Topology should be renamed to ‘Nopeology’.
The fun trying to sculpt continued. I reached a point where I was fairly happy with the outcome.
By this point I was also learning a lot about muscles and how they connected the different parts of the skull to create the different planes of the face, so I decided to try it out and make something like that by sculpting it.
I began with a skull shape and then using the clay modelling tool, added layer upon layer of stuff to create the nose and the lips. That gave me the idea to actually create the skull by modelling it with polys, then make the muscles and then fuse the whole thing into one piece that I could soften and sculpt the facial features from.
So I modeled and sculpted a skull using a reference from Google images, and then started placing the main muscles to form the face.
The experiment didn’t pan out as I planned, mainly because it wasn’t just a matter of merging the whole set of pieces into one giant boolean object. So I lost a lot of definition around the mouth and for the cheeks. I decided to give it a go anyway, and began a retopology after cautiously studying the face articulation images from Brian Tindall’s The Art of Moving Points. There are dozens of different face topologies out there, but this one had a lot of sense from the animation and articulation point of view, which is my purpose for Isamu Dyson.
I tried it out once again from an existent OBJ model, and it went completely overboard. Too many polys again. I had to find a way to smart it out and come up with a smaller number. I had become obsessed with finding the correct way to build up a head.
You know what they say: If at first you don’t succeed, try again and again and again and again…
The third attempt came out better. Much less polys and a lot cleaner outcome. I was also trying to get the polys to be as even as possible.
Fourth attempt. I began this one from the nose, being that it was the hardest part to get right. Nope, nope. Blew the flow and got into weird outcome for the lines. So I scratched this one before continuing.
Here comes the 5th. Bingo. I got rid of some more polys for the forehead and smoothed out the flow for the nose and mouth. Still not entirely happy with the green span that goes over the nose instead of under, but I didn’t see any problem with that.
I decided to give it a try and get my Isamu reference ready.
This is Noriyoshi Sakai, a Japanese soccer player. He’s 24 years old and half European (his mother is German and his father Japanese). So he’s the perfect candidate for a realistic approach to Isamu Dyson, who happens to be 25 in 2040, when the events of Macross Plus unfold. (Fun fact: he was born on March 2015 so he’s a babbling toddler right now.) Also, being an athlete and all, there’s plenty of photos around of him. Plus, he’s got the stupid confident grin of the Anime.
I began creating the topology based on the last success, and slowly carved out the facial features from the photographs.
So I’ll start cleaning and refining the topology and create the rest of the head, and then we can move on with this.