Advanced UV Layout for Production

with Kevin Hudson

Chapter List

Description

In this lecture, Kevin guides the more advanced modeler through the steps of laying out UVs on more complicated organic objects, where no single simple projection will work. Kevin provides a clear approach to breaking down objects into pieces that can be laid out and reassembled. Starting with a dollhead model, Kevin covers how to combine different projections and use the Relax and Unfold tools to get the desired results. He then discusses UV layout solutions for clothing and more complicated objects like a horse skull. Kevin then shows how to utilize his favorite tool, UVLayout by Headus, which can really speed up your workflow by automating the process of cutting up the model and projecting onto it, while maintaining a consistent scale. Finally, Kevin explains why in production it may be necessary to have multiple UV sets and what the specific requirements are for programs like ZBrush and BodyPaint. Intended as an advanced tutorial on production UV layout techniques, Kevin's many years of expertise inform this clear and "holistic" approach to modeling and UV work.


Duration: 198 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Kevin Hudson

Digital Modeler

Kevin Hudson helped to pioneer the digital character pipeline at Sony Imageworks where he worked for fourteen years. He contributed to such milestone projects as James and the Giant Peach, Anaconda, Stuart Little, Hollowman and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. With The ChubbChubbs Kevin helped to develop Sony’s pipepline for digital animation feature film and achieved one of his career goals – contributing to an Academy Award winning film. After working on fully digital virtual environments for the first feature length 3D, all CG film The Polar Express, Kevin returned to his creature making roots for Ghost Rider, am Legend and Watchmen, creating photorealistic digital characters for all three films. With these films, Kevin helped to establish the use of Sub-D surfaces and ZBrush at Sony. Recently Kevin moved to London to work at Double Negative Visual Effects.

  • "Kevin Hudson is one of the most talented 3D artists I've ever had the pleasure of working with. His vast artistic and technical knowledge enable him to achieve a caliber work that most people aspire too, but only few can reach. "

    - Eric Armstrong
    Animation Director Electronic Arts