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By Nate Beckwith
– Napoleon Blown Apart (Villain)
His hate for all things taller then he is only match by his lust for power and respect. He revels in destruction, he yearns to be feared, he aches to control the world around him. But he is short so very very short. Some would say tiny, but if they did so within his earshot they would find themselves blown into very very small bits, some would say even tiny. For he is affected with S.M.S. (Short Man Syndrome), which is a disease that affects those who's stature is disproportionate to their ego. This overcompensating lust for power is what drives him.
Destruction and stealth are his tools for global conquest. His anger can be channeled into anything and released on his command with explosive effect. If the object is an explosive device his power of anger is multiplied a thousand fold. His stealth is byproduct of his height or lack there of, people eyes just pass over him and notice nothing special. This however enrages him and feeds his need to be noticed by others, to rule the world with a tiny fist!
12-24-08, 12:43 PM
Ah, great name! I see what you did there.
started on the zsphere:
Had an issue with the polys in the left hand being flipped. Smart resym wouldn't work. So i had to export to Silo and resym there also refined a bit.
Played around with the face to get a better idea of him.
sorry I'm posting these all at once.. didn't have internet this weekend.
Playing with the hair a bit, i wanted him to have that Napoleon like hat be hair and be more modern. Still a ways to go though.. Also added eyes.
12-24-08, 01:17 PM
also anyone know how i can place an image with out having it be a thumbnail?1) Link to an externally hosted image, using [img] tags, or
2) Upload an image as an attachment , and click the "Paste image into post" button to the right after you upload it. This is supposed to insert the code right in to your post, but I have to copy and paste the code next to the attachment. Change the code from ATT to ATN, if its a mundane image and you dont want it to show up in the recently uploaded pictures bar at the top of the website. (for instance, don't upload 3 pics in a row using the ATT code...its bad form)
Pixologic would prefer you do number 2, as that way the images are locally stored, and cant be lost with time, or external hosting changes.
I suppose it would have been easier just to refer you here:
Started adding detail to the body. Can't decide if i want him to be pudgy to have more muscles.
Ah ok i see, Thank you Bingo!
12-24-08, 06:24 PM
Very interesting concept and good start on the ZSphere/ Base Mesh. :tu:
12-24-08, 11:57 PM
Haha :D Amazing Concept ^^
He´s looking sooo mean...
Dont´t wann meat him ^^
I like the catchy facial expression...
and I can´t wait to see this tiny Villain sculpted :tu:
12-25-08, 12:02 AM
oH NOOOOO:lol: I meant "meet him"
But I really don´t want to "MEAT" him too...
12-25-08, 01:10 AM
Love the concept sketch and that's a great start on the sculpting part
(works for me)
Keep it up !
12-25-08, 02:09 AM
nice concept and good work so far
12-25-08, 03:09 AM
That is a really good concept..
12-25-08, 03:15 AM
N8 Really Gr8!
Awesome character concept. My only critique is that you should make him a little bit more flabby.
Please note that the rules require that your entry be updated at least once per week. If no updates have been made on this entry within the next 48 hours I'm going to have to disqualify it.
Don't taze me bro! i'll post i'll post.
thx for the comments ppl!
Playing with proportions, trying to make him look shorter. Although i like the triangular shape of him in the concept. So i might have to pull back on that forehead.
01-03-09, 12:29 PM
Thats cool! Great work! :tu: :tu:
01-03-09, 01:15 PM
your anatomy is cool! love the clean lines..
you could make him more shorter.... but he is looking good...
01-03-09, 06:43 PM
:lol: :lol: great concept, and nice progress. can't wait to see your next post.
01-03-09, 09:56 PM
This guy looks creepy , looks good , good luck on your progress
Very cool. As long as the anatomy works, no one says it can't be stylized. I like where this one's heading. Loads of character. Keep at it!
01-04-09, 04:28 AM
Great piece, it looks like you still have to sculpt his feet there so what I'll say here may be just premature but I'd try to make his feet a bit bigger, still small but he looks like he's disappearing from there.
His face reminds me of Orson Wells. Is that deliberate or have you just got there incidentally?
01-05-09, 09:06 PM
I am thinking about the feet/legs.. maybe they shrink down a tad much...... it is very dynamic though..
01-05-09, 09:24 PM
this feet are just lovely.... lolol
love this guy!
01-06-09, 01:52 AM
Cool. I like his square jaw and big forehead. Good work man! :tu:
01-06-09, 01:54 AM
I kind of like what you have so far..as it's more stylized to quite extreme and very cool look. Love it. :tu:
thanks for the comments everyone!
Haven't had much time on this, hopefully i can knock out alot this week end. A lot to do though.
Here is a small pose test, this is far from final. Just a small test to see what pose will work.
lol kinda looks like a flasher.. he will have pants... sometime.
01-08-09, 11:27 PM
lol at the flasher! Creepy!
Excellent cartoony style you have. Cartoony, yet with a grounding in anatomical accuracy, as all the best toons are.
I can't think of any crits so far, just keep going with what you have, It'll look great :)
01-14-09, 08:20 AM
Forgot all about your entry :o ,
looking great so far,
keep it up.
01-14-09, 05:36 PM
I love this little guy, his legs are so cute :D Very nice style that you got here, I'm looking forward to see your final entry N8!
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Started on the belts that will hold all of his grenades, explosives and teddy bears. :P
Using The topo tools to make the new geo, still trying to figure out the best way to retain the sharp edges, might just have to crease them all by hand..
goning to model the explosives next, should be fun. Then Re-topo the body.
01-15-09, 10:26 PM
sweet update I like the use of the way you used the topo tool for the cloths
01-15-09, 10:58 PM
yeah. i'm looking forward to see this one finished, really like this cuty! :P
01-16-09, 05:54 AM
how could I missed this? the concept is soooo cool :tu:
I´ll look forwart to your progress..
01-16-09, 06:52 AM
This is a really great character! You can tell just by his overall design, pose and expression exactly what he's all about which means you're doing a helluva job!
What a great character! I particularly love his facial expression, and that hair. The whole design feels very solid.
Neat idea, using retopology to create clothes. I'll have to remember that. :)
01-16-09, 07:05 AM
Still going strong!
I like the start on his accessories, definately going to look great :tu:
Keep it up :)
01-16-09, 01:14 PM
He's lookin pretty mean! :tu:
01-16-09, 02:23 PM
i'm loving this guy
while your geometry isn't overly dazzling or as technical as some are being, your model has by far the most style and personality i have seen so far
very pro job all around so far :tu:
01-16-09, 08:00 PM
I really like the proportion of this guy...very stylized and cool looking. and great way to create his cloth. :tu:
01-17-09, 05:35 AM
I like very much the character and their expression. :)
01-17-09, 05:56 AM
Great cartoon style, He's funny :D
- FoOD -
01-17-09, 02:52 PM
Very Cool style :D
01-17-09, 04:39 PM
great style. i like his pose too. keep it up
01-17-09, 04:42 PM
Nice progress and very clean work with the topology tool.:tu:
01-19-09, 11:48 AM
Hilarious concept! :tu: :tu: :tu:
Love to see more :D
Uploading some videos of making the grenade and belt.
lots of work to do and deadline nearing... hopefully i can a lot done this weekend.
01-23-09, 10:32 PM
Just love the clean sculpt of this entry, :tu: ... and looking forward to see the Granade how to's :)
01-23-09, 11:05 PM
Good luck rocking Napoleon this weekend :tu: Ive got a lot to do on Knoweapon and I can feel that deadline looming too...
01-26-09, 09:50 AM
Progressing very, very nicely! :cool: Really digging the overall feel of Mr. Blown Apart.:)
thx for the comments people, i just hope i can finish! No Left 4 Dead for me.. must work. :P
Im trying to keep him simple no micro detail yet. Still have to find the right pose, then i can add folds and wrinkles to his clothing.
playing around with transpose master... Forgot to record. Need to do another more dramatic pose. Kinda want to see him in the air though.
01-27-09, 01:47 AM
great job! i like this type of characters :D
01-27-09, 02:34 AM
He looks so mean :tu: :)
Super clean and great work
01-27-09, 02:47 AM
Great design work. I can so easily see it as a real production piece, should have its own movie.:tu::tu:
01-27-09, 02:53 AM
Nice update..Love the special stylized sculpt...very clean and beautiful1 :tu:
Looking great :) , love the style and the details! :tu:
01-29-09, 05:27 AM
Hehe grate character! He looks like a grenade himself! very good Name! muahah. Looking forward to this one!
01-29-09, 08:41 AM
Solid pose :tu: Tells a great story. Nice work!
Trying out a new pose and playing with his coat. Tried to fatten him up a bit too. But huge amounts of work ahead of me.. I see some late nights in my future.
02-03-09, 11:08 PM
Hehe nice character there.. somehow i like the comic-styles more and more. with all that super-realistic, anatomicaly correct stuff out there people tend to forget about the main idea in art: expression. and yours has that absolutely. grim, slightly arrogant and angry at the world because he is so stumpy ;-)
that reaching for the grenade pose really makes napoleon pop... very fitting: short, bad temper, slightly mad...
maybe you should actually give him that "hand-in-vest"-pose for a beauty shot?
great work :tu:
02-07-09, 01:05 AM
Awesome entry. Great level of animation. The impish expression of impending violence is exquisite.
Hey that's great work! Awesome! :cool: :tu:
02-07-09, 09:27 AM
yeah, this is to cool!!! lovely style! :)
love this little, evil guy! ^^
02-07-09, 09:02 PM
You've created a great little character here! The one thing that I would critique upon would be his feet. They would be too small to support him as a figurine. There would be breakage issues. But that's only if it gets printed. Otherwise it's perfect! :) :tu: :tu:
02-08-09, 03:27 AM
Awesome update and great pose... I love this entry especially for the caricature proportion and very clean sculpt! :tu: :tu:
Tweaked the pose somewhat, made him reach more. Started adding wrinkles, trying to only add ones i need though as its easy to go overboard with them.
- FoOD -
02-10-09, 11:30 PM
Very cool N8 - love the pose:D:tu:
02-10-09, 11:44 PM
model's look great very nice sculpt. :tu: :tu: :tu:
02-11-09, 01:38 AM
AWESOME!!I really like your work.!!! ;)
Awesome piece. I love the toonish style.
BTW, I was just learning retop when I came across your geo extraction. Great technique.
02-11-09, 05:15 AM
Really nice work :tu:
Lookin' forward to the final version! :tu: !
02-12-09, 07:09 PM
Nice update there N8..Very cool design and great sculpt. Just love the proportion of this character and very clean sculpt you have. :tu:
02-12-09, 09:22 PM
10-06-10, 12:09 PM
you HAVE to finish this one. from the name to the execution this is simply a fantastic character.
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