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Making Of 'Katsumo'

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Date Added: 9th May 2012
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The next step was to make multiple copies of the segment and to offset them along the Y axis so they could be merged into one big rope. I just attached all of them together and did a quick weld on all of the vertices, followed by adding a pathdeformWSM modifier. Picking the path and then clicking the Move to Path button does all the magic for you. I repeated these steps for all the ropes and knots seen on the model.

Sculpting

Sculpting the face was straightforward. I took one of the references found in my research and just started sketching (Fig.06). I do all of my sculpting inside ZBrush and I can't imagine my life without it.

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Fig.06

At one point Katsumoto was supposed to wear a mask, but I kind of just dropped that idea and decided to give him some facial hair (Fig.07). With the aid of ZBrush's fibermesh that was a piece of cake. I just masked the area that I wanted covered with all the default settings, and lowered the total amount of hair. ZBrush still didn't have export curves option so I had to import the geometry and use this awesome script by Wayne Robson that I found online. Thank you Wayne! I did the same thing with his eyebrows.

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Fig.07


Shading and Texturing

Texturing of his face was done inside ZBrush. I added the base color to the entire model and then started painting in red areas where there is more muscle and fat, and yellow in areas that are boney. Once I had blocked in these colors I painted in some of the pores with red and brown color. I tried to add some imperfections to his skin like moles and blackheads (Fig.08).

I finished it off by cavity masking the model and adding in darker tones in certain areas. Normal maps and Displacement maps were extracted from ZBrush with standard settings.

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Fig.08

Settings for the SSS2 material used on his face are shown in Fig.09. I love this shader because it gives great results and it's really simple to set it up.

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Fig.09





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Stro on Tue, 14 May 2013 7:08am
So simple yet so effective! Amazing work!
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Txikimorin on Tue, 26 February 2013 3:51pm
Thanks man! I'm a lover of Japanese culture too, and I was planning on doing a 3d samurai armor for this summer, seeing this just motivates more!
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Adriana on Wed, 09 May 2012 10:44am
Amazing artist you are!!! Awesome!
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Andrej on Wed, 09 May 2012 10:11am
Great making of! =D Keep doing Japanese stuff and make me happy!
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