22
Oct
08

Haunted House 3D elements, Non-traditional character creation in iClone3 – Charon the FerryMan

Charon the FerryMan avatar created in iClone3...better have your 2 bits!

Charon the FerryMan avatar created in iClone3...better have your 2 bits!

Hello iCloners, today’s tip is a hot one. I have produced a few custom character creation methods based on the new features in iClone3 and the power that they give the casting director, but…the Tip of the Day, today will teach you a Non-traditional character creation method by developing a Greek mythological favorite of mine. Charon, the Ferryman was the son of Hades, condemned to carry souls across the river Styx for all eternity. This character you also may recognize as what we have commonly come to know as the traditional design for the Grim Reaper, or Death. And, let’s face it, it’s just not Halloween without the Harvester of Sorrow. He has a black cloak, complete with hood, and a Skull for a face, which when you think about it may give you a bit of an issue if you would like a seamless representation of the character in iClone. Why? Because , if you used Clonebones to make this, then you would not have the benefit of the mesh deforming in the cloaked areas of the body. But, if you use say a CloneCloth template to solve this issue, you still must replace the head somehow with a Skull model. Well, this is the iClone Trick and the Treat because that’s exactly what you have to do, first decapitate your character before attaching a Skull. Here’s how, follow the simple steps below to produce Charon, the Ferryman using non-traditional character creation methods or watch the high speed video build.

  • Go to the Actor tab
  • Click the Avatar button
  • Load a character into the scene, for this example I use the Jack CloneCloth Overcoat template
  • Select the Hair button
  • In the Modify panel click Remove to delete the hair model
  • Click the Upper Body button
  • Adjust the Brightness slider to a Low setting making the entire robe Black, you can also add a custom texture here for added detail if you like by clicking the Launch button to edit or the Open button to apply a custom image
  • Slide the Contrast slider to a high setting to further edit the texture directly inside of iClone
  • Click the Skin button next
  • Scroll down in the Modify panel and select the Shoes Material
  • Click the Open button and place a Solid Black image over the Shoes image template
  • Choose Hands from the Material Settings portion of the menu
  • Scroll Up and adjust the Brightness slider to a High setting to make the Hands Solid White
  • Click the Avatar button
  • Select the Dummys Left or Right Hand in the Modify Panel and then check the Mirror check-box
  • Use the Length slider to stretch the Hands
  • Under the Finger section of the menu, click the Mirror check-box
  • Select each Finger Tip one at a time
  • Use the Length slider to elongate the Fingers to make them more “bone-like”
  • Click the Head button form the top
  • Select the Texture button to launch the characters facial texture in iClone for editing
  • Choose the Opacity Map channel
  • Use the Brush Size slider and set it to 100%
  • Make sure you have Solid Black selected and then paint over the entire image map
  • Click OK to apply the edit to the Head of the character
  • Select the Set tab
  • Click the Props button
  • Choose the Custom Folder
  • Locate and Load a custom Skull 3D model
  • Right Click the Skull
  • Select the Attach button
  • Click the Head area of the avatar
  • Wait to see the Bounding Box flash to indicate a successful link
  • Use the Move tool to properly position the Skull in the Head placement
  • Select the Eyes button
  • Choose an Eye Template
  • Use the tools in the Adjust Size portion of the menu to edit the placement and size of the eyes
  • Click the Mouth button
  • Click the Remove button to get rid of the teeth completely
  • Select the Throat bullet
  • Adjust the Brightness slider to 100% making the Throat Solid White
  • Select the Set tab
  • Click the Props button
  • Choose the Custom Folder
  • Locate and Load a custom Hood 3D model
  • Right Click the Hood
  • Select the Attach button
  • Click the Head area of the avatar
  • Wait to see the Bounding Box flash to indicate a successful link
  • Use the Move tool to properly position the Hood in the Head placement
  • Click the Add button under the Content Manager to Save the character
  • Name the new Haunted House 3D element

Using Non-traditional character creation methods in iClone3, like Charon the Ferryman can amaze you from time to time by trying new and exciting combinations when designing these sort of avatars. You will be surprised at how well some of your more outlandish ideas will turn out if you just step outside of the box for a minute when approaching the conceptual portion of your creation process. This Opacity material method where only certain areas of the avatar are rendered invisible lends itself to many different themes and styles. Maybe you want to expose some bones from a large wound, or create a clone that has maybe one cyborg arm, the development options begin to open up a bit wider when you think about your characters in this light. Go crazy, I do, and I can create tons of designs in small amounts of time with some of these rouge techniques when I happen upon them in production. Below is a high-speed video build showcasing exactly how this character is put together using these methods, but feel free to enhance this idea and go deeper into your texture design phase. In the end…you will thank yourself for taking the time to do so, and in the end…you don’t want to fear the Reaper! BOC, that’s right! Enjoy!

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