So I learned some basics of 3D modeling in school and for my latest project I got to make Wittgenstein. So unlike the previous 3D stuff which is just posing and rendering other models, I can post a model I actually made!
It's not the first model I made in class but I'll be posting that one later when I grab the files I need and export it in a more standard format (we're making them in Carrara Pro, the format of which is not ideal for general purposes outside the program)
Well when I exported an .obj from Carrara and imported it in Blender, there was nothing but emptiness. I could export a .dae and have it show in Blender but objects were misplaced so I had to re-assemble the model in some places. I just uploaded the .blend file since Sketchfab will take that and I'm not that versed in the way things carry over to be confident about my shaders and textures staying correct (I already had to do a lot of fixing not only once it was in Blender, but even in the 3D settings of Sketchfab)
Honestly, Carrara isn't that known and I'm not sure why the school is using that to teach 3D, pretty much none of the shaders set up in that program carried over to Blender, not only that but Carrara is fairly expensive and doesn't have a student license that i know of (only on the school computers) so figuring things out at home is pretty much a no-go
It's a weird program that seems to be fairly outdated (even the interface can be glitchy and the program likes to crash or screw with other things if you try to minimize it) but unfortunately I have no choice and since its interface is weird and not consistent with other 3D programs, hopefully college will use a program that's more standard lol. There's also that the school computers are all Macs but I don't think that makes a difference here
Here's the first 3D work I made for school (prior to Wittgenstein). It's basically somewhat of a M&L OC. Designed to be a 2.0 of sorts to the Vacuum Helmet. The backstory gives it an advanced AI and the ability to reason, along with arms and the use of hover technology as opposed to rockets. Fawful built it to help him recover from the failure of the Dark Star plan (in this timeline he's assumed to have survived). But how well will this work out for him? Who knows. But it was fun to make.
Well the idea came from pretty much being assigned to create a robot/machine character. After brainstorming I fell on something developed from the Vacuum Helmet and went from there. It went through several preliminary designs before being modeled, which I may post later
I'd say the part that gave me the most trouble was the "hose" piece, I originally wanted it to have a textured surface but with how much vertex editing was done to get it into that shape, no texture map came out even, and the ridges on it were also annoying since I first just made a bigger version of the thing and tried to boolean out pieces, but that was deleting random faces that I wanted to keep for some reason. A lot of the design was built using basic shapes, which is kind of what the assignment wanted since it was to learn the basics. For example you see a lot of spheres used in the design. For some pieces like the fingers, I drew them in Illustrator, imported and extruded them. For the collar thing that's colored like Fawful's cloak, it was a combination of drawing/extruding a shape then using Boolean with a sphere (and I may have also used a cylinder to make sure the opening was big enough)
Shaders were thankfully not too difficult, only problem is they don't carry over into other programs so bleh. But within Carrara, there's a ton of preset shaders for different metals and glass and stuff and I made heavy use of those. The eye texture and energy ring around the body uses a texture map.