the daily life of models

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Re: the daily life of models

Postby punkduck » Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:28 pm

With the new blender version, some really good improvements for animation are already available, especially cloth and hair simulation works good. Furthermore I found two tools to simulate breast movement. These are:

Spring bones from here: https://github.com/artellblender/springbones and wiggle bones: https://blenderartists.org/t/wiggle-bones-a-jiggle-bone-implementation-for-2-8/1154726

In the end I decided for wiggle bones. Spring bones looked good in the viewer but nothing happened in the animated frames and I also was not able to bake it.

Makewalk is gone but Thomas Larsson really did some good work, with his project, which is called retargeter now. Thomas uses json files for the different skeletons and it is easy to add or change them.

Well with that information I started a small project:

  • I installed all plugins
  • I took the makehuman json file of the retargeter and changed it. I am not sure but the bones are named different in our export.
  • I also did a new t-pose for the target skeleton.
  • I loaded and retargeted a bvh of a walking female
  • I added the 3 target bones used in MHX skeleton to my skeleton, they are called toe-marker, ball-marker and heel-marker and are used for a more natural contact to the floor.
  • I used retargeter to put the character on the floor of the scene
  • I changed breast bones so that they are not connected to spine
  • I applied the "wiggle" to the breast bones but change the values a bit to simulate the bra
  • I baked the animation of the breast bones
  • I added hair dynamics to all 3 particle systems (with a high pin goal strength not to ruin her hair-do)
  • I added some animations only for face and hands from my library

This is the result:

walk_in_shower.mp4
Walk in the shower
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walk_in_shower.png
example frame
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby joepal » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:50 am

This is amazing. I've got to try to learn these tools and start doing some animations.
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby punkduck » Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:55 pm

Technical these are the changes I did:

changes_for_walk.png


Thomas has a repo on github also, but it was out-of-date- I don't have a bitbucket account.

So I cloned his project added all the changes with first commit and uploaded my changes as a second commit. I ask him to merge it. I dunno if the information reaches him.

This version + the changes work in the pictures will work for every character.

https://github.com/black-punkduck/retarget-bvh
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby MatCreator » Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:19 pm

youre way more skilled as an artist than you think, great job on the compositions and renders.
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby RobBaer » Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:17 pm

Wow punkduck. I missed your animation when you posted it. Fantastic!
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby punkduck » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:16 am

A new image after a long time of absence. I am currently working on some style elements of the 50s and 60s. This time was more colorful and simply allowed a lot of forms. To play music jukeboxes are used. They were pretty iconic I think. The design of the Wurlitzer 1015 ("bubbler") is still present on modern products. But with a variation of only 24 records it wasn't too much and also the selection of records would not satisfy a guy like me because it was mostly the top of the charts (on the box I took the titles of the top US 24 of 1956 from Wikipedia) ;)

I still know them from my childhood, they looked good. Well as long as not a drunken guy walks to the box and inserts a coin just to play a German "schlager" to ruin my day. :mrgreen:

To present the jukebox I added a 60s ponytail hairdo for my Anissa character and equipped it with

  • Elvs Mini Halter Dress1 (CCBY Elvaerwyn)
  • Elvs Peep toe Slingbacks1 (CCBY Elvaerwyn)

The neon city in the background to add some colors is also from Elvaerwyn (thank you).

60s_jukebox.jpg
the colorful 50s and 60s
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby SaltyCowdawg » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:20 pm

In a word: "wow!"
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby RobBaer » Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:24 pm

As always nice work.

Since it is about the 50's, when you wrote "Elvs Mini Halter " I at first misread it as "Elvis's Mini Halter". Ha Ha!
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby punkduck » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:16 pm

RobBaer wrote:As always nice work.

Since it is about the 50's, when you wrote "Elvs Mini Halter " I at first misread it as "Elvis's Mini Halter". Ha Ha!


No wonder .... when you look at these charts in 1956 ... 5 times Elvis in the top 20 ... and honestly there were others before and no, he didn't invent this kind of music :P

As an ex-punk I should probably change the titles on the jukebox because there was a garage scene in the US which had more influence to the development of this genre than most people know :lol:
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Re: the daily life of models

Postby Joshea » Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:58 pm

Punkduck,
I know your post is about 5 years old now, but kudos to some of the great work you do. I've done two short animations and in both have used some of your clothes creations. It's great to have talented people like you around. Cheers!
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