Combing

Most fur isn't simple random fuzz with no direction; real fur follows the natural shape of the animal's body! Even grass and moss have a preferred direction to their fibers.

Sasquatch's Solutions to Combing

You can comb Sasquatch fur very easily. The simplest combing is a simple directional bias, as seen below. Sasquatch can even texture map it with an image.

Sasquatch Combing

Of course this is only useful for some very simple situations. If you want the combing direction to vary over your object's surface, you can use multiple bias controls and literally direct the direction of the fur at every point on your object as shown below. Sasquatch interpolates the direction between these manually defined guides.

Smart Combing

We've found that manual combing is powerful, but tedious. Setting up dozens of directions manually isn't that hard, but it still takes several minutes to configure. So we developed Smart Combing. This powerful feature makes the computer do the combing by analyzing your object's geometry and deriving the natural object contours automatically! Of course, you can tweak this combing to perfect its appearance.

Sasquatch Combing

Combing in Practice

We made the four images below using Sasquatch. In each case, Smart Combing set up the basic fur directions automatically. The tarantula, ape, and otter were completely automatically combed. Notice especially on the ape that his fur flows down his back and aligns to his arms and legs naturally. The wolf used smart combing with minor manual refinements, such as making the tail bushy and preventing tufts from forming at the tips of the ears.

Automatic combing is not only convenient, it makes it possible to quickly fur creatures and use them in production without tedious setup. It's possible to make a quick production test in just a few minutes! No other tool for any platform has this automatic setup, so gives you a huge advantage over your competitors when bidding on creature work. Or if you're just a hobbyist, you'll undoubtedly impress your friends!