Summer is finally coming and sunny weather is coming. Sitting behind the computer in a stuffy office is the last thing on my mind so I’m working on creating my office somewhere in the garden of our recreational home. Some experimenting with solar energy, wireless internet, laptops and more of that sort. In the meantime work is limited to the hours at home, in between washing laundry, cleaning the house up, walking the dog etc. And there are at least 3 projects waiting to be finished. Two sets of poses and one set of textures.
I had two different sets of textures in mind for Clarette Rose for Dawn, a wonderfull dynamic dress. One based on the ArtDeco period and one based on summer with a flowery style. A friend on facebook generously gave permission to some of her photographs for the flowery set.
But then I realized I’d rather select the best of both and created one set. “The BeesKnees” for ClaretteRose Dress for Dawn. With 3 flowery textures, 4 black & white textures and 3 colored pattern textures.
I’m not going to post them all, I have to leave some to the imagination. One more then…….
Now that the dresses are finished I can start on the hat that come with the dress so that the outfit is complete. And maybe, who knows, I’ll throw in some textures for some shoes but I’m not sure about that. Since I also have two sets of poses to finish, in between my leisuretime.
It’s been a very busy time these past few weeks. First we had this election-thingy, wich is still continuing untill the men in suits form a coalition nobody voted for and the 4-year nagging period can begin.
Then my spouse turned 50 and we celebrated that. No big presents because last year I turned 50. We decided to buy a caravan then, sort of for both our 50th birthday and christmas in between. With the nice spring-weather we’ve been spending time up there. Season starts on the 1th of April so everything has to be spotless.
I did spend some time in my world of wireframe though. I have finished the set for the HiveWire Kitten in Poser so now I’m tweaking & saving them in DazStudio.
The ear scratching was a challenging pose to finish and I couldn’t quite get it exactly like the photo-reference I was using. The pole-scratching is the last in the set that I finished.
And then there is this.
The promise of something in the future, a sequel to what I have created a while back. Little children do grow up fast don’t they?!
From BigCat to HouseCat and ending with the Kitten…..
That seems logical and the little “Puddy Tats” are just as difficult as the larger cats. Thing to catch within the poses is their playfullness, their innocent and misschievous behaviour. Their endearing courage towards life.
There are certain poses I created for the HouseCat that I can convert to the Kitten and there are poses where I will do that, with some minor details changed. Like the one below, it’s created for the adult HouseCat and this is the adaptation for the Kitten.
Most poses will be created from scratch because kittens behave differently from their adult counterpart even though they will try to imitate the adult cats in certain ways. Like hissing….
But learning to control the refined and intricate body-communication between felines starts with the tail, that evil, evil tail that always seems to have a mind of it’s own.
One different element within this set will be some duo-poses. They are horrendous to create. I’ve been picky with duo-poses for humans regarding the arms, hands and fingers. This is a whole new universe with four paws and a tail on each individual animal so those will take a bit longer.
But they are worth it.
It’s not such a big leap from a BigCat to their smaller cousins who live among us. The HiveWire Housecat is very easy to pose I must say, but like all cats, they do have a mind of their own.
I started of with some simple poses of Kitty walking and standing. As usual I use photographs of cats as a reference. It’s not always possible to achieve the exact same pose as on the photo so then I have to improvise a bit.
Cats are extremely flexible in real life, a computer mesh can never completely imitate that. But it can come close. Like, there is the ‘buttwiggle’,….people who are devoted staff to their cats will know what I mean with that.
I’m trying to capture it as detailed as possible but for now I’ll leave this one be. You see, there is always that one particular pose that just won’t give over, that defies me. Usually it will take me the whole time that I work on a set before it’s finished. So for this one I will look for some more, clearer photographs of the ‘buttwiggle’ to use as reference before I’ll continue with that one.
I will leave you with what cats know better then most four legged pets…..balance….
Creating poses for animals is a whole new kind of process for me. Most of the time it’s a fuzz for me in posing the hands ‘just right’ but now I’m dealing with tails and four legs instead of two. The Gorilla turned out to be easy, well, easy…..a bit like human characters but Cats are different.Four legs and a mind of their own.
As always I’m using a reference point from wich I create the pose, like for instance a Big Cat jumping of a rock. For that I obviously use a rock to start posing from. I’m thinking of placing the finished poses on the ground but I’m not to sure about that yet. I’m starting to think it might be better to leave them where they are.
For these poses I have taken a serie of photographs of a panther jumping from one cliff to the other. I wanted to create a serie that could be used by animators, a sequel of poses that would make it easier.
I’m still working on number four. I’ve tried to create an animation myself, I’m not very good at it. I’m not happy with the set-off but it’s not that bad for a first attempt.
HWBigCatAnimationTest02 from Josje van Berkel on Vimeo.