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2012/11/20

Rings (Art Preview)

Working on some 3D rings to use as inventory icons. I have plans for about 8 rings, but I may add more as I get good ideas.

  • silver ring with a celtic design
  • gold wrap ring
  • steel signet ring
  • gold ring with teardrop ruby gemstone

four rings preview render

Several Blender techniques make these easy to create. First there are the Spin and Screw tools. Just create the cross-section of the ring shape and spin it in a 360 degree circle to create the full ring. The screw tool was useful in creating the gold wrap ring, as I was able to twist the ring just the right amount to get the correct shape.

Next is the Warp Transform -- I created the celtic pattern and ruby ring cutout on a flat model first, then warped it around the centerpoint of the ring. It's definitely the way to go when modeling an intricate pattern on a perfect cylinder.

Finally the models use Reflection Maps which give the metals a nice shiny look even though there's no actual environment to reflect. I'm using public domain landscape photos from Burning Well for the reflections. I'm using a desaturated image for the gold reflections so that the blue sky doesn't create an unexpected green tint.