Well, I call this version 2, cause I made one version before this, and that version sucked. The topology was bland (her body was basically a modified cylinder, topology-wise), there was no detail, no room for muscle deformations, no nothing. I wasn’t aware of this at the time, until someone said my model looked good. Then I thought ‘what would I think if if I was someone else looking at this’, or–more accurately–me looking at someone else’s.
I kinda liked it, but there were some problems, and a few bits were kind of blobby and low detail. Then I decided to look at it as if it was someone else’s and I was having a really bad day, and I discovered, to my great surprise, that the model was terrible. The face loops in particular. So I trashed it. I dunno if it’s a strength or weakness that I don’t get attached to old models.
So, this is version 2.0.1 Alpha Stage so far. A couple topology areas are being shifted and re-designed and things are still being hacked out, prototype-wise.
In particular I’m trying to erase that nasty crunch of edge loops in the small of her back, right above her tail base. Any help experienced modelers could donate would be welcome. I say experienced cause I’m going wild with topology. I’m trying to get a lot of stuff so there aren’t too many isolated straight lines, that and I’m trying to rough out the shapes for the under-lying muscles, on account of shape keys for flexing later. A couple bits in the thighs are still off. I’m working on those, but any advice would be welcome, once again.
Here are wireframes for anyone who’s interested.
Poly mesh so far. Another full shot, the ears look huge because they’re four-sided and the subsurface hasn’t knocked them down yet.
Poly Mesh–Thigh. A shot the inside to make things a little clearer.
Poly Mesh–Torso. Front and back, notice the nasty edge loop crunch there. I have ideas on how to kill it, but they probably suck. I’m no professional.
Quick note: Her fur, mane and tail will come later.
Anyway, I’m not professional, so… Good modelers, any time you could donate towards assisting me would be appreciated.