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Paleoart Process: Feathered Rex

Paleoart Process: Feathered Rex Modeling a dinosaur pits artistry against accuracy. Which is more important, popularity or plausibility? Perception or reality? Art or science? For the paleoartist, science is of utmost importance. A paleoartist strives to depict prehistoric life according to the latest scientific findings. A paleoartist should...
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Re: Alpha Planes

It seems the problem with adding alpha planes as InsertMeshes is that they don’t retain their UVs. So my workflow is as such: Create planes in max, assign UVs Add planes as InsertMeshes to model in zBrush Split to subtools, paste UVs to 100+ planes by hand Export...
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Great Deformation!

Using this thing called “Skin Utilities,” which was mentioned in the most recent Tutorial Tuesday! post, I was able to iron out most of the feathery Rex’s jagged, exploding, starburst wrinkles. I’m working on uploading the repaired model to Sketchfab.com as we speak. I’ve left the alpha planes,...
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Bad Deformation.

As part of the “one step back” part of the process I’ve come to expect with 3ds Max, my week’s worth of work has been ruined. Max complained of errors on export. As a result the mesh had to be repaired and a number of bones deleted. After...
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Good Deformation!

I’m pleased with this, especially since its such an extreme pose. Once I recognized the complete lack of philosophy governing the Paint Weights tool, it went much smoother. Here’s how to use Paint Weights: Make sure you have Paint Blend Weights selected and strength dialed up to 1...
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Paint Weights. Progress.

After about two hours of tutorials and hours and hours of messing around I’ve made some progress. Paint Weights: Are not the visual equivalent of “Weight Tool” Colors don’t demark weights (ie, a vert in the yellow and a vert in the red can/do share the same weight...
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Paint weights.

They don’t work for me. Hope this was helpful! Keep up the good work and the good luck will follow! this website the forums @NickelCityPixel youtube channel Please remember to comment and subscribe below for newsletter exclusives! Thanks!
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