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Are Custom Avatars Ever Going To Be Usual?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Yahweasel, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Yahweasel
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    I registered on this forum 10 months ago to make a simple request, with (admittedly modest) payment, for an avatar. Had no idea what to expect. And, of course, I don't blame anyone for the fact that it hasn't come to fruition, but it's led me to poke around a bit more.

    There are two custom avatars available for public download, plus maybe about two private ones, as far as I can tell. They're fantastic, but for an art-based project that's been out for a while now, that's surprisingly few third-party rigs. Quite recently the authors of FaceRig made a generous offer to help rig users' models. That's nice, but should it be necessary?

    I'm just very curious where all the character models die out. Is it FaceRig itself that has a difficult-to-use interface? Or is it just that rigging in particular is a rare and specialized skill? Does it just take more time than people have patience for, or more time than people can afford to spend? It's understandable that nobody wants to take a commission from some idiot (me), but even the ones that are clearly created with real passion seem mostly to sputter out.

    Or maybe there are dozens of custom avatars and I'm looking in the wrong place :)

    FaceRig is really cool, but a wide selection of avatars, even somewhat-customizable avatars, seems almost mandatory, and as a non-artist, it's a bit disheartening to watch from the sidelines as things don't really happen.
     
  2. Sieve70
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    Yahweasel:

    We've just delivered our first custom avatar - link of our client testing it out (no audio in video):

    https://twitter.com/th3j35t3r/status/649409762455629826

    We've got tweaks to do on it yet, and we have two more in the pipeline... searching your previous posts now to see what you're requesting! :)
     
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    I did actually see that one (placed under "about two private ones"), and it does look really good!

    I was mostly just curious where things usually go awry. In general it seems like avatars are slow-goin'. It's not like I can do anything about that with zero relevant skills, but from the sidelines it's confusing.
     
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    Glad you noticed! :)

    On your question - I am really confused as well. While our artist spent 8+ weeks working on this project, the FaceRig guys were always responsive to the questions we had, and I believe we helped them identify and fix a couple issues.
     
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    FYI - I just showed your thread to our artist (she's my Mrs!) - her response was "rigging is fun!!!" ;)
     

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