This is literrally the best I could make after a whole day of playing with the settings. I’ve seen all the tutorials including the Blender Guru one, but all they seem to do is focus on what the sliders do which is easy to understand by yourself. I was hoping to get something on the lines of what you can achieve with Maya.
Anyway, I’m hoping it’s just my lack of knowledge and some blender wizard will show me the way!
Here is the Blend file just showing the torso like in the picture above.
Wow! That’s way better then anything I managed to do! I turned on the long hairs toggle, I just never thought of using that since I assume it was for really long hair. I got similar results to you but could you share the settings or the file?
Thanks for all the tips. I did experiment with thicker hairs, but the problem that I saw is if you get too close, the strands start looking like tiny tentacles rather then thin fur strands.
I will experiment with the shaders, although I will most likelly end up using it in EEVEE since I do plan on making some small animations with this character. And I would like for my renders to finish during my lifetime. xD
To be honest, I’m not sure for how much longer I will keep working on this. Blender fur just doesn’t seem all that great honestly. Specially comparing it with Houdini or Maya. I will probably end up finishing this project in Maya I think.
Yes, blender hair needs more work, but in this case so is your groom. Is a matter of not knowing the software well enough rather than limitations, which blender has, of course, but not applying in this case.
For such simple stuff you want to groom blender is perfectly capable of doing it right if you know what you are doing. I know because I had my share of work done in xgen and yeti in productions, and tinkered a bit with houdini and none of them gives any decent result out of the box without LOTS of tweaking done in the hair itself, the shading and even the lighting. There are tricks you can use that are software agnostic, like reducing the shadows of the fur shader to make it look softer, etc.
Atom and Photox gave you a good example of this, and I would do it myself if the file was available yet but I found this topic too late. My advice is just keep tinkering with it and asking people and you’ll get as good as with Yeti or whatever.