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Archive for August, 2008

Teddy - A Digital Illustrator’s 3d Modeling Toolkit

A friend of mine over on the Plan 403 Forums posted a cool program called Teddy. I saw this demo a while ago, but thought it was worth sharing here since it seems like it would be such a neat program to work with. Using a WACOM tablet or touch-screen laptop, the user can literally draw 3D models into existence. The interface is simple, seems elegant, and looks to be pretty powerful. I’d have a couple concerns before using it for any really big projects, though.

One worry would be the program’s technical limits. Usually when you are simplifying 3D modeling, it creates limits to what can easily be done. For instance, cloning sections of a model might not be possible. So, like with drawing, you might have to re-draw every tentacle on that sea monster you’re working on.

Another concern is optimization for animation. You may not end up with a very smooth model due to the hand-drawn nature of the program. Still-lifes may be the way to go with Teddy.

Finally, I would be worried that any models in Teddy may have the effect of all looking similar; that is, the user would be able to pick out the fact that the models are created in Teddy. Much like Flash or Poser, Teddy models tend to have a style that is very distinguishable from other 3D models.

All-in-all, Teddy looks like it would be great fun to use, and practical uses for it could include still-frame 3D design, creating characters for cartoony advertisements, or roughing out a model that you can then import into Lightwave and edit. I’d love to get my hands on this program and just play around, and if the video’s claim that a child could do it is true, then it is possible that we may start seeing it turn up in schools sometime in the future.

Entry by: Rob

Oh Happy Thursday!

On this joyous Thursday of a week that precedes a holiday weekend, we must all take a few moments to get up and do the happy dance! Thursday being the wonderful thing that it is on a regular basis already, (being the last day of the week for us here at DDA all the time) and  the magic last hour of the day being beer time, we can also enjoy a little birthday cake! How good is that!?! Well, we must also get all our ends tied up so that everything will be neatly kept for the long weekend. All of the copywriters, graphic artists, videographers, animators, seo specialists and programmers will be busily checking and double checking all of the projects and clients that we handle and tucking them safely away in their respective places for a nice quiet break. Have a great Labor(-less) Weekend!

Entry by: debbie

Birthday Cake & Beer

It is Thursday, the end of our work week and this Thursday offers a bit more excitement than others past. We are celebrating three DDA birthdays today: Jess, our top SEO specialist, Rob a talented animation artist, and Carrie, our lead and prolific designer. So, not only does this day mark the end of the DDA week and beer time, but cake time as well. There’s nothing like a sugary and delicious piece of birthday goodness at 11am in the morning. Yes, it will probably all go to my thighs, but who can resist cake!

But I must squelch my current excitement for a four-day weekend and ignore the oncoming sugar-high and get back to work. Today I’ve set a goal for myself to finalize 3 corporate and medical video scripts, 2 script outlines, and questions for an upcoming social networking project that is in the works.  I’ve got quite the workload ahead of me. But I know the rush of accomplishment will be well worth the effort when I’ve sent out the final email for the day.

Hey, it’s even better than a sugar-high.

Entry by: elise

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