Friday, 26 August 2011

The 'B' Range Pencils

So on with another day, and in-between doing, planning and thinking about doing stuff, I had a little sketchy time this afternoon. I've been gathering up plenty of inspiration pics for concept and illustration work, and a couple for my sketchy pieces.

And I must say, today has been much better. I managed to get my hands on some 'B' range pencils to get those bolder lines and a bigger shading range, and my work looks a lot better now. Minus the fact that scanning is much better than taking photos of work. It's better in person. Enjoy :)

As I was drawing my little piece today I also had a small moment or two reminiscing the good old times where only the HB pencil prevailed. I remember starting out in primary school with my HB pencil during art, and the other classes, namely maths. (I couldn't believe it when I found out you had to write out sums in pen at High School. At 10 I was pretty shocked :P ) Then as you move up year by year in High School you become exposed to these 'others' that are available to you, to do great things with. By GCSE all the HB was left for, was during the mapping out of a piece.

At A-Level, it was outlawed. HB became infamous and it was utterly unspoken of to be caught using one, and this is where the 'H' range played a better and far bigger role. It started to be used in light shading and mostly as the base for a final piece or an outline to adhere to when shading.

Ah, HB, the times we had. Never fear though, I'm pretty sure your still the most popular choice of pencil in life when it comes to everything but professional Art.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Sketching is Underway

Yay! Awesome things are happening now. Well, I say awesome, but they're just a few quick sketches with a pretty naff pencil (2H) as I couldn't find anything else, so it's all a bit light. The first one is alright apart from proportion issues with her eyes, they're a bit poppy outy. But that's because I didn't have a rubber so I just had to hope for the best and it turned out better than I thought 'cause everytime I've drawn people and faces before, I definitely need a rubber. The last sketch I did is the one I'm most pleased with. I'm happy, happy about it :) And I got two pictures for the second sketch I did (whole and close-up) to make up for the poor attempt I did with the first lady's face.

I think now I've warmed up a bit to drawing people again, I'll carry on with a couple more (hopefully with a better pencil range) and plug them into photoshop for a bit of rendering. Maybe. If I can get my skills up. Enjoy :) Oh and please excuse my poor photographing skills, the light source was terrible, that's what you get when you're away from a scanner, ah well.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Plans are Underway!

So it's been a while since I've been posting around, but not because I've been lazy! Well maybe a tiny bit, but, that's irrelevant, because I've been planning and thinking away on how best to approach everything to do with keeping your online presence 'alive' as they say and organising a whole pile of files, and thinking about what precise objective I am going to work towards.

First off I've gone back to basics. Back to the beginning where everything starts. The computer. Now for all this updating blogs and finding inspiration stuff I use my laptop, solely because I can take it everywhere with me. If I'm off going wandering to different places I need access to my inspiration that will help me on my way to do some work and stay in the loop. If I just want to pop downstairs to do some work, I can. And I absolutely love it for that. (If it dies I'll have no idea what to do.) But the laptop served another purpose for the last few months of uni, as my other and extra working space, so I'd be back and forth between the tower and the laptop for certain things. Recently, it annoyed me, having to look at all this out of place stuff so I started the long task of organising everything and putting it in the right place. (Phew, glad it didn't take long.)

After that my mind is now a lot clearer and I can start the other tasks of thinking of a goal and doing blog things. So I now have my little online notebook back up and running again and I hope my posting will be very frequent as my procrastination involves gathering up inspiration. :) Constructive procrastination I call it! I have fully refreshed the spirit it used to have and it's keeping my dashes of inspirational things all neatly organised together (which is another weight off on my shoulders, literally, and making my mind clearer all the time.) Along with this I've done a quick revamp of my blog (mainly because I'm the one looking most of the time and get bored of the colour or the font or something :P ) but more importantly to get a more professional edge to it, so there's no backgroundy pink stuff happening behind the title, and I've got some pages! Just an about me bit, that I think just waffles on about some nonsense about games and animation, and a portfolio bit where for now I've just thrown in my life drawing until I do the next step.

After planning my notebook came the objective. So a week or so ago I finally managed, after a long time planning, observing and gathering plenty of information and inspiration, to figure out what I'm working towards and what I'm going to do. The plan is to completely start afresh with a showreel and to completely start anew with my portfolio (the drawn stuff) and since I've done a few animation tests and a few illustrations and life drawing type sketches. Which reminds me of the old assignment thing again, so with that in mind I'm working super extra hard as I used to. :)

Step 4 to world domination, I mean, er ... plans, after I work super hard to do the best work I can, I'll put together a good bunch of animation shots for my showreel and a good amount of sketches, life drawing and illustrations (and maybe concepts if I get any good) for my portfolio; and then I'll revamp my website to show only the awesome stuff! I'm going to think about the design and layout, but I think I'll keep the base the same because it works really well for me and is in-keeping with the rest of my online presence. I'm going to tweak some of the images that are on there already and maybe something with the text just cause I get bored of looking at it easily, then again as I say, I don't like being extroverted about myself and for just anyone to know about me. (Unless I become a celebrity animator, and I may divulge 4 lines more on the about me bit in this case :P )

So that's all for now about me and what's going on, and hopefully I'll be doing some weekly or fortnightly posting about the progress if all is going well, and not so well just to do a moany post 'cause I haven't done one yet hehe.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Innovations Part 2

Okay so while in the process of finalizing my drawn idea I've started by creating the elements I know are a definite to this experimental project. So far I've knocked out a few different mushrooms, getting an idea for how vines will look and the cliff. I also made an extra mushroom because I forgot about taking screen grabs, so it's all good now. Below you'll find my progress on making the mushroom and the vines. I'll make little noters about the process I used behind it, as I'm not 100% on what the walk-through will be yet.

I started off with a cube and gave it a height of 2 segments. From that I scaled out the bottom edges, extruded a face on the top and scaled it inwards, creating a boxy hemisphere. (Yep, it took me ages to figure out what a 3D semicircle was called ...)

I then put some edge loops in so that I could give it a more circular shape, then flipped to the underside and started to roughly extrude and scale the faces to create the stem. I then clicked these edges around the stem to pull and scale and pop them into the final place:

Next I split the faces on the mushroom cap, so I could get a better shape to it and match it up with my drawings. I used the split poly tool for this as the edge loop tool would have circled itself around the entire mushroom, and having too many polygons on the stem is just unnecessary.

I then pulled and scaled the edges around around until I had the basic shape, and from there I tweaked with the vertices until I was satisfied I got the right shape:

Below I started to tweak the top part of the stem and get more of a curve into it, like I had in my drawings, so it starts to flow a bit more:

The lower part of the stem looks a little thin in comparison to the top part, and doesn't give much of a sense that it would work. It feels like it would snap. So I shall concentrate more on designing and exploring the base and lower stem of the mushrooms, since it must hold all that weight up and have some sense of the real to it.

The next part is the vines. Now I knew there was I way to create polygons with a curve, but not as I was thinking with the loft and other tools in maya, and surprisingly enough I found a video to give me the step I needed from none other than Digital Tutors on youtube. Well at least I learnt something off it anyway. I went and created my CV curve and then edited the points to the right shape I wanted.

Then I made a small cylinder with the right diameter for the base of the base and placed it at the top of the curve. I deleted the unnecessary edges on the bottom and selected the face, then the curve and extruded (with many segments not just the default 1). In the image below you can see in the second image, that the extrude is equal from top to bottom, and since the growth of vines usually becomes thinner at the tips so I played around with the taper control, made it thicker at the tip and in the last image thinner.

I then pulled out the curve, and altered the mesh slightly since it's still connected to the extrude control. I played around with the points and vertices to create some funky results, but for now I've stuck to the smooth curves. Until putting all the elements together I won't know for sure if I want to keep that flowyness to them, and I have feeling I'll lean more towards the tests below, to create something more natural, and more stylised in the process.

Below, I repeated the same steps to create these 3 interlinking vines:

I quite like the way they've turned out, but I feel that the vines need more in-depth study on paper as quick sketches and scribbles can only give me a limited inclination as to the shape and composition as to how they should look and I felt I spent more time tweaking the vines and thinking about how to make them work together, than taking the composition from paper and doing slight tweaks to match it up.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Tweaked Shots for Final Edit: Scene Missile

Finally got the last scene together. Animating the back and forth took longer than I wanted it to because the animatic wasn't too clear so I infused it with a bit of creature retardation, kind of. This gave me less time on tweaking past what Simon wanted, so I got what Simon wanted in first and then went back to the shots to make the animation better. And here goes the Missile Scene, with many shots:

I'm okay with this shot, but it's the facials that makes it seem at bit off. Due to the limitations of moving his brow I couldn't get the expression I wanted at the end, I think the camera angle didn't help either. But with what the rig could do I think it works alright. Next time I would see if there are any other camera angles that would make this action look better.

Just a follow on shot, looking at the controller and I put a bit of movement in there because no-one can hold anything still:

Another follow on shot, establishing what's going on and the situation of the scene. I think I could have had the apprentice do something like pulling his hand over his eyes to try and see further, just for a bit of dynamic and contrast, but again time was an issue so I stuck with what I had:

I like the way Shot 4 turned out and the only thing niggling at me is the hands on the binoculars, they shake too quick where it should be a slower movement like in the controller shot:

I'm pleased with shot 5, although I could have thought of a few more possibilities at what the creature should be doing just to see but there wasn't much time for testing. I kinda like the way he's inspecting at what his hand can do, gets distracted for a second and goes back to his hand, shows a little of that stupidity the guys wanted:

Shot 6 seems fine the way it is and I'm happy with the apprentice's movement, however I think I'd go back and tweak at it more with the hunter holding the controller a little lower:

A cut to look at the missile from the side, and the apprentice is still turning to see. I quite like this cut, but looking at it now there's a little popping I can see that's irritating me; other than that pop I'm happy with it:

Annoying to get the controller movement right in this shot because the controller must still move slightly in his hand while he's thinking about what he's looking at, and thinking about forces and adding in that punchiness when he presses the button. Maybe a bit more of a change in facial expression is needed, but other than that I like this shot:

The camera angle was moved close to last minute, and because I was animating the back-and-forth first then the important tweaks I didn't get chance to move the apprentice, and have his eyes follow the missile when it zooms away. I quite like the camera shake and maybe tweaked to have faster bounces when the missile moves forwards:

I like shot 10, this one was a major tweak because of re-animating. I found it tricky to figure out the timing for this straight away, so went into stepped mode and played around with the keys the get the timing pretty much there before working on arcs. I'm happy with the result:

Shot 11 is just a quick shot of the creature jumping down, and looking now, the land should have a bit more impact upon his body, so making the bounce up and down rather quick at first and then easing out:

Not much to see or explain in the next shots as they are the quicky flicks between the creature and missile and I think the missile ones should be a second shorter just to emphasise how fast it's all happening.

I'm relatively happy with this shot, the creature jumps forwards near enough into the missile, showing his stupidity again and lack of fear I suppose. When I come back to this I should think more about his tail and the way it moves, but time constraints didn't allow me the freedom I had on Scene Mushroom in exploring and testing ideas:

I really like this shot because it goes against everything you should do when faced with an active missile, furthering the notion of the creatures stupidity. Things to work on would be the tail and get some solid poses for where it should be:

Again relatively happy with this shot but the lack of control I had with his facial controls meant that the camera had to change (not just his face in shot) which gives the audience less of an impact that the hunter's a bit shocked:

Missile flying off, and happy with this shot, the creature should have a bit more movement in him but because he has no neck I can't make his head follow the missile, so he can see where it's going:

Shot 19, the creepy shot. Annoying to get the right flowyness with the sudden camera move here. The hunter's fingers aren't the easiest things to pose either especially for shots when grabbing shoulders. Extras to do for next time, is work on the hunter's hands/fingers, and move the camera back to it's original keys as when the apprentice's head stops and camera moves it seems a little choppy:

Monday, 16 May 2011

Tweaked Shots for Final Edit: Scene Musha

So it was decided that because we're not going to be rendered in time for hand in, everyone can take a bit more time on their animations to get them to a better standard and just complete shots. I was pretty much finished apart from the back and forth between creature and missile, so over the past 2 weeks I've gone through and tweaked what I can, where I can without redoing certain bits. I would like to redo some shots completely but there isn't enough time to do that so I've done what I can, ready before the final edit. First up is the mushroom scene and I'm quite happy with what's there, apart from the run. The run I had to knock out really quickly due to the time set out for us on the first scene which was two weeks after the dissertation hand-in, and I will return to it and redo a run cycle for the hunter.

I think the first few shots I did are the best and most pleased with (along with the last one) and it's purely because I spent more time on them as they're the ones that really needed to look right. I don't know if it's me being pedantic, but I think when the creature hits the first and maybe the second mushroom he needs a frame or two less contact time. I think this combined with extra finger movement would make it look near enough there.

The only annoying thing with this, was that I couldn't animate the hunter's hat falling off his head because it was under some weird hierarchy and did some funky things, like scaling and both parts moving away from each other. It was probably down to double transformations or the pivot/centre point being in completely different places. I'm not advanced enough to understand these things so I didn't want to mess with anything for the sake of messing something up aaaand the rig's broken then no playblasts. Note: After hand-in's study rigging! But yes, happy with this shot, although could forever tweak the mushroom.

The only real issue I have with shot 3 is the moving mushroom cap, I should have animated it for longer because it just stops.

Shot 4 annoyed me because as one of the tweaks I had to go back and put in a head-look-down and I just couldn't get it to look completely right. So if I were to go back to this shot, I'd exaggerate the shoulders less because they jump in one place and redo the whole head including facial animation. But relatively happy, and I do like the sly little smile and look away I put in at the end.

For shot 5 works but I can see now why it is a bit off, the tail needs to come down onto or close to his head when he lands to give a sense of weight and reaction of forces upon him. One thing that really annoys me about this rig (apart from the lack of neck) is that he has no individual finger movements like on the other characters where you can change just the tips, middle or bases of the fingers, as with most stuff though time was an issue. I think he did need more than just a fist and curl finger control as it would have made the creature look a bit more polished on this shot. Nevertheless I'm relatively happy with it.

I'm happy with the way shot 6 turned out, and like how the creature is just happily bouncing away unknowing of what's behind him, but I think some of the drops hold for a frame or two too long. Also I think I should have made the creature zig-zag a little more just to give a bit of dynamic and contrast to the hunter's run.

I'm happy with shot 8, this is probably my favourite of this scene just because of the animated bamboo's. If there was a little more time, I'd have animated all the bamboo's in my other scene (missile) too, as I do think it adds an extra bit of depth into a scene if some elements are swishing around in the gentle breeze. I'm not as sure with the way I animated the apprentice, it works, but I'd go back and make him move a little less and give him better poses.

Saturday, 14 May 2011


After much deliberation on my list of project ideas, I've decided to take a different turn. Continuing on my ideas for wanting to model or sculpt, I've chosen to push this slightly further. Modelling a character ready for rigging was an innovative idea for me, however in relation to the bigger picture (outside world) I still wanted to do something that has been left largely untouched or something I've seen very little of.

I've seen an array of very pretty 2D illustrations and concepts, these below are the kind of thing that always inspire me to keep working away, hopefully becoming talented enough like this one day.

There are a plentiful supply of this kind of style, quick speed-paints and concepts artists typically do for personal benefit or work, but there are very few that take this into the 3D environment. From the images above, there is a good sense of depth, and particularly with Rodney Funtebella's (the two top right images) work depth enough to decipher how that object/environment would appear if it were real. It's easy enough to create. With Goro Fujita's work (top and bottom left and mid top) there is still depth and could still be modelled, but on a lesser scale, less 'concept art for purpose' and more 'concept art as an illustration,' and this is the area I would like to work on. Building upon the concept art for illustration and delving further to create a flatter image.

Below I have created my own illustrations exploring this idea of stylistic concept art concentrating more on the style and being illustrative and less on realism and having a real depth.

Below I have a couple of images from my sketchbook, that were made for the initial concepts of The Last Trophy plants. Just flicked through to remind myself of the sketches and the kind of style I did it in seeing how flat or full of depth the sketches got. (They didn't get too full of depth) I shall take these kinds of ideas and do a few more sketches to combine these ideas together and create something new, incorporating the idea of creating 'flatness.'

Below are some of my ideas, taking elements from my initial illustrations (above) that provide depth and pushing these ideas further to create a very flat image.

I've also been looking for some 3D work to aspire to, and give me some indication of where my illustrations can take me. Unfortunately, it's not that easy to find 3D work that looks like it has that element of illustration incorporated into the models. The bottom 3 are the closest I could get:

So for the innovations project here's my abstract:
For the innovations project I will be focussing on turning my stylised 2D illustrations into various 3D models. Using Maya to construct a base mesh, I will transfer this across into a sculpting software, either zbrush or mudbox, to refine the models and bring in the style as drawn in the 2D illustration. This will be a highly experimental project that will encompass taking my original sketches (that contain a some sense of depth) and re-creating them as flat (without depth) as possible which become highly stylised 2D illustrations. Taking these images, I want to see how well you can integrate the same style in 3D space.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Animating for Jeffrey Chide, S001

Poor Jeffrey, he is so sad, bless his cotton socks. Just want to mention first that it takes him forever to walk to places, for 2 human steps, he takes .... I lost count but where it would take us 1-2 seconds it takes poor flat Jeffrey 8-10 seconds. Yes it took ages to animate, but I saw the light at the end.

I've started full animation work for Craig now, and have started off with S001, so I have 2 full time jobs now working not the normal 12 hours but 18+ hours for which I'll make up any lost sleep when everything's done.

S001 or I'll just call it scene 1 is where the film starts, an introduction to Jeffrey. He's lying on his bed rather unhappy with his current predicament and when his alarm goes off, reluctantly gets out of bed, or should I say have to jump himself out. So I was given a Scene 1 package, maya files and new versions of the fixed rigs. Along with this I got a little read me file and an awesome shot setup sheet as pictured below, and these told me exactly what Craig is looking for and wants to see when he gets my animation back. This makes it a lot easier to animate to, as an animatic and blockthrough can only do so much. You need to know the characters emotions and movements to animate more efficiently especially as there is only me outside his team working on animation.

I watched the blockthrough a few times to get a good grounding for what needed to be done and how I would approach it, printed off the shot pages, and mouse clicks away. The most challenging part, is Jeffrey getting out of bed. Since he is flat, has tiny arms and legs, it proved very tricky to figure out how he would approach getting out of his bed. So I thought about how I would do it if I were flat (and the easiest execution to do with the rig setup I had) I acted out a lot of approaches on my bed and floor like pulling himself across his bed with just his legs, and pulling with both his legs and arms. I did a quick blocky test of this and it was very floaty-like and would be hard to have his hands stay in set places with his FK setup, and the amount of constraining I would have to do would be a lot for his left hand. So the other option was to make himself jump out of bed, his feet would bounce across his bed to get enough momentum for him to lift himself up.

The next parts to do were the walks, Jeffrey has very tiny legs and thus cannot move himself very far in one stride, so these parts weren't so much tricky, but very tedious. Instead of pose-to-posing him, I opted for the layered approach. I concentrated on his legs and main body movement first, then his upper body and head and finally his arms and hands. Overall I think this approach worked very well for such a long shot, and a long distanced walk cycle, and something I may employ when I come to do one of The Last Trophy shots when hunter is running.

And while I was waiting for playblasts, a bit at a time I would biro over the shots, not much bearing on doing the animating, but I could see the progress of how far along the animation was on paper, just from the amount of notes and numbers and the sketch over of the shot. That and the number of playblasts mostly gave me an indication of how far along it was. (12, 13, 14 usually means the final stages are coming.)

Friday, 18 March 2011

Rigging Mushrooms

On completion of the textures, it was time to start planning out my scenes and knowing exactly what needs to be done. There was a basic layout set up for the mushroom scene, which will later be spruced up with all the textured plants by one of our 'gardeners' Matt Luxton and hopefully will look really nice because I'll have the camera shots ready to hand over so the shots can have good composition and have some nice framing too.

The problem was with the bouncy mushrooms. It wasn't really thought about until the character rigs were ready and I needed to animate. In the tests I did just before Christmas, there were some basic rigged mushrooms, as nurbs curves:

And the problem was that they wouldn't move around at all, it just didn't happen:

That and there were some lovely new models that would replace the nurbs ones. Due to everyone getting along with their tasks and wanting to start animation as soon as, and work to get it done in time for render, I decided to have a dab hand at rigging mushrooms. I was given a basic setup to start with, so I knew where to put stuff according to the world space:

I took this and placed the newly modelled mushrooms according to how I would animate the characters jumping along the mushrooms with just the right gap between them; as they were a bit spacey in the above image, considering the plants were fairly big in relation to size of the character.

After setting up the mushrooms, I opened a fresh scene and put two mushrooms in and started my foray into rigging mushrooms. If you ever want to rig a mushroom here it is:

First you need to create some clusters, and place them where the areas to be affected, are. So make sure you're in the Animation control and go Create Deformers -> Cluster. Then place it at the top of the mushroom cap and do the same but place it at a low point of the mushroom cap.

After this we need to set up the affected areas, so when we move that cluster the mushroom also moves. We next select the area we want to be affected with vertices, and go a bit beyond that to give a nice dropoff, and then select the cluster. Then, Edit Deformers -> Paint Cluster Weights. You can now paint over the area you want to be affected, the images below show how I did it on my caps for the top, and the low point:

After painting our areas we can grab the cluster and see how the deformations are, if they're a bit off go to the Paint Cluster Weight tool and select the right cluster and edit till satisfied. (It helps massively to give them a name to know where stuff is in the outliner, or if you have more than a couple clusters in a scene to not get mixed up.)

Once satisfied with the results, we need some controls to easily pick and animate away. Create two NURB's circles and place them roughly in line with the clusters so there's a more accurate way of seeing how far you are moving the affected area up and down.

Important Step: Always freeze the transformations on the controlling element! An excellent habit to get into! So select the circle and in the channel box, highlight Translate, Rotate and Scale (or whatever changed) and Freeze them all. It provides you with a zero point to go back to, where you freeze it, it will become the origin so to speak. So when you start animating, you'll know the original shape/place of the object by zeroing the values.

The last step is to connect it all up, and I used a parent constraint to do this. So select what the parent will be, the Circle and then the child, the Cluster. Then Constrain -> Parent and go to the little box to set any restrictions or keep all the options open for the animator. If you wanted to restrict the movement, I locked the relevant items out in the channel box of the NURB's circle. (And hide them away if it was a definite that translate/rotate/scale wasn't needed as I did for scale on the final scene mushrooms)

This image below roughly shows the process of the Freezing and Parent Constraining:

Below are the quick tests I did after I'd finished rigging and weight painting them, to see how they bounced and squished in the test scene:

These last two videos are of the test I did with the creature, creating the bounce in the mushrooms in conjunction with character animation, mainly deciding on any other tweaks I could do to make the mushrooms look 'real' enough. After this I did go back and edit the weights on the more rounded mushroom (last jump one) to make the up and down more of smooth and make the polygon edge of the weighting less noticeable. With my textures, they should look pretty good.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Over the past few weeks I've been helping anywhere I can with whatever I can. Animation hasn't started yet because of huge problems with the apprentice and hunter rigs, mostly with their weight painting and lack of facial controls so while that gets fixed I've been making my way through a pile of textures and after finishing them, there's now a lot less that has to be done or thought about for everyone else. So a little mission accomplished there, for now.

It's actually been rather nice to take a hold of doing something else, because I feel I'm getting way more achieved than just going over much testing and testing of the rigs for weeks on end, that aren't nearly ready for animation yet due to lack of facial control. Because of actively knocking more and more stuff off that huge to-do list, everything seems to be piecing itself together at a better rate and I've taken a big load of someone else's shoulders who'd have had more work to do. All good :) So when the rigs are fully ready, I can jump straight into animating and get going on that and working to get lots more knocked off that list. Awesome.

Below I have laid out most of the textures I've been doing and stuffed a couple in the same shot because as they are just variations of a similar type, they didn't deserve their own spotlight since they're pretty much the same kinda thing. They're done by near enough an order of start to finish, however they've all been screen grabbed since finishing this section first so extras such as with the first image, a few variations were done later:

After creating these textures, I wanted to see how well they worked in harmony with other, before starting on the mushrooms and the rest of the trees. This is a basic lighting test I made using a quickly thrown in environment light; I did this to make sure that all the textures I created stayed within the same colour palette. However, when I did lighting last year I knew that lighting can make or break a film, and it can also be played to an advantage to hide a lot of stuff, but since we are on massive time constraints there won't be time for a huge amount of testing time. That and it's far easier to keep everything within the same palette anyway, so I'll just go with the latter. So after some amount of scrutiny I made a few tweaks on the tallish sticky-with-a-bulb-on-the-top-plant (after and creating more variations for the palmy plant, I think it all looks rather coherent:

After working away on the low lying plants and trees of the jungle, next on the texturing agenda was the mushrooms. My favourites to texture along with the bulb plants, no idea why these appealed to me but at the time, painting these just came to me and I decided I loved mushrooms! It was nice to get given 4 different mushrooms to texture, 1 was without the circular (red-blood-cell-looking-things-on-the-sides) 2 mushrooms the same, but one had 2 small mushrooms poking out and the other didn't. The last one is not there because the tiff really didn't like the Maya view port at the time, but that one has a huuuge top and I'll point it out in a later post if it gets snapped.

After I'd finished plodding along with what I could for the jungly plants, it was onto the next mission: the camp scene, before heading back to animation as the rigs were nearing completion of fixing before I started the next few textures. Luckily though I managed to learn a lot about the texturing process and becoming quicker at knocking a texture map out. Now I find it a kind of second nature flitting around in photoshop, getting the right painterly feel. These were done in about a day and a bit with a polishing up:

The stove I started with first as I knew it would be kinda tricky to get the brassy/rusty feel to it which I think I managed to achieve. Looking back however I would approach painting the UV map differently, but that is the learning process for you. The frying pan somehow managed to be a bit of a mind boggler for me, just because I was probably tired, but they (for some reason) took me ages to get right. (Even if it is black and you don't see it that much.)

I've learnt so much more about photoshop in doing these textures, mainly with the use of brushes, grabbing two presets, combining them and changing the settings to get a good base brush coat. But mostly it's the use of colour and picking the right colour that I've learnt most about. At the start of doing these textures I would pick plenty of image reference to use and mix together these colours and create plenty of different tones and shades, that I would then use to paint the final texture. The more I got used to picking the colour off images, I would instinctively pick the right kind of hues to go with what I'm thinking about of that certain plant or object, so when it reached the mushroom texture from the colour changing thing (I don't remember the name) but in the colour I wanted. And this is the main reason I started relatively slowly in completing textures to begin with because of the process I had to undergo with learning colour and picking the right ones; and what I have learnt has been massively helpful and will undoubtedly prove invaluable to know when I come to create concept work and more textures.