Tag Archives: 3D Design

Pong with SketchUp Make 2016


Hi there!

Another one around this “Pong” project that I am working on for a little while now.
My students using SketchUp 2016 rather than Blender, I thought it would have been a good idea to do the Pong pitch with this app as well. So here we are.

PongSketchup.jpg

Not much more to say about it. If you’d want to review the other ones though, here are the links:
With Lego Digital Designer
With Blender

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Take care!
Pascal

Tribute to Pong with Blender


Hi there,
Another short article about my work with Blender.
This time I have tried to do things on my own (without the help of any tutorial), and as expected the result is not as awesome as the two previous projects (here and there), but still, not to bad for a restart with the tool.

As I am working on several projects around Pong Original (with Lego Designer, SketchUp, Scratch..), I thought it would have been great to try to do something with Blender as well.
The plan was also to get my students inspired, so they can finish and deliver something by the end of spring holidays.

Regarding my own stuff, here is how it looks like:

Inside Blender:
Pongv2InPaint.png

Render:
pongLethargicDogv2

The challenge was with the lights and materials here. I am not 100% happy with the outcome but I didn’t want to spend the whole day on it, so here it is.
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Take Care.
Pascal

Another classic 3D Model: The Alarm Clock


Hi there!

Still having lots of fun with blender here. Just wondering why I have left this amazing app for so long…
Step 2 of my “back on track” journey (step 1 here), I have decided to follow another tutorial for drawing an alarm clock this time. Here is below one screenshot when I was half way through it:

Clock Step 1

What makes me feel rather good is the fact that I am remembering how to use Blender, quickly and easily, and I should pretty soon be able to make my own models for my Unity games.
This Blender app is a bit intimidating at first, but when you finally see the results that you can get, it is really rewarding:

AlarmClockLethargicDog1.png

If you compare this final image to the Tutor4u tutorial, you will probably notice that I have customized it a little. The PNG image for the numbers is done with a different font, and I have rotated the hand to show 11:11, which has btw been obtained by rotating the hours hand by 30 degrees anticlockwise and the minutes hand by 66 degrees clockwise.
FYI, I have used Inkscape 0.91 for the texture image and the “Broadway” font. Also Blender is version 2.77 and I have selected “Cycles Render”.

Once again thank you so much to Tutor4u, for the tutorial that I have used. I would recommend his channel and you can find part 1 of this very tutorial right here.

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Take Care.

Pascal

 

The Coffee Cup, the “Hello World” of Blender!


Hi there,
Now I have updated my computer, I am trying to catch up with all the softwares I have left aside for years.  My last drawings were about my unfinished 3D Game, here is a sample pic below:

Travail sur 2 facettes pour placer les axes de rotation
Talking about Blender, it’s been a while since I even launched it,  then I have decided to go back to square one and start all over again with a basic tutorial.
On the same line with a complete programming newbie who will be able to program his first text message to appear on the screen, the well known “Hello World”, it seems that the very first 3D model that you are supposed to draw when you discover a new 3D app is a coffee cup. Then there it is!

CupInBlender.png

Yep, I admit it, kind of ugly in the 3D window of Blender. But if you ask for a rendered image, with shading, lights and stuff, it looks much much more awesome. Check this out!

coffecupLethargicDog1.png

Before to finish this post, I would like to thank Tutor4u for his great YouTube tutorial that you can find here.
Now this is all I wanted to show you today. A new LethargicDog Geek Challenge will come with a similar project. Stay tuned for more.

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Take Care.
Pascal.

 

 

Toolbox #1


Toolbox #1.

Hi there,
Some of my students always ask me links or directions about Apps and Websites we use at school. That’s why I have decided to make lists of tools we use all year long.
Here is the first toolset for the first four categories that are Learning How to Code, 2D Drawing, 3D Drawing, Writing Calculation and Presentation.
Enjoy!

1/ Learning How To Code.
code.org
codecademy.com
scratch.mit.edu

2/ 2D Drawing.
– Paint
inkscape.org (vector graphics)
gimp.org (pixel, bitmap)

3/ 3D Drawing.
Sketchup.com
blender.org
ldd.lego.com

4/ Writing, Calculation and Presentation
libreoffice.org
openoffice.org
Microsoft Office (charges apply)

That’s all for now.
Take care!

Laptop Renewal for Laptop Entrepreneurs.


Hi,

I have been working for ages with my 07′ HP Compaq NC2400, which is a pretty good machine after all. During all these years, it’s been doing OK for web browsing, updating articles, checking emails, few spreadsheets and Slideshows, but it failed when it came to 3D Design, Games and Apps Programming, and most advanced tasks I am supposed to deal with nowadays, as a teacher and a Laptop Entrepreneur as well.

Business-Entrepreneur

So then its time to say goodbye to this pretty reliable but now super slow NC2400, and to consider a step forward entering the circle of the privileged Ultrabook Workstations users. Let’s say I will have a two ground budget for this, and willing to buy as soon as Windows 10 is available (Some of the apps I use do not even run on Linux or Apple or Google Operating systems anyways. The future machine will have to deal with heavy usage of Unity3D, Blender, Inkscape, as well as Visual Studio, Android Studio, Lego Digital Designer, Stencyl, Evernote and many others).

Several Specs that I will be looking for:

  • 12 to 16 GB of RAM.
  • 256 GB SSD Storage (Minimum, has to be SSD)
  • Around 15.5′ Display, with a minimum of 1920×1080 Screen Resolution.
  • 7 hours Battery Life
  • A proper GPU Dedicated to 3D Animation
  • Renown Brand with Proved Reliability and Business Specs Products Range.
  • Around 2.5 Kg, (I need to be able to commute on daily basis, including frequent Flights)
  • i7 processor, 4th or 5th Generation with 2.6 Ghz Dual Core Minimum)
  • Extended ports will necessarily include 2 USB3 Ports, and External Display Capabilities
  • Docking Station Available (Optional)
  • Price Around 2.000 $
  • 3 years Warranty

HP Zbook 15

So far, I have been looking at the Lenovo Thinkpad W550s (or W541) and the The HP Zbook 15 (15u G2). I have considered many other options before that, such as a 13′ or 14′ Ultrabook (Dell XPS13, Lenovo X1 Carbon, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro), but the screen seems too tiny for Design, and both were lacking of NumPad, which is mandatory for most of the apps I use. I also had a look at many 17′ Workstations (Same HP and Lenovo as above but with 17′), and Mobile Gaming Machines (Lenovo Y Range, RazerBlade 2015, MSI GS60, HP Omen, Acer Aspire V Nitro), but there was always something wrong with most of them (Missing Mandatory Specs (as defined above), Too Heavy Weight, Too Expansive, Weak Battery Life, Not Business Oriented Brands, Noise, Cooling..). There must me some other pretty cool machines from Acer, Asus, Dell, or Fujitu or Toshiba, but do not consider these manufacturers to be at their best when it comes to Ultrabook WorkStations, I might be wrong though.

That’s why I have reverted to the Classic HP and Lenovo Workstations, machines brands that I have used for up to 15 hours a day, for many years, without an issue.(That might sound old fashion to the younger readers, but I would generally be faithful to a brand that has never let me down before).

lenovo-laptop-thinkpad-w550s-main
All that said, and as I need a reason to choose between the Zbook and the W550s, I will probably go for the latter, thanks to it outstanding battery life, that can reach 17 hours, which is an impressive figure, especially for a WorkStation.
These few words were not intended to be a proper review or products comparison, but rather a tribute to these 2 products, and especially the W550s, and a suggestion for Professional Nomads who consider to renew their hardware in the coming weeks.

Take Care.
Pascal

THE 256 LETHARGICDOG GEEK CHALLENGE #003/256


Challenge #003: Your Hometown Skate Park with Sketchup

GOAL:
The goal of this challenge #003 is to use Trimble Sketchup (Used to be Google Sketchup) at www.sketchup.com for designing a Skate Park.

skate_graffiti

DESCRIPTION:
There’s not much to be said about the skate park itself. Everybody knows what it is. But it has to be made of at least three modules, two at both ends and one in the middle. I expect some street art on each face, based on photos or anything else.
Regarding Sketchup itself, make sure you download the free version (Make), unless you have other projects that require advanced features.

4761__sketchup_pro_2_10_6_15

ACHIEVEMENT EXPECTED:
In order to succeed, you have to use the Sketchup App, available at http://www.sketchup.com.
After the Skate Park is finished, you will have to export it into a 2D picture (PNG format), so then you can publish it on any of your favorite social networks.
Should you need any help for getting started, you will find many templates and members achievements on the Sketchup site (check the “Learn” Menu). Hundreds of YouTube tutorials are also available.

SkateParkJeremie

If you can get close enough to the picture on my sample above or even better, or if you prefer to user your favorite 3D design app instead, you can consider it a success and choose another LethargicDog 256 Geek Challenge.
Have fun, and good luck !
Pascal

Sketchup