This is part of a series we did a few months ago aimed at advancing our knowledge of hair and some other technical issues related to quadrupeds, while adding to our portfolio.
The series comprised a wolf, an owl, a bear and a gorilla. The concept designs were all done by Hamed Kamali and I was really impressed by the work he did for us.
The models were done in XSI by Reza Ramezani who also did the hair setup and most of the textures.
We also worked on some rigs for these animals, particularly for the gorilla and the wolf which were done by Adib Souly. Unfortunately due to other projects coming up we never got to finish all of them but the wolf was 90% finished.
I handled the shading, lighting and rendering in XSI and Fusion.
Reza Ramezani used several clusters to create the hairs from and although it gave us good results, it became rather tedious and we reached the conclusion that having less hair clusters was a plus.