Archive for March, 2013

Winter Quarter – Final Week

March 29, 2013

Marie and I met with Dr. Wolfe over the last few weeks. I gave Dr. Wolfe the current model of the lashes that I had been working on. She experimented with Paula, and fixed a few things and was able to get the current lashes functioning properly. The old eyeliner that Paula had was reused and this fixed the problems the lashes had with fitting on her eyes properly.

The next step is to do a few tests to see how exactly these lashes have improved rendering time. This will be done in the first few weeks of the Spring Quarter.

Also, Marie and I will give a submission to participate in the School of Commuting Research Symposium. We will be writing a paper summarizing our current work and if accepted, we will create and present a poster.


Winter Quarter Week 6-9

March 7, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have continued my work with the lashes. Marie and I have continued are weekly meetings with Dr. Wolfe, with the exception of Week 7 because Dr. Wolfe was out of town.

The previous problem that arose with the lashes that I made were that they did not stand out when the camera was far away. I then set out to make the lashes as thick as I could. Instead of redrawing them, I experimented in photoshop and was able to take the original set and thicken them.

Below you can see the results:

Also, they stand out a bit more when viewed from farther away:

Now, having arrived at a pair of desirable lashes, I then deleted the old set, and parented the new set to the Upper and Lower Lid Bones so that they move in conjunction with Paula’s lids when she blinks.

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One problem is that they do not move properly with her lids, so this needs to be adjusted. It is believed that some adjustments to the pivot rotations will fix this issue.

The other issue is that the model for the upper lash does not perfectly fit Paula’s lids. When I originally modeled the lashes, I tried to get them to fit as closely as I could to the old set. That old set included a spline that served as Eyeliner I would say. This extra piece will not be included with the new lashes, so my model is a bit off. I am hoping that applying a few modifiers contained within max will allow me to make adjustments to the plain so it better fits Paula’s lids.

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I will begin this process soon.

The next step, once I have fixed the lashes and have them properly placed onto Paula, I will do a few tests to see how the New lashes improve rendering time as compared with the old lashes.

I am in the Final Weeks of the Winter Quarter. I hope to get some progress done on this but I may not be able to focus as much time as I would like. We will see how things go.