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Making Of 'Max and Milton'

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Date Added: 9th November 2011
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Part 2: Texturing by Joe Beckley

Since this was being used as more of a concept piece I painted it all in Photoshop. Elements like color scheme, fabric scale, amount of sub surface scattering, and overall shader quality are much easier to block out and adjust in this phase. For simplicity I'm going to focus on Milton (Fig.06).


Based on Jason's three-point light render, I created vector masks for each separate item, like the clothing, skin, hair, etc. The reason I used vector shapes here is because of the flexibility of being able to adjust the shape if I need to later down the line (Fig.07).

Fig. 07

Once the masks were created for each object, I used them to block out my color scheme. At this stage of the process, it's just used to block out the image for overall unity. Rather than trying to adjust a skin tone to something that's white, it's nice to have a surrounding local color to work with, although they'll change depending on surface type. I started using the layer-blending mode as Multiply (Fig.08).

Fig. 08

My next step was to go back into each layer and start to apply layer effects. This is a very quick and easy way to get shape and surface quality in quickly. Taking the skin for example: by changing the adjustment layer to Overlay and adding an orange/red tinted inner glow layer style set to Linear Dodge at about 20% Opacity and 15px size you get a great sub surface look.

Once the layer effects were in, I went back and added finer detail and blemishes, freckles etc. For other areas with more specific texture definition (i.e. shirt, pants, tie etc) I created a specific base material and warped and painted the texture. I then created a vector clipping mask for the original mask shape. After the basic material was in place then dirt, scratches, rips and wear were added as a vector clipping mask-blended layer

After the basic shading and texturing was complete, I went back in and adjusted specific tones and did broader adjustments (Fig.09).Again, using the skin as an example, I added a warm pinkish/red tone on the cheeks and ears, and a cooler bluish/purple tone on the forehead and other shadowed surfaces to give it a more grounded feeling. Since Jason had provided me with an Occlusion pass, I applied it to the top of my file as a Multiply layer. To avoid the occlusion muddying up the image, I added a Gradient Map adjustment layer to it. This allowed me to do a subtle color bleed effect.

Fig. 09

At this stage, the image was pretty close to final (Fig.10). The only thing left to do was to integrate the characters into the background, and add any last high res fine detail like stray fabric strands, eye glints, subtle environment bounce etc (Fig.11).

Fig. 10

Fig. 11

Final Image

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Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Sajjad on Sun, 11 August 2013 8:38pm
this is a very nice work !!!
Logan on Sun, 05 August 2012 6:18pm
Do you can images from parameters ligthing, and rendering? Nice work!
Sanjay Maurya on Wed, 18 April 2012 3:15pm
Nice work!. I liked lighting and poses.
Rajjib Hassan on Tue, 13 March 2012 9:10am
Very nice I like the style.
Antonin Ganner on Sat, 25 February 2012 5:11am
Very well made! I've been wondering who made these for a long time and finally did a TinEye search on my reference pic. I was asked last year to create Max while another animator created Milton for the computer game and had only that top picture (though with redder hair) to go by, this would have been a useful post to find at the time as I had to do it in less than 3k polys. I've been waiting ages to find out actually, I'm wondering what is the name of the movie they are for? The company didn't give me any information about anything, just gave me that picture and said I had 24 hours to model and texture the guy on the left lol.
My7hai on Sat, 26 November 2011 11:27am
this is definitely MAYA not max, but nevertheless, good job
My7hai on Sat, 26 November 2011 11:27am
this is definiteley MAYA not max, but nevertheless, good job =)
:))) on Wed, 23 November 2011 7:50am
does it have any video...icant find
Luiz Carlos on Tue, 15 November 2011 8:21pm
UaUU!! Very good.
Koooorl on Wed, 09 November 2011 12:12pm
Very nice I like the characters and the style so much!!!
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