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"One Buggy Day"
Added on: Wed Nov 21 2001
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Although I expected to achieve the subtle fur effect with shaders, my first attempts did not present a satisfactory result. Particle Array - tool that allows geometry to emit particles - became the solution for this problem: by choosing parts of the bug's mesh as emitters (basically everything except the shells, which didn't need fur) and defining a small size and a high count for the particles, a nice fur effect was created. (Note that this procedure requires a huge amount of RAM)


The bug was divided in several parts that were textured individually: head, shells, lower body and legs. The mapping methods applied changed according to each part of the geometry (mainly planar and cylindrical mapping). After choosing and applying each UVW map, I used the "Unwrap UVW" modifier to make screen-captures of the unwrapped geometries, and imported all images into Photoshop.

At this time I gathered some reference images and started copying small parts into my texture images, adding as much detail as possible. I removed all the shadows and specular highlights (these will be added in the rendering process). The unwrapped mesh images worked as guides, allowing for the precise positioning of details.

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