Archive: February 2016 - Spinland Studios, LLC

Beware of Art Scam

  • February 26, 2016
Beware of Art Scam

If it looks like a fish, and smells like a fish, odds are it's a fish. After a bit of Googling today I'm seeing this sort of scam has been around a long time, but it was news to me. Here's how it went down: In early January I was contacted via email by this person: Kenneth Jackson kjackson1111@outlook.com The subject line was "ARTWORK PURCHASE" and the email went thus: Hi there, I'm an art lover/collector and I'm collecting a few pieces to design the living room and stairway in my new house.I came across your artworks and I find them captivating. I would love to have some of your pieces....

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Retopo For Fun and Profit

  • February 24, 2016
Retopo For Fun and Profit

In a previous post I went into a little detail about sculpting a model as though it were made of virtual clay in an app such as 3D Coat. I mentioned that, once you've sculpted in the desired detail, the next step (in order to return your model to a mesh that you can animate) is something called "retopology" (or "retopo" for short). Let's explore how that process works. In sum, you draw your new mesh over the top of the sculpted model and the new polygons adhere to its surface. Think of wrapping a dressmaker's dummy in cloth as you cut and sew a new garment. If that sounds tedious, you're right—but...

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Sculpting in Virtual Clay

  • February 14, 2016
Sculpting in Virtual Clay

A while back I wrote a post here likening 3D modeling to creating a model in virtual clay. Today I'm going to extend that metaphor by talking about a modeling technique that makes it all but literal. To set the stage, let's recap the structure of your standard 3D model: in sum, they're made of a bunch of points in 3D space that define the corners of a bunch of polygons, like this: In calculus a curve is approximated by a bunch of line segments that, if you make those segments small enough, starts to look nice and smooth. That was Newton's magic trick to make them computable and the same...

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A Little Peek into Where the Magic Happens

  • February 13, 2016
A Little Peek into Where the Magic Happens

Whatever's in the glass, make it a double. I had some down time this weekend which I've been spending tidying up my Studio. After I was done, and took stock of my now-decluttered digs, I thought it would be fun to share it with you. First picture is of my workstation area in general. The rest of my Studio is taken up by bookcases, filing cabinets and guitar stands and isn't nearly as interesting to see as where I actually do my thang. The monitor on the left is a 32" curved Dell. Apple has really dropped the ball on modern display technology so I had to turn elsewhere for a primary screen...

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