CG Character Production Project – Basic CG Model

So, this leg of my character design project has been taking up more of my time and frustration than I was expecting, all because of one mistake. This project is the main reason I haven’t finished my latest page of Kokoro No Kinu. This project had so much unnecessary clean-up because I made a small, but huge mistake.

That mistake you might ask? I used a mirror modifier on my model.

Now this is usually a very smart idea when creating a CG character, so you only have to make one side of it, then mirror so both sides match. I did this too, but with one major mistake. You see, when you mirror, you should only have ONE SIDE of the model.

I did not have that.

I basically mirrored both sides of my model. This meant that inside my sculpted model was another, nearly identical model. This screwed EVERYTHING up. Both layers were merged together, meaning I couldn’t just separate them and delete the duplicate.

I spent countless hours fixing the mistakes that made.

Being the idiot I was, I didn’t realize that Blender, the program I am using, has a remesh modifier, which basically made all my hours of constant fixing worthless.

Literally worthless.

Remesh basically does what it says, it remeshed the CG character I had been designing, lowering the polygon count and merged the whole thing, so I had a nice, neat simple polygon mesh of my character.

The sculpting began again.

This was fairly easy, because I already had the design down, it was just recreating it, and I did. So here is my basic “Alien” model, My next steps are the dreads/hair/tendrils(?) and the clothing/tech. this should be fairly easy though.

The next page of Kokoro No Kinu should be out later this week.
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CG Character Production Project – Clay Model

I hate clay. That is the major take away after 5 pounds of it and over 18 hours of work. At every turn something broke, snapped off or just decided it didn’t want to stay connected to the rest of the model. I spent the last 4 hours of this project, and about a pound of the clay to repairs. The legs would not stop breaking. After hours of frustration I glued and taped the damned legs together, and it seemed to work.

I got the clay statuette standing, resting on a Mountain Dew bottle by it’s nub arms because I didn’t have enough clay for the rest of them after repairs, glued it to a heavy sandwiched cardboard base, using some tacky glue that dries clear. This is the result of my hard work.

And now for the best part of this story.

I get this thing wrapped in some bubble wrap and placed in a box that it barely fits in, but it’s nice and secure, no problem, no problem for the hour+ that it’s in the box, nice and neat. I get ready for school, get my box of my hard work, and I step out my door.

SNAP

Something in the box broke, and now my hard work is laying in pieces at the bottom of this box, bubble wrapped for it’s protection.

I haven’t looked at it yet. I’m guessing, both the legs and the tail has broken, again.

Now I am stuck carrying around a box of my failure until three o’ clock today, a large constant reminder of what I had worked so hard on, that broke as soon as I took a step outside.

This is why I hate clay.

there is one positive takeaway from this whole ordeal, I am more determined than ever to make the CG 3d model work, now more than ever. I guess my teacher will judge my progress and decide if I should attempt it. His input won’t change my resolve.

I will finish what I started, a box of broken dreams beside me or not.

I will fight on,

-Umedyn

CG Character Production Project – Design Concept 2

So as you all know, or may not, I am creating a 3D model for an original character for my CG Character Production class. I showed some basic drawings when I started the character design, now I am back with some more designs to show you!

To be honest, it’s just three of the same design, just with varied looks. My last designs were of the “nude” alien, meaning it was the alien’s body without any sort of clothing or tech, now she is back, and in my opinion, looking better than ever!

As you can see, I gave “her” some tech, like a holographic glove thing, some oval weapon on the other arm, a shaw and… would you call that a split skirt? Not sure.

But this is how I want my finished 3D model to look, I like the design, but what are your thoughts? Would love to hear them!

-Umedyn

CG Character Production Project – Design Concept

So, as some of you know, I’m currently in a CG Character Design class for my degree. Our main project for the semester is to create a 3d model and animation of a character from the design process to animation.

So I thought “Why not share the process while I am working on it?”

So I am!

The steps are basically The design phase, where I am currently in, the clay model, then CG model and last animation.

My design for this class is an alien of my own creation, currently I have only created the “nude” design of the alien. I am going to draw up a concept for “her” clothing and tech. Here are the concept sketches for my alien.

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Since this is going to be a bit more advanced than the average of what my class is going to do, I have to prove to the teacher that I can actually pull this off, I have to create “her” head in CG to prove I can do the work. I started this during class, and here is the progress I have on the head model so far:

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I’m using Blender for sculpting the character model… and let me say, I never knew how much fun it is to sculpt a CG model with a graphic tablet. I am loving the process.

I’ll be keeping you all updated as I work on this project!

-Umedyn

Kokoro No Kinu Chapter 3 Page 9

After the long summer of drought, I have completed the next page of Kokoro No Kinu! The reason I didn’t complete it before (during the summer when I wanted to actually finish chapter three) was that I hit a particularly hard creative block that lasted the whole summer. This page had something to do with it.

While making it, I had a hard time trying to figure out how to layout this page. I had to literally re-arrange and tweak every panel in this page to fit the flow of the comic. after that brain wracking I hadn’t drawn anything until last week, when I hit pen to paper and the muse came flooding back!

So, without further ado, here is page 9 of chapter 3 of Kokoro No Kinu!

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Kokoro No Kinu Chapter 3 Page 8

Here we are, another page is ready! I’m trying to get back into the swing of making pages. My typography class took a lot out of me the first half of the summer, being that it was an express course, they squeeze about three months of class into about a month and a half, so I was very preoccupied.

That being said, I am back working on my pages full force, when I’m not in a reading marathon with the latest lesbian fiction book I’ve decided to read, which has happened more this summer than I care to admit. Some are really good, so no regrets.

Anyway, you didn’t come to hear me complain about my procrastination or love of lesbian literature, you came for the next page, so here it is!

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Kokoro No Kinu Chapter 3 Page 7

As you can read, the next page is ready! I’m sorry for the delay, it’s been a crazy week for me, but I was able to find the muse to get it done. If you follow my twitter, you know that I had a bot hack my account and basically PM everyone in my followers list, so that was a pain, and so forth.

I know you all didn’t come here for my problems, you all want the next page, or at least I think you do, so I’m going to give you what you want!

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Kokoro No Kinu – Chapter 3 Page 6

Hello all!

I apologize for the delay, I have been quite busy. My summer semester started, and one of my classes is an express class, meaning the assignments come at me twice as fast as my other class, so I have been swamped keeping up with that.

I have been thinking long and hard about my manga style, what I can improve and change to make it better. This has been the main reason why my muse was shut down for so long and why I was in a slump. I’ve been reviewing my technique, and hopefully it will improve in the coming pages.

Other than those two things, I’ve had my hands full with the Yuri.Media site, cracking down on spammers (so many… so many spammers). I’ve had to edit the member’s registration multiple times, including now an admin approval (basically me) in order to keep out the spammers (I know what to look for…). The group is still open to anyone who would like to join, and we always support our creators and reviewers!

But you all didn’t come here for that, you came for the page, so here it is!

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Yuri.Media is Up and Running!

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Okay! So, some of you know I have been working on a project for the past few weeks. Well, this morning we’ve decided to open up our work to the public!

Yuri.Media is a group of creators and reviewers who make yuri, or lesbian themed work. This can range from Comics and manga, to games, shows and movies. We all come from a wide and various background all across the world.

Yuri.Media is first and foremost and site for people who like yuri and other lesbian works to find content creators and reviewers. Yuri.Media isn’t just for the fans of yuri it’s also for the creators and reviewers themselves.

Yuri.Media is also a group dedicated to supporting and helping to promote yuri and lesbian works. We support the other aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, of course, but our main focus is yuri.

If you are a creator or reviewer, you are already eligible to join the member section. A member doesn’t have to only make or review yuri and lesbian material, but the member does have to support yuri in some way.

We promote all of the member’s works of any kind, but we prefer your works to have at least some LGBTQ+ element in it.

Being a member is free, and requires no participation from you at all. The Member’s section of the Forum is for creators and reviewers to get together to support each other, by asking for reviews, critiques and help promoting a new project through various social media outlets. This area of the forum is exclusive to members of the Yuri.Media Group.

Other benefits of being a member, besides the community, include Having your blog, comic, book, movie, game, whatever, supported by the Yuri.Media community, we all will post it up on our Twitter, Facebook and other pages, sites and platforms.

Non-members can still interact and talk, we have a section for open discussion for everyone who registers on the forum, and even a section for guests to give comments without having to register. We ask, of course, that you be respectful.

So if this interests you in anyway, be sure to check out the Yuri.Media site, and join our community!

For the Betterment of all Yuri Kind,

-Umedyn

Kokoro No Kinu Chapter 3 Page 5

Alright, Another page is up! I know I was working on it two weeks ago, but I have been very very busy, which I will explain below the picture (just a hint, I will make a post about it when it’s fully ready). I’ve been busy with that project, I wasn’t feeling well for a week, and I had two exams very close to each other. I buckled down today and worked all day (taking a break because my mouse had gone to shit, but I have a new one now, a nice purple one!) to make sure this page was finished, and it is!

So without further wait, here it is!

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