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Making Of 'Trooper'

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I was looking for realism with my model. Normally I generate textures, and Normal and Displacement maps in ZBrush, but in this case I only wanted to work with Maya and Photoshop and so I created all my textures there. The two most important materials for this character were the metallic shader and the suit shader. For example, for the metallic shader I created a Specular map from the Diffuse (Fig.04). I worked with the scratches masked in an empty layer. This fact made it easier because it allowed me to change their color, brightness and blend mode.

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Fig.04

For the suit I was looking for something between leather and rubber, so I decided to work with the SSS skin shader (Fig.05). I used a Normal map from my personal library to get a tiny amount of porosity on the surface to better catch the light. For the Diffuse I just combined a simple layer with noise and a dirty texture that I painted using a custom brush in Photoshop.


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Fig.05

Lightning and Rendering

To get more realism in the illumination, I worked with image base lighting because I needed some nice reflections on my model. But I found this was not sufficient, so for my final lighting setup I used three area lights set to a high intensity with quadratic decay rates, two volume lights for the wires and point lights for every light detail on the character (Fig.06).

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Fig.06

The scene was gamma corrected with color management to fix any issues with the color. Alternatively I could have used the mia_exposure_simple (gamma = 2.2) attached to the camera.

The final render can be seen in Fig.07.

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Fig. 07





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Faiz Ahmed on Sat, 29 March 2014 6:18pm
Wow! Just amazing man. Can you please give us a full tutorial on how you made everything else. Or can you upload the 3d model .obj file. Tutorial will be great. Please.
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Ash on Mon, 11 March 2013 8:04pm
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Wow u r amazing! i want to kiss you!
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