Making sculpted chair for secondlife

Following on from Teachers Without Borders on Secondlife, I met Konrad to discuss what he needed in detail. The main goal is to have a set of chairs with multiple configurations depending on how the space is being used. In simple terms you have an object that you touch which brings up a menu with options like “lecture”, “discussion” and perhaps options for the number of chairs needed. When you choose an option the chairs reposition themselves. We’ll get to that in time. In this post we look at starting to design the chair in Blender. Konrad wanted to keep the space fairly informal so for now we are going with a typical outdoor chair.

I produced a video tutorial that roughly shows the steps I’ve taken to make the chair. I hope others join in and share their progress. All of the software is free and open source and runs on all the major operating systems. Here’s the things you will need.

Watch the video below or watch it on youtube or download it from archive.org.

I think Konrad has done really well with the space, to appreciate his work it might help some people to imagine what its like standing in a completely empty room.

You can see images of the chair in secondlife on flickr.

Stay tuned for part 2, we’ll look at baking the sculpt map and making the texture.

PRO TIP FOR MEDIA: You’ll notice on archive.org that the video is available in Ogg Video format, this is the video format used by professionals involved in OER and free learning, its a royalty free format. If it doesn’t play on your system by default then download vlc media player.

Sculpture in SL using Blender

I have been experimenting with Blender again this weekend. He has produced some really nice modern sculptures. You can view the sculptures here in Second Life, or take a look at flickr. You can download Blender here.  Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. Blender is available for a number of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. You can look at a vast array of Blender tutorials here.

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