I have decided to create Sola model from Dakota concept art (link).. 1st step that I did was to break up character in Photoshop and creating simple character reference sheet.
Next step was to actually start modeling in 3Ds Max.
I face few problems during this progress as I forgot how to create in correct way elbows and knees.. it was always for me looking and sound so obvious that I didn’t think that I will forget but I did.. anyway, my solution was to use Chris model sheet of male human. I create separately human leg then I get rid of some polygons and shrink it so it fit to little character of Sola. I also had problem with creating hands and feet where I keep was keep getting unwanted triangles…to solve it fast I use ready feet and hand from my low poly model that you can find here link. All welding then went smoothly without any triangles in connection. Now I can write that I’m happy with the results.
Next step will be to create dress that will move exposed to forces or Sola movement. : )
Next step was to create proper dress that will respond on forces as wind and move during Sola walk cycle. To do that I follow this tutorial:
Everything was going smoothly with tutorial till one menu didn’t want show up for me : o I reinstall 3ds max and instal newest version that thankfully solve problem. Previously I had this toolbar that I needed but it was useless as it appear only as a frame without any options in it.. I spend with this tutorial hours and create 3 different dresses with maybe 5 attempts.. learning on mistakes.. from all results I was truly unhappy
I truly didn’t like this PLASTIC BAG dress -.-
I decide to find new tutorial and start from beginning
Now I’m happy with look of dress but still I face problems that I can’t solve such as:
-During walk cycle skirt do not move and Sola legs ignore existence of skirt..
-Once I attach dress to the rig .. honestly I don’t know how I did it but then dress was in “walk cycle” where Sola freeze.. that was spooky animation
-Last and most frustrating thing was that during creation of dress and later skirt my 3Ds Max was crashing constantly! I was keep saving my progress in increments.. but unavailable things were happening where after crash….. up to 10 saves were corrupted and I wasn’t able open them! If I would not save so often I could lose all model…
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