LAMH Fuzzy Kitty

Discussion in 'It's About the Art!' started by VortigensBane, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. Dan30

    Dan30 Adventurous

    Some inspiration for VortigensBane. This is a 300 $ Turbosquid model. Why on earth models over there cost a fortune? Just because they are made in 3dsMAx, Maya, C4D? And many of them are not even rigged! I could never understood that.
    Anyway, just as an inspiration, would be nice to have our new fury kitten look along these lines. I personally like it a lot!
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  2. Pendraia

    Pendraia Seasoned Contributing Artist

    Love the crystal shader and the gold one VB! With the 3Delight one have a look at your ambient and reflection settings as they can muck things up sometimes.

    @Dan30 too cute!
     
  3. Dan30

    Dan30 Adventurous

    ....and their most expensive cat. This one is 800 $ and is rigged and animated. Oh boy!:confused:
    On a personal side note, I think our cats are the pinnacle of cuteness compared to what I've seen...
    As an inspiration as well (for the fur only!!!)
    upload_2017-2-3_22-12-40.jpeg
     
  4. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    They do have to pay off their software somehow...

    This is a look I definitely want to re-create. Pretty sure it won't cost $300, though... ;)

    I have decided I'm going to reverse engineer A.M.'s LAMH presets for the DAZ Big Cat (which I have) to see how he gets the fur coloring to work out right. As of 3Delight test #2, my preset would only work in a horror movie...
    kitten 014.jpg
     
  5. Rae134

    Rae134 Renowned CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    I thought it took the colour off of the displacement textures? It almost looks like a 3DL shader issue since I can see some correct colour depending on the light?
     
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  6. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    It has a "root", "strand", and "tip" color. The root color is based off of the texture map, but I'm going to look at the other two. The multiple colors per strand is a great idea, though, especially for animals which have a different colored undercoat (like the black undercoat of a polar bear).
     
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  7. Rae134

    Rae134 Renowned CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    ahh cool VB, I didn't know that. It will be good for my dog as his undercoat is a buff/cream colour but his guard hairs in most places is black mid to tip (he's a Belgian Shepherd/Husky cross so his coat is like a wolfs coat but cream instead of white). My tabby cat also has the ticking where the root it cream and the end is black, or even cream/black/cream
     
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  8. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    It is physically possible to load the kitty in DS, add the LAMH preset, export the preset as obj, reload in Poser, and render, but each time you export a LAMH preset as an obj file, an average size is 6 Gb. At least, that is what I got when I exported AM's "Wolf 2.0" for rendering in Vue. Of course, you could always lower the compression setting to make a smaller geometry file, but I never got around to it.

    And yes, the Big Cat presets still need work - LOTS of work... :) Now that I know so much more about how to work the plug-in, I might just go through and start again from scratch. Probably faster than fixing the current one.
     
  9. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    And now I am thoroughly mystified... When I load A. M.'s fur preset (which renders beautifully), there are only five-or-so "slots" that show up in the surfaces tab. When I load my fur preset, there are pages and pages of slots in the surfaces tab. Now how to figure out how to condense the options so that the little kitties render more like the big kitty. kitten 015.jpg

    Black kitten is looking a bit better, just the specular needs work, I think. Orange kitty? Not so much. :(
     
  10. Chris

    Chris HW3D President Staff Member Co-Founder

    Hey VB, and since the Dragon, Wolf, and dogs are all the same mesh as the Big Cat, it looks like you'll be able to do a cool furry Pete's dragon, wolf and doggy too.

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  11. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    With all the hair I'm pulling out over this project, I should have some to spare... ;)
     
  12. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    I have this idea of doing a promo of Dusk's Gorilla holding a fuzzy little kitty, though, so I'll probably have to at least hash out a rough gorilla hair preset "furst"... ;)
     
  13. Chris

    Chris HW3D President Staff Member Co-Founder

    Cool. Love the concept.

    Would look great for the whole Gorilla family too.

    GorillaWork148.JPG
     
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  14. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    That sounds like about as much fun as a whole barrel of monkeys...! Where's the hair-pulling emoticon when you need him, anyway?
     
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  15. Rae134

    Rae134 Renowned CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    the ginger kitty kinda reminds me of a cheetah cub with his fluffies :p
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  16. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    Not ANOTHER project!!!

    In any case, I think the light went on. Sometimes it's a good thing to go back and peruse the user manual. Novel thought, right? I had the 3Delight hair shader set to "Human Hair" rather than "Standard." Setting the shader back to "Standard" - for which I had to reload the preset and save it as a new one - gave me this:
    kitten 016.jpg

    Not 100% sure, but I think I need to re-load the black kitten with the new and improved setting.
     
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  17. Pendraia

    Pendraia Seasoned Contributing Artist

    Yay!!!
     
  18. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    Just because I could, I decided to try an "extra-long" version of the fur, a little closer, perhaps, to @Dan30 's picture...

    kitten 017.jpg
     
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  19. Lyne

    Lyne Dances with Bees HW Honey Bear

    oh! well... I do have a very high end machine, so should be ok... it's WORTH it to get that look....my hands hurt so when I track-ball manually brush out the fur edges in photoshop!!
     
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  20. Lorraine

    Lorraine The Wicked Witch of the North CV-BEE

    So damn cute it should be illegal! Well done VB!
     
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