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Triffids

After working on bill i wanted to get on a work on making the iconic triffid, after my initial designs i decided on a plant that i wanted to base the triffid’s head on and that was an Albany Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis)

Albany Pitcher Plant

I started to rough out the base shape based on my sketch from a previous post, Here is the base mesh that i created

After working on it further i decided that it was to clean and tidy, the silhouette wasn’t broken up so i went in and added branches and general growth to the triffid to make the shape more intersesting.

Updated Triffid Base Mesh

For the final mesh i am going to use normal mapping to add extra growth and branches onto the main mesh, i will also use alpha maps to add leaves and foliage on the mesh.

More development to come

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The Triffid is the carnivorous plant that takes over the world in the original book. There have been many adaptations of this classic plant. Here is a description of the triffid,

“According to the novel, the fictitious triffid can be divided into three components: base, trunk, and head (which contains a venomous sting). In The Day of the Triffids, adult triffids are described as measuring on average seven feet in height. European triffids never exceed eight feet, while those living in tropical areas can reach 10 feet.

The base of a triffid is a large muscle-like root mass comprising three blunt appendages. When dormant/docile, these appendages are rooted into the ground and are used to draw nutrients, as with a normal plant. When active, triffids use these appendages to propel themselves along at a moderate walking pace. The character Masen describes the triffid’s locomotion as such”  Wikipedia

“When it “walked” it moved rather like a man on crutches. Two of the blunt “legs” slid forward, then the whole thing lurched as the rear one drew almost level with them, then the two in front slid forward again. At each “step” the long stem whipped violently back and forth; it gave one a kind of seasick feeling to watch it. As a method of progress it looked both strenuous and clumsy—faintly reminiscent of young elephants at play. One felt that if it were to go on lurching for long in that fashion it would be bound to strip all its leaves if it did not actually break its stem. Nevertheless, ungainly though it looked, it was contriving to cover the ground at something like an average walking pace.” Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids (1962)

The 1962 film version of the triffid didnt fit the proper description of the triffid from the book. It was to human like in its motion, the movement was true too the description the legs were backwards.

The Day of the Triffids (1981)

The 1981 Triffid is alot closer to the original version described in the book, the plant its self was’nt quite menacing enough the colors of the stem are to bright and cheerful.

The Day of the Triffids (2009)

The 2009 Triffid is the best one that ive seen so far out of the adaptations, the sting and shape of the hood where menacing and creepy. this is something i want to portray in my version of the triffid. The movement of the stump/feet roots was to smooth they looked more like they were gliding along instead of the swaying movement described in the book.

These are the sketches that i have produced of how i feel the triffids should look.

The will be more to come