APEX the robot

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Date Added: 4th February 2017
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http://www.alvaroclaver.com/ (opens in new window)
Hello there! I created this piece for my demo reel at Think Tank Training Centre.

It's been a long long year full of hard work, long hours on the computer learning new skills, laughing, struggling and pushing limits as never before. I have been far from home but met many people that now I can call friends. It's been an incredible journey. Thanks to everyone that helped me: now I am ready to go where there be dragons!

I have always been a huge fan of robots like Transformers and Robocop (hey, I grew up in the 80s), so when I saw this cute robot I contacted the artist immediately. Dan was really excited about collaborating so I flew to California to meet him and take photos and videos for reference. Thanks to this piece I got to convince Justin Holt (Chappie, Elysium) to be my mentor and guide me through the process. After modeling and unwrapping the UVs I came up with 63 UDIMs sorted by materials. This was a huge challenge as it was my first time dealing with UVs in that scale, but thankfully I had Mari to handle this complexity and make my life easier. When it comes to texturing for film choosing Mari is a no brainer: I know exactly how my textures are going to look thanks to the V-ray shader, plus it can handle heavy models. I did the lookdev with V-ray for Maya, lit the scene and fine tunined the maps to get the model to look and feel like the original.

You can see the reel here https://vimeo.com/200257492

Thanks for reading!
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Readers Comments
Dan on Wed, 08 February 2017 2:30am
Brilliant detail~ Awesome work!!
Kuza243 on Tue, 07 February 2017 1:33am
Great looking work man! love the detail on the nozzle and his lens!
Ana on Mon, 06 February 2017 8:45pm
Legi0 on Sun, 05 February 2017 8:08pm
Awesome mate! Good job.
Peter Paterson on Sun, 05 February 2017 7:56pm
Gorgeous piece of observation and texturing!
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