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    Cosmos has gone 3D! With the power of Maya, Tony Corvell (and his pop culture sidekick, Mr. Roboto the Japanese tin robot toy) have been transfor… Read More
    Cosmos has gone 3D! With the power of Maya, Tony Corvell (and his pop culture sidekick, Mr. Roboto the Japanese tin robot toy) have been transformed into funky three dimensional rendered models! Read Less
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Woo hoo! The brief introduction we got to Maya during our game cabinet design assignment was just a taste of what was to come - this time around, we got to create a 3D model of a character of our choosing! And since Cosmos is the series du jour in my neck of the woods, I decided to create a model of Tony Corvell, owner of the comic shop 'Tony's Comic Utopia' - yeh, I could have done a model of Artie or Gene instead, but let's face it, those guys are everywhere. Tony made for a nicely challenging model: not only did he have a full set of clothes for me to model (including a hat with an antenna on it), he has a big ol' nose on his face; and he perfectly matched the environment I had to integrate him into - a photo I took one year at the Armageddon pop culture expo. In addition, I had to create a second, hard body model: in my case, a funky Japanese tin robot! 
1) Here's Tony Corvell, in all his high-res glory! Since he was going to be a cartoon character in a real environment, I found a clever workaround: he'd be a life-size animation maquette on display outside one of the convention stores!
2) And this is Tony's semi-poseable sidekick, Mr. Roboto! He's based on those crazy friction-powered tin robots that are big in Japan: exactly the kind of thing Tony would have in his store....
3) Tony and Mr. Roboto, integrated into my comic convention photo - with matching graininess and ever so slight blur effects, because, let's face it, I'm a rubbish photographer....
4) Animated turnarounds for both Tony and Mr. Roboto - dance, my monkeys! Dance!
5) In-progress screenshots of the dynamic duo courtesy of Maya: Mr. Roboto took a few days, Tony took pretty much everything else.....
6) Model sheets and design sketches for Tony and Mr. Roboto, showing how everything needed to fit together!