My first Assessment I was given the task from a local Nelson director and asked me to make a creature model for a short sci-fi film and gave me the flexibility to make it look however i wanted as long as the creature is believable within the New Zealand environment.
My idea for my creature is a hunting dog named the ‘Kuri’ which the Maori brought with them from Polynesia during the settlement of New Zealand in the 13th Century.
- Kuri the meaning for Polynesian Dog.
- The dogs were skilled at hunting and had a build like a Border Collie with small legs, head and had a powerful jaw.
- They did not bark, but gave out a howl like a fox.
- The Kuri became a valued resource for the early settlers using them for Hunting, Sacred rituals, Eating and Clothing .
- Hunting– They were used to catch birds and rats.
- Rituals– Kuri were sacrificed to the god of war (Tūmatauenga)
- Eating– Its said Captain James Cook said the were a delicacy and tasted like lamb.
- Clothing– Their fur was a prized possession by some tribal leaders and kept the dogs clean to harvest their fur, for traditional cloaks
- I developed the idea that a Kuri strayed from the large pack of wild dogs an was attacked by a settler starving to death and took a bite out of the Kuri.
- The Kuri gave out a loud howl and ran off looking for shelter to lick his wounds, Where he found a cave entrance which was in fact the entrance to a spaceship which crash landed many years ago and its alien technology within the ship was still awake.
- Walking around the ship, Kuri discovered the medical bay and gave out another howl which activated some of the technology, which went about healing the dog and transforming it into a hybrid humanoid dog like creature with special abilities.
- The Creature stood up like a human and had the head of a dog with enhancements which meant the dog could see in the dark now after many years of living in a cave with poor lighting and mainly hunting at night.
- The cave at Waitomo is known as Ruakuri (Den of dogs) in the past it was inhabited by wild Kuri
- The lighting was artificial from the alien tech still awake from when it crash landed
My first Introduction to Zbrush- I created a model and kit bashed with the pre made soldier in the Zbrush projects as it had some of the ideas on it I would like to use for my final design.
The main brushes I used at first were the Move, Clay Build Up, Clay and The Dam Standard.
I used the Move brush to manipulate the head to create a dog like head and the Clay Build up to add dog like features.
Somewhere along the way the polygons became quite distorted I am unsure why this happened but continued to bash so I could learn how to use Zbrush.
I decided it was time to start from scratch and learn how to create a base mesh with Zspheres using the different modes to scale the spheres and move them into place
Once I sculpted my base mesh it was time to sculpt onto my mesh to give me an idea the way I wanted my creature to look.
I used Move tool, Clay Build Up, Dam Standard, Inflate and Masking option.
For my reference for the body structure, I used my own body and some of the knowledge I have from weight lifting. I also wanted to have a mix between the enhancements, dog and human body structures and the image below for a rough idea of some muscle groups. I used the Hellboy image to get some ideas for the body builder physique I was after.
Some of the base mesh structure was not very strong around the hands, so I decided to make the hands separate and add them as a separate tool and link them too my sculpting tool.
I used this Image to give me a rough idea as a reference, otherwise i free styled the idea how i thought a dog like human creatures hand might look like.
Here is an image of the separate sub tools on the base sculpture.
I used the append tool to add the separate sub tools and used the mirror and weld and positioned them where i thought they looked best.
Then used the Move brush and Inflate Brush to find the look I was after.
I started to kit bash a few options to show how i thought his robotic leg enhancements might look like with some brushes from badking.com.
Google Images – Kuri Dog Images
Loris, O. (n.d.). Dog anatomy sculpting and legs primary forms. Retrieved from https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/002/993/099/large/oscar-loris-01-dog.jpg?1468243144
Eyesrain He. (n.d.). Hell Boy? Retrieved from https://www.artstation.com/artwork/mqW6Wd