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Making of 'Freedom'

By Khalid Al-Muharraqi
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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MODO
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Introduction

This is a project that started out as a sculpting anatomy test for Lux and part of a bigger exercise where I created 5 heads from a single base geometry. To complete the idea, I created the body in order to arrive at a finished character which became 'Freedom'. My goal was to test how flexible Modo's sculpting tools are from the artist's perspective and how quickly I could turn around my Ideas with this new set of tools that Lux have developed, considering that I already sculpt on other applications (Fig.01 - 05).

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Fig. 01

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Fig. 05


Sculpting

I first started by executing a human figure with low polys and created a UV map that covered the entire object. From there I was ready to sculpt the character. I researched for some image references to see how muscles are set up on large body builders, and from there I started to sculpt the massing of the body.

In Modo, there are two types of sculpting; one way uses Mesh and the other is using Displacement. I started by shaping the overall object by using the mesh sculpt, and then I got into the image displacement sculpting. This allowed me to go back and forth in a flexible manner (Fig.06).

Perhaps the best way to see the way I sculpted the model is by looking at the time lapse video in which you can see almost two hours of sculpting, moving back and forth between both styles, speeded up to a few minutes. The video, which I created for Lux TV can be seen here.

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Texturing

I was then ready to start texturing. I usually start with a general colour to set the base tone, then I get into the "spectrality", bump maps and SSS, and this involves a long process which takes a lot of testing back and forth in order to achieve the look I desired. I used textures that I had created, or I painted my own textures using Modo's new Painting tools.

Finally, I imported Modo's logo from PSD. To project it onto the object, I created a new image layer called "Tattoos", which help me control it better (Fig.07 - 08)!

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