Insider 4-11-2012

I recently finished working on the Cryx colossal, and I'm very happy with the results. Unleash the Kraken!

Of the three colossals I've had the fortune of sculpting, the Kraken was by far the most challenging. Digital sculpting with CAD-based software lends itself very well to simple geometry—straight lines and flat surfaces. As you can see just by looking at the Kraken, there are few straight lines or flat surfaces. As such, it took a while to nail down the bulky plates of the torso and other curved structures, but in the end it proved to be well worth the effort.

One of the tools that I use quite often when working on models such as the Kraken is a set of Boolean functions. The name of these functions refers to George Boole, a mathematician who is considered to be one of the founders of computer science. Boole's work, as it relates to making digital models, deals with the way that objects intersect.

There are four flavors of Boolean functions:

Union: This turns multiple solid objects into one solid piece.

Difference: This subtracts the intersecting portion of one solid object from another.

Intersection: This subtracts the non-intersection portion of two objects.

Split: This splits two sets of intersecting objects into separate solid objects.

The image below illustrates the different types of Boolean functions.

If you haven’t seen the Privateer Video Insider on the Kraken, click the image below to check it out!

That's it for now; I'm off to finish up my work on the Galleon!