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Making Of 'Future Soldier'

By Adam Sacco
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Date Added: 10th May 2013
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Introduction

Future Soldier was created as a promotional piece for my new startup company, Soulty Productions, at www.soulty.com. Our aim is to provide high quality 3D services for an affordable budget.

Although the model was modeled and textured for animation, I knew it would mainly be used for high resolution 2D illustrations. Because of this there were no limitations on trying to optimize the way it was made for faster render times. My main goal was to produce a futuristic sci-fi character.

Concept

The idea behind this character was to make it believable by having its armor appear functional and practical, and not just look pretty. I spent a lot of time researching and collecting references to use and concepting some ideas. I wanted it to have a bleak look by using muted colors. I added contrast by using different materials.

Initially it had a creature's face, but later I changed this to a helmet. I liked the idea of hiding the identity of the character and also the visor gave a good place for the eyes to rest. The pose was also an important aspect I wanted to play around with. As the character has no eyes or face, it had to have an interesting pose to help express some personality.

DynaMesh was used in modeling the concept sculpts (Fig.01). I use this method a lot now as it helps get the overall form sorted before getting lost in the details. This is a good time to quickly experiment with different ideas without being held back by technical limitations. A tip I find useful when using DynaMesh is to keep the mesh as low poly as possible, but still maintain the shape you are modeling. This will make large changes easier and if you need more resolution, just subdivide once you're happy with the form.

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Fig.01


Modeling

The majority of the parts were sculpted and retopologized in Topogun or 3ds Max. Fig.02 shows an early test pose without the glass visor and the mesh over the fans.

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Fig.02



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Snipe on Sat, 05 October 2013 12:43pm
Speaking the truth, this is not a tutorial. Please i am new in modelling what is a diffuse map, an osculation map, please.
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Adam Sacco on Mon, 02 September 2013 7:13am
This was more of an overview than a tutorial. There was no special tools, techniques or settings used to make this model, just time and patients. Thanks for the comments.
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Jeff on Mon, 15 July 2013 7:13am
Ain't nobody got time for that !!
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Asahi on Mon, 03 June 2013 12:59pm
Bit of a weak tutorial, doesnt really explain anything to be honest. I think most beginner users could have guest the things you have outlined. Disappointing as its a great model, would like to have seen tools, settings, methods etc.
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