animation strategies

UV Mapping

Research

 Textures and Design 

I wanted to use my Photoshop skills to make at least one texture for this project and also further hint at the narrative of our scene, so I decided to put together a texture for the pages of the book that I modelled. I was inspired by tales of cryptids in general, as well as the journals from the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls and the Dragonology book series.

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Firstly I drew a diagram of the monster’s tracks, based on Nuala’s footprint model.

I also drew the monster’s silhouette based off Nuala’s design and the pose from this famous picture of Bigfoot.

The other images and textures I used were all from a free texture set for photoshop, except for this piece by Travis Ladue, and this photo of claw marks from a bear on a tree. The text was mostly written by myself, with some elements taken from this article but modified to fit our narrative.

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The other textures for this UV were taken from here, here, and here. Looking at the finished work, I think it would have been better with custom textures, but these ones still work ok.

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Retopology 

The way I had modelled the book (out of separate components with the intention of animating it later) meant it had too many hidden faces for me to UV Map clearly so I had to retopologise it first. Looking back I realise I should have given it more edges for it to look more realistic, but overall I’m still happy with it.

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UV Mapping and Texturing 

Though UV Mapping some parts of this model was simple enough, other parts like the spine and the sides of the book were a lot more difficult to figure out and sew together into UV shells, at least for a first timer.

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Though I can see the flaws in my work I think I did an alright job for a first try at texturing. I certainly learned a lot, and though I’m still struggling a little to wrap (haha) my head around the process I think I’ll figure it out soon.

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