Sorry for the delay on this. I have a new laptop and I discovered that my scanner is so old (1999) that it isn't supported by my new operating system. I guess I'm in the market for a new scanner. Anyway, I have a few figures drawn, but I thought I'd document the creation of one figure and just muddle on and do the rest. So to start. Here are some elements for the first figure. I am considering a shield, but the arms may not support it. The accessory might be a helmet. We'll see.
I will be switching up the weapon in photoshop once the figure colours are sorted out. It'll be faster that way.
I'm close to admitting defeat on my current approach with this project. I have worked for days and have accomplished very little. It may be my lack of familiarity with Illustrator, but it's also just the technical aspects that are overwhelming. I am also unable to make the file small enough to be as viable as I'd like. I'm needing to rethink my approach on this one.
Out of curiosity, what are the problems? I'm asking 'cause i use CorelDraw at office (which have layers) to export to PDF, and the layers are exported without any problem. We were wondering if Illustrator could be something we need, but being me the one that draw, and being me so fond in CorelDraw, we always delayed the decision..... so, i'd like to know what kind of wall you hit.
CorelDraw is a similar and great program. I used to use it when I taught computer art. It makes awesome fonts. The wall I'm hitting is that each figure has four components that are further subdivided into three options. They are: Head (with three sublayer options), Torso Option 1 (with three sublayer options), Torso Option 2 (with three sublayer options) and Legs (with three sublayer options). The complexity of drawing all that is one thing, scanning, changing raster to vector, organizing it in Illustrator with properly scaling the figure elements, lining everything up just so and then making sure that each layer and sublayer lines up and can be turned on and off properly to customize each figure. It's a bit overwhelming. I may get this finished, but it will be the only set like this I will ever make.
mmmh.... appears to be something like what i do (altough i have to deal with tech drawings, so i bet my problems are easier). If i understand right, then the problem is'nt the feasibility of the job, but "just" how tedious and time consuming it is.... am i right? Do you think that CorelDraw will be better on doing it (thinking at all the "snap" modes it haves, grouping, ungrouping etc.)?
I know I can do this, but it's the time and effort that will be prohibitive for future sets like this. I will have to make the traditional sets more awesome to make up for a lack of customization options. I will definitely be proud of this accomplishment, but like running a marathon, it will be unlikely I will do it again anytime soon.
OK, I had a bit of a breakthrough with this set (which will be enormous). I am currently aiming for sometime before the end of May. I'm looking at May 30th or so. There will be massive test building to be done so I will need to invest in some ink and get busy. More preview photos coming later this week.
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9