Saturday, February 8, 2014

Eye Piece

The latest in my ever increasing assortment of body parts.


Thanks to Brendan for supplying some extra render power.

41 comments:

  1. It's beautiful. amazing!!! The eyelashes seem to pull to the side as the eyeball moves... Out of curiosity, how many morph maps are you using, what are you using for the hairs, and how long did it take to render?

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    1. Thanks Simon - there are 5 open/close morphs for the eyelids, two for lower lid squints, 3 for eyebrows and one or two corrective morphs. Bones are controlling the lids as well. The lashes and eyebrow hairs are hand-placed geometry, the peach fuzz is Fiber FX. It was rendering almost non-stop for about a month...

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    2. If you want to crowd render, I can volunteer a few i7s, just let me know! BTW it's gone viral on facebook here in Brazil...

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful work. The life that is in that eye is amazing. And is very convincing even in this close up take.

    Please tell me how you do it?...

    -I assume you are using displacement map for the skin detail. What size of disp. map and is it 32 bit?

    -Also, are the deformation wrinkles driven by tension maps or is a connection (set driven key in maya) between the maps and the blendshape morph target?

    -How much time it take you?

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks Diogo - the finer skin detail is a 4096 x 4096 16 bit bump map, displacements are 2048 x 2048 16 bit.

      The wrinkles are driven by tension for the most part, but there are a couple of areas that are driven directly by the morph controllers.

      This particular test took roughly 3-4 weeks, not including rendering, but the whole human project has been underway for a year or two now (although I used an earlier attempt from many years prior as a starting point).

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    2. Hey Chris.

      Thank you very much for the answer. Can you help me with a few more questions please....

      -I heard in a lightwave webinar video that you were working in another short film. When is going to be done?...., will it has realistic characters, like the human project?.. anything else that you can share about the project?

      -And i forgot to ask you in what render did you render this great eye?

      -Have you consider share or sale one of this truly amazing human project works like this eye piece?....or in any case make a video tutorial?

      Thanks

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    3. 1. I am? You'll have to point me towards that video so I can find out what it's about! :P I have considered the possibility of doing one, but they're difficult things to rationalise. If I did though it would most likely feature characters derived from the human project.

      2. LW's renderer

      3. Considered, yes. Decided... no.

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    4. Hey Chris.
      I saw the video long time ago, it was one of those live stream videos i think from Siggraph hosted by the guys of lightwave but i don`t know which video.... it was i think on Ustream.....

      But English is not my language so i may have heard the sentence wrong....., but they do mention the great work that you made in the "passenger" short.

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    5. Possibly, or they might have misinterpreted something I said... You could say my recent tests are pre-production for a short - I just haven't decided whether to follow through on the rest of it yet. ;)

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  3. Chris, can you tell a little about the tech side of this. You left a thank you for the 'rendering power' and I'd like to know more about that!

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    1. A friend helped out with the rendering on his new PC, which is almost twice as fast as my 5 year old relic. We had to swap the workload back and forth between the two, since that was quicker than it would have been trying to get LW's network rendering to work!

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    2. Dude how dare you use such a old pc open a donation account on paypal

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    1. hi! your work truly is amazing! how long did that take you to do? I'm 12 and into the arts, and I was considering doing something along these lines, but currently I'm working mainly on paintings, but this does look VERY interesting (understatement of the year) and I already know I'm crazy, but the music somehow inspired me to do this weird painted that got a high grade, maybe it's just me, I makes me work much harder than I thought I could, I was trying to look for the track everywhere (repeating the YouTube video over and over again was alright, but it gets very annoying after time ;)

      P.S; don't let anyone tell you your work isn't good enough.

      - Natasha :)

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    2. I've been working on the whole human project for years, but this test was done in about 3-4 weeks (plus a month of rendering).

      That's all there is of the music unfortunately - it's custom made just for this video. I could revisit and make a complete track out of it, but there are about a thousand other things I want to do as well. Maybe if the demand is strong enough...

      Here's a link to the mp3 anyway - you'll be able to get annoyed by it without having to play it in YouTube at least. ;) Glad to hear it's helping with your art (your painting skills will definitely come in handy if you want to do 3D by the way)!

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    3. WOW that long? Some people thought it took you months :)
      Don't worry about how long the track is, I didn't expect it to be too long :D
      You don't need to make the track any longer if it's too pressuring on you :)
      You sound a bit like my dad, except my dad doesn't really talk to me ^-^("i have thousands of other things to do natasha.....")

      I'm not annoyed at all about repeating it, there's a setting on my music player that just repeats it by itself :)

      Phew no need for wi fi to play it over and over! :)

      I'm not the type of 12 year old who only gets encouraged by miley cyrus's music(what has our generation become :0 ) but I do like Coldplay :D

      I also heard your song 'a carol of bells'.... and the result......




      You're very responsible for blpwing my mind ~>.<~

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  5. Fantastic work, Chris! The attention to detail is beautiful. I began working on a similar eye project in January (single shot pulling back from iris micro-level to eye exterior). Just wanted to let you know that this piece gave me another burst of motivation to keep pushing my work further :)

    I recall loving your short film 'The Passenger' years ago when it first came out and since then I had lost touch with what you were working on. Pleasantly surprised to discover this piece was done by you!

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  6. Hi Chris,

    I would suggest trying Amleto for a render farm. I use it for my four machines here.

    This is just amazing work. For years, the telltale "this is CGI" giveaway for eye shots was the lack of the wetness, the surface-tension meniscus between the eyeball and the lower eyelid. You *nailed* it.

    And you did it in Lightwave. That's just icing on the cake.

    Incidentally, I found this via a "Sploid" link (Gawker Media blog), on the off chance you noticed a traffic spike recently...

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    1. I'll look into Almeto next time I have access to a farm - thanks. The meniscus was one of the easier parts to do, funnily enough.

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  7. My God this take is breathless, this is the only shot I absolutely think it was real. Congratulations Chris your´re the boss.

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  8. @ jarombrand, Jake N., Sem Limites & Anonymous - thanks!

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  9. Great job ! Excellent in fact ! If i can say something about it : Everything seems real to me, except, maybe, the eyelid on 0'2" to 0'3"..I think it's about the light on it or the eyelashes ?...
    It's a veryvery small detail in this fabulous work, but i noticied it, so..
    OK, sorry for my bad english and the azardous google trad . :)
    FAb

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    1. Considering there are at least a dozen things wrong with it that I can see, I'd say I got away with murder in that case. ;)

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  10. Awesome job! Chris did everything you modeled in lightwave3D?

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    1. Yes indeedy (except the bits I sculpted in Sculptris).

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  11. Bloody hell, that is brilliant work! Very inspiring.

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  12. Complimenti!!!! si puo avere un tutorial :-)

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  13. Hi Chris, brilliant work

    how did you got about figuring out how to do the eye, in terms of mesh construction, shader networks etc. i.e. is there a tutorial you used or was it all through trial and error?

    Thank you
    John

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  14. It was trial and error for the most part, with a few things adapted from tutorials/forum posts. Follow the links in this thread to see how some of my R&D played out.

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  15. Really impressive work! How did you do deformation of eyelids with cornea?

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  16. Amazing;
    I can't see the difference with a real one.
    nevertheless, at 10s, have you noticed the light passing through the backside of the eyeball?
    Can this happen in reality?

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    1. Thanks - there's a problem with the skin shader that causes it to glow when it intersects other objects. At 10s that happens a little bit where the eyeball touches the caruncle... could that be what you're referring to?

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    2. Exactly!
      As it happened when the eye was looking to the light source, I was not sure it was a rendering problem; I wondered if it could happen for real with a powerfull light.
      And thank you for I learned a new word :caruncle!

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  17. I have been passing on this video to all that are willing to look. Wonderful. Thank You.

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