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Storyboard Artwork Project/Using 3D software


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How to create 3D stamp artwork for the Storyboard Artwork Project
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Creating Stamps with 3D software

You can create 2D poses using a variety of 3D modeling and animation programs. DAZ Studio and Blender are free (as in free beer) , while Poser is easy to use and Blender is open source (free as in free speech) and runs on all platforms.

Blender
Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process.


Poser
Poser was the first easy to use program for creating 3D still artwork of human figures which look realistic. The original artwork for Poser was created by the parent company of DAZ which now has DAZ Studio. Now there are additional figures are available from a wide variety of shops on the Internet. There is an entire cottage industry out there of about 200,000 people who create artwork of human figures.
DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio is a free 3D program which works with many of the same figures as Poser. At the DAZ Store, you can see all of the digital puppets sold by DAZ.
An example of digital figure for making stamps
Lady Littlefox
One example of Poser figures which will be ideal for stamps for Tux Paint is the figures from Lady Littlefox at Runtime DNA and Content Paradise. If you have Poser or DAZ Studio, try making stamps from these figures.
Currently, we need stamps for a young but intelligent person and an older but wise person. These figures will be used in the storyboarding class which are part of the Basic Filmmaking course at Wikiversity.
3D Universe
An example of a tiny factory of cartoon characters is 3D Universe. We will have some of their figures displayed here shortly.
Position and render the model

Three Views

The easiest way is to create just three views of your figure. To do this, you simply put the figure on an empty background and take pictures from five angles. With DAZ Studio, simply rotate the camera around the figure. Position the figure in a natural pose with the mouth slightly open (so it can be used in shots where the person is both not talking and talking.)

The pictures should be at least 500 pixels tall. Use a portrait lens. (This is a mild telephoto lens. This is about a 135mm lens on the old 35mm film cameras.)

For the storyboards of the short motion picture "Seduced by the Dark Side!" which talks about the meaning of life and the movie "Star Wars", Wikiversity Film School needs stamps of a young person and an old person. We need both a set of stamps full height and a set of stamps for a medium shot as shown above.

The angles (if you do three angles
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Position at five angles (or more)
  • Front at a slight angle (20 to 30 degrees)
  • Profile (80 degrees)
  • Back angle (135 degrees)

Stamp girl 30.pngStamp girl 90.png Stamp girl 135.png
Position and render the model
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Five Views

Create five views of your figure. To do this, you simply put the figure on an empty background and take pictures from five angles. Position the figure in a natural pose with the mouth slightly open (so it can be used in shots where the person is both not talking and talking.)

The pictures should be at least 500 pixels tall. Initially try a portrait lens. (This is a mild telephoto lens. This is about a 135mm lens on the old 35mm film cameras.)

For the storyboards of the short motion picture "Seduced by the Dark Side!" which talks about the meaning of life and the movie "Star Wars", Wikiversity Film School needs stamps of a young person and an old person. We need both a set of stamps full height and a set of stamps for a medium shot as shown above.

The angles (if you do five angles
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Position at five angles (or more)
  • Front (5 degrees)
  • Side (20 to 30 degrees)
  • Profile (80 degrees)
  • Back angle (135 degrees)
  • Back (170 degrees)
Position and render the model

Full set of Views

For a truly complete set of stamps, you can also create a complete set of view with the camera looking down about 30 degrees and another set of views with the camera looking up about 30 degrees. To do this, you simply put the figure on an empty background and take pictures from five angles. With DAZ Studio, simply rotate the camera around the figure. Position the figure in a natural pose with the mouth slightly open (so it can be used in shots where the person is both not talking and talking.)

The pictures should be at least 500 pixels tall. Use a portrait lens for straigth on shots and a wide angle for looking up and looking down.. (A portrait lens is a mild telephoto lens. This is about a 135mm lens on the old 35mm film cameras. A wide angle lens can be as strong as a 24mm on an old 35mm film camera.)

Sparky 000 wide up.png Sparky 010 wide down.png Sparky 005 tele down.png Sparky 005 tele.png Sparky 010 tele down.png

Sparky 045 tele down.png Sparky 045 tele up.png Sparky 045 tele.png Sparky 045 wide down.png Sparky 045 wide up.png

Sparky 080 wide down.png Sparky 080 wide up.png Sparky 090 tele down.png Sparky 090 tele up.png Sparky 090 tele.png

Sparky 135 tele up.png Sparky 135 tele.png Sparky 135 wide down.png Sparky 135 wide up.png Sparky 145 tele down.png

Sparky 170 tele down.png Sparky 170 tele up.png Sparky 170 wide down.png Sparky 170 wide up.png Sparky 180 tele.png

The angles
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Position at seven angles (Telephoto)
  • Front at a slight angle (10 degrees left and right)
  • Front at a slight angle (45 degrees left and right)
  • Profile (almost 90 degrees)
  • Back angle (135 degrees)
  • Back full (170 and 190 degrees

Advanced
  • Same looking strongly up (very wide angle)
  • Same looking sharply down (very wide angle)


Examples of TEST stamps for Tux Paint

Crop and mask the images

In a program such as Photoshop, crop the images and add a mask to create the stamp. Save the images as PNG files and upload to Wikiversity. If you have trouble with any of this, I can do it for you. (Simply email me Crystal Clear app xfmail.png and we will figure something out.)


The completed stamps

Here are the completed stamps after cropping and masking. Click on the picture to go to the original which will be full size. (These are only miniatures shown here.)
Stamp girl 5.png Stamp girl 30.png
Stamp girl 90.png Stamp girl 135.png Stamp girl 170.png




Load these stamps into Tux Paint

Once you have downloaded the full sized stamps to your hard drive, put them in the stamp folder for Tux Paint. Then the next time you start Tux Paint, these stamps should be ready for you to use in Tux Paint.
Two girls talk about the weather
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This storyboard was created with stamps in just a few clicks of the mouse.

The figure on the left is drawn smaller (magnified less) than the figure on the right so it looks further away.

The time to draw this picture was about 15 seconds. This makes storyboarding very fast.

The girl meets Tux
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Here we see a scene from the movie, "Tux and Me" where Tux explains the meaning of life to the girl.

Specific instructions for using DAZ Studio and Poser
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Once you have created a set of 3D stamps, please tell us how you did it. Write here or email me. Crystal Clear app xfmail.png
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