Monday, February 2, 2015

Easiest 3d Modelling Tool You'll Find Today

Discovered this via the Sketchfab blog .. and it blew my mind!.. its the easiest 3d modelling tool i've seen since Teddy. Its a great tool! 

Will help a lot of aspiring artists, who may be intimidated by typical 3d modelling concepts like UV mapping or projection mapping.. as well as modelling.

Note: this is not a replacement for traditional polygon modelling or 3d sculpting techniques, if you are working on a game or animation you will run into issues while trying to optimise or rig these models. However they are excellent for quick mockups and proof of concept models.
The website is called Smoothie-3D and you can use it to sculpt a 3d model out of any side profile picture you have of.. an animal.. (Update: have tried it with other stuff like sketches of motorcycle tanks and robots etc.. works great!

Heres what i was able to do in 5-10min .. my first time using the site!


Step1: 

upload an image.. i chose this picture i had of one of my dogs.
Rumi the Irish Setter

Step2: trace it .. every shape you trace gets turned into a bulbous extrusion with the photograph mapped onto it as a texture! so Trace the legs, torso, head , jaw as seperate shapes





Step3: 

Scale, manipulate and reflect/clone things like legs, ears etc.. 


refer to this helpful video:


Step4: 

Download it in one of the formats.. 
or directly export to sketchfab!
heres what the model looks like now




    Rumi the Irish Setter
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab



Heres a dinosaur using this illustration - "Homalocephale body" by FunkMonk. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Homalocephale_body.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Homalocephale_body.jpg





    Homalocephale body
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab



Source - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/DVJ_Betta_splendens_009.jpg
By Daniella Vereeken (Flickr: Joep's Fish ) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons




    Blue Betta
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

Source - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/HM_Orange_M_Sarawut.jpg

By Daniella Vereeken (Flickr: HM Orange M - Sarawut) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

    on Sketchfab


Source - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Grasshopper_2.JPG
By Ryan Wood (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



    Grasshopper
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab




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