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TopMod StarBall by parrotdolphin TopMod StarBall by parrotdolphin
I followed a great TopMod tutorial [link] by :iconsjoo: to make this. Thanks sjoo!

(The full view shows the pattern much better)

The Technical Stuff
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Shape made using TopMod.
I UV mapped the front sections in Blender. Took forever! I had to re-do it 3 times.
Penrose Tiler and Illustrator were used for the Penrose pattern.
Rendered in POV-Ray.
Gotta love all the free software out there and all the great people that make it. :)

This is based on a design by Bathsheba Grossman. She has amazing sculptures!
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:iconreptilliansp2011:
ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Tutorial does not exist. I would like to make this, but no.
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:iconillbein:
illbein Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
hi parrotdolphin,

i like you're work. try to find my wy through penrose tiler. could you give a little hint on how to generate these patterns in pen rose.



thanks!!
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't used it in a long time. I made the design in Penrose Tiler and then exported it to Adobe Illustrator to change the line thickness, and then to Photoshop I think.
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:icont3rminat3r:
T3rminat3r Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
This is beautiful!
Beautiful!
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconratushebarl:
Ratushebarl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Thanks for the credit! Much appreciated.
I can see where texture mapping that would be a beast -- never tackled it myself. ;-)

-Bathsheba
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know so much more now. I bet I could map it in one try now - maybe. :giggle:
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:iconratushebarl:
Ratushebarl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Thanks for the credit, much appreciated!
-Bathsheba
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:iconmistereddy9044:
mistereddy9044 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
teach me oh master, the link doesnt work anymore D:
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Took me a while to find it, but it's here: [link]
Have fun! Save often if you try it.
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:iconmistereddy9044:
mistereddy9044 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks i know how its done now, but my computer cant take it xD i'll give it a shot at my mate's pc, i'll get back at you! ;D
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, but seriously, save really often, that program crashes a lot!
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:iconmistereddy9044:
mistereddy9044 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have experienced that and well, it cant even handle a second Doo Sabin so yea... i'll just have too wait for my new computer before i can create The epicness
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:iconblackmist45:
blackmist45 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
dont look at this stoned
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I won't. Did you already? :D
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:iconblackmist45:
blackmist45 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
i dont have to be lol
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:iconescara40:
Escara40 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   General Artist
very interesting flame :clap: wonderful :nod: :iconsomeredhearts:
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, it's a 3D object, not a flame, but thanks anyway. :hug:
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:iconvitalus21:
Vitalus21 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
What a magnificent graphic - really enjoy the labyrinthian suggested by the rendering.
Many thanks for sharing this image.
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you too. :)
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:iconhugoo13:
hugoo13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great 3D art :) I like it

Carried in Cruzine: [link]
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! Thank you! :)
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:iconmthiercy:
mthiercy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
As a former POV-Ray user, I'm still amazed by the quality of this rendering engine, even if it seems to be a bit obsolete now ! And it's still a fantastic tool for geometric and mathematic renders.

Great picture !
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I have been lazy lately, rendering in Poser. But, yes, POV-Ray is a lot better. They still update it too. I ought to use it again sometime soon.
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:iconcorazondedios:
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
purdy
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:icontracygrantfetter:
TracyGrantFetter Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LIKE Very Cool!
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional
this is exquisite
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Wish it was real. :lol:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional
I know what ou mean ;)
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:iconalidabb:
alidabb Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
but how good you are
is a true wonder!
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconalidabb:
alidabb Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
:-)))
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:iconteal0rd:
Teal0rd Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey cool, you use Blender. Me and my friend have just started investigating this program and my friend absolutly loves it. I really like this work too, sad thing its only in 3D, that kind of ball would actually look really cool at your apartment.
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, and I want a big one too - like 4 feet across. :D
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:icontrance-plant:
Trance-Plant Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Very Cool! Looks like a real 3-D object (Starfish in bronze).
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - I wish it was real. :giggle:
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:iconazjaland:
Azjaland Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
........avers ???
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:iconmehrdadart:
mehrdadart Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009   Digital Artist
WOW. So beautiful. Where can I find such textures? I have not seen those kind of seamless textures.
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I used Penrose Tiler, see link in my "Artist's Comments". It outputs an eps file that I take into Illustrator. I make a black and white image from it by thickening up the lines. The black and white image is used as a texture map in POV-Ray to make the white parts black and the black parts gold. It's not seamless, you can see the imperfection at the center of the ball, a little above center actually.
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:iconlaurart:
laurart Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Wonderful!
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:iconimaginaricide:
Imaginaricide Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, this thing makes my eyes cross to look at.
Nice work.
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I tried it... crossed my eyes and looked at it. And it looked more 3D. :lol:
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:iconimaginaricide:
Imaginaricide Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you're welcome.
Glad to be of help.
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:iconmoonsong1126:
Moonsong1126 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
This is pretty cool!
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconmoonsong1126:
Moonsong1126 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
You're welcome!
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:iconquiet2:
Quiet2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
In a word, AWESOME!!!!
Q2 / LaQ
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:iconparrotdolphin:
parrotdolphin Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconquiet2:
Quiet2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You're very welcome! ;)
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