RoboCop Reboot!

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In case you havn’t seen it yet, heres the brand new trailer for the new RoboCop movie.

The movie stars everyone’s favorite detective from the Killing – Joel Kinnaman as the titular character. As you see in the trailer, the suit has been redesigned..
I was tempted to sculpt a model of it(maybe i will some day), and someone even suggested i should 🙂
..but since time is a bit scarce right now, i only managed this:

click to see in 3d

Blender’s Suzanne model tries out RoboCop’s old and new gear.. :p done in a couple of hours on Blender .. as a quick modelling exercise.

heres another render

the model is available for download here:

(click to download)

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Coin modelling tutorial for beginners

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After doing the indian coins.. i realised that the simplicity of the project makes it an excellent exercise for beginners..
so heres a tutorial on how to model your own Silver Dollar

(click to see model)

Not everyone has awesome 3d modelling skills.. but there are some things that don’t require that much modelling to begin with! and with todays technology, anyone can create something that has a professional finish using free opensource tools.

here i’l show you how to model a simple 3d object that will end up looking a lot more sophisticated once your done. I’ll also show you how to put it up so others can see and appreciate your effort.

Will be using:
Blender for the 3d modelling
get it here- http://www.blender.org/

Gimp for the textures
get it here- http://www.gimp.org/

the Normal Map plugin for Gimp – https://code.google.com/p/gimp-normal…

a more detailed tutorial on creating normal maps can be found here – https://developer.valvesoftware.com/w…

iWatch concepts

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Sketchfab.com had their second modelling challenge over the weekend..
The theme for this “Sketchfast” was the soon to be announced and heavily rumored iWatch by Apple.

i submitted a few ideas this is the one i hope will win-

iWatch Transformer
see the model here
folds open to show you a full screen ipod touch 🙂

the other ones i did are:

The Ordinary(probably what the actual iWatch from Apple will endup being)

click here for the 3d model

The square hologram projection

click here for the 3d model

The more SciFi 3D hologram

click here for the 3d model

all these were modelled in Blender and the textures were sourced from the net(promo images of other Apple products)

The results should be announced in a few hours.

the rest of the contest entries can be seen here
my current favorite is this one

by Revel(click here for the model). He turned the strap into a usb/charging cable. very innovative.

UPDATE:
this highly detailed one by Mestaty takes the cake-

its meant to have sensors that can track your finger gestures.. so you don’t have to touch the screen!
Click here for a better look at the model.

UPDATE(12Mar):
The winners were just announced!
here are all the results!
i came 5th 😛

This is the winning entry. Quite a classy design.. i like the detailing.. especially with the strap.

Youtube Monetisation

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I started posting videos to youtube a few years back.. but only enabled the “monetisation”(heres the FAQ on this) option around a year back.. to see if it generates any cash. Last week i got my first cheque from Google!
That got my hopes up.. and so when one of my favorite sites(sketchfab.com) added a new feature(read here).. i did a video walkthrough on how to use it.

heres the video:

..and then this happens today.
Google’s tricks to avoid paying video publishers

so.. basically as long as they’re not paying you.. they don’t care what you upload.. but the moment you start getting hits.. and they have to part with money.. they find a vague loophole.
which in this case is beyond me as i clearly mention that its my model.. and the features are on Sketchfab’s site. Infact sketchfab(bless their souls) even use this video on their own blog post about these features!

Anyway am not that bothered about it(as long as the video is viewable thats fine with me),
so this blog post is the last i will say about it. Just wanted other youtubers to know about it.

Mech Suit W.I.P. – detailed a bit

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Mech Suit W.I.P. – detailed a bit

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Started this a while back, see the first draft here
was originally working with the Cycles renderer

then since i keep putting up mys models on Sketchfab as webgl.. decided to rework the basic materials ..
heres what it looks like now rendered with blender internal renderer

will post more updates later.. heres the interactive webgl model
(click and drag to rotate)