Flay the hyena!
What started out as just a simple sketch evolved into completed pictures and 3-d artwork of a character I dubbed “Flay” the Hyena. I was toying with the concept of cel-shading and seeing if I can do shading using only material properties and no special texture UV maps. See the results for yourself. Nearing the end my 3-d program lightwave was making decent hand-colored pictures.
Color Sketch for one of the monitors.
Pencil Sketch for another monitor.
Colored pic for one of the monitors.
Colored Picture of one of the monitors.
The process took about 3 hours to draw by hand and 6 hours to render with a pentium III 400Mhz machine using NewTek’s Lightwave 5.0. It was really fun layering everything together and actually use even some of the sketches that I had in my sketch book essentially throwing everything I can at just one picture.
I had one more sketch of Flay but decided not to use him in the final run.
The 3-d artwork of Flay.
I decided that I wanted to take the art a step further and try to make it full 3-d rather then just 3-d backgrounds on a 2-d plane.
So I designed a rough model sheel of all of the profiles of what I want it to look like.
Then , I decided to take this character a step further and hand-port him into lightwave using a spline technique. It came out pretty good and with the cel-shaded I wanted to see how close I could get to having a 3-d modeler make it look hand-drawn. here is the results of that.
Up close torso shot of the model with cel-shading active.
This is a running sequence that I also had of Flay from the old days of lightwave 7.
3-d Model construction of Flay the Hyena.
I also saved some screenshots of the construction, but at the time I kept it low at 640480
Head Construction done by taking a sketch into lightwave and splining the profile to make a 3-d face. Sketch has to be a very good profile in order for it to work!
The Body work of the character.
Flay has no textures! It’s all done with polys and defining surface values!
This was some clothing I was going to have ClothFX drive for a movie. But never got around to it.