Tetine Elfe v1.0 Staff Pick

  • March 17, 2011
  • Blender 2.5x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: Tetine
  • License: CC-BY
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Elfe v1.0 - by Tetine (CC-BY)


Other wip videos : http://vimeo.com/user5766342/videos

This is a character entirely done in Blender 2.55-56. She does have a name and you can call her Thal'ope

Its main purpose was to validate most of the stuff I have learned lately.

The rig is greatly inspired by ManCandy, Flick and various rigs by Kioppa

There should be a script in the blend, adding some controls in the Properties panel of the pose mode.

(Mainly Ik-Fk controls and layer hiding)

Layer 1 has the final model.

Layer 2 has a copy of the armature and model. You should animate this one and link the animation data to the full model armature.

It's pretty rough around the edges, but I didn't have the courage to go through all the little details...

Anyway, since this file doesn't include sound, here are some not-in-the-video-subtitles (yeah, i didn't feel like making some actual sound, shame on me):

Elfe : "Well, nice studio..."

Suspicious Movie Maker : "Thank you"

Elfe : "So, your movie has some nude shots, right?"

SMM : "Er... Actually no..."

Elfe : "WHAT!?"

slap sound

SMM: "Arg!"

Elfe : "Mff! Amateur..."

Thanks to the blender clan, for the script idea and for the feedback during the WIP.

Thanks to Wukong for sharing some rendering power (more than 50% actually)

Thanks to Bassam Kurdali for is ManCandy DVD

Thanks to Ndee of blenderartists.org for his character Flick

Thanks to Kioppa of blenderclan.tuxfamily.org for his various work on rigs

Don't forget to bake dynamics, and use a recent build, since I'm using the latest patch regarding hair parting.

If you use this character or have some comments to share, you can always leave a comment on my deviantart account, vimeo account or at the blenderclan and show me what you did :)


  • mofx profile picture

    Wow, very impressive model, thanks for the share.

    Written March 17, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture


    Written March 17, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    First Sintel, then "Tha'Lope." It seems that the Blender community has a theme going here... :) :) :)

    Written March 17, 2011
  • gionavvi profile picture

    Fantastic! Her expressions look amazing! Thanks... inspiring

    Written March 17, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    What happens when Tha'Lope meets an antalope?

    Edited March 18, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    They annihilate. :)

    Edited March 18, 2011
  • poifox profile picture


    Dude your render makes the sexiest Blend Swap header ever! :D

    Written March 21, 2011
  • Tetine profile picture

    Thanks for all the comments and the feature, I really appreciate it :)

    I feel like I somehow achieved something worth the time spent on it. Let's hope it's not the last one too XD

    Written March 21, 2011
  • RichieNL profile picture

    Very nice model, very inspiring for a starting modeler.

    Written March 29, 2011
  • Adriano profile picture

    Excellent job!!

    Just two questions:

    1. How can I reduce the model scale without messing facial drivers?
    2. Is there any facial expressions and phonemes poses stored somewhere?
    Written June 19, 2011
  • Tetine profile picture

    Thanks =)

    1. To reduce the size, you can scale the armature, in pose or object mode. Then you have to select each driver for the face (one for each lip, 4 main control and 10 fine control for each eyes, quite a lot...) and in the bone constraint tab, hit the reset distance button for each limit distance constraint (I guess a custom button shortcut to do that would be cool. If I ever do an update or a v2.0, I'll think about it)

    2. I actually planned to make some custom actions to use for speech animation, but I decided not to do it this time, because it would have taken a lot of time and I didn't actually have some recording to make tests (well, sure, I could have used anything, but I use this as an excuse for my laziness).

    Written June 20, 2011
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    Written July 15, 2011
  • desmondcreativeking profile picture

    Wow, i love this

    Written September 16, 2011
  • Tetine profile picture

    Hello I'don't know much about mac, but I think you can open this blend file on a mac, as long as you have a working Blender installation for Mac. If not, then I'm sorry but I don't have one =(

    Written September 23, 2011
  • StuartD profile picture

    Looks amazing! reminds me a bit of the old blender girl.

    Written September 28, 2011
  • chaad profile picture

    thank ! best work !

    Written January 11, 2012
  • AndrewS profile picture

    Thanks! great model!

    Written February 13, 2012
  • pascalm profile picture

    " Thal'ope "... French humor, I presume... (lol)

    Written February 23, 2012
  • skeletonkey111 profile picture

    she's kinda cross eyed XD but besides that.. it's all perfect! nice one!

    Edited February 28, 2012
  • RikSavage profile picture

    Well done! Thanks for sharing.

    Edited March 20, 2012
  • marsblend profile picture

    this is by far the sexiest model i have seen here, i hope you don't mind but i am going to use her to test my game's fps with her high poly design, great job on the rig it will make it easier for me to use motion capture animation on her, i need a map and character designer for this project. i'll send you a video if you like. mariosison3@gmail.com -thanks.

    Edited April 14, 2012
  • prits666 profile picture


    Written April 17, 2012
  • 3tboy profile picture

    really amazing

    Written May 26, 2012
  • davidbuzz330 profile picture

    asi quiero mode

    Edited May 26, 2012
  • legend_ramos profile picture

    Hello , awsome work , and i'm planning to make some good animation with your model but my only problem is rendering speed , can you tell me some techniques to speed up rendering ?

    Written July 01, 2012
  • Dannyryu profile picture

    better pc is only way Legend, or Renderfarm fi

    Written July 21, 2012
  • lolipop123 profile picture


    Written July 19, 2012
  • jonathanaqp profile picture

    muy buenos los modelos q nos ofrecen para poder apreder mas, viva BLENDER.. software libre....

    Written August 01, 2012
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    Edited November 20, 2012
  • reidh profile picture

    soon to be 12000 dwnlds? Dude you are stand Out! That is original as well as very well made. You will be a SupahStah!

    Written August 15, 2012
  • Cedaharr44 profile picture

    How many bones does she have in her rig?

    Edited August 31, 2012
  • bataraza profile picture

    Dude, this model and rig are really pretty awesome I'm an animator and I was going to use it for one of my animations, but I noticed that the facil rigging is very poor, so it will get very hard to get any good animation :S What a shame!!!!!!! I would really love to use it, but I cant with the lack of facial control it has... Anyway, really good job man

    Edited October 15, 2012
  • hperticarati profile picture

    Hey, I downloaded your model and watched the video demos on your vimeo channel. Congratulations for the awesome work. Yet, I have a doubt that is bothering me for a long time and I can't find the answer anywhere. How did you make a mirrored mesh be deformed by an armature? (like in her pants). Everywhere it says that the mirror modifier must be applied before rigging. Could you tell me how you did it? Thanks!

    Edited October 15, 2012
  • Nerv profile picture

    nice job dude :D

    Edited November 22, 2012
  • Joel RM profile picture
    Joel RM

    wow is cool (sorry no talck in inglish) xD

    Written November 25, 2012
  • nickmullins5 profile picture


    Edited December 19, 2012
  • Mr.Simon_9 profile picture

    gracias!!! esta buenisimo!!!

    Written January 19, 2013
  • Aleinux profile picture

    Exellent job

    Written February 03, 2013
  • avans3d profile picture

    Downloading to study different character Blending and rigging. Thnx.

    Written March 09, 2013
  • Lexar1 profile picture

    Awsome model with interesting topology!

    Written March 10, 2013
  • greentree23 profile picture

    Thank you Tetine for this brilliant Elfe! Great work!

    Edited March 23, 2013
  • omars profile picture

    too sexy !

    Written October 05, 2014
  • scrytor profile picture

    Muy buen trabajo, muchas gracias

    Written February 26, 2015
  • Letho1985 profile picture

    verry cool, and Great Work

    Written May 04, 2015
  • logos777 profile picture

    Best model on this whole site!!! Any chance this can be converted to cycles?

    Written August 25, 2015
  • Phong profile picture

    Awsome Model! Thanks.

    I would like to include this model in an example scene for a Unity3d scripting package for sale in the Unity3d Asset Store. I need to give credit to the author. Is 'Tetine' good enough or do you have another name you would like me to use for the attribution credit?

    Written November 23, 2015
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    Written March 28, 2018
  • leonjf profile picture

    is a very cool model, i need it for a web spot about medical treatments, how much does it cost to use it? or is royalty free for that purposes? thanks in advance

    Written July 13, 2018
  • jfontaineblender profile picture

    I don't understand how to enter pose mode on this model

    Written May 22, 2020
  • fess1100 profile picture

    Hi. I am opening the file with version 2.93.4. The NodeSkin material is displayed in pink. Not all nodes are defined in the "Shader Editor". Do I need to install any add-on?

    Written September 16, 2021