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Making the "Inside Out" look: Tutoralapse.


John Mervin writes:

It's a timelapse, its a tutorial, it's both!

The look of the characters in the Pixar film "Inside Out" is phenomenal. No doubt about that. But can it be done in blender? Let's find out!

You can download the workfiles here.

This is only part 1 of the tutoralapse. Next week we're going to try and recreate the look of Joy's hair:

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John Mervin

John Mervin is an animator/filmmaker from Hawaii with like a ton of experience. His most popular Blender animation is the Vimeo Staff Pick The Optimist.


  1. Muhammad Farooqi on

    amaaaaaaaaaaazing... I had been a designer, 3D animator for decade.. and then I became a developer.

    One of my boss use to say.. the development is a work of "patiences".. no one have any idea what the first line of code this will be at the end of product... And I always admire him. But in the field of 3D ... its the same.. You can't say what this is going to be at the last second!.

    Good work.

    • Thanks Muhammad!

      That sounds like it could apply to all sorts of creative endeavors. Fascinating.

      Best, John M.

  2. I loved this tutorial John! Thank you so much for making it. Inside Out is my favorite Pixar film and I always wanted to try to recreate Joy's look in Blender. The only question I had after watching this was this:

    The final rendered skin color looks to me like it is to much of a bright yellow, is it possible in Blender to tone down the yellow skin material so it is more of a warmer yet dimmer shade of yellow, since Joy's skin looks like it is a mix between a yellow and orange shade?

    • Thanks Eric!

      I would say pull down the emission so that there is a little more SSS, and then adjust the SSS parameters (the base color, as well as the RGB distance) until you find a look that's satisfactory.

      Quality Is all in the fine-tuning.

      Best, John M

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