Monday, August 22, 2016

Big boy: one week later!

Hey! Not bad for a little less than a week later! I'm also not doing this on the weekends, so .... yeah! The tender wheels are all done! I'll never have to do THOSE wheels again. Now, just the other 4-8-8-4.... 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Big Boy: Tender fly wheels

So, it's been about a week and I've got the first set of wheels for the tender all done. I'm still struggling with trying to be accurate as possible while not getting bogged down in minutia. When this is all done, you'll barely look at these wheels since they visually will make up about 2% of the whole thing. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Union Pacific "Big Boy"?

American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotive. Also known as 'Big Boy'. Jesus. Should I even do this?! It's overwhelming to say the least. I originally wanted this to be a Rhino 5 learning experience, but it's a massive horrible beast and I think I shouldn't bite off more than I can chew so early in Rhino. But even in ZBrush... I don't know. Am I a fool for taking this on?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Goonies Props: Copper Skeleton Key

Well, I knew this wasn't going to take long, but I never thought it would take as little as 30 minutes! It's just four different masks and then some texturing over the surface. Viola!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Goonies Props: Rendered coin (no patina)

  Rendered in Flamingo, but without a nice patina to fill the recessed areas, it looks weird. I just ordered a steel printed one off of imaterialise just now! It'll be cool to see this in real metal!

Goonies Props: coin all done!

   The coin didn't take very long. I still need to render it and figure out how to reder it with a patina, if such a thing is possible. The skeleton key is up next!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Goonies Props

   I've always loved The Goonies. I'll never understand why there were no sequels or a tv show. There are only two props from that movie that I want: the coin with the holes in it and the copper skeleton key. You can purchase both, fairly accurate replicas online, but the coin isn't quite as accurate as I'd like. What you see above it the beginning of the photoshop mask I'm making for the Zbrush coin. Coins are easy in Zbrush as long as you have good alpha masks for the front, back, and overall coin shape. 

I don't forsee this taking more than a couple days (for the coin). I haven't done research on the skeleton key yet.