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Playing with the idea of making a series of patterns for sale of cute little monsters and animals. This was the prototype so not optimized but thought someone might find it useful.

Also included a quick render for your PhotoShoping fun.
 

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Interesting idea
 

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that should sell well..
 
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Perfect for a kids room sign.
 

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Thanks all.

These should be a fun artistic challenge. I sculpted this one in 3d. For the series I'll have to sculpt in 2.5d to get better detail. I'll make a base model I can use as a starting point for all the models.
 

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Very cute. I like the idea, and of course, dragons are important to me. :wink:
 

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First pattern out of the gate is a baby eagle. Insomnia again so had to work on something. Still need to tweak a few minor things but overall fairly happy with it.

Oliver, the next one will be a baby dragon. With wings of course. :)
 

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Jay, I primarily use Blender 3d.

Its a free 3d modeling program suite. You can model 3d objects, digitally sculpt, render images from the 3d models with several different render engines, create animations, create sound tracks plus many other things with it. It can be a little challenging to master due to all the things it is capable of doing but its free.

A very generous artist shared his custom compositor node setup which uses the 3d model depth information and ambient occlusion to create the depth maps. The blend file can be found in this thread.

https://blenderartists.org/t/two-cents/654804/27

In rare instances where it doesn't produce a good result I also try with Zbrush and my cnc design software (Carvewright Designer).
 

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Jay, I primarily use Blender 3d.

Its a free 3d modeling program suite. You can model 3d objects, digitally sculpt, render images from the 3d models with several different render engines, create animations, create sound tracks plus many other things with it. It can be a little challenging to master due to all the things it is capable of doing but its free.

A very generous artist shared his custom compositor node setup which uses the 3d model depth information and ambient occlusion to create the depth maps. The blend file can be found in this thread.

https://blenderartists.org/t/two-cents/654804/27

In rare instances where it doesn't produce a good result I also try with Zbrush and my cnc design software (Carvewright Designer).
I just downloaded blender the other day and am trying to teach myself how to use it. I didn’t realize I could use it for depth map making. Thanks!

How do you like your carvewright?
 

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I have a neighbor that looks like that, jolly fellow.
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Herb, please don't tell him he looks like a fat happy baby eagle. lol

Jay, its definitely a hobby machine but it really does hold your hand for carving. The proprietary software takes care of everything through its firmware. I've never seen g-code. I upload a pattern (picture format) and it does its thing. Not necessarily optimized but does a good job at carving my patterns.
 

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Final pattern design. I didn't like the original wings so redid them.

I won't be able to test carve it until next week. My table saw came in and then of course my DC unit died. I ordered a wall mounted unit this time but delivery isn't until next week. Hopefully it will last a bit longer. The carvewright cnc is an enclosed machine and you shouldn't run it without some sort of DC.

Well, I guess more time behind the computer making patterns. Baby dragon is next. I try to sketch a rough idea first before starting to model (but not always).
 

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Oscar I like this a whole lot better than the original. Great looking model.
 
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Mike, I like it a whole lot better too. Its usually an iteration of different stages until I get to my final design because I don't have a final image in my head.

I normally have a rough idea in my head but really no idea what the final model will look like. I just start putting digital pen to digital paper and start drawing.

Just like this render. lol. I am so going to have nightmares tonight. Thankfully I'll probably have more insomnia so won't have to suffer tonight.
 

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Mike, I like it a whole lot better too. Its usually an iteration of different stages until I get to my final design because I don't have a final image in my head.

I normally have a rough idea in my head but really no idea what the final model will look like. I just start putting digital pen to digital paper and start drawing.

Just like this render. lol. I am so going to have nightmares tonight. Thankfully I'll probably have more insomnia so won't have to suffer tonight.
That looks familiar, where have I seen that mug before?
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