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Gift for my buddy :icondoobzerz:

Wanted to make something fast that wasn't my thesis. Character is from his pokemon webcomic, Snowbound.

4 hours 35 minutes to model, rig, animate, and add effects. Recorded a time lapse!

youtube.com/watch?v=JFpsO8Jnkoo

Modeling S: 14 minutes
Rigging (5 bones + dummy + eyeball) : 23 minutes
Modeling Spade: 50 minutes
Expression morpher: 8 minutes
Character animation: 38 minutes
Background, tweaking, lights: 36:29
Fucking around with particle effects I ended up not using (not shown in time lapse) 26:52
Spade shooting animation: 44:55
New background, material animation, fine tuning: 27 minutes
Sparkle effect: 23:38

See if you can spot the easter eggs in the time lapse (list on Youtube)

3D Studio Max and Photoshop
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:iconjdrawer01:
Jdrawer01 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
It doesn't loop
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:icondrawnartist:
DrawnArtist Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those spades?
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Yep. Doobzerz's character in his webcomic has an Unown whose hidden power is steel type, and he shapes it into spades.
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TrinityJones Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
looks good, i spotted where the rig / rotation played up by spinning one way than the other, looks a little freaky other than that looks good. if you wanted to add more you could do a slow swirly background like kaori does all the time, but hey... I like the green reflections on it ^_^
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Oh no, I wanted it to change direction. Maybe I should have had it slow down more when it does? might make it look less freaky?

Yeah, moving bg would have been fun. Maybe next time/when I know an easy way to do so.
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:icontrinityjones:
TrinityJones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
put them on layers in photoshop then export as layers to img, then move then slightly in AE.

simple ^_^
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Could overlay it with another photo from the same shoot though. Hmmm.
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
... Put what on layers? It's a photo. :P
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:icontalliesynn:
talliesynn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work!
It's so shiny. :XD:
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:iconespeon4ever:
Espeon4ever Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO awesome!! The animation is incredibly smooth, I LOVE IT! :heart:
Seeing how you did it also made it so much greater, even though I didn't understand half the things you did XD
I've always thought it intriguing to work with animation.

Did you study animation in college? If so, what college did you go to? And would you recommend studying animation? Just some questions off the top of my head. It'd be great if you could answer them :D
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
I'm currently a senior at Maryland Institute College of Art, where I've studied 2D and 3D animation. I'm currently working on my final thesis film (this piece was a much needed break!) I have kind of mixed feelings about art college. On the one hand it's been a fantastic experience I wouldn't trade for anything, mostly because of the amazing friends I've made. Still, you can probably get pretty good just sitting at home and working really hard and wouldn't be in such a staggering amount of college loan debt. Although I was completely hopeless at all things 3D until I took a class on it, and there's a lot of things you can only learn from working with other people and critiques.

Animation is a very tough and competitive field, and the scary economy right now makes me very worried about finding a job after I graduate. Whether I succeed or not will probably greatly affect my answer to this question. XD
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:iconespeon4ever:
Espeon4ever Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thanks so much for the complete answer. I've heard many good things about MICA :nod: I agree with you though, these stuff CAN be learned at home by yourself (of course, it takes much more time too), but I have no idea about 3D animating (which would be what I'm most interested in XD). Also, one of my main doubts about choosing it as a career is that, as you said, getting a job will most likely be quite hard. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you the best of lucks in your career :D

Oh! Almost forgot.. Thanks for the llama too! :glomp:
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Plaid-pichu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student General Artist
WOAHHHH. Very smooth and professional animation! :D
Looks like it was taken right from a Pokemon promo!
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Thank you. I'm going to put it in my reel and hope it can help find me a job somewhere.
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SchitzoTiger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome indeed :D Amazing how much work goes into something that seems so simple... one of the first things I noticed though was the way S' expression changes when firing the spades. Great work!
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Thank you.

Also, yes, "S'" is a rather strange possessive.
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:iconschitzotiger:
SchitzoTiger Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's English for you :V
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indimew Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
THAT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME. I love the way S spins, like a boomerang which makes sense for her shape. I also love how she can bend like a living organism and of course, I love the spades!
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:iconkuroseishin:
kuroseishin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Glad you like it. Yeah, I had fun thinking of how a psychic living S-shaped thing would move.
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:iconindimew:
indimew Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
like that! haha. I imagine pokemon to be quite lively if they were real.
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