3DVIA Top 20 models – 054
The best models uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the week of Saturday, November 7th through Friday, January 1st, 2010 are highlighted here. This post covers the whole time that I was out at the end of last year and thus completes the entire set of 2009 Top 10 posts! Since it covers multiple weeks, I upped the total to 20 to even have a chance of pointing out the highlights. There were so many good models that I hope folks don’t get upset if their personal favorite wasn’t included. It was more difficult by far than only working with a week’s worth of models. Thanks to everyone who did contribute so many great models!
Now I can start work on the “Best of the Best 2009″ post including stats! That should stir up a hornet’s nest. :)
Easy links to the previous Top 10 lists: 001 – 002 – 003 – 004 – 005 – 006 – 007 – 008 – 009 – 010 – 011 – 012 – 013 – 014 – 015 – 016 – 017 -018 – 019 – 020 – 021 – 022 – 023 – 024 – 025 – 026 – 027 – 028 – 029 – 030 – 031 – 032 – 033 – 034 – 035 – 036 – 037 – 038 – 039 – 040 – 041 – 042 – 043 – 044 – 045 – 046 – 047 – 048 – 049 – 050 – 051 – 052 – 053 – 055 – 056 – 057 – 058 – 059
The Top 20:
Michael (smike) had a whole group of Babylon 5 vehicles to choose from. Lockheed SA-32A Thunderbolt Heavy Fighter Version is my favorite! Please(!) go visit and appreciate the massive amount of work that Michael also did to create his presentation of the model and its process of being built. I used just one of his many images in the composite one above as a teaser. Michael does his modeling using Google SketchUp. [smike lives in Denmark]
The way the graphic forms work perfectly with the guitar form make Green Meanie Guitar by Shannon (sandman14) a real standout! The colors are great too. :) Shannon always uses Google SketchUp. [Shannon lives in the US]
What a great character! Rabbit is one of many cartoon characters owned by Dosch Designs and can be found in their Comic Characters V2 model set. Our user, balaya, mistakenly downloaded the model from another source and then uploaded it here in order to be able to use it in a game that he is developing. I apologize to Dosch Design for the mistake and the confusion.
This sultry, yet substantial Toaster by trigram_VMP (modeled using 3DVIA Shape), looks sturdy enough to double as a trebuchet if needed, Your toast will definitely be DONE! [trigram_VMP lives in India]
Lots of nice detail make Residence122 by fellowA an exemplary model of a real estate property using 3DVIA Shape. You can easily visualize walking the paths and enjoying a break on one of the benches in-between sessions in the main buildings.
Bud by Abu (abu_roadking) is simply gorgeous and gorgeous because of its simplicity. The modeling is like the nature he is portraying – just enough detail to make it work and richly beautiful in form. Abu used 3DVIA Shape. [Abu lives in India]
Concept v E5gbil is an original beauty by Oscar (mynameisoscarjo). The middle image come from his own renders and I love the color! Oscar uses Blender to let his imagination loose. [Oscar lives in Sweden]
perecat1 pays homage to several outstanding architects in his model Architects (my name). Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Rafael Moneo, Antoni Gaudi and Renzo Piano are mentioned by name and others are included in the forms. See if you can pick out who is being honored where! 3DVIA Shape was used to create this wonderful work of comparative art/architecture. [perecat1 lives in Spain]
You just can’t look at Taxi (my name) by Taner (TASARIMCI) without smiling and wanting to take a fun ride wherever it takes you! Really great forms and details make it a loveable friend! Yaner used CATIA V5 and lots of grins! [Taner lives in Turkey]
Be sure to read the description for the Xenos Ships, 3km Explorer Ship & 100m Corvette (for Support & Defense) model by Richard (kiml) or you’ll miss the amazing detail and thought put into this pair of models in one scene. Great work Richard! Blender is the modeling tool used. [Richard lives in the UK]
If you’re old enough, you suffered for real when a Gremlin 1971 trundled by. Now it has been long enough that we can laugh and wonder what they were thinking (“How do we save out company by making a new car out of an existing car?”) 671,475 people liked them enough to buy one, so the last laugh may be on us! Michael (toymaker) did a great job capturing the Gremlin’s “unique” shape using Google SketchUp. [Michael lives in the US]
Rodd (rhalstead) has created another amazing model – Twisted Pyramid With 5 Sides using his own incredible imagination, curiosity and mathematical genius along with Structure Synth. [Rodd lives in the US]
Léon Spilliaert was created by Lingling as one form of art was inspired by a self-portrait in another media. Using Blender, Lingling has beautifully captured the pose, lighting and overall feeling of the original. Be sure to follow the link to see how good this model is! [Lingling lives in Belgium]
St. Johann With a Flight of Crows by Enrico (Arrigo_Silva is another model where you simply must visit the inspiration in order to fully understand the beauty of the model and the history behind it. Google SketchUp is Enrico’s modeling tool. [Enrico lives in Italy]
Just so everyone knows, the order that the Top 10 (and Top 20) are displayed is based on color, type of model and how I’m feeling, not any particular ranking. I just rearrange them until I like the way it looks. It’s as simple as that!
Here’s a brief recap of what I look for when I select the Top 10 (and Top 20):
Variety – One of the most important factors. I try to show models created using lots of different software products and showing lots of different ways of using 3D. I include brief comments on why I chose each model.
Creativity, unusual subject matter and humor – These are big factors. We should all be having fun and feel free to model our passions!
Models must be uploaded by the original modeler – Many times I find models that I think will add to the community and will upload them with credit given to the modeler. These and other models that I can’t be reasonably sure who modeled them (for example – commercial models) are a welcome addition to the 3DVIA community, but the goal of the “Top 10″ is to encourage individual modelers and reward their special creativity.
Models entered in the 3DVIA Challenge contests will not be considered – They’re already getting plenty of attention and I want to spotlight models we may have missed.
There is no reward given – Other than the satisfaction of being noticed, spotlighted and being brought to the attention of more modelers. In my personal experience, the pleasure of having my work appreciated is the ultimate reward anyway.
From time to time I will make mistakes and not follow my own rules. I will review these mistakes on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes I will change the post and sometimes I won’t. I will be consistently inconsistent. I am human.
Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged! Your responses will help the modelers and the 3DVIA community as a whole. Feel free to bring other models to my attention and let me know why they attracted you. (PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier to explore, all photos are linked directly to the model’s page.)
One final note of caution: these are my choices (dswavely) and my choices alone. So, aim the tomatoes appropriately.
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