I love walks on the beach, and cantering, and sometimes even galloping! I love the feel of the sand between my hooves…
My name is Natty, and I am a Hexapod. Seriously, ask my husband or anyone who knows me, and they will confirm that I do have two left feet!
In case you don’t know, this is a hexapod… (which is also one of my sketchup models, although I haven’t shared it yet).
I’m very much an amateur modeller, and model for fun only. I use Sketchup Make, and don’t have any other software, so everything I do is in Sketchup.
I started modeling clothing first of all, because most of the human models uploaded to the 3D warehouse many years back didn’t have clothing. To model the clothing I wrote a ruby script to circle about an object and create a mesh a short distance from the object being circled. It probably took me a week to create my first model - which today I’m confident could be done in a few hours.
I have about 30 scripts now, which I’ve created to assist me in modelling various items. Most are a lot simpler than my first ever script, which used the raytest function and was quite ambitious.
From simple coloured meshes I lean’t how to apply uv’s to my models.
In the days of the 10MB file limit, I figured out how to use components to reduce the file size, and still have seamless transition between components. I wrote scripts to help automate the process, although a lot of it is still labour intensive.
I’ve also written exports and imports in ruby (exports for OBJ, SVG and XAML) and an import for OBJ. Not fully featured, and I’m sure the pro version has all that and more, but I’m on a budget (of $0)
A big thank-you to Trimble for keeping Sketchup free!
Also, I’m not an advanced Sketchup user, as I still don’t know what most of those buttons do !
I’ve created my Centaurs using a blend script, which I’ve refined in the last couple of weeks so I can simply select three groups, and have the unpainted group blended nicely.
The actual transition mesh between horse and human isn’t scripted, that is just hard work, but I hope to automate that one day as well.
My models on 3D Warehouse: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/user.html?id=ba3fd56a-54ac-466b-b511-7b0418f3793a&nav=models
When I have time I want to learn more about ruby to improve my scripts, and hence my modeling skills.