Posts Tagged 3D modeling

Taking Blender 2.63a for a test drive …..sweet!

I know what most Blender-heads would say, version 2.63 has been out for a while.  I have been comfortable with the workflow of 2.49, got it tweaked in a way that’s familiar, and what happens ?  The folks at Blender.org decide to put their efforts into overdrive with version 2.5x and then 2.6x.  I had a copy of 2.57 a played with it on and off, but now its version  2.63, (this time next year it might be up to 2.89). I figure I would give the latest version a shot (thankfully they[the Blender Illuminati] have a solid foundation in place where older blender files work well(with minimal effort) on newer versions).  So I gave it a try, to do a character from scratch … the verdict…extremely polished.  From the features, UI, and extremely flexible setup, 2.63 looks and feels like “top shelf” pro-grade software.  And in a matter of  a couple of hours, I had one more reason to make my nephew laugh.

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Update: Teddy Baer … character models

It has been a really long time since any update.  I have tried to work out game engine details, pros and cons, compatibility and incompatibility, limitations and advantages.   I really like Panda 3D’s flexibility between Python and C++, and the fact that with some crafty work I can get content from Blender into it in egg format.  I have thought about using Blender’s GE for experimentation and a short demo.

As for the character models, the dog and cats idea for now is getting replaced with “mutated” alien bugs.  The angle I’m looking for is that if I can model 3 or 4 specific bugs and pay attention to body structure, then, I can do some creative combining for more variations. Here is a  first draft of the spider I’m working on.

definitely a WIP, I’m trying to correct the “turtle shell” !, it would be nice to stay under 5000 vertices, so I can run more baddies at once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also have tried to work out an alien form, and keep the poly count low, so far its at about 11k vertices but I’m hoping to bring it down.  I have to clean up the body a bit better, because in the profile the alien looks like an over-nuked chicken.   At this point I’m posting only a front view (who wants a drum stick?).

Hopefully I can get the skin or eyes to animate with a mild glow effect.

My first thought was to put a glow effect on the alien skin and animate it, but if that ends up being too much to handle, I’ll probably tone down the skin and brighten the eyes with a glow effect.   Back to Blender! I hate UV-mapping!!!

If anyone has any suggestions on it?

please post

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Tools list post

Yesterday a list of programs of interest were added. Feel free to take a look. Basically it’s a list of stuff I use frequently or on a daily basis.

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