I finally got around to setting up the wing materials. As well as being a bumpy transparent material I wanted to get that colourful rainbow high light effect like a lot of insect wings have. But it's only visible when it's reflecting. It was as easy as adding the desired colours into the reflection map. I'm rendering some turnaround videos so here is a few stills from it. I'm yet to setup the wing "bones?". I may also add some body hair / fuzz.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Here are some shader tests done in Maya with Vray. I've never had much success with using the sss2 shader, lack of spec control and normals/bumps looking weak and soft. I'm using a blend/layered material made of two materials. One is shinny wet translucent (SSS2) the other a standard Vray material. I painted a mask in zbrush to blend the two materials as I want them. The sub surface material is strongest under the tentacles / webbing while the "solid" material is strongest on the body and head.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
I have textured him. I started with a very contrasting bright yellow and black, copying the classic wasp colour scheme. It really looked silly so I began to introduce a brown/purple colour that washed over and blended the contrasted colours better. I looked at octopus reference photos but they all look so different but what they all seem to have in common is that the colour patterns are very noisy and mixed up. I added white bumps to mimic some reference images I found and it helped blend the overall look from an insect to more of a sea creature but still keeping the yellow black wasp markings.
Friday, 24 January 2014
This little freak of nature is the result of a monthly challenge my old university class mates and I take part it. This month we had to mix at least two animals into one and my choice was an octopus and a wasp "Octo-Wasp". I've wanted to model an octopus for a while so that helped my choice. The wasp half came about as both animals share a big balloon like abdomen so I thought they may be able to mix and share this body part. It's a work in progress but overall I'm really happy with it and a little surprised how easily it came together. I've shown a few people and the general reaction so far is "That's terrifying!"