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  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello everyone, how you all doing? I hope everyone is doing okay, last month was troublesome for me, but i'm better now and more excited to study and sculpt more than ever before.

    I'm currently working on a troll based on a concept by Alfonso Pardo Martinéz:


    CONCEPT BY ALFONSO PARDO.

    The initial project was to make a quick study of the head, but i decided to make the whole body, when doing the body i then tought it would be fun to make a little base, so here's where i'm at now:




    Also i did a 1 hour sketch from a fun zombie, i'm thinking about adding those sketchs on my routine:


  • jStins
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    Great progress in this thread, keep it up! 

    I'll leave the anatomy advice to the experts, but a couple thoughts on the most recent troll... I think you did a nice job capturing the overall proportions and mood of the character, but the stylization feels a bit inconsistent. For example you have some very sharp transitions between the shoulder muscle and upper arm whereas the concept shows much softer transitions in this area. 

    Stylization is all about varying degrees of simplification and exaggeration of different visual components. I think in the case of the troll concept the proportions and silhouette are exaggerated while keeping softer edges and transitions between the anatomical forms. 
  • RaphaelFabris
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    jStins said:
    Great progress in this thread, keep it up! 

    I'll leave the anatomy advice to the experts, but a couple thoughts on the most recent troll... I think you did a nice job capturing the overall proportions and mood of the character, but the stylization feels a bit inconsistent. For example you have some very sharp transitions between the shoulder muscle and upper arm whereas the concept shows much softer transitions in this area. 

    Stylization is all about varying degrees of simplification and exaggeration of different visual components. I think in the case of the troll concept the proportions and silhouette are exaggerated while keeping softer edges and transitions between the anatomical forms. 
    Hey, thanks for the reply and the advice! I will keep that in mind, the transition is really harsh right now because the arms and the body are actually 2 different meshes, I was working with dynamesh so I didn't merge the arm to the body because it would mess with the biceps by melding it to the body. After the pose and proportions are finished I will merge it all and soften it, thanks again!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello, I hope you all are having a great weekend, I'm still working on the troll, this is probably the project that I'm having the most fun so far, I already learned a lot from it.



    I will make this character able for 3d printing, that's it, any feedback is welcome!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello everyone! I'm really happy to share my finalized study! It was a bit frustrating at first to make the cuts, but it was really fun still, i feel like this is my best project yet, at least the most complex:



    I have more images on my artstation post: ArtStation - Wild Troll - 3D Print Study, Raphael Fabris

    Thank you for reading this and stay safe!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hey everyone. I'm currently working on a stylized Cammy from Street fighter, here's the progress so far: 


    Head:



    Body:



    I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep posting here, I've noticed that I got only a very few clicks when posting something and almost zero interaction, maybe long threads are not a thing people like. I might keep posting to share my progress for those who are following it, but I have a offline diary progress on my computer;
     
    Thank you so much for those how helped me in a way or commented over here and good bye, until the next post, maybe.. :sweat_smile:

  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hey everyone, I'm back, I can't just give up on my progress diary! :smiley:

    But I did gave up on the Cammy, at least for now, I felt like cheating, I've started the body from a basemesh, so there was no study on proportions at all, the head is different and I had to fix the anatomy after posing her but still.

    The whole think about how I was cheating myself made me frustrated, it did hold me from sculpting until a few days ago when I thought to my self "enough is enough" and stopped postponing my anatomy studies, but before I show the head study that I did let me share a few shots the Cammy WIP:









    That's it for the Cammy, now about the interesting part, the anatomy study! My main reference was Jon Bernthal, but as I expected, one who is a noob when it comes to anatomy can't achieve true likeness, so of course I failed, but I did the best that I could to make a good looking head from scratch, here's the blockout:
    It's important to note that I'm studying from a course of an amazing teacher named Rafael Souza!

    After getting the main shapes "right" (I did a few primary changes afterwards) I did the secondary details, and I have to say, studying the nose, mouth and eyes made a difference here:


    Next was more refined details:


    And finally (after a ton of tweaking) I added some skin details, here's the final shot:

    Feedback is appreciated!

    I'm really happy that I actually did a head study, I don't know why but I was apprehensive about start studying the human anatomy, maybe because of hearing about how complex it is.  

    That's about it, the plan is to make a few sketches and move on to female head. See you all, stay safe.
  • Phoenix995
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    you really are improving a lot! great stuff!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    you really are improving a lot! great stuff!
    Thank you!
  • Lether
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    Well, it is very interesting to see your improvement ! Anatomy is very difficult ! That is very cool to see you don't give up with this ! You are inspiring :) I'll definitively take example on you :)
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Lether said:
    Well, it is very interesting to see your improvement ! Anatomy is very difficult ! That is very cool to see you don't give up with this ! You are inspiring :) I'll definitively take example on you :)
    Thank you, I'm glad you found inspiration in this thread!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello! I'm here to tell you guys that, once again, I did not follow (kinda)  my own plan to focus on anatomy, I wanted to make a realistic orc, but not a finished project like that stylized one I did a few months ago, but something to study a bit of overall anatomy AND the making of a badass orc! 

    So I chose Nikolay's Orc Cyborg course,  because he teaches a bit of anatomy, It's was really cool to follow his workflow here are the results (both the head and the body were created from a sphere):




    And that's about it for that orc, I do not plan on finishing it but I believe it was a solid study, now I started studying female stylized anatomy, this one I'm studying on my own, but I did start from a simple base mesh once again, but at least this one I did changed a lot of things including the proportions:

    Here are some somewhat SFW images:



    I'm sorry about this one, but I was just messing around with poses:




    I will finish this lady, but I can't hold my self on creating creatures, so here's my current creature project:


    Based on a concept by the amazing artist Khoa Viet!

    And that's it for now, keep up with the studies everyone and stay safe!
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hey everyone! I'm here to share a bit more of that stylized turtle that I'm doing, I'm starting to believe that stylized characters are my jam, at least they are the ones that I have the most fun making.

    Now, the whole project is based on a main concept by, again, the amazing artist Khoa Viet, here's the concept:


    But since that's a 2D image, I wanted to add a few more items to give more logic and variety when creating the 3D art of this bad guy, so I've added a box to support the kettle and a gourd to balance the scroll.

    Let me share a few WIP shots of the PROP's (Also a cute baby turtle):

    The box was based on a really nice concept by Mikhail Logachev.


    Here are the props with the baby turtle, I will remake the bag because it honestly looks really bad:


    And here's the whole turtle, after remaking the bag and some fixes I plan to start the main character:


  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hey everyone, just want to share a new WIP of the turtle, started the character and changed a few things.
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello everyone!

    It's been a while, and that was because of the exams from the college, which is finally over, it feels.. weird to finally finish it after 5 years, i'm now graduated on civil engineering. Well.. now I'm a bit lost on what's the next step, quite lost actually, anyway, I opened the turtle project today after almost a month, and it felt like the project wasn't mine, like I can't work on it because I'm not capable, weird stuff, I guess this is the post about weird feelings huh?

    But let me share how is the character going so far, I've added the ropes to make it look believable and a mighty huge Sword because I like big swords!



    And that's it, I want to focus on 3D without feeling guilty about not studying for college now, I hope I can find a commission or a job soon, it's quite scary to have finished the studies and still not have a job.

    Thank you everyone, and stay safe.
  • JohannesAg
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    Nice job man, it's really cool to scroll through here, tons of improvement in this thread. 
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Nice job man, it's really cool to scroll through here, tons of improvement in this thread. 
    Thank you man! I'm glad you're liking this thread.
  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hey folks! Xmas is right here! I hope you all have a wonderful time, and also have a great fresh new start next year, i suppose this year wasn't easy for everyone, for me it was like a fallout aftermath from 2020. But i'm hopeful that next year things will be different for you and me! Things will be better.


    I'm doing a dwarf after a course from flippednormals, it's amazing how much I learned from it, even to the course was considered an introduction to sculpting.


    Also do you guys remember the dwarf I did September last year? I've made a comparison shot between this new one and the old one:

    And that's it, for now, Merry Christmas everyone, and stay safe!

  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello everyone, I'm here to share an update on the little dwarf study i'm doing. I gotta say that i'm having a blast sculpting this bad guy.


  • RaphaelFabris

    Hello, happy new year everyone, I wish a great year for you all full of success and happiness.


    I finished the dwarf study. It's was really fun to sculpt this guy.



  • waronmars
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    Looking good, you are improving a lot!

  • RaphaelFabris
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    Hello everyone, I'm here to share a stylized mouth sculpt, the one from the top was made somewhere in the middle of last year, the one from the bottom is a recent study!



  • RaphaelFabris

    Hello everyone! How are you all doing? In my journey of studying stylized female characters I've started working on a witch from an amazing concept by the great artist @rit.aria on instagram. I started it from a sphere to practice the blockout, and I was having a fun until the arms, it was really frustrating to get them right and still feels too small.


    Well, if it's too small what's frustrating about it just resize it right? Well yeah, but me dumb dumb, I've dynamesh the arm with the torso and now the whole thing became a big mess and now it's 10 times harder to make any adjustments on the body. But why didn't I just used a trim brush on the arms, redynameshed it and remade the arms? Because I only thought of that while writing this.. Again, me dumb dumb.


    Anyaway, heres the model! That's the result of a day of working on her, although I had a lot of problems doing her, I'm happy with the results, i will share the final model here soon.


    That's it for now, stay safe everyone.

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