Create cool caricatures quickly with this powerful 3D tool

Discover how Character Creator, Headshot plug-in and SkinGen plug-in can easily generate brilliant caricatures.

(Image credit: Peter Alexander)

The Headshot plug-in for Reallusion’s Character Creator allows users to generate 3D animated digital humans from one photo, and the SkinGen tool provides the most intuitive way to generate realistic skin details. SkinGen not only makes up for the photo resolution, but introduces more handy tools to inspire artists’ creativity.

In this article, Peter Alexander, digital freelancer, uses Character Creator, Headshot and the newest SkinGen tool to produce a likeness and caricature of Jack Nicholson with the goal of showcasing the latest features Reallusion has to offer.

Download a free trial of Headshot plug-in here, and learn how to easily create a fully animatable 3D caricature model from just a single photo.

Video Game Fan creates YouTube Animated Series with iClone and Character Creator

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) – 3D Animator

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone)

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) has a somewhat eclectic creative background. At university he trained as a potter and glassblower, and he has also worked as a magazine cartoonist, a caricaturist, a pyrographer, a mold-maker and sculptor of metal and resin figurines, and most recently has branched out into the world of video-making and animation.

Prior to making the move to YouTube, the only video making he’d done was editing a cousin’s wedding video on VHS, and his animation experience was limited to one childhood attempt to make a plasticine figure walk across the screen using stop motion animation on an old Super 8 cine camera – so he was just as surprised as anyone when in 2017 he won a video making competition run by videogame developer Frontier Developments. Since then his “Turjan’s Travels” YouTube series has racked up over a quarter of a million views.

It was while making “Turjan’s Travels” that he was introduced to Character Creator and iClone by a couple of fellow videomakers, and immediately caught the digital animation bug. iClone is now at the heart of his creative workflow, serving as a way of bringing his ideas to life onscreen, as well as often also being the inspiration for those creative ideas in the first place.

” When introduced to Reallusion software I was immediately hooked – here was the exact toolset I needed to bring my characters to life onscreen! “

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) – 3D Animator

Digital Human Contest – Innovative Character Creation

Reallusion encourages Contestants to partake in $45,000 Prize Pool

Character Contest Showcases Breakthrough Real-time Tools for Artists

Building characters from scratch is a tedious process, entailing hours of work to achieve a quality result.  Now, Reallusion introduces game-changing solutions for character artists to add speed and creativity with the tools featured in our Digital Human solution: Character Creator, iClone and recently released SkinGen

With the Character Creator and iClone real-time pipeline, artists can gain access to a complete character creation and animation toolset, with the flexibility of ZBrush’s GoZ round-trip capability. Speed sculpt with a base character model rigged for animation and make your artwork come alive.

The contest begins now and goes through to November 18th – find out more on the official contest website.

MASTER CLASS #5: REALTIME DIGITAL DOUBLE WITH CHARACTER CREATOR AND TEXTURING.XYZ

In this 5 part series for – Master Class “Realtime Digital Double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz”, Sefki Ibrahim shares his tips and tricks on how to take advantage of Character Creator and Texturing.xyz multi-channel face textures to create a real-time character (Ed Harris), and animate Ed’s face and body easily in Unreal Engine.

Sefki Ibrahim is a freelance character artist that specializes in photorealistic digital human works. 
He is familiar with employing Texturing.xyz material maps, and has been selected as “2019 Artist of the Year” by Texturing.xyz.

Part #5: Animating in iClone for Unreal Engine

MASTER CLASS #4: REALTIME DIGITAL DOUBLE WITH CHARACTER CREATOR AND TEXTURING.XYZ

In this 5 part series for – Master Class “Realtime Digital Double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz”, Sefki Ibrahim shares his tips and tricks on how to take advantage of Character Creator and Texturing.xyz multi-channel face textures to create a real-time character (Ed Harris), and animate Ed’s face and body easily in Unreal Engine.

Sefki Ibrahim is a freelance character artist that specializes in photorealistic digital human works. 
He is familiar with employing Texturing.xyz material maps, and has been selected as “2019 Artist of the Year” by Texturing.xyz.

Part #4: Dynamic Texture Editing with Character Creator SkinGen

MASTER CLASS #3: REALTIME DIGITAL DOUBLE WITH CHARACTER CREATOR AND TEXTURING.XYZ

In this 5 part series for – Master Class “Realtime Digital Double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz” , Sefki Ibrahim shares his tips and tricks on how to take advantage of Character Creator and Texturing.xyz multi-channel face textures to create a real-time character (Ed Harris), and animate Ed’s face and body easily in Unreal Engine.

Sefki Ibrahim is a freelance character artist that specializes in photorealistic digital human works. 
He is familiar with employing Texturing.xyz material maps, and has been selected as “2019 Artist of the Year” by Texturing.xyz.

Part #3: Hair Card Generation

MASTER CLASS #2: REALTIME DIGITAL DOUBLE WITH CHARACTER CREATOR AND TEXTURING.XYZ

In this 5 part series for – Master Class “Realtime Digital Double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz”, Sefki Ibrahim shares his tips and tricks on how to take advantage of Character Creator and Texturing.xyz multi-channel face textures to create a real-time character (Ed Harris), and animate Ed’s face and body easily in Unreal Engine.

Sefki Ibrahim is a freelance character artist that specializes in photorealistic digital human works. 
He is familiar with employing Texturing.xyz material maps, and has been selected as “2019 Artist of the Year” by Texturing.xyz.

Part #2: Sculpting and Utilizing Multi-channel Face Maps

Master Class #1: Realtime Digital Double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz

A professional 3D artist shares his experience in creating a digital double with Character Creator and Texturing.xyz, to later inside Unreal Engine.

Sefki Ibrahim is a freelance character artist that specializes in photorealistic digital human works. 
He is familiar with employing Texturing.xyz material maps, and has been selected as “2019 Artist of the Year” by Texturing.xyz.

In this article, Sefki Ibrahim will share the workflow for creating a realistic real-time character (actor, Ed Harris) using Character Creator and Texturing XYZ’s multi-channel Maps.

This is my first time using Character Creator as well as creating a real-time character from start to finish. I hope that this documentation can serve some insight into my thought process.

Feel free to experiment and try out your techniques when attempting the workflow. This article and the accompanying videos should serve as a loose guide for you to create your real-time character with some neat tips and tricks to try out for yourself.

To kickstart the project, the first thing I did was choose the subject. I decided on Ed Harris, notably because he has a very distinctive and unique face – and it would pose a new challenge for me. So, I gathered a bunch of references to start me off. Then as I navigated through the project, I continued to add more references related to the stage of the workflow that I was on.

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