Fire Hydroctopus

The goal of this project was to create a character by combining two completely unrelated things from real life. I tried a number of different approaches but I decided to pursue the idea of a Fire Hydrant - Octopus hybrid.

My original idea was to make the creature half worm, but decided an octopus would be more interesting.

My original idea was to make the creature half worm, but decided an octopus would be more interesting.

I started by blocking the model with a reference of a fire hydrant, and expanded from there.

I started by blocking the model with a reference of a fire hydrant, and expanded from there.

I added a slight tilt to the bottom of it to add a bit of liveliness to the character.

I added a slight tilt to the bottom of it to add a bit of liveliness to the character.

I created a chain rig by creating a skeleton parented to the chain links and then used an IK handle to curve it. Next, after modeling the tentacle, I rigged it to a linear skeleton controlled by a spline IK handle.

I created a chain rig by creating a skeleton parented to the chain links and then used an IK handle to curve it. Next, after modeling the tentacle, I rigged it to a linear skeleton controlled by a spline IK handle.