I didn’t know what a warthog was, do you? I had to ask it twice, ‘A warthog you say?’. It is an ‘African Lens Pig’, a wild member of the pig family that lives in Africa (Wikipedia). When I saw a picture of it, I was thinking at Timon and Pumbaa, you know, the two characters from Walt Disney.
So, my talented colleague Daniel Hanze had a nice challenge: modeling a warthog. Not only modeling the animal, but also adding the texture, fur and rendering. The warthog had to act as a model, standing in a photo studio on white paper. Nothing special, but this way, the viewer isn’t distracted from other details around the animal such as a background or probs.
The only thing we had to add in the studio with the warthog was mud, yes mud: sand and water. That was my part 😉 After playing with mud a whole afternoon, taking too many pictures, the complete make-over in photoshop could start. That was fun!
Step 1: Find the right reference material
Step 2: Start modeling
Step 3: Adding texture
Step 4: Lighting setup and rendering
Studio and light setup
Modo has some nice ‘fur’ features!
Step 5: Retouching and adding mud
Voila, that’s our Warthog!
Kristof & Daniel