cringe central - rod tries to pose

Discussion in 'Creative' started by Rod, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. Rod

    Rod remove bias

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2016
    Messages:
    701
    Nebulae:
    1,808

    I'm going to be doing plenty of posing/screenshot post-processing in my two characters' development later down the line. So I'm going to be practising here.
    I've never dedicated myself seriously to posing, I've only done very basic stuff for my character bios, but I got jealous about the quality of other bios.
    So I'm making my own, more mediocre posing, and I'm looking for criticism!

    Here's my first ever attempt at a serious pose;

    [​IMG]

    So I decided to download some addons and try posing for the first time, after a long time reading up on what I'm supposed to be doing. I was inspired by brutally murdering @Antloin 's character two weeks ago, so I decided I would make a pic based loosely on that.

    First, I intended on simply making a squad of CP's going down a hallway. Started posing that;
    [​IMG]
    Ample help from the Easy Animation Tool and Ragdoll Mover. I find them crucial assets to make any pose look good. EAT gives me a good starting point, Ragdoll Mover lets me make the pose look more unique.

    Soon, I decided to add an adversary.
    [​IMG]
    An extra character proved really difficult to balance. I wanted emphasis to be on both sides, but it felt like one side was lacking. I tried giving the cops their signature mask glow in post, like I did in the very first version:

    [​IMG]

    But still, it seemed like something was missing. I decided to go to my man @Numbers for some advice (love you man) - Change the lighting, change the position of the cops, balance it out better. Sure, I can do that.

    [​IMG]

    Looking slightly better. The arm and finger posing is completely off, as I'm still terrible at moving fully posed ragdolls around. I used the Statue tool to try and keep my efforts together.

    I ended up settling for three-point lighting; I used just three lamps.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    I liked the contrast between the red and blue, and how it tied in to the good vs. evil trope that was represented in the image. I used the white lighting on the ceiling initially, however, I preferred the light that the fire gave to the cops' masks, so I ended up turning it off near the end.

    As far as post-processing is concerned, it's also an important part of this. I used DoF, Bloom and color correction, though I didn't really dabble in the specifics - frankly, I just used some of the basic presets and gave them light retouches for what I wanted it to look like.

    I fooled around with the front cops' arms, until at one point I gave up, and decided to finish up, do the eyes in post and paint the borders once again;

    [​IMG]
    And this is the final product. There's still some things I want to improve, especially with the cop at the front, his right arm feels off to me. The lighting on the mask is also a bit rushed, but I'll iron it out as time goes on. Otherwise, I feel pretty good about my first attempt.

    [​IMG]
    This one serves simply as a test for finger posing. Still got a lot to improve (the asian on the right is especially janky), but it served as good practice. Thanks master @nexus for your guidance.
    No behind the scenes i'm afraid, this one was done in one take, but I used all of the same techniques as above, with one lamp coming from the fires' direction.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Based on the Train event I did with @GustavasSve and @duke iguana. Started off with the three models - Time for the weapons.

    [​IMG]
    Masks on, characters get facial expressions. Difficult to give away emotion through a mask without forcing.

    [​IMG]
    Finger posing time.

    [​IMG]
    Background decoration, Combine console.


    [​IMG]
    Time for lighting. One lamp, coming from the screen. Initially, it was broken.

    [​IMG]

    Final product

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    This originally was supposed to have different lighting and a second character - But I killed the second character off. Literally.
    As for the lighting, I toned down the fire quite a lot as I went on.

    [​IMG]
    Fninger posignh. Slowly getting used to the controls.

    [​IMG]
    Before post.

    [​IMG]
    Final product

    [​IMG]

    The moment of truth. Again, done in one take, I don't have much to say.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Hooh, this one was a pain.

    [​IMG]
    To make the tunnel I used the Shell beach tunnel from I17, believe it or not.

    [​IMG]
    Started off as just a few props strewn together, inspired by Operation Metro from Battlefield 3, of all places.

    Above all, this piece was a lighting exercise. I lacked control over how I did lights before, and spent a good few hours figuring out what I was going to do.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    At some point, I realised that I was overdoing it. So I turned the lights out.

    [​IMG]
    Better.

    [​IMG]
    Character adding time

    [​IMG]
    Some tweaks to lighting

    [​IMG]
    Second set of characters, posed

    [​IMG]
    And off to post, basically.

    I used a whole lot of lights here, lamps coming from and pointing towards the top left lights, as well as inside of the destroyed train. As far as the posing etc is concerned, I used my good ol' set of tools.

    [​IMG]


    I like the idea of telling a character's story through posing/photography. Might drop some more stuff here later on, but don't expect much - it could die the next day if I don't feel like posing lol
     
    #1 Rod, Jun 20, 2021
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021 at 10:51 PM
    • nebulous nebulous x 17
  2. walgreens

    walgreens Nucleus

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2020
    Messages:
    598
    Nebulae:
    1,771
    this pose gives me death stranding vibes i like it alot
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 1
  3. Rod

    Rod remove bias

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2016
    Messages:
    701
    Nebulae:
    1,808
    new thingy
    [​IMG]
    finger pose practice and that waa crazy
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 6
  4. Appetite Ruining Kebab

    Appetite Ruining Kebab `impulse-approved
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2016
    Messages:
    2,727
    Nebulae:
    10,272
    @nexus shawn seon 10 minutes after telling renjiro he wont get searched with a USP T on
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 1
  5. Rod

    Rod remove bias

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2016
    Messages:
    701
    Nebulae:
    1,808
    I did a thing.​

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Done them for my character bio. There's a few more, but these I'm the most proud of.​
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 6
  6. how

    how Lt. Commander Ricksaw | NSWC SEAL
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    1,498
    Nebulae:
    3,852
    the visuals look extremely good, so does the posing
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. Rod

    Rod remove bias

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2016
    Messages:
    701
    Nebulae:
    1,808

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Practicing lighting and post

    @nexus my wife man thanks for the help
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 8
  8. Rod

    Rod remove bias

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2016
    Messages:
    701
    Nebulae:
    1,808
    [​IMG]

    inspired by M6 EXPRESSWAY​
     
    • nebulous nebulous x 5
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice