Orca problem...

Hi I’m working on a orca for a game. I’m going for very realistic…I need some help with merging a 10 verticle cylinder with one face. And making the topology around it be smooth. Without adding unecessary detail and keeping the smoothness of the orca. I find this very hard to do…could someone please have a look at this blender 2.5 blend file…and give me some tips or just tell me how you think I should go about this…

EDIT: And I would like to have no triangles…so it deforms well…any ideas?

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I would do it the way the dorsal fin is done. You will need a nice edgeloop for each fin so it can deform anyway. I removed one vert loop in the fin, still needs massaging to get it perfect.

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Nice, that turned out good. The same can be done to the back fins I guess. I’ll try replicate what you did to the forward fins. Thanks :wink:

EDIT: Ok this was easier to solve than I thought. All you need is 8 verticals not 10. Then you need two faces instead of one. That is 8 verticals as well, then you just connect or merge the two objects together. Thanks for the help buddy :wink:

Anytime. Glad it worked out.

Not exactly related to smooth deformation, but how many images do you have for reference?

I tend to be quite picky.

The profile is quite good. Looks like a juvenile or smaller female. You can tell by the smaller dorsal (Top) fin. The pectoral fins (front pair) look like barn doors hanging off instead of ping-pong paddle sticking out. The tail is too wide in the X-axis. The flukes (tail fins) need to be thinner in the Z-axis and they’re a compound curve

The barn doors
http://www.hickerphoto.com/whale-watching-1661-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/orca-whales-underwater-4249-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-breach-4146-pictures.htm

Tails are narrow and tall:
http://www.whale-images.com/picture/killer-whale-tail-display-northern-vancouver-island-158.htm
http://www.whale-images.com/picture/killer-whale-tail-157.htm

The flukes are thin and flexible:
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-fluke-2569-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/orca-whale-tail-2163-pictures.htm

Very nice one here:

and here

http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/orca.html
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-pictures-cat.htm
http://www.scientific.hickerphoto.com/orcinus-orca-scientific.htm

This one’s just fun. Well, at least for the whale, don’t think the penguins like it:

Not exactly related to smooth deformation, but how many images do you have for reference?

I tend to be quite picky.

The profile is quite good. Looks like a juvenile or smaller female. You can tell by the smaller dorsal (Top) fin. The pectoral fins (front pair) should look like barn doors hanging off instead of ping-pong paddle sticking out. The tail is too wide in the X-axis. The flukes (tail fins) need to be thinner in the Z-axis and they’re a compound curve

The barn doors
http://www.hickerphoto.com/whale-watching-1661-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/orca-whales-underwater-4249-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-breach-4146-pictures.htm

Tails are narrow and tall:
http://www.whale-images.com/picture/killer-whale-tail-display-northern-vancouver-island-158.htm
http://www.whale-images.com/picture/killer-whale-tail-157.htm

The flukes are thin and flexible:
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-fluke-2569-pictures.htm
http://www.hickerphoto.com/orca-whale-tail-2163-pictures.htm

Very nice one here:

and here

http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/orca.html
http://www.hickerphoto.com/killer-whale-pictures-cat.htm
http://www.scientific.hickerphoto.com/orcinus-orca-scientific.htm

This one’s just fun. Well, at least for the whale, don’t think the penguins like it: