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Animation Character Creation tutorial update & CGmascot news

Character Tutorial goes on well but this is not yet a release, read for details. Also I’m sharing some CGmascot plans.

Hi everyone. Here’s an update on the tutorial and some CGmascot news.

Animation Character Creation-tutorial update

Creative work is a complicated business, fluid and suspectible to change – and you don’t always know what you’re making until it is done.  In the case of my character tutorial, I have had quite clear a picture in my mind, but the more of it I get done the more new things I find – and the more I understand how big a task I’ve undertaken.   Which is why it isn’t yet done.

I never had any doubts about my capacity to do this, nor any regrets of taking it on, but it has been 4 months now and good part of it more than full time and I’m starting to feel it.  But it has been great, too, and I can see the end.  I hope to have it out by christmas eve. No promises, though. Update: Tutorial is delayed by unknown time due to other work taking my time and later more delays than ‘just’ work. I can’t set a date for release.

Animation Character Creation Tutorial final image
Animation Character Creation Tutorial final image

“Why has it taken so long?”, some may ask.  Well, recording a complete character creation, all of it with no shortcuts, is a lot.   But a far bigger timesink has been my perfectionism and desire to make logical steps out of something that for me normally is an organic freeform process. Especially in modeling I don’t proceed in clear steps – I just go at it until it is done.  Recording that would not be any good as a tutorial.  So what I’ve done is to break my work down and do it again many times over create a logical whole.

So there’s the update, unfortunately not yet a release.   Now something to show you:  Here is the end result image from the tutorial.  Tutorial -shows how to model a full character for animation, starting from nothing, and how to detail it and finally how to render and make this poster.  Click for a larger version.

CGmascot News

The tutorial work is the reason for lack of new articles, but I do have some interesting things to share with you once I’m free from the main project.  By the way if you want updates without having to come and check the site, the best options are to Subscribe by Email or Subscribe to RSS, see links at the top.  I will not spam you.  You will receive brief message when something new is up, and can then decide if the full article is worth checking out.  The news are my plans for CGmascot:

  • I want to write more about animation.  I have planned this before but not followed on.
  • I plan to use more video in the future.  It’s the thing of today and I’m running behind.  But the tutorial has had me making about 20 hours of video, so I’ve had lot of practise lately.
  • The site will get a professional redesign and will, I think, be even more usable.
  • The Mascot Service will soon become more exclusive simply because other work takes my time.  I will be able to take only a few clients.  The service will also receive a new starter package – an even more affordable alternative.

Now you know what’s up.  More tutorial stuff will follow, eventually. In the meantime check out other articles on CGmascot.

6 replies on “Animation Character Creation tutorial update & CGmascot news”

CGMascot Nice to see you are still with this tutorial. I thought to also mention to you, over at Luxology the buzz about Messiah is up again. With no good tutorials to lead nes people to Messiah.

Man this would be a great chance for you to shine in that area. Not only do you have this tutorial, it would make sense if you had a Messiah to Modo right now. I here they sold over 10,000 plus of the soft ware.

Again if you had a tutorial out right now, this would be amazing. I know you’re busy but I thought to come and say something to you before that fire dies.

Hi Savnac,
good to hear from you. Thanks for letting me know about happenings on Luxology forums. I haven’t followed it lately, been very busy.

There definitely is a window for Messiah tutorials, now more than ever, but for a good while still this tutorial is only one that I work on. I can only hope there is still need for Messiah tutorials when I’m available to make some.

Hi Mike,
thank you for the inquiry. Yes, I’m still working on it. But it goes forward slowly due to my very taxing day job. Last hopeful estimate for completion was sometime in the summer. At this time I can say nothing definite.

Thanks for the interest – I hope it lasts until I get the tutorial done 😉

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