Today, we knock out the front panel for the harness, in a similar style to what we did with the back. You may recall our earlier sketch, the front was going to be a relatively ‘I’ shaped. However, after starting work, a change to the design seemed appropriate:
Instead of just bringing it down the center, I decided to pull it over to the mid-rings above and below each breast. This was a little more work than I originally planned, but I think visually it will be worth it. Using bezier curves, I once again sketched out a half-profile.
After mirroring and some further tweaking, we’re ready to convert it to polygons. This time, I didn’t have to do quite so much reconstruction on the resulting mesh, it wasn’t too bad.I mentioned yesterday about using Weight Painting to control the amount of deforming when ‘Shrink Wrapping’ one mesh to another, we again do that here. The reason is, this piece is supposed to be relatively thick leather. It wouldn’t conform to every curve perfectly, as ShrinkWrap would do if it’s influence was at 100%. We want the resulting mesh to appear ‘stiff’, so it’s important it stay somewhat flat.
The colors above illustrate how much strength is applied to the ShrinkWrap across the surface of our panel. Toward the center we have relatively low strength, and toward the edges, high strength. This simulates how the material would behave, with the curving being more noticeable over a large area, vs a small area. Once we were happy with the look, we apply all of the settings, and the results are pretty pleasing:
Last thing to do is add the piping around the edges, similar to what we did on the back yesterday, and again with an extrusion around a bezier curve:
Next, I think i need to finish defining the lower portion of the harness, and get the rest of the straps in place. But that will be for tomorrow. 🙂 Until then…