Join Ryan Kittleson for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a rim light, part of Digital Creature Creation in ZBrush Photoshop and Maya.
Unlike a sunlight and a skylight, which are naturally part of any outdoor…scene, a rimlight's purpose is more artistic and not necessarily physically…accurate or natural.…It helps define the subject more clearly from a visual standpoint.…Let's look at this photo that has a very prominent rimlight.…One thing that it's doing artistically is providing a contrast to the key light.…The key light shining on this side of the face is very warm.…It's very broad and soft, whereas the rimlight is cold, sharp and limited to…just a sliver of the subject.…
Without a rimlight, the edge of this subject would fade off to black.…The rimlight is helping to sharply define the shape and features of the subject.…A rimlight is not always called for, however.…There's nothing wrong with having one side of the subject fade to black.…It's an artistic decision that you make depending on how you want to present the subject.…The reason I choose to use a rimlight for the Dewhopper is that we're making…presentation renders that are meant to reveal the subject's shape and structure…
- Brainstorming and refining a character concept
- Installing custom brushes
- Optimizing tablet settings
- Posing the ZSpheres in ZBrush
- Sculpting muscles and midsize shapes
- Working with DynaMesh
- Using GoZ between ZBrush and Maya
- Creating topology for animation
- Sculpting fine detail
- Cleaning up a mesh in Maya
- Creating the UV layout
- Lighting and shading
- Painting texture maps
- Posing with Transpose tools in ZBrush
- Batch rendering a turntable animation
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Preparing Your Workspace
2. Designing the Creature
3. Basic Sculpting in ZBrush
4. Basic Modeling in Maya
5. Creating Topology for Animation
6. Creating the UV Layout
7. Creating a Pedestal Environment
8. Lighting and Shading
10. Posing the Model
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