I’ve been away from Blender for a long old time! But have kept my eye on all the goings on, still keeping an interest. But I’m ready to dive back into the world of Blender, in a very ambitious project, which I know is going to take a lot of time and effort, but I feel I’m ready to take the plunge.
So short backstory, for the past year or so, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a graphic novel, using blender. I’ve carried out various quick tests, using MakeHuman to generate human bodies (it’s gonna take long enough, without modelling and rigging people…) I’ve been pleasently surprised with MakeHumans ability to create unique characters. And with some tweaking, you can get some pretty good results. So why use blender? Because I can’t draw! Not that well anyway. I can paint (kinda…), but drawing would take a lot of time and practice, more so than it would probably take to do it all in Blender. Not to mention my Blender skills are probably much better than my drawing skills! I also like the 3d art style. A few comics do it now, where they seem to combine 3d elements with traditional drawing and painting.
The style I’ve been testing out seems pretty similar to the tell tale Batman game that’s just come out. I really like the obvious 3dness, with the sketchy lines and shading. I’ll post some stuff here later from some initial tests, but atm, there isn’t much to really see.
So back to story (lots of text, sorry…) I’ve been working on it for about a year on and off. Initially it was writing. Lots of writing. Coming up with characters, locations etc…not to mention the story itself. I have a lot of it in writing up to a certain point, and I know roughly how it’s going to end. But I wanted to actually jump into it, and start making it rather than writing, and doing concept sketches. So I thought, lets make the first chapter, see how long that takes, and see if it’s going to be possible to actually do this. I’ve got the script written, a tracksheet of all the models I need for the first chapter, all I need to do is a rough storyboard, but that can be done once models are ready.
So as of now, I am modelling and texturing things. I will share some of this in a post below, but I just wanted to post here, because it’s another step to committing to the project! All I will say at this point is that it’s Sci-Fi and set in the future. Our protagonist Kara is a bounty hunter (so original…) she uses her skills to investigate a mysterious symbol she has on her wrist (ooooooooh).
If anyone has models they would like to donate to the project, please let me know. Not after major things, maybe little things for the background to help populate rooms etc…