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Shadow by Amras-Arfeiniel Shadow by Amras-Arfeiniel
"Stay close to the Vorlon and watch out for the shadows. They move .. when you are not looking at them"

Final version of my shadow alien model. :) babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Shadow
Thanks to Wolvster and his reference pictures of the original model, I was able to correct some of the proportions.
A zip file with a c4d and an fbx version can be downloaded at the Foundation3D Res-section once the file is approved.
Download: www.foundation3d.com/index.php…
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:iconthe-first-magelord:
The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Don't thank Wolvster too much the head is not quite correct my friend.  The rest is brilliant as usual per your excellently high standard but the head...

Sigh,  no one ever gets the head right.  :(
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:iconamras-arfeiniel:
Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the way, I used your picture as reference to make a texture for the eyes. :D
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:iconthe-first-magelord:
The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah but if that were true then you would have seen that the correct number of glowing eyes equals exactly 3 on top and 4 on the bottom as seen here.  oi61.tinypic.com/evdp9s.jpg and not 4 and 4.

This is my absolute favorite Alien ever made and just like the true Vorlon form I spent many hours making screen caps from the show for reference as well as getting references from across the net.  Even my illustration which I consider the best reference of the head out there to date doesn't do it the justice that it requires due to the unique 3D geometry involved.
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Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and your shadow eyes are not glowing in my ref picture. :P :D
sta.sh/024b5d12yxia
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The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah you used my old WIP!  :D
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:iconthe-first-magelord:
The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I thought you referenced the completed one here.  the-first-magelord.deviantart.…
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:iconamras-arfeiniel:
Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is wrong with it?^^
I just know that there should be a corner at the chin and it should have more of beak  but the rest is pretty good I think. Most of that comes from the low polycount of the old model.
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:iconthe-first-magelord:
The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey brother,

If you really want to know what it should look like I will build you a resource file choosing the best of the 30 images I have acquired that I used to make my own drawing of it.  The geometry of that thing's head is like no other and very complicated hence the difficulty in anyone getting it remotely right.  But if your happy with what you have built so far I won't say another word against it, promise.  :D
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Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
I think those ref pics of the original model will do. ;)
www.foundation3d.com/forums/sh…

And about the glowing eyes. I did know that there are just 7 eyes glowing in that scene.
But I did try to remember how much eyes Ivanova did see when she was in the great machine. In the end I was too lazy to look it up.^^
Then I thought, why should it have so many eye-holes if just a few of them are glowing. So I decided that it doesn't really matter. I think I am getting less hardcore canon these days. :D

I might however have another go on the overall shape of the head. I got those nice references after I already finished the geometry. That is why I just altered a few proportions.

I hoped that no one would notice. :D
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The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah I see you based your model on John Teska's mesh!  That explains it.  The JT mesh is 100% accurate but because the texture maps haven't been applied and the head not seen from more oblique angles it is easy to see where the variations from the original occurred.

On another note, thanks for the link!  I have been trying for years to discover who made the original 3D sculpt of the Shadow from the show!
And I take back what I said, Wolvster's mesh is accurate I just didn't realize some of the actual facial features were "bump-mapped" and didn't show on the mesh which totally explains some of the warped geometry on the original head.

As ever your work is phenomenal.  If it wasn't for the fact that I love this guy I wouldn't have noticed anything, heck I even have the action figure (Fairly accurate except for the long neck) oi58.tinypic.com/adg6bq.jpg. I wish I could get my hands on this one, the head is almost perfect even if cartoony! :D oi58.tinypic.com/2cmqij6.jpg
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Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, to get that in a line: ^^
JT made the original mesh for the show and those pictures from Wolvster are pictures from that original mesh.

And yes, I don't see another way to make the eyes than with a bump map. At least not without using zbrush.^^

It is ok to get critic! I am not getting it very often in the last time. I think that does make me lazy :D

*whisper* I have the Sheridan and Ivanova figures.... ^^
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:iconthe-first-magelord:
The-First-Magelord Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
* Likes your whisper...won't tell your girlfriend  :D
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:iconamras-arfeiniel:
Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a gift from her to my birthday. :D :D
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DimmuBorgirmi Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
What's sad is that the Shadows were probably the most truthful of the two, between them and the Vorlons. At least the Shadows were open about their intentions. the Vorlons...not so much. They had waaaayyy too many skeletons in their closet, so to speak.
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic I love the improvements you've made. It totally feels as if it came straight from the show. :D, A shame that the image wasn't at least 1680x1050 otherwise it would be my new desktop. 
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:iconamras-arfeiniel:
Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
But it is 1980x.... Shouldn't that work for your desktop?
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll need to enlarge it so the 900 becames 1050. :D
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:iconamras-arfeiniel:
Amras-Arfeiniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh well, just think of a big black stripe on the top and below the picture. :D
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya, that will no doubt be my solution. :D
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TheInventor200 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me a lot of a similar alien I made :3
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acerr85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Nice work
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, great work on what has to be one TV's most alien aliens.
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
your giving me nightmares already
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
not easy to keep an eye out for them. They can disappear and reappear whenever they like
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