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[Edit: Full tutorial in MAKE: Vol 38!]

Video Game Plushies

Meet Max. He’s a Baby Roshan, from the video game DOTA2.

I algorithmically generated his sewing patterns from the 3D model, custom printed the fabric, and stitched him together.

How I made Max:

I started with this awesome 3D model of Baby Roshan. It is made up of approximately three things.

Model

The first is a set of 3D points, to define its shape.
3D points

The second is a set of 2D points (called UVs), to define how textures are applied to it.

UV

The third is the texture itself.

I took that model, and created a new set of UVs for it, such that whenever two sets of UVs joined, a seam will be created on my final plushie.

custom UV mapping

new UVs

Given that the two sets of UVs map to the same 3D model, transformation matrices can be calculated to transform the old texture into a new texture. Using scripts that I wrote, I transformed every face, and assembled the result. Here’s one of several pieces.

Piece 1

This new texture I printed into fabric and sewed together to create Max.

Rawr

Ta-da!

I hope this inspired you.

[Full technical/mathematical explanation of what I did here]

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[Edit: Steps to Make the Plushie]

Baby Roshan

Meet Max.

He’s my Baby Roshan plushie. Born around 2am this morning, he weighed in at a good couple ounces of stuffing.

I’d really wanted to make a Baby Roshan plushie for a while now. Having zero plushie making experience, it took a while for me to figure out how to draft the pattern. I also wanted all the markings of a Baby Roshan on the plushie. Once I figured out the pattern, I custom printed a fabric through Spoonflower.

Max doesn’t have wings yet. I need a bit more of fabric, and 220 gold to upgrade him to a flying courier.

He and I’ll be watching TI3 together. Maybe I’ll get him a tiny shirt with his favorite team on it. Not sure if they come in his size though….

Rawr

trying to stand

snuggles

I’m so excited for Pixar’s Monsters University!

Monster

I’m lovin’ all the fanfare about the university site.

Monsters University is my dream school. I could take all the cool classes like Scream Technology and  Canister Shop, and maybe even rush for Eta Hiss Hiss (HSS)!

I squeed the other day when I saw a lady with a MU shirt. It wasn’t the 4-armed shirt hoodie though (I love this hoodie).

4-armed hoodie

I got myself a Monsters University class ring. They don’t sell these in the school store, so I had to make it.

class ring

MU Class Ring

It’s made of paint-coated resin with gorgeous details.

Now, if only the applications open, life would be perfect. The site says applications are not yet open for this fall.

[update: printed here]

Oh man am I excited.

So I don’t usually post my 3D prints unless they come out pretty good, but I am super excited about this one. I just placed an order today!

Behold: Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Rakdos Figurine

This came about when I was testing out a new modelling tool, Sculptris, instead of my usual Maya and Max.

I *love* Sculptris! It’s a whole new way of modelling!

I had to rig my model after exporting it from Sculptris to pose it. As a side result, I can animate it.

run Rakdos run

Run Rakdos Run!

I saw a really cool idea about having dice/spindown holders so I thought I’d turn the figurine into a spindown holder as well.

The dice goes into the triangle groove, with a face facing up. We’ll have to wait and see if it actually fits…*nervous chuckle*

positioning the dice

I ordered a figurine and a dice holder in polished red plastic, so here are some red renders while I wait:

red render

red render 2