It’s been a while since I last posted, allot has been happening here over the last few months but I found time to finally finish my idea of getting hair into Softimage from Hair-Farm in Max. It took a year of figuring out and a bit if persuading but I finally got some help from Steven Caron to built a script to be able to import .ASE splines into Softimage and convert them to Curves. Then using a bit of ICE/Melena Magic we were able to get some hair ready to render. These aren’t perfect, don’t be too judgemental 🙂

The next steps are going to be fantastic (I hope) Dual Scattering is what is needed.

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The character is based from capture data acquired with a DI3D Capture kit back in 2009, I finally got time to re-build her in Softimage using a more advanced sculpt. The characters likeness is from the very beautiful figure model, Joceline Brooke-Hamilton.

Proof of concept renders:

These are just quick proof of concept renders, just to make sure the pipeline worked.

Rough render settings for Hair. Quick test

Rough render settings for Hair. Quick test

Beauty Render, still needs higher render settings but better.

I was super excited to be able to get hair in the same scene as the character and to be able to have scattering, GI bounce and soft area shadows all together and render lightning fast. Arnold is incredible.

The hair you see here is ultra basic. In the female renders, it’s just one colour using the basic Hair shader built into Arnold. Just yestarday I found out how to add mutant hair colours and more variations along with some cool ICE nodes from Marcel Reinhard (thank you) and I am also working on some other tricks from the help of Anto Matkovic and Borja (another thank you(s)

I kindly got permission from Marcos to be able to show these as all Arnold users are still under NDA so I can’t say much about what is in store for the future.

The hair model was built by the very talented Dani Garcia (aka Woody)
Importer Script by the legendary Steven Caron –  I will be sharing the script later this weekend in another post, for anyone interested in using it.

  • Joe SaltzmanReply

    Lee, you've done a kick-ass job here this is brilliant. I've also been keen to do this for sometime but I have never been able to accomplish it myself, so I fully appreciate both the difficulty and importance of what you've been able to accomplish here. The results look great and this opens up so many possibilities, the mind boggles. Anyway, respect for a job well done and many thanks to everyone else who helped to make this possible. Kudos!

    October 10, 2011
    • InfiniteReply

      Thanks Joe, this is just he tip of the iceberg. I hope others can share their findings the same way. Images, scripts, files, etc

      October 13, 2011
  • Szabolcs MatefyReply

    Lee, amazing work. As a Softimage user, I wait for the script :) Your work inspire me a lot

    October 13, 2011
    • InfiniteReply

      Hi Szabolcs, many thanks. I hope to add the script today!

      October 13, 2011
  • louis melanconReply

    Would it be possible to post a sample scene? i love your shadders, i d love to learn from a sample scene about your lighting and shadding techniques in arnold ( eyes, teeth etc etc...)

    It would be such a great gift,
    love this site

    thanks ! cheers !

    January 21, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      Hi Louis, thanks for your post and kind comments. I wont be sharing any files I'm afraid, not yet, not until Arnold is made public.


      January 21, 2012
  • Pascal RigoReply

    This may be a stupid question, but how you convert curves imported via Steven Caron script to XSI hair ?

    February 7, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      The script does the work : )

      February 11, 2012
  • alanReply

    amazing work!
    this is great?as a maya&max user.I just want to know what the workflow it is.I wait for the sample scene and your tutorials.Sorry my english!

    February 11, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      Thanks Alan.

      February 11, 2012
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