Archive for May, 2013

New release! The KDC Knee-high Pony Boots!

One month in the making, finally completed 🙂

They feature my “classic” leather, in 8 colors and 8 stitching, so basically 64 possibilities, you can also change the hoof color to match the boot body (should you want to) and it has a  “smooth” and a “textured” version.

The heel can be either color coordinated or use a contrasting varnished wood finish. The laces and metal can bear any colors you may want to use (RGB selection). Finally, they are mod, so you can tweak around. The single mesh structure makes them also extremely easy to adjust to your avatar.

PonyBoots

Check it out at the KDC main shop or on the Secondlife Marketplace.

Setbacks

I’m sorry for the long silence, I didn’t have anything new to show really.

Tuesday was all about getting my new displays calibrated (it takes a couple of hours per display). Today, as I was assembling the textures I realised that there was overlaps that I could never fix so I had to scrap a bunch of the work to rearrange the UV clusters so they won’t be this tightly packed.

Which means I’m rendering textures, again.

On the flip side I added a few wooden materials for the heel spine, but I still need to recover this wasted time.

This is going to be a long night -_-.

Ponyboots: First inworld prototype!

The SL model is pretty much final, I won’t touch it anymore. Texture wise however, I think the black wood is too “black” and things could use a bit of contrast, but maybe that’s just me.

The metal will be tintable, the usual way, same for the laces and the hoof, if i make a light version of the texture. There is still a couple of texture glitches here and there, but nothing major that I can see.

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Ponyboots: the low polygon model is finished

It’s using more triangles than what I was hoping to remain under, but there is only so much I can do with these laces, short of doing it all in texture (which is the proper way to do this by the way) but you guys would probably not like that.

What’s left:

  • Getting all the parts UVWmapped.
  • Making all the textures.
  • Some scripting, but considering these do not lock or have any bondage features, coloring HUD and maybe a walking sound.

Horseshoes assembled and optimized

Another work in progress, I deleted a bunch more “unnecessary” edges on the boot itself and added the LPM horseshoes. I’m sure “someone” will complain that I’ve been cheap on the polygon count, by the look of it, I won’t be able to maintain the boot under 2000 triangles, and 3000 triangles is not far considering I’m still missing the zipper pull, lacing, hooks and eyelets. I have no doubt that it will remain under 10k triangles but beyond that?

The devil is in the details…

Fun fact: a sculpted prim is 1024 triangles.

A lot of work done on the low polygon model

Now that the high polygon version is ready, it’s time to work on the low polygon version, the one that will be specially optimized for real-time rendering and obviously, secondlife.

I never talked about these things, but when it comes to low polygon modeling, it’s all a balancing act. Triangles take pretty much the same time to render regardless of their size, so if you want your model to be “kind” to the user’s computer, you have to balance between quality and performances.

I could write an article about it, i have a folder full of extremely bad examples of  models that have no place in SL, yet are your typical “top seller” shoes.

As of today, SL doesn’t support normal mapping (yet), so we cannot use fancy tricks. Which means that regardless of your ability to optimize, you have to shoot for a little higher polygon count than you normally would because of the tendency SL residents have to move their camera around and zoom all the way in on everything, down to the smallest piece of jewelry.

But even with normal and specular mapping, I fear that those unreasonable expectations for high fidelity rendering will only get worse.

Pony boots update

Sorry for the delay.

I’ve done some work on the boot materials. Now these might be a little dark, I admit it, so I included a fairly high-resolution “sample” of what the texture MIGHT look like once i’m done with it.

The “heel” is made in hardwood, I might offer a little selection for this… or simply make it tintable I guess…

About Me
I started SecondLife in 2004 and created my own bdsm fetish virtual products under the name KDC. I'm also a php/mysql programmer, 3D artist and game designer.


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