*tap tap tap* Is this thing on?
Hi folks! It's been a while since I made an appearance here. I actually had to go digging through old emails to find my reset credentials from when the forums migrated a couple years ago — I thought maybe I missed a memo or something when I couldn't log in. I guess I did! Yikes!
Anyhow, the creative bits. I continue my on-again off-again relationship flirting with 3D modeling software every few years, and during the great 2020 covid lockdown, I decided to take a couple weeks to try my hand at freehand organic sculpting. I like to think I could get a basic passing grade for "hard surface" 3D modeling — things with flat surfaces and sharp edges — but modeling smooth, flowing, curvy, organic shapes is something I've never been comfortable attempting. It's a totally different skill set and challenges an area of my brain I'm not used to exercising. It also doesn't help that I only have a plain old keyboard and mouse. The professionals use graphics tablets with pressure-sensitive pens to add or remove or nudge just the right amounts as they go. I think later this year I might induldge and buy myself a tablet if I want to continue practicing this skill.
So, I followed a brief online course for sculpting an anatomically-correct full-body human, and once I started to get the hang of it, of course my mind drifted back to Star Fleet. Over the span of a weekend and several more long evenings, I think I produced a satisfactory bust of Barry Hercules!
He's missing his painted-on eyebrows here because I haven't really textured him yet; his skin is just one solid material at this point. Maybe I should just retexture him in marble and put him on a pedestal with a plaque?
Originally I had thought I would sculpt the whole crew once I got into the flow with Barry here; alas that particular dream was a bit too ambitious for 2020. I'd still like to work on our lead boys and girl as time permits, or at least I'd like to come back and finish Hercules' camo jumpsuit body at some point. If I do, I'll definitely come back here are share my progress instead of quietly sitting on it for months.
I was too excited to share what I'd made so far, though, and didn't want him just going forgotten and collecting dust in my computer.