I like poetry and emotions in Studio Ghibli's films, so I decided to take one of them as reference.
I reproduce my prefered scene from "Ponyo on the cliff", which is a pure moment of jubilation (for me, it is).
My aim was to depict the emotionnal side of this lovely time.
Firstly, I sculpted the character in zBrush.
Then, I retopology her in Maya, and bake the high poly with xNormal.
I made the texturing with Photoshop and came back to Maya to animate her.
I uploaded her in Sketchfab and fine tune textures to have a first overview.
Secondly, I made a animatic of the scene to get proportions of others elements and have an idea or how many fish instances I will need.
Then, I scultped the fish and do the same process as the character.
Thirdly, I search how to manage the water. I wanted a small piece, like a pedestal, to have a well proportionate model if we see it as a whole. So, moving waves wasn't an option.
The better solution was a simple joint rig. I created a seamless piece of water and transfert it to a cylinder.
Finally, I merge all meshes before I cleanly animate fishes.
The result is here
Feedbacks are welcomes!
P.S.: I apologyze if my English is bad.
Moreover, I'm struggling with Chromium (which don't run sketchfab in my Oculus Rift) and Nightly (with lag a lot). I try to set VR settings but I'm not sure if it works well. Is there a way to set multiple points of view like in the Sketchfab desktop app ?