Researching the best free UV solutions, and spent a little bit of time with Maya 2009’s Unfold tool. I can’t tell yet if it’s as powerful as the purpose-built tools like Headus, but it’s a start and it’s built in! The search for a fast fast fast UV solution continues.

Meanwhile, here’s an entertaining bit of non-photorealistic rendering (mixed with IBL, interestingly) that’s pretty entertaining for a student project. I don’t think the style is 100% successful, especially the lack of consistent contact shadows on the ground, but I like how adventurous it is all the same.

Elk Hair Caddis from peter smith on Vimeo.