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Moving ahead on my next gothic horror animation. Trying for a more detailed, yet still render in a realistic amount of time look. To that end I removed a lot of reflection and the fire is an animated texture not a simulation. I also added noice to the main light to give more detail to things so i don't have to put stuff on every wall. The use of shadows also fills that space with shapes so the need for paintings and moulding is reduced. I still have t make the narrator character and his dead wife, Lenore but at lest the raven itself is ready. This set is made so I can easily make some of the walls and ceiling invisible for camera placement. There is a balcony and a tree outside the french doors and I think it will be snowing outside. I put a ton of work into the doorway because that is where we see the raven mostly so it have to hold up for many shots and different angles. The painting over the fireplace is temporary as it will need to be made with the image of Lenore from my model of her eventually. 

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  • I will look into that! I want to add lenor’s dress to the bed with a rose on it as well. 

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  • A couple updates. I have to start on the main characters soon. 

     

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  • Slowly working on this, I have to admit I have obsessed with another project called "Dog and Weasel"  which is a lot of fun. I am working on the narrator now and have some ideas for the lost Lenore.  Also the raven is pretty much ready except I am deciding on the colour of it's feathers. Pure black in tis dark room makes it invisible so I'll make it a dark grey and maybe add a red  light to set it apart from the background. 

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    wow, this IS kinda freaky

    reminds me of some nasty horror puppets where kids vanish at midnight and all that stuff

     

    on second thought

    maybe appropriate to the lyrics of Hotel California from 'The Eagles' ?

     

    keep it going

    :thisrocks:

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  • 1 hour ago, vanderleden said:

    wow, this IS kinda freaky

    reminds me of some nasty horror puppets where kids vanish at midnight and all that stuff

     

    on second thought

    maybe appropriate to the lyrics of Hotel California from 'The Eagles' ?

     

    keep it going

    :thisrocks:

    Merci! 
    I do sort of go for that creepy puppet look... I can't help it, I am just drawn to that I guess. of course adapting Poe in this case And Lovecraft in a few others lends itself to that sort of look. I have to make a "nice" lenore for use in the final painting over the fireplace and another version. A dead, ghostly one. 

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  • A small step forward. Narrator is rigged. Having a bizarre issue with the texture on the shoes, some grey is showing through the black but it's not geometry.  I'll work it out. I am probably going to do more post tone mapping than  I usually do but that is along ways off to think too much about now.

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    looking good.  where did you get the green chinese tiger model which is on mantel?  I actually have a real one about that scale size but in a redish color

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  • 3 hours ago, bobc4d said:

    looking good.  where did you get the green chinese tiger model which is on mantel?  I actually have a real one about that scale size but in a redish color

    I am not sure exactly, it has been in my collection of misc items for a long time and i have seen it used in several toutorials on using materials like sub surface scattering and on several free model sites over the years. I thought it might work as something interesting on the mantel.... i guess it got your attention! 

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  • Lenore, the living version. She will need some minimal rigging so I can pose her for the portrait over the fireplace. I will need a ghostly version and then have her dress wrapped on the bed. She isn't in the poem physically but her presence has to be strong visually I think to make the animation more interesting and work. 

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