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Zygon Design by Kaduflyer Zygon Design by Kaduflyer
This was my first opportunity to redesign a classic Dr Who creature and what a great one to start with!! 
The original Zygons only appeared in one story way back in the 1970's but are none the less much loved by the DW fans so re-imagining them (like all the classic characters) carried a certain weight of responsibility. It made my job easier in that they were a fantastic design from the start and none of us wanted to change them too much. All I really did was bring them into the real world by giving them a more realistic and more muscular anatomy and I'm proud of the fact that my first attempt at them met with universal approval from the whole Dr Who production team.
Teaching commitments meant that I was not able to sculpt these bad boys but as usual the whole team at Millennium FX did a superb job and transferred my designs almost detail for detail into the wonderful suits seen in the 50th Anniversary episode.
I'm hoping they will make another appearance in the upcoming season.
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MelicoreStudios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
What type of program do you normally use for the 3-d art?  What program(s) do you recommend?
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I only use Z-Brush…and only that to a very limited degree. I'm by no means a '3D artist' and not really the best person to ask about other 3D software. From what I can gather by looking at other's work many use Z-Brush to build characters/creatures…whatever…and then use other programmes to light and render them. I think your choice of what to use depends on what you are trying to achieve with your work. Whilst I greatly admire (and at times envy) the skill so many 3D artists demonstrate I'm not a great fan of the 'look' of 3D images…they don't excite my artistic taste buds!

I use Z-Brush because as a sculptor I can think and design better in 3 dimensions (and I'm faster) than I can in 2. So I use Z-Brush for my initial 'sketch' and then finish it off in PhotoShop as a 2D illustration/design.

I think if you want a highly polished 3D look you need to look to the high end of what's available…what the pros use…but I think you'll find those programmes very expensive. Z-Brush is a good programme to start off with as it's fairly cheap and pretty easy to get started with (if I…a complete computer numpty….can use it then anyone can!). Once you've got the hang of it you can always experiment with other programmes to get the look you want from your art. There's a zillion tutorials on YouTube, forums and help groups out there…give it a bash…it's fun!  
MelicoreStudios Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Thank you for the information/feedback!  I am trying to get into a few courses to understand 3D rendering a lot more.  I want to one day 3D print parts for costumes/cosplay I do.  Would save me some time and I would like to be able to make my own pepakura templates instead of waiting for others.  Even when trying to do a commission, it seems I have to wait forever and the project is never done.  So figure it was better to learn and do for myself.
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I had to look up 'pepakura', I've never heard of that before…interesting. It looks like it might involve some kind of horrendous mathematics to work out how to make one yourself…I could be wrong, but just the thought of maths sends me into convulsions..:)

3D printing seems to be at that horrible pint of a technology thats 'almost' there….the possibilities seem endless but it's never quite as flawless or simple as the manufacturers lead us to believe. We've been looking at it as an alternative to taking life casts of actors and just as we see something that gets us excited we learn of the little glitches and problems that send us back to the tried and trusted techniques.
I hope you manage to figure out a way to use it for for needs. Like many cosplayers your work is exemplary (I love your cyber scout…..still THE definitive cyberman design for me!) and hopefully you'll be able to use this technology tom take your work to even higher levels.

Good luck.
MelicoreStudios Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Pepakura can be scary at first.  I just think of it as origami meets jigsaw puzzle.  Once you have a 3D model on the computer, it is a matter of just unfolding it.  Unfortunately, if you don't semi-understand 3D programs the unfold is a foreign language.  I plan to enter classes next year if I don't find time to self teach myself for 3D modeling.

Coming from a professional I am deeply honored you like my cosplay! Once I build a little bigger portfolio, I hope to try and help out with local productions as a volunteer and maybe progress from there, even if baby steps.  Sometimes it is a challenge especially with items from shows overseas. We don't have the displays and conventions to allow us good reference pics for shows like Doctor Who.  I know the cybermats from Cybus era are killing a few of us trying to find the deminisions since toys are too small and look a little off. But we are trying!

Can't wait to see what new creatures you have in upcoming Doctor Who episodes, it is always fun to pick them out and see how your work ends up with a finished product.  

Thanks again for all your help and advice!
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
I wasn't involved in the cybermats, they being mostly mechanical and not area of expertise. They were pretty small though…waaay smaller than the originals…other than that it's not something I can help much with..sorry!

As for the new stuff..well we're in full swing right now on something pretty special….but you've got a long wait to see it or before I can say anything about it!
XenoEngine Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Amazing! Cool update on a classic. 
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
They were always a great design, just very poorly executed in the past. I regret not being involved in the actual build of the things, but think Millennium did a fantastic job and I just hope that in the future they get an episode to themselves.
Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yay for the Zygons! 

"Loch Ness,Harry!"
Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah…I love the Zygons too…shame their return to the show was so wasted in that awful anniversary episode!
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