11 Second Club – August 2015 WIP

First of all, Happy Birthday to my Sister! Pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog (and believe me, I don’t blame her), so I also sent her a Snapchat. đŸ˜‰

I’ve just been clowning around with this concept for the 11 Second Club Challenge for August and having a mostly good time with it. Over the previous two months, my energy has been lacking. I’ve been doing some minor remodeling of characters and a bit of sculpting, but otherwise, creatively-speaking, I’ve been laying low and refueling. For this:

Clown Robin

Honestly, I feel a little empty when I’m not involved in a project like the 11 Second Club. Kinda like a fish out of water. Just mindlessly roasting in the sun waiting for a kind foot to kick me, or a friendly rogue wave to pull me, back in.

Well, high tide hath cometh, friends! We settin’ sail for the circus with this month’s 11 Second Challenge. I’ve an idea (which I haven’t observed yet in the WIP Forums) of two clowns having a conversation either mid-routine or just in general.

SECOND CHOICE

My first concept for this dialogue was of a high-strung, very controlling and tidy gentleman feeding his dog, which is treated like a baby (sitting in a stroller wearing a hand-knitted outfit and being spoon fed his dinner).

I was going to hand draw this but I honestly believed I’d run out of time.

So onto Blender.

ROBIN TO THE RESCUE

I wasn’t seeing the vision at first. My rig dressed as a clown. Seems stupid. But when I started adding accessories (nose, hat, shoes, makeup) it all came together. The rig is actually perfect.

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I made the hair with some metaballs (Shift + A > Metaballs) by duplicating, moving and scaling them around the head. Convert them all to one mesh and bingo! Cartoon clown hair!

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There is some tweaking to be done of the mesh when he’s in an extreme pose and facing the camera, but this is relatively minor. And I have to finish his makeup, maybe give him an outfit and then do it all over again for the other character.

Anyway, I think it’s an original concept and though it won’t win any awards, it’s been a lot of fun pushing this character and working in 3D space again.

If you are competing this month, or thinking of entering the challenge, or if it’s your birthday, I wish you the very best!

Cheers,