online). In our comparative mode, these works may be considered “lesser” than others, even unimportant or annoying to us, but I know those in-between and otherwise forgettable projects (to us, not necessarily the artists) are vital points in terms of personal artistic growth and are in a way like grout between the stones of the artist’s foundation. So this blend’s is like one more stone in the hypothetical pyramid I’m building, not a big stone, just one that brings me a step closer to the next level Thanks again for writing and for the encouragement! It’s made a difference I think!
Hippie: Thank you very much Hippie For some reason he almost looked comical when I put him in that pose The current pose was reached after a little debating I wanted him to have a hint of being crafty and collected, as if an impossible situation before him couldn’t shake him, that he’d stay cool, even if pushed to the cliff of the edge as he was here, because somehow he managed to maintain control. Whether he escapes or not maybe is something for the viewer to help decide. What does he hold in his left hand? Is he willing to leap and take it with him to an uncertain end, or will he use it to effect his escape? Or does the dude just have a wedgie from all that running and sword dueling? lol
Wu: Thank you very much for your supportive words Wu. I’ve decided to go with the edgeless version for the wc, although it won’t make a difference since I’ve decide to enter it as “non-participating” to underscore the “I do it for the love of blender” thing Yes, those wireframes are fun to look at; it’s sort of like staring at the blueprints of my blenderthoughts or something What’s next? Good question!! I have a couple massive blends in the works an plans for more, some things that won’t see the light of screens for months to come, if ever, and many smaller and “interesting” projects – I use the word interesting a lot because so many things interest me Honestly, the robertt blender roadmap is looking pretty varied and wild from here I have more ideas than I’ll probably ever get to blend, but I’ll keep working at it all. Well, I won’t be doing “I couldn’t think of anything to blend” posts for a long time The tank is full, the engine running, and I’m off again to the next blend… See you at the next stop Thanks for being there!!