Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lights, camera -- action!

Don't even need to introduce these characters, right? You guessed ... am working on the reams of images for the new NARC website, and here are Jarrat and Stone, Cronin and Ramos, having a hangar-floor conference. To put this in context:

These were very, very difficult renders, because you're wrangling your characters, four costumes, four skintones, four poses, plus the hangar set, plus the gunship sanding prop, plus the lights and cameras. It was one heck of a challenge to get it all to come together, but when it works, it works. In fact, I'm delighted with the way the characters interact -- take a look a these detail outtakes:

Now, that's magic! The two Blue Ravens are scaled at 109% ... camera blocking makes the sheer size of these guys a bit less obvious, but if you stood everyone in a line, you'd have Jarrat at six feet, Stoney at six-two, and the other guys at six-six (Gil Cronin) and six-seven (Joe Ramos).

Four very different ethnic types, four body types, the works. The only thing I haven't been able to get 100% right is that Ramos's hair is supposed to be worn in a braid. I still haven't been able to find a 3D hairdo to fill the bill so, for the moment, it's going to have to be a ponytail -- but yes, I know it's supposed to be a braid!

With any luck at all, tomorrow I'll be able to do that post telling how the costume Jesse Lawrence is almost wearing was done. In fact, why don't I take the Jarrat model and re-create the costume on him. Jarrat always had the more flamboyant style -- Colonial style, maybe!

Jade, 16 October
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