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3D Tiki....finally!
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Posted: 2005-07-10 1:59 pm   Permalink

I finally did something I've been meaning to do for ages: build a tiki using a 3D modeling program and actually contribute something to "Creating Tiki" other than "awesome painting/carving/mug, dude!". I'm gradually putting together a large, digital tropical/tiki mural image for use in our soon-to-arrive son's room, and I figured the requisite tiki(s) would be a good place to start.

I've made a couple really simple, texture-mapped-only tikis before for the last game I worked on, but nothing this detailed. I thought about which tiki I wanted to reproduce and busted out the Tiki Art Now book. It hit me when I saw Ken Pleasant's awesome KuKu carving, which I saw at the TAN show and absolutely loved.

So, with apologies to Ken, here's my 3D KuKu (with in-progress wireframes for those of us geeks who like those sort of things):



Techie stuff: Created on PC with 3D StudioMax r.5. Basic shape subdivision modeled in polys and editmesh; Meshsmoothed the sub-D mesh, applied procedural wood texture.


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MachTiki
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Joined: Feb 16, 2004
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-07-10 2:03 pm   Permalink

Tiki-Bot,

Awesome painting/carving/mug, dude!

Seriously, nice job! Very cool. I can't wait to see the finished piece.
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Capt'n Skully
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Joined: May 28, 2005
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From: The Lost Lagoon
Posted: 2005-07-10 2:12 pm   Permalink

Ooooohhh... Wireframes! [drools]

Great modelling- I like the lighting, too. Well done.

Now make him talk.

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mrs. pineapple
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Joined: May 12, 2003
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Posted: 2005-07-10 2:32 pm   Permalink

and shoot laser beams out of his eyes...

 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2005-07-10 2:32 pm   Permalink

That is bad to the bone.
What's the application equivelant for mac, any clues?
(like I really got time to learn another app!!!)
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Riptide
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Joined: Jan 12, 2005
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From: Garden Grove, CA
Posted: 2005-07-10 2:44 pm   Permalink

Tiki-bot, that looks so cool. I hope you keep working on the 3-D rendering and create a whole landscape of tikis. That would be a bitchen print to frame.

 
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Rum Demon
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From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2005-07-10 2:57 pm   Permalink

Nice. You might coulda just said "Looky this thing I carved!" and I'd be all like, "Sweet!"

Well done. I agree that you should eventually make prints. Tangibility adds value.

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Posted: 2005-07-10 2:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-07-10 14:32, surfintiki wrote:
That is bad to the bone.
What's the application equivelant for mac, any clues?
(like I really got time to learn another app!!!)




I'm not up on the latest Mac 3D software, but Form-Z was pretty popular a few years ago. It was even used to model some of the spacecraft models ILM created for the "Special Edition" versions of Star Wars a few years ago.

Take a look at the forums on CGTalk.com. There's a sticky thread about "which 3d application should I use?" that probably has a ton of info and semi-informed discussions about which app is better.
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-07-10 3:12 pm   Permalink

WOW, I so wish I knew how to do that.

Very cool . Your little one will have the best room ever!!


 
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suburbanpagan
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From: southern cal
Posted: 2005-07-10 5:22 pm   Permalink

Awesome Bot! Great modeling and rendering! BTW, you can get Maya for the Mac....I did this crude one while learning it!

 
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alohabros
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From: westernus
Posted: 2005-07-10 5:24 pm   Permalink

project tiki holograms... could it be more cost effective than actual tikis and the related miscellany. man, i think you got something there... for the consumer - home tiki hologram projection sytems that integrate with your home theater or network. you could project entire tiki-themed spaces in any room of the house, yard or garage. sell 'em to retaurants, retail environments and, ultimately, walmart...

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alohabros
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From: westernus
Posted: 2005-07-10 5:27 pm   Permalink

send the wireframe through autocad to any one of a variety of milling devices and cnc modelers. mill prototypes and send the winners to asia for full scale production... outstanding!

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-07-10 5:32 pm   Permalink

Tbot, he looks exactly like you carved him out of pine, cypress or redwood, then but=rned the grain for highlites and then put on a mahogany stain. Very cool. Like RumDemon said, you could have passed it off as a carving and we would all be asking what stain and finish you used. Awesome dude!
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Tiki-bot
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Posted: 2005-07-10 8:09 pm   Permalink

Funny, it never occured to me to fake a carving with this model, and I've been looking to pull off a faked image gag like this for a while, too. But I wouldn't feel right scamming TC folks...well, maybe a few.

But if I did do a fake, it might look like this:



Original photo stolen from Basement Kahuna's carving thread. Just to be clear, this photo is a fake. It's my 3d computer generated tiki on top of an old BK photo. I simply adjusted the lighting and camera angle to match his photo as closely as possible.



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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-07-10 10:02 pm   Permalink

Awesome computer art. I took me a little while to make sure that pic was your digified tiki, not someone elses carving pic you got your inspiration from. I dont know if I can compliment it any btter than that. Looking forward to seeing more.

How long did it take?
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