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Mann-of-LaMancha
Developing as a 3D artist
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Education:
I am classically trained as a mechanical draftsman and with various CAD and AutoCAD programs.

Professional:
In the past, I have worked as a naval architect, an interior designer for ships. I also worked at a sheet metal shop, and have been a kitchen cabinet designer and installer.

Personal Projects


I am also working on several story-line projects;


My mom and various other family members stop by to see what I am doing, so you will not see anything perverse or risque' posted here.
Bad language whether allowed by dA or not is not permitted here. Foul language will be hidden and/or the poster will be banned.


Interests and Personality:
I enjoy various mediums of artistic expression and only recently taught myself to render with 3D modeling programs (chiefly SketchUp).

I like older things typically from about the 1800's to the 1920's which can be said why I like the steampunk genre so much.
My focus on creating such concepts has been on the "functional" more than just for the "novelty" of it.
As a product of the 60's era, I have always had a keen interest in ecology and our interacting with the environment.

I have an IQ of 143, but apparently a personality that is worth 5 cents, which is probably why I haven't accomplished any of my concept projects.
I am an INTJ personality type if that explains something more of myself... The rest is always developing over time.

I like helping people out, so I am not adverse to doing requests (better if it is commission work :XD: :nod: ). Please contact me by private message for further details in either regard.
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Fractal-ish Art by Mann-of-LaMancha
Fractal-ish Art
Thoughts and the creative process:
Just a bit of nonsense I did to pass the time.

The fact is I love fractal art. I've been itching to do some of my own since I first saw some examples of them here years ago.

I also feel inspired by "Biosphere - Amazon HQ campus" by :icontaffgoch: (TaffGoch) who did a geodesic piece with SketchUp (one of my primary tools of the trade).

When I saw their work, I had a concept in my head that I wanted to explore. I have not fulfilled that vision yet, however this piece is a failed attempt at trying to fulfill that vision. 

In truth, this isn't truly fractal art as there are only three iterations within it's self iteration. If I tried to do more than that, I think my computer would have melted down! :XD: :nod:

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Technical:
Digital Medium

modeled with:
SketchUp 7.1
Edited with:
Gimp 2.8

Model time:
about 27 minutes
Render time:
about 20 minutes (raw export from SU itself)

No textures were used.


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Permissions:

Please do not use my artwork without my permission.

Concept and design by :iconmann-of-lamancha:
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
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Mini-Dragonfly by Mann-of-LaMancha
Mini-Dragonfly
Thoughts and the creative process:
Showing a beauty shot of a Mini-Dragonfly. Tried to make the propellers look like they are in motion. This is an ongoing challenge for me.

The Mini-Dragonfly is a sister line of aircraft to the Sparrow. Similar features but notable differences. Mostly it stopped looking like a bird in certain respects.

It's a E-Paula-G (Electrical-Power Assisted Ultra Light Aircraft-Glider) opposed to it's sister line J-Paula-G (Jet-Power Assisted...).
Notably, it has a counter rotating dual propeller. According to one tech source, a dual prop works more efficiently if the forward of the two has one less blade, or the aft most one has one more blade. This also allows the propellers to be smaller which works for this type of airplane. Being that one condition for landing or taking off is to raise the nose, by lever principle, that would mean if you raised the nose at too steep an angle, the prop would start cutting up the runway. Smaller props would allow for this angle (about 8-15 degrees).

I found a better way to make the retracting forward landing gear (previous version Tire Detail for Mini-Dragonfly ) stow away, but it was actually so low profile that the process is almost entirely hidden, so no detail drawing will be forthcoming regarding that.

Sparrow reference:
Sparrow 58-3 Headed into Twilight

Early version of the Sparrow:
Sparrow in Flight
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Digital Medium

modeled with:
SketchUp 7.1
Rendered with:
Kerkythea
Edited with:
Gimp 2.8

Model time:
Mini-Dragonfly - about 110 hours this version.
Kerkythea render time - (WOW! Short!) 18 Minutes

Textures are originals made with Gimp,
Background (open source) image courtesy of CGTextures.com

"Sparrows", Dragonfly/Mini-Dragonfly" and J-Paula-G or E-Paula-G to describe any of my aircraft are all original creations by myself.

Mannequin used in place of people is based on a model by ArqDirk

Concept and design by :iconmann-of-lamancha:
Please do not use my artwork or it's concept without my permission.
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Defended planet
Thoughts and the creative process:
Ever since I saw J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 episode "The Paragon of Animals" (season 5, episode 3 aired February 4, 1998) This sort of image was firmly implanted in my mind.

Those not familiar with Babylon 5 or for those who don't remember which one, this episode was when the Enphili homeworld was being mercilessly attacked by raiders who were aided by the supposed peaceful Drazi. Near the end of the episode, President Sheridan indicates a display of the Enphili homeworld with his White Stars (a destroyer class star ship) that have surrounded the planet in a blockade to defend the planet.

Knowing his own homeworld's fleet were recently dispatched to expunge the Enphili, and any of their defenders, in an act of genocide to cover up the embarrassing fact that his people were benefiting from these raids, the Drazi embassador nervously asks Sheridan "How many of the White Stars did you send?"

Sheridan, who learned that the Drazi had sent in this final fleet to deal with the Enphili (including any races the Drazi had aligned with), decided to up the ante to make a point.
"All of them."

Different movies, stories and video games have shown similar concepts (e.g. In "Lost in Space" 1998, a ring satellite is shown orbiting the earth.)
The visual of a planet defended by a blockade of star ships thus; pointed nose out, looked very cool to me.

This is my own rendition of a similar act.

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Digital Medium

modeled with:
SketchUp 7.1
Rendered with:
Gimp 2.8

Model time:
Planet - 2 minutes
Space ships - about 20 minutes

Render time (taking and assembling the images to create the GIF) - about half an hour.

Essentially, there are no textures used (it's mostly shadows and light).

Concept and design by :iconmann-of-lamancha:
Please do not use my artwork or it's concept without my permission.

:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
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Tire Detail for Mini-Dragonfly
Thoughts and the creative process:
Not many people notice the details that I do on each model, I think.
Yes, there are details like this all over the place in my models. Parts work and move. Sheet metal actually has a thickness, there is a framework under the skin, and the skin has a thickness too. How can I know if I am making the model too thin and flimsy or unnecessarily too big and bulky, without making the details?? Shadows and color control (or it's lack) all tend to obscure all the details, so it's entirely not their fault. To remedy that, I threw this detail drawing into scraps.

I caved in. I didn't want to add a retracting landing gear because I wanted to keep the wing thickness small, but then I had a creative thought and VIOLA!

I'm not happy with the (viewed) left hand cover. It's only held on by a small one inch by four inch strip of metal attached to a hinge. This was one of the final thoughts I had on the concept and I guess it should have been one of my first. The right hand cover I have no doubts about, this was the flash concept I had for the retracting landing gear. It almost perfectly came out how I envisioned it. However that left side... :no:

In truth my vision didn't allow for a left hand cover. Somehow I thought one cover on one side would cover it all. Then I started making the model and I saw my error, and realized it HAD to have a left hand cover. I then got inspired by a P-51 landing gear and this is the result.

I know how I want to handle the fix for it, but it would mean resizing the whole thing and redrawing the concept from scratch. My creative energies are running a little low so I'll back burner that revision for another time and in the mean time, I'm posting this as it is.

Note: In the time for me to write this up, and mussing on how easily the left side cover would get torn off in a standard breeze, I came up with an alternate concept which I am now eager to draw up (and won't require me to redraw anything from scratch! (The best part that got me stocked the most! woohoo! :XD: )

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Digital Medium

modeled with:
SketchUp 7.1
Rendered with:
Gimp 2.8

Model time:
Landing gear detail - 4 hours (in addition to all other work for the Mini-Dragonfly model)
Setting up the above scene: about 1 hour

Textures are originals made with Gimp,

"Sparrows", "ASC (Air Ship Carrier)" (or formerly "USASC"), Dragonfly/Mini-Dragonfly" or use of the name "Etana" to describe any of my airship's are all original creations by myself.

Concept and design by :iconmann-of-lamancha:
Please do not use my artwork or it's concept without my permission.

:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
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Keyops Flier by Mann-of-LaMancha
Keyops Flier
I was sifting thru some old files and found this. At one time I was big into doing fanart, then one fellow sketchup artist accused me of stealing his work. He demanded that
I upload my SU file to SU's 3D warehouse (so he could prove it to himself that
I didn't "steal" his "copyrighted" work :rofl: ). all the while insisting that all I did to "his" model was add bolts. (since then I've taken down all fanart (with exception to some Dr Who stuff which the BBC has posted plans on making a tardis and daleks on their website.))

Part of me thinks he truly believes that if he steals (fanart) someone else's work (in this instance; the creator of the G-Force/Gatchaman series) then he is entitled to exclusivity.

IF I use anybody's model (and sometimes I do) then I post their name in accordance to 3D warehouse rules (before they were purchased by trimble) and do not sell anything using someone else's model (which is also in 3D's rules).

Personally, I don't trust 3D warehouse and always felt that if I ever uploaded to them, what he accused me of doing would happen to me.

This isn't mine, gatchaman/g-force doesn't belong to me. it's my 3D fanart developed from watching the series and various stills.
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Thanks for the badge!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks for the +watch and all the great comments, much appreciated!!!
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Thanks for Llama :)
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