Transforming a 2D image into a 3D character: 9 top tips

Discover how Headshot generates a 3D animated Pennywise from a photo.

(Image credit: Peter Alexander)

Film-inspired fan art is nothing new. But, as many digital artists will attest, reimagining a movie character in 3D is a huge undertaking. Until now, that is. 

Headshot plug-in for Character Creator software enables artists to quickly generate human 3D models from 2D images. In this article, digital artist Peter Alexander reveals how to take a photo of Pennywise the clown from hit horror film IT, and easily transform it into a complex 3D model using Headshot, ZBrush and Blender. 

Alexander’s guide covers everything you need to know go get started, including photo selection and preparation, using the bake, edit mesh and sculpting tools native to Character Creator 3, manually adjusting Headshot masks in Photoshop, how to fix symmetry using ZBrush, and, finally, a crash-course on creating hair with a third-party Blender add-on called Hair Tool.

Download a free trial of Headshot plug-in here, and learn how to easily create a fully animatable 3D Pennywise model from just a single 2D image.

Befores & Afters: What it Took to Visualize this Star Wars Fan Film

How Reallusion’s iClone and Character Creator helped Previs” Dark Resurrection – Keepers of the Force”

Special thanks to Ian Failes – visual effects / animation journalist / owner of vfx publication Befores & Afters for wrapping up the story!

Star Wars-inspired Dark Resurrection fan film – a series that has been watched over a million times on YouTube, that used Reallusion’s iClone and Character Creator for previs.

Director Angelo Licata’s Dark Resurrection – Keepers of the Force:

With a reduced budget, but high ambitions for this project – Angelo decided to use iClone to build a CG version of the characters which were made both in Daz3D and Character Creator.

 “Working with iClone allowed us to discard all unnecessary shots, thus defining a much smaller list of shots than the initial shooting list. It also made communication with all departments extremely simple and made actors understand the necessary actions during filming. The crew was also excited to watch the animatic, and this motivated every element of the team enormously.”

— Angelo Licata

The iClone previs:

“In one morning I understood the basics of animation in iClone and in the evening I had an approximate but extremely functional animatic. Although the environment was done with simple volumes, the movements and action mirrored exactly what I had in mind. Since then I always have a preview of the filming with iClone, especially if there were special effects or elaborate camera movements. It is an exceptional tool that allows me to solve many problems before going on set.”

— Angelo Licata

Real the full article on befores and afters : https://beforesandafters.com/2020/03/03/what-it-took-to-visualize-this-star-wars-fan-film/

80 Level: Linking the Unlinkable: iClone Unreal Live Link for Animators

In this interview, Tom Jantol talked about his position as a film director and animator and shared his experience with iClone Unreal Live Link Plug-In.

Pablo Munoz Gomez’s Guide to Speed Up ZBrush Character Creation

This article is featured on ArtStation Magazine

Learn the new morph and pose system from Reallusion that works seamlessly with ZBrush and GoZ. 

The new Character Creator ​has the ability to connect with ZBrush using the GoZ plugin to send and receive meshes. This opens up the doors for a very powerful workflow to prototype characters with a high level of detail and with interesting and dynamic poses. You can download a free trial here.

Pablo Munoz Gomez

Character and Concept Artist

Instructor at ZBrushGuides.com

In this article, Pablo gives a walk through of his process for using Character Creator 3 (CC3) and ZBrush to produce a character concept in a pose for real-time rendering.

Unreal VR Game Developer creates NPCs with Character Creator & iClone

Myron Mortakis – Founder of Helm Systems

Myron Mortakis

Myron Mortakis is the President and founder of HELM Systems, a South Florida-based software development company, specializing in interactive and virtual reality software development.

He carries over his expertise and experience of over 13 years in structuring, organizing and directing development teams. Myron has led his company to international recognition, in the form of award nominations, mainstream world-wide online and print publications, as well as to the creation of HELM’s proprietary 3D rendering engine.

Helm systems is now developing their VR project – The SoulKeeper VR where they used Character Creator and iClone for their Unreal game project.

Reallusion’s products are an essential component in our development toolbox, as they facilitate and expedite a lot of complex processes that are involved in a character’s production cycle, without sacrificing quality.

 Myron Mortakis / President-Founder of Helm Systems

Former HBO producer turns to iClone Character Creator for latest film project

Julian Grant – Director / Producer

Julian Grant

Julian Grant is an award-winning filmmaker with 34 feature films to his credit. A published author and acclaimed digital artist – Julian Grant’s work can be seen worldwide on cinema screens, television, independent forums and on the internet. As an independent writer, producer and director he has created numerous short films and music videos and continues to develop new media showcases, transmedia events and pedagogical strategies.

Julian has worked with Lionsgate and HBO where he worked as the Producer/ Director of the acclaimed mini-series, Robocop: Prime Directives. Today, Julian Grant is a tenured Associate Professor in the Interactive Arts & Media Department at Columbia College Chicago.  

In 2017 he was approached by screenwriter Ron Falzone, with his script for ‘Coriander’, which he took on with the help of iClone, Character Creator and 3DXchange; as he had previously done a number of short films with.

“Thanks to Reallusion for continuing to push forward the opportunities available to independent artists such as myself who can dream big and even step back in time to recreate NY in the 1920’s. I couldn’t have made ‘Coriander’ without Reallusion!”

– Julian Grant

80 Level: From Lawyer to Unreal-Funded Game Developer

80 Level published Nick Pearce’s amazing story on how he started as a lawyer, and turned full-time game developer.

Here are some interesting quotes from the story-

I was told it would cost thousands of dollars to model and rig each character. I was also told it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create facial motion capture animations for each line of dialogue in our game. I began looking at alternative solutions. I was really happy to discover Reallusion’s Character Creator 3 (CC3) and iClone, which have allowed us to create gorgeous character models and animate them for a fraction of the cost of the traditional approach.

– Nick Pearce / Founder & Managing Director of Modern Storyteller

Game development is far more complex and time-consuming than most people can possibly imagine, particularly the process of modelling and rigging believable human characters. Software that can streamline this process, and make your life easier, is invaluable.

– Nick Pearce / Founder & Managing Director of Modern Storyteller

Read the full article at – https://80.lv/articles/from-lawyer-to-unreal-funded-game-developer/?fbclid=IwAR3S8vVU_ptf-IyIlXXGGru4JK-bWn0teTormO0RYRc-uS0rEOZi9FHe8BY

Critically Acclaimed Skyrim Modder Makes Ambitious Game with iClone Character Creator and Unreal Engine 4

NICK PEARCE – MANAGING DIRECTOR / FOUNDER

Nick Pearce

Nick is an award-winning writer and game developer whose career began with a passion project mod – The Forgotten City, after reaching notoriety with his first Skyrim mod that reached 2 million downloads. Before developing games, Nick worked as a legal and strategy advisor to a multi-billion dollar tech company. ​

Eventually Nick set into making The Forgotten City, by using Character Creator 3, iClone 7 and Unreal Engine, allowing him to win an Australian National’s Writer Guild Award, a 2018 Unreal UnderDog Award, and an Unreal Dev Grant among others.

“I was told it was going to cost a fortune. – That it was going to be about a $500,000 to record the high-quality facial motion capture animations for about 2,000 lines of dialogue. Fortunately, I discovered Character Creator 3 and iClone 7, and was able to create our own facial motion capture animations for about 1% of the cost of traditional facial motion capture.”

– Nick Pearce / Modern Storyteller Studio Founder

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