as you know I am recovering from a cornea graft (transplant) as a result of Keratoconus. The pain is gone (albeit still sore from time to time, but I don’t consider that pain). My good(LOL) eye loses focus frequently (as it has done for a couple of years now). My operated-upon eye is still blurry but so much better than before the op. Nevertheless I have an obligation to meet. I had promised to do some 3D work making a simple model of an X-ray machine and then using that in some medical slides for a presentation in Paris.
So I thought I would share my progress with you guys :)
First things first. Modelling is not something that I was describe as my forte. Lighting and scene setting rank as my favorite skills in digital art. Next comes texturing and the creation of normal maps etc. And then modelling. The reason is simply that my eyes have always distorted my perception of things, so I never really trust whether what I am modelling matches reality.
Anyway, on to my progress.
My tool is Blender.
This is a shot of the x-ray machine side-one.
Here is another from the diagonal.
I have rendered this in IRay, getting the following:
Obviously it needs more work. It is very rough and missing details, decals and finer shaping. It also needs a back end and some tubing. I won’t show you the source photographs because I took them inside a hospital and I am not sure of the legalities.
The most exciting thing for me was learning to extrude along a curve. I learnt it from the following YouTube tutorial by Final Cut Pro X Tutorials :
I had never done that before and I needed to create that big curvy bit at the back. On inspection the curvy thing was a kind of H-beam. So I made the image of an H-beam in Inkscape, saved it as an svg file and imported into Blender where I converted it to a curve (yes, an H-shaped curve). I then followed the above tutorial using that H shaped curve.
So yes, pretty happy with the progress.
Also big thanks to my supporters out there on WordPress and Facebook who have sent me an overwhelming number of private messages and emails wishing me well since the operation. Muchly appreciated. :)
My final thoughts are intended for those of you out there with Keratoconus. There seems to be two types of people with Keratoconus – those who fight it and those who are overwhelmed by it. Trust me – we all find it overwhelming at times, but that should not stop you. I hate the damned thing and am very frustrated by it. But at the end of the day, being beaten by it is a decision that you make. During the past month I have been fairly limited where my hobbies are concerned because they are mostly visual. So I found myself an old Yamaha keyboard and started teaching myself piano (didn’t need my eyes for that). So yes, when it is overwhelming just take the time to examine your alternatives. Fight the good fight. :)