Stylus Rocking chair

Continuing the discussion from Trying To Stir Up The Gallery:

Ok Dave I was bored this morning so I made a rocking chair for my stylus to relax on.
A quick render and a Print in black abs.
My monitors are all screwed up at the moment so I have no idea what the colours are like.


Wow! That’s pretty cool.

Cheers Dave, been designing and printing mechanical parts lately, so it was nice to do an organic doodle to clear the brain.

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@Box I like your surrealist style and the play on scale with the chair. Do you have a 3D Warehouse account, so I can check out your other models too? I’d love to see more.

I have an empty warehouse page, never been one for uploading models, and I very rarely render anything.
I’ve used it for the odd competition or to share a specific model with someone, but I don’t keep models in the warehouse.
I prefer to teach how to make a model rather that give a finished product.

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Love the rocking chair. Looks brilliant!

Can I ask for a brief description of how you modelled it? Looks very complicated.

Kind regards


Umm,… it was two years ago so I don’t remember specifically how I did it but looking at it I can guess…
There would have been 3 main plugins to make the construction simple. All from Thomthom, Quad face tools, Vertex Tools and SUbD.

I would have constructed a basic rectangular framework of square tubes for the outer frame, then an array across for the seat and back, still in square tubes. All the tubes would need to checked and worked in such a way that they all fit together as Quads with no internal faces where they joined therefore creating one solid piece.

Once you have your ‘square’ solid then you start shaping it with Vertex Tools. Shrinking, stretching pulling etc to refine the shape all the while hitting SUbD every so often to see how the curved form looks, and find any errant extra edges, bad triangles or sections that just don’t work. QFT is pretty important in the part as it allows you to control the edges you want to select and add and remove loops and rings(horizontal and vertical edges) to help smooth and simplify the form.
Then when happy with the shape I would have deleted half of it, the half with any errors or malformed sections and mirrored it to make a symmetric chair.

Sometimes you can use a mirrored component to do the second half as you work but I have often find it is better to work on the whole shape and just snip and flip from time to time. This way you can get some nice feedback from the model that is more organic than a sterile mirror. Some little errors where you’ve grabbed the wrong vertices on the other side can show you a nicer version of what you had originally envisioned, or you can work the left and right differently and compare to find the better result.

All in all it’s probably taken me longer to write this than it would have taken to make it.

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Thank you @Box for the very detailed reply. Really appreciated.

I have Quadface Tools and Vertex Tools so I’m used to these. I’ve been using them for manipulating netting in models so far.

SubD is not one I’ve tried. May have to put that on my list.

Thank you again.

Kind regards


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