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ET 25B: Midterm — The Hulk

ET 25B was a different proposition from ET 25 altogether. ET 25B (aka; Character Creation) was a class in ZBrush.

ZBrush is just plain weird. One of those software programs with an interface designed by Martians for Martians. However, it sits squarely in the Photoshop position in the field of 3D art. Which is to say that just about any 3D project gets run through it from one direction of the other at some point in its development. So I really needed to learn how to use it. (First challenge is getting the blooming scene to hold still so you can work on it. )

And, I about did. Not master it, by any means, but I can now make it do something in the same ballpark as what I intended it to, eventually.

So long as I don’t get too fancy with what I intend for it to do, that is. Some people can use it to create wonders. I’m not at that point. We spent most of the semester building an ugly comic book character.

Which is to say that we spent most of the semester building a model of the Hulk. Yes, that's right. The Hulk. Big green monster guy from comic books.

The instructor gave us a slew of reference drawings and photos of a colectable model of the Hulk in barbarian armor (which I gather had something to do with a movie). Since, the last time I checked, the Hulk was the alter-ego of a modern city-dweller (with anger management issues), I couldn’t figure out why on earth he was running around in armor. Not that I suppose it mattered.

In any case, we spent several weeks, starting with a sphere, and pushing and pulling it into the shape we wanted to make of it (i.e., a Hulk head and upper torso), and then we built a wig, and armor on it.

We ultimately went on to give his head a new topology (which you have to do with ZBrush models, because they are so higy-poly that you can’t do anything with them anyhere but in ZBrush), UV Mapped it, and created Ambient Occlusion and Normal maps for it. Which was practice for peple who want to get into the gaming industry, since you have to go through all that before you have anything that would work in a gaming engine, and still look anything like the original model.

But for the midterm, all we had to do was to render it (about a dozen times, with different materials applied) and build a composite in Photoshop. Well, hey, telling me to do something in Photoshop is kind og giveing me an edge. But in the main I was rther pleased with how he turned out.

Even though I have next to no authentic interest in the Hulk.

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