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Istar the dragon (WIP) by Crystal-Dragon1 Istar the dragon (WIP) by Crystal-Dragon1
wow, it's amazing what you can do in half a day if you focus (i'm VERY easily distracted).
i needed a bit of a break from the other major projects i was working on (the legend of Cynder and Chronicles of the Blue Flame) so i thought i'd spend the day trying to get at least one commission ready for animation. all that's left is the wings, which are giving me a headache (normally the wings rig automatically, and i only need to do minor clean up, but this time it wouldn't automatically do it, so i have to do it myself) and to add the underbelly
so here's Istar, :iconrunya-isamu:'s dragon. i'm going to do an animation of him doing his Water Fury, in time to the song Dragon-boy from Spirited Away. the animation will last exactly 1 minute and 55 seconds and every movement in the first minute so far has been plotted and planned out (SO MUCH MATH!!! seriously there's a lot more in it than i originality thought). i have to use math though because my normal method doesn't work in this case. unfortunately, my PC can't handle the animations i do, so they lag while i work on them and appear to be going slower than they really are, but i don't always pick up on it and i increase the speed then when i render, it's really fast, normally i can fix it outside blender, just make it play slower, but when sound is involved, you can't do that. the biggest problem is that the music in the scene will play at the incorrect speed, depending on how fast the animation is playing, (if it lags, the music will not slow, it just sounds normal) so when i render it, it will be out of sync, which is not what we want. so, by pausing the music when there's something i will want the character to do at that point, and grabbing the number of seconds, i can write it all down, so even if the animation lags in blender, in the final render (the video) it will still be in sync, but simply having the seconds is not enough, you need the frame numbers. my animations are normally 30 frames per second, any higher and it tends to not work the way I want unless i use MORE maths (i don't like math :D). it's not too hard to figure out, but i lost my calculator, so i have to do it the old fashioned way, and it takes me a while with bigger numbers XD
well, now that i have board you to death with my explanation of how i do the animations, enjoy!
Istar belongs to :iconrunya-isamu:
model belongs to me
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:icondragonfreak1112:
dragonfreak1112 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
This looks soo cool!!!!! :la: how much would a commission like this cost? :?
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks. it depends, this one was 50 points, but the character was a simple one (not much texture detail was needed, as there's no markings on him). however, my commissions are closed for now, i have two of these to do
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:icondragonfreak1112:
dragonfreak1112 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
oh ok. :) if you open them again, would you let me know? ^^; you have peaked my interest. :D
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'll try to remember, but i'll put a notice up on my profile too, so if i do forget, that's how you can find out :)
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dragonfreak1112 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
oh ok then. :D sounds good. :)
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FrostwindL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
love that expression! wow you did this in half a day, thats totally awesome, youre getting so good at these that you dont take as much time as before
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. i meant the rig, the model itself took a while.
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:iconfrostwindl:
FrostwindL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
oh XD, well im still saying the same thing XD
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:iconcrystal-dragon1:
Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you then :)!
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:iconfiredrake1995:
firedrake1995 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow wonderful work so far. I love the pose. Looking forward to seeing the animation
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:iconcrystal-dragon1:
Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
by the way, I've nearly finished Firedrake's rig, but i'm a bit stuck on his wings
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:iconfiredrake1995:
firedrake1995 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really? that's wonderful. good luck with the wings. I hope it's something that can be fixed.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, but i might ask for help from some friends on blender-artist (if it's ok with you).
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:iconfiredrake1995:
firedrake1995 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
okay that's fine the more help, the better
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
speaking of which, they've opened up a new part of the forum, it's labeled volenteering but it's for projects like CoTBF. if you don't have a blender artist's acount, i suggest you make one beuase it could realy help.
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:iconfiredrake1995:
firedrake1995 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh okay i'll make one. Get the word out to some volenteers. They might be interested in joining
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
next time i'm on, i'll do it :)
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Helion98 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Nice job, I can't wait for him to come alive.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Helion98 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Your welcome... :(

IF you want to know why i am sad, look at my new journal for answers
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i read your journal and have left you a comment there
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Runya-Isamu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Wow, he looks awesome so far! I can't wait to see him animated! Great work! :clap:
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, i'm glad you like him!
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theultamentdragon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Wow, this looks great ^^
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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