Hi, I'm Nathan. I am a studying games developer since about December 2005. I have always had a passion for games, I have always played games, and have always dreamt of creating my own games one day and so now I am working towards that dream. Currently I work alone, and am studying just about all aspects of games development. I plan to keep working alone as long as possible until I am financially secure enough that I can start up a large studio and hire other team members to work on higher quality AAA titles. I am currently working towards creating a mod for the Cryengine which I won't disclose any details for just yet(Details to come when the mod is finished or near finished). The images on my profile may hint at what this project may be about however ;) And I really don't know what else to say without rambling.

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Another blog post for those interested.

Lately (about 2 weeks ago), I decided to got off my depressed arse and take a new direction in my games development work.

I had been doing alot of static non-organic meshes such as weapons, equipment props..and of course the Colosseum, but I realised that the only reason I was doing those things was that they were easy and I didn't really have to learn anything new...so basically I was being lazy.

I realized that it's time I start working on a proof of concept instead of dreaming about the concept in my environments with my weapons/props etc.

A major part of creating the proof of concept for my project is creating realistic human models.
So at first, in order to get my hype up about getting to work, I looked online at DIY motion capture, and stumbled across many videos of people using the Kinect or Playstation Eyecams coupled with some paid software in order to create some really nice professional looking animations at a hell of alot lower price than setting up a full blown mo-cap studio.

I figured that before I go out and spend money doing all that, I should actually learn to make some human models, so I spent hours upon hours looking online for guides on how to get started, what you need and so on, only to feel too tired and bored to bother working on anything, so I went to bed.

Next day I gave it another try, and so ended up at gnomon. I purchased 2 DVD's there worth about $60 each, and sadly found out that they really weren't tutorials, but more so just workflow videos.
I felt ripped off, but I think i've picked up a few things from them.

After that I tried to learn some Zbrush basics, so checked online for Zbrush tutorials, I found some tutorials which were the most recommended, and downloaded them. They were quite good but found a few conflicts with the tutorials which made it difficult to learn, but I at least picked up a few things from those tutorials in the one sitting.

After some time off researching due to depression, I am now back at it again.
So the other day I decided to work through a gnomon video to create my base humanoid mesh which would serve as my canvas in Zbrush. I finished a very rough mesh which wasn't as good as I wanted it, but good enough for me to doodle around in Zbrush.

I decided this morning to jump into Zbrush and instead of being paranoid of the possibility of wasting time on a crappy model, I learnt that it completely OK just to doodle around and get a feel for things, and that is exactly what I did.
I took my mesh, imported it to Zbrush, and got cracking on my very first human sculpt.
I went in with the attitude of "I don't care if this looks crap, i'm learning" and it was the right attitude to have, because I really didn't care if I messed up, I didn't care if it looked crap, I tried different things, and learnt different things, which was great.
Not only that but the end result looks great in my eyes compared to the garbage I had done a while back in my earliest attempts at human modelling from within Maya alone.

Below is a link to the images of what I did in a few hours during the day. I really only worked on the torso, arms and back, not so much the legs and head as I really hadn't memorized any muscles from those areas.



I see pretty much everything there that needs working on (the entire thing! :P), so critique is not necessary.
I am now about to take some time out to study the human anatomy in a book that I purchased today called Strength Training Anatomy, which at a glimpse looks fantastic for what I'm doing without having to spend a ridiculous amount of money on courses and high profile books.

I should also note that on the weekend I did paintball for the first time ever, it was fantastic!
I also decided to just chill out and relax with a few alcoholic beverages, which I think really helped clear my mind of negative thoughts, so I feel really good now, especially seeing the work I could do on a human sculpt at such a newbie level of skill and training in organic mesh modelling.
Now I cannot wait to get stuck into anatomical research and making myself some human 3d models to work with for motion capture :)

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JDT_I Feb 10 2013 says:

hey man, whatchu up to? HNJT here, cant sign in but needed to update maps lol

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Spooboy Oct 20 2010 says:

Hey man. What have you been up to lately?

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Otreum Creator
Otreum Oct 31 2010 replied:

Working nearly full time. I WAS working on a Roman Gladiatorial mod for the Cryengine, but when I got half way through making the Colosseum, trying to make it accurate to recorded measurements, I found out that i'd stuffed up the measurements a little bit which in turn screwed up the whole model. In my images you can see what I got up to. Now it's a matter of getting back on the horse, as I haven't been working on anything for a few months now.
Other than that, i've been gyming and gaming.
How bout you?

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HotNirvanaJudoTrend Jun 4 2010 says:

Yo, what's crackin'? How come you never return my calls?!

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Otreum Jun 5 2010 replied:

lol what? your calls? :o
Hey I added you on messenger, you haven't popped up there just yet though.

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feillyne Jun 2 2010 says:

Yup, awesome music. :-) Best luck with everything!

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Otreum Jun 5 2010 replied:

Thanks Feillyne, I appreciate the positive comments :)
My music will be taking another notch upwards soon now that I have myself an electric guitar. Say goodbye to the crappy guitar sounds on my music tracks! ^^

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Otreum Feb 10 2009 says:

HAHAHA, that boomerang idea sounds good actually...shame the last time I used one was about 10 years ago :S

I think the death toll has gone up to 187 or something now :(

They showed some really great footage earlier of Koala's approaching fire fighters for water..that kind of behaviour for a wild Koala is normally unseen, but I guess they realize that the fire fighters are trying to save their homes.
The footage showed a Koala holding onto a fire fighters arm with one hand, and the fire fighter had a bottle of water with him, letting the koala drink out of the bottle :)
He said that the Koala just walked up to him while he was having a drink, and put it's paw on his arm while looking at the water....how cute ^^

Apparently other koalas had been seen sitting on the sides of the roads, and some had gone into peoples properties in search of water and trying to cool down. One was shown laying down on cool tiles all spread out :)

It's nice to see footage of untamed koalas being so friendly and dosile, however at the same time it's rather sad to see that their homes, like peoples homes have just been burnt to ashes.

The temperatures where i'm living are a bit up and down. For example right now it's fairly cool, with a strong southerly wind, however yesterday was overcast, miserable, had strong hot westerly winds, in humid temperature...the day before that was just hot not humid..so yeah it's a bit all over the place.

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zahlenbechk Feb 10 2009 replied:

That's neat with the Koalas. I'm gonna see if I can find the video. :D
Hey I found a pic of what you were talking about. That is pretty amazing with a wild animal.

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Otreum Feb 11 2009 replied:

Yeah it is, they showed the full footage of it walking up to him and the guy getting a drink bottle and everything :)
The RSPCA are looking after the koala since it had burns on it's feet the poor thing, but it's alive, and it can walk :)

It's hard to bring me to tears with anything, but watching footage that someone took which showed their house burning down, and how the guy with the camera spoke about some people he knew having been on the road just where the fires crossed, and he has no idea where they are or what happened to them...
It's tragic, it really is tragic, I'd like to volunteer and go into the SES which i've been considering for a few months now, but due to health issues, I would probably be a burden...I just wish I could help.

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zahlenbechk Feb 11 2009 replied:

Yeah it is a really sad story. It's hard to comprehend just by reading it in the news. Must be completely different to know people are suffering so close to home. I usually pretend to be an optimist, but there isn't much of that nature to say here.

Don't feel bad if you aren't fit to help. I'm sure they have lots of people as it is, and they will probably start up a donation fund thing for families with no where to go.

Take it easy anyway.

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