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May 16th, 2013, 00:43
In the recent days four updates were added to the Indiegogo campaign for Ghost of a Tale, which just requires a little of 10 KEuro more to reach its goal of 45 KEuro in the next 7 days. The updates are about the steps that are required to create a crab from scratch.
For those of you interested in the more technical aspects of the gameís development I thought I would present the method I used to create the crab model. As a side note, Iíll have to spread that presentation over several updates, as Indiegogo only allows for one picture per update.
Before starting to work on the model, I always surround myself with visual references (photographs, paintings) and make mental notes of aspects I will emphasize in order to end up with a model thatíll be interesting enough.
It all starts with a simple cube (within Maya), followed by other cubes to roughly represent all the body parts and get a feel for the overall volume of the limbs. As you can see, itís all very blocky and I do not worry about details at this stage. Itís best to check that everything looks as expected now (in terms of overall morphology), as it will become more difficult to change things further down the line.
Then I start to work on the body parts in Zbrush (bottom picture), simply refining the broad shapes. Again, not caring too much about details yet; just roughing in the main volumes. Note that at this stage I already know Iíll have to open the arms of the creature so I can get a better look while sculpting. But starting with the arms folded ensured that the crab would eventually be able to get into that pose later on.
And the result is this:

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May 16th, 2013, 00:43
It's going to be close… 37,000/45,000 with 5 days to go.
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May 16th, 2013, 19:19
Just pledged 20€ for this - looks interesting!

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3 days to go -> 40211Ä of 45000Ä reached.
Some more help is needed!
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