“Seed” by Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd.

  • ©Kosai Sekine  Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd.


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  • Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd.


    If the ink is the land, characters are drawn by the added water, and the drawn words sow seeds in people’s hearts. I expressed this modest message through the calligraphy of Souun Takeda.

    Calligraphy on a plane surface was restructured in 3D. With Zbrush, the distinctive details of a calligraphy brush and nonexistent depth were added and made into 3D. Volume effect is normally used for the calligraphy brush and the sumi ink, but to preserve the texture of the brushstrokes, the brush and the ink were specified as objects. XSI was used overall, and the calligraphy’s object and the volume effect were fused to make the animation of sumi ink texture and the natural brushstrokes.


    XSI, 3ds Max, Zbrush

Additional Contributors:

    Director: Kosai Sekine

    Calligrapher: Souun Takeda

    Creative Director: Koshi Uchiyama

    Producers: Satoshi Takahashi, Gyosei Okada

    Production Manager: Sachie Aihara

    Visual Designer: Daisuke Shigihara, Yasuhiro Kobari

    Line Producer: Masanobu Nagakura

    Sound Design: Takeshi Ichikawa

    Mixer: Akihiro Morita

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