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Creation Date: 2002-04-09
Ah, more advancement of the Jav model. What amazing talent I have for slacking on the important stuff. Scene 5 needs finishing, but I'm slacking on the last model. Just like I'm at the Time Master level in Freedom Force and I start up a new game from the start. I try to justify that making myself happier will make success that much better, but I count chickens before they hatch. But on the purpose of the model, we see here that this is a medium-poly model of Jav's hair. It is low-poly in that it it doesn't spare many triangles. It is medium-poly because I could easily duplicate the triangle-expensive hair outline with a simple 64x64 texture. But why would I make such a model? Well, I'm thinking of making a system that creates textures. I want it to make something like this. I have a low-poly model and a medium-poly model with the same outer vertices. So the medium poly just has some added stuff. Then I put into LithUnWrap and it will unwrap the mesh onto a texture. Then I save that as a bitmap. Then I put the low-poly mesh into LithUnWrap and unwrap the mesh. It ought to go exactly where the medium did. Then I use the medium poly texture on the low poly mesh. So then I get a low poly mesh with a small texture. But then all I have is a flat texture. I might want a non-flat texture. So I use last night's cool high-poly technique to create a high poly model. Then I unwrap the lit, high-poly mesh onto to texture. Easy, huh? Well, trying it, it turned out poorly already. Hair is tough to do, but I'm going to have to work on it. Perhaps the arm muscles and chest will be better to do. But that'll require a medium-poly model that I don't have much expertise in. But that is where textures will increase the model beauty and and cost nothing. Possibly... That's what I like about uncharted territory. I don't know but I have a few of the tools and abilities required and I have the time to search for the rest. So my lesson to you today is: assault the uncharted territories with unequaled rigor and the fruits will be as much as you can carry and then some.

Tonight was a fun potluck with my Bible Study friends. It was our post-Lent get together. Steve was back from Brazil, Jo Anne was back from Europe, the regulars were in full force, one brought his charming wife, and the hosts were gracious as usual. Thanks for being in my small group these last weeks!
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