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This is a re-render of my old, simple katana model. I plan on reworking the handle and guard in the near future, but I though I would post this version first, for comparison. The handle wrapping is absolutely terrible, but i will fix that.

thoughts, comments, tips, faves, etc are greatly appreciated!

Maya 2012, keyshot3

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sora579 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool, though i do see a small oddity in the Ito's shape but it is a hard shape to make. and what is that weird blocky black-and-grey area on the blade?
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, yes, Ive never been able to get the Ito correct!  I need to sit down and really try again some time!  That is the light source reflecting on the blade.  Its lit from above with an HDRI map (not as hi-res as i would like), and that is part of the lights pattern.  That would probably be fairly easy to edit out...
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sora579 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if you want a look at a simple Ito wrapping look at some of the katanas i have made.
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ill do that!  Thanks!
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Danny77777 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
So sleek and beautiful, it really is such an amazing image so much so that I was wondering if I could borrow this image for a short story I am writing for the cover. With your permission I would like to use it and if so I will mention your name too.
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, that sounds great! I am honored that you want to use it! Be sure to let me know when its released, I'd love to read your short story!
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Danny77777 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Okay thanks very much for that, My short story is called Serenity's Edge and you will be able to read it on wattpad shortly. I will use the name you have created on here to tell people who I borrowed the image of and I will make sure to tell them to come here to see more of your work.
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Would you mind directing them to my website? bahr3dcg.com Thats my preferred way to show my work. Thanks! :)
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Danny77777 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Yeah no probs :)
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist
The wrapping of the handle should show that the bands are actually twisted to give that narrowing in the middle. Actually there are two bands parallel which are twisted and cross over at the narrowing. Under the bands my katana has a small medaillon fixed by the bands so bands and medaillon have considerable depth... it makes for almost seven millimeters of widening of the handle. My katana also has a cutting edge which doesn't shine like the rest of the blade and has a wavey line. If that is traditional I don't know but having a less glossy cutting edge will certainly make it seem more - cutting :p
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I have been trying to get that wrapping right for a long time now... :/ Ive researched how its done in real life, its the recreating it in 3D that is the issue! haha Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist
spline with a a twist?
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autormali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
hi:) it is flat.. give it some depth... just rise katana above the plane.. work on the lights.... and should be good :)
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input! I didnt realize that the tsuba was cutting into the plane. Thanks! :)
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autormali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
some gold textures... are transparent!!! why... it is metal... is't?
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it is supposed to be metal.... I need to go check if its just funky reflections from the ground plane, or if some of the geometry is missing. i was having a little import trouble when i did this last night...
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