|Automatic Writing by Tony Carretti (http://www.primagraphics.com)|
a simple tutorial for Newtek's Inspire 3D program that will show you how
to model a pencil and then animate it to create an effect of "automatic"
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and image7) Now zoom in on the bottom portion of the pencil so
you can do some precise modifications. Switch to the Points selection
mode and choose the very bottom points in the Face view. Using the Stretch
tool again, bring the pencil down to a "point" by dragging the selection
in the Top view.(image8 and image9) Now that you've created
the point, deselect everything and Fit the entire selection to get a better
hexagonal appearance and accept these values.(image10) Next select the bottom polygons, go to the
and type in "Point" Choose black and accept the values.(image11)
Now when you look in your Perspective
view you should see a nice rendition of a pencil.
If you really want to create some more realism, you can select individual points and use the Move tool to simulate the jagged line you sometimes see near the point of a pencil after it's sharpened.
(image12) It's time to save your pencil object now, but first do one more thing so that animating it will be a little easier.
Under the modify
tab click the Center button. The pencil will now be centered at the all
axis lines. Click on the Move tool and in the face view, move the pencil
up so that the point sits on the intersection of the dark lines of the
X and Y axis'. This way the pivot point of the pencil will be at the "Point"
rather than in the middle of the pencil body. You can now click on File,
Save Object As, and save as pencil.lwo
Click on Surface
and name it "Paper" and choose an off white color. Make sure that you
center the object and then save the object as paper.lwo.