View Full Version : Help with getting a face on my character

06-25-2013, 02:04 AM
Okay, so I've been doing a series ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-aXQqwEAxI ) using Lightwave, and for the final two episodes, I *really* want to update the character models to add hands and feet and a face that is capable of showing emotion, but at the same time, my greatest fear is the uncanny valley as I want it to be cartoony but I don't want to have to exaggerate anything too much!

Here's what I've got so far of the upgraded model (Apologies for the image size, but I want to capture the poly flow and detail so you guys can take a look);



But I'm really having trouble with the face. I can't figure out how to get it to flow right and the most experience I've had with faces is by way of using Makehuman. I know how to rig them via morph mixers and bones for the eyes, but modelling them in a way that works with the style I have going for me escapes me-- as does modelling them from scratch in general. Does anyone have any good tutorials or tips to help out?

And, while I'm at it, any tips for making good hands? I'm very unsure about what I have now.


06-25-2013, 09:24 AM
I believe the 'uncanny valley' only applies if you're doing realistic/photoreal characters. If you go the more stylized route for your characters the audience will be much more forgiving.

06-25-2013, 02:27 PM
I actually wanted to say kudos for sticking with your idea since 2010. Very inspiring. I'm currently going through a book by William Vaughan called [Digital] Modeling - http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Modeling-William-Vaughan/dp/0321700899 - I think it'll be a great asset for you as you take another crack at your models.

06-27-2013, 05:21 AM
Thanks for the replies! Although, I'd still appreciate a tutorial as to how to do mouths properly ^^;

Anything I do myself just looks... Off. Also, I'm in New Zealand. Ordering something from Amazon is too expensive.

06-27-2013, 02:20 PM
Doing a Google search for character modeling tutorials will return a lot of good hits.

There's this on youtube.