Everybody say hello to Ton-chan:
I don’t have much experience with organic shapes, so Ton-chan was a little more difficult for me to make than the other models. Luckily, Ton is quite a small turtle, so I didn’t need to make him extremely detailed. He is made up of several different parts:
- Head & Body
- Front Flippers
- Back Flippers
Ton’s flippers are not fixed relative to his body, this allows them to waggle up and down, as if he is swimming.
Right now, Ton’s behaviour isn’t very realistic; he simply floats up and down in the one spot. The poor guy is doing his best, perhaps he’s just tired! In a future version of the application, I’d like to have him swim around the tank more actively.
Take care of your pets, and I’ll see you on the other side of the constellation Lyra.
It’s been a little while since the last update. Unfortunately I was delayed because of a software issue. Anyway, today we’re looking at the school desk model:
This desk has quite an unusual design. The sides of the desk were created first as 2D shapes, and then extruded to the correct thickness in 3D.
As you can see in the image to the right, the desks also have an interior where the students can put their books.
Overall, this model is quite simple. Even so, their unique look really adds a lot of personality to the room.
In VR, the desks actually feel quite small, but then you have to remember that they’re designed for high school students!
This model is also special because I’ve had it 3D printed! I own the entire collection of K-ON! figma figures (because of course I do), and I wanted to give them some matching props. Here’s Nodoka-chan hanging out with the first print:
If you’re interested, you can purchase your own 3D printed Sakuragaoka desk from my Shapeways store. If you have any suggestions for other 3D printed K-ON! models you’d like to see, just leave a message.
Next time I’ll be posting another progress report. Let’s beat Elon to Mars, shall we?
Between progress updates, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of the existing assets in more detail.
Let’s take a look at the first spotlight model: Mugi’s keyboard.
As you can see, the model itself isn’t too complicated, although there are a few interesting curves hiding in the corners. The real detail is actually contained in the enormous texture file.
All the labels from the real instrument have been painstakingly recreated. With so many layers of text, lines and shapes, the source file comes to a total of 115 MB, and eats up almost 3.3 GB of memory when open. All that for a trim 553 KB final image!
In the end, it was worth all the effort. When you lean in close using a VR headset, you can read every line of text, including a few Easter eggs hidden on the back.
Of course, the keyboard has a matching stand as well!
Watch the skies, and look forward to the next update!