MikuMikuDance Unbridled Creativity Starts
with an Empty GUI …
It’s fun to make an animation from scratch!
Any writer will tell you that the most chilling sight that threatens your creativity is a blank piece of paper … or the bright-white of an empty WORD screen.
In MikuMikuDance … it’s the blank GUI:
You have an inspiration, you can “see” the project in your mind’s eye … you sit down and double-click the MMD icon … and then you are faced with the reality of “a blank piece of paper”. “Hmm … Uhhh … Gee … I wonder what’s on TV?”
My inspiration was this image that I found while cruising through images on DeviantArt.com,
… an image created by dA’s spinaleek … of a sultry, bored Neru … just waiting for something, anything, to happen.
I wanted to see if I could recreate a similar scene using Miku … and animate a few minutes of boredom. “:o).
I opened-up MikuMikuDance and was faced with that blank screen.
I decided to push-ahead and start with finding a “room” to “set-up” in. I looked through my earliest attempts at creating stage-sets using Google Sketchup and I found that I had one that was just the right colors for the sombre mood that I wanted.
… and I had a table and chair, also from Sketchup. I loaded the various pieces and then had my project looking like this …
I decided to add a table-lamp as a way to add some interest to the scene … so I went into Sketchup’s 3D-Warehouse and found a model that I could modify to become the lamp that I was looking for. I imported that existing model and made a few changes … and “repainted” the shade with a nice fabric texture …
… I painted the lamp-base a deep red color … converted the Sketchup model into a DirectX model … and I had all of the pieces that I needed for my scene.
The Empty GUI gave way to my completed scene!
It was actually thrilling to watch the setting develop into the scene that I had envisioned.
After loading Miku and the various accessories … I adjusted the brightness and color of the ambient light … moving the overhead lights so as to create the shadows that I wanted to see. I added the SSAO_lite effect to enrichen the colors and add depth to the shadows. I spent quite a while positioning Miku “just so” … the elbows, the sleeves, the slant of the shoulders, the eyes, the eye-lids, the eye-brows, the “mouse” (mouth) settings, the tilt of the head, the curl of the fingers (one-by-one), the rotation of the arms and wrists … all the while keeping an eye on my Neru-inspiration picture.
The final set-up was perfect …
… I got just exactly the “look” that I had envisioned.
I am afraid that my Miku doesn’t have “the fire” evident in spinaleek’s Neru image … but I feel that the setting and the attitude is just right.
Why the “basic” Miku model??
Models available for MikuMikuDance have come a long way
MikuMikuDance Unbridled Creativity Starts with an Empty GUI …
… and it’s great fun to see what develops as you put your mind to the test!
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