As you may know i've been working on my 3d monster for a while and its starting to look pretty good. But finally I decided it was complete enough to go into mudbox and start adding details. This was great, this is the bit im looking forward... Just one problem. I imported it in about to get started and Bam! I realised I still needed to unwrap my model. This is the process of flattening down a 3d model into a set of 2d shapes which can then be textured or whatever.
This was not an easy job in the case of my monster. Luckily I had (a lot) help from a wonderful program called UV Layout. It did crash a few times and get stuck a few times but that was more down to my inexperience with it than a fault with the program. Anyway after a lot of blood, sweat and tears (mostly tears and sweat) I've finally unwrapped it and can FINALLY take it into mudbox and start having fun with it.
|This monster unwrapped becomes...|
|...this mass of shapes|