Blender – Mari Diary #4

As promised here is a timelapse ( with some comments ) showing the process of painting the color map for the dragon’s head.

The diffuse color map is now finished (almost finished, the mouth interior is still to be done). And I am currently working on the bump and specular maps, which will be shown in yet another timelapse.

Painting the color map was fun again and I am definitely looking forward to when all the maps are in place and I can start to tweak the material and shaders to get a first look at the dragon.

Timing is also quite ok, as I still have 34 days left from my time limited Mari license. This should be enough to finish the dragon and maybe fix the various odds and ends on the other models as well.


Dragon Texturing/Shading Progress

I thought I share some test renders from the current state of texturing the dragon and already playing around with the material/shading setup.

The basic building blocks are done with quite some polishing work still left. Doing the test renders, helps me to better estimate which changes are really necessary.

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Blender/Mari Quicktip

A very quick tip for using normal maps in Mari, which were  generated with blender.

When painting textures, I like to have the generated normal map displayed. This gives much more control over the painting process.

Unfortunately, the normal maps generated with blender didn’t display well inside Mari, and, having too little knowledge about the use of normal maps across different platforms, I almost accepted this.

A discussion on the blender bugtracker gave me the idea to try to invert certain channels.

In the end it was inverting the green channel, which gave the desired result

And this is how to setup the normal map shading module:

Dragon Sculpt Timelapse

The days since my last post have been quite busy in regard to Ara’s Tale.

A lot work revolved around Ara’s Song. This song has always been a central piece of the movie and ever since I wrote this part of the script I dreaded the time when finally the decision had to be made who should sing this song.

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A small celebration …

… is due.

As I have just heard today, I won the blenderday award 2011. Or to be more precise, 3 sequences from Ara’s Tale got me the award.

Besides the fame and glory, the award comes with a price: a GTX 560i 2GB graphics card. Just the right stuff to tackle texturing the dragon with Mari 🙂

Ara’s Tale already scores its first award and isn’t even released yet 😉

So, now I will open my bottle of Ardbeg Renaissance ( reserved for special moments) and raise my glass to this nice surprise.

ps: for fans of single malt scotch whiskeys, this one is definitely one you should try.

The Return of the Austrian Empire …

… well, not really, but at least one of its icons may start to get more widely used.

My model of the Austrian Imperial Crown was used in showcasing a new line of research on realtime raytracing at the Advanced Graphics Labs at Intel.

As it turns out, the model seems quite good for testing these type of algorithms, and the model along with the source code will be available under an open license directly from intel.

Well, what can I say. There is nothing like seeing your model all over the place and intel using it as demonstration for their new technology.