Micole Khemarrica (khromat) wrote,
Micole Khemarrica
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Late updates.... part 3

I have been sadly missing my artistic muse for some time now.  Financial and medical woes tend to depress creativity.  As I am only working part time, I need to find another outlet for income; art has always been something I make a little money with but never get enough to make it a fulltime business. 

One of the longer-running projects I've been researching/working on is what I call 'avatar plush'... stuffy toys that resemble a particular fur.  I also want to make more realistic animals -- something on the level of Steiff, even if I only make limited runs of them.  I'm pretty good at modifying patterns, but I don't have the spacial skills to make a pattern from scratch, so it's very slow going to make even a single toy. 

Back at FurtherConfusion 2007 or so, a bunch of us found a research paper by a couple of students in Japan who modified a javascript program to create a sketch-based 3D render system that would then output 2D shapes as a pattern to make the 3D object in real life.  The project software was called "Plushie" and while it was very crude it held a lot of promise....  recently, I found what I'm certain is the project's descendant in the marketplace.  A Hong Kong company called LivesForce sells a program that is a more polished version of the sketch-and-inflate render system of Plushie.  The company divided the original concept software into two separate programs: EasyToy, for the sketch to render aspects, and PatternImage, for the breakdown into pattern pieces aspect.  They have a demo of EasyToy available for download, which I immediately played with and found it was indeed the kind of software that would help me.  Alas, they do not have a demo copy of PatternImage available; worse, they don't even have a basic version of PatternImage you can buy, like they do with EasyToy.  The only way to get PatternImage from them is to by the Professional package of EasyToy, which (in typical business-to-industry fashion) costs $5,000. 

Two part-time barely-above-minimum-wage jobs are not going to give me enough breathing space on daily living needs, let alone handle that kind of discretionary spending, and yet that's the kind of necessary item that would get a small business started for me.  So, I frust and muddle about trying to do the best with what I have, meanwhile my brain goes through scenarios on how to procure a grant or loan to get a custom plush-toy company off the ground. 

It makes for rather strange dreams.
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