The Junctioneers

Two Graphics has recently completed this series of commercials with Evolution Marketing, for Junction One a local Retail Outlet Centre. The characters, known as the Junctioneers, have been used for posters, newspaper and TV, they’ve even had costumes made. We spent a few months developing character ideas along with Alastair McIlwaine, consisting of various shapes and sizes until the client was happy with these guys.
All the 3D work was completed in Blender, making extensive use of linked object, material, action and pose libraries. We didn’t want them to have spherical eyes so they became bit of a challenge. We tried playing with the lattice method for deforming the eyes, but that also deformed the irises which was unacceptable. In the end we ended up using curved planes with the eyes as textures only, then rigged up using the UV Warp modifier. It’s a little tricky to work with, but it works well once you get used to it.
Hopefully we’ll get to play around with these guys a bit more again soon, we’re getting quite fond of them. You can watch all their shenanigans over on Our Work page.