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My main profession is a designer in advertising (both 2D and 3D) and it is not connected with the creation of characters. However, playing computer-games I have always admired "the magic" that turns the primitive objects in realistic characters and if the game included the development tools I've always been interested for me to make character's modifications and put them back into the game. But the character's manipulating in the game limited by scenario and fixed set of motions, so when I found out about iClon and Reallusion Developer Program I decided that it's exactly what I need. For me iClone gives not only fun from development process, but also possibility to "share out" some way my skills with other users by creating characters for them.
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Q: Where does your inspiration come from when creating your models?
I think all of us have the same "source" of ideas - it's real world surrounded us and everyday impressions which come from it. It can be family, friends, job, music, books, movies, TV shows and many many others. For example Ancient Warrior character is my "impression" from excellent TV show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand".
Q: Describe your workflow and the pipeline you use when designing your models for iClone.
For model (character) creating I'm using practically the same methods as most game developers and my workflow usually consists of 4 main steps:
1. Prototype creating (or in other words creating of the character shape).
2. Character modeling (mesh creating).
3. Character rigging (attaching model surface to the bone system).
4. Creating materials.
Q: How do you think iClone can benefit professional animators and artists who use other software?
I can classify iClone not as replacement for expensive professional software (especially if they already have it), but as excellent addition to it, which will help to make creating process much easy and faster. First that come in mind - game development and video production.
For game developers iClone can significantly speed-up character and creatures testing process because it has all necessary features: - Non-Standard/Non-Human Characters and motions import; - DirrectX based visualisation which used in most of modern games.
And of course Video production is main field when iClone can be extremely helpful. Last version of iClone (iclone 5) has excellent human kinematics, phisics simulation and perfect visualisation quality comparable with Autodesk 3ds Max. But in iClone You can gain very good result much easy and faster, and most important that video creator can make all himself (iClone does not require special 3D skills) and see result of illumination, composition and other scene changes immediately. Thats why when I started my PR (photo-realistic) series I first of all kept in mind this sphere of application for my characters and specially made all textures "ready-to-use" for close look in HD video format.
Q: What are the most important things to keep in mind when creating new content?
Key feature of iClone is real time visualisation and it does it just perfect, but as any other programs it has some restrictions. It's not so hard to make hi-detailed model which will looks great, but it will be practically useless for animating in real time. Also I never forgot that my content can be used by customers which have not very powerful computers and i'm always trying to optimize my products for some middle configuration requirements - minimise number of polygons in the model and do not use too many or too hi-resolution textures if it's not necessary.
Q: Any plans for future projects?
I just released my first PR5 character on the G5 skeleton base (young male) and I'm planning to create some "company" for him - young female character. Also I'm going to expand the range of character types by adding character with specific body shapes (strong male for example).
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