Next Dimension: Countdown Teapot

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I really am not that great at 3D modelling, physical or digital. Memories of my ordeals with clay, most notably the ten-hour GCSE Art exam – in which I had to try and model a giant wristwatch – are now revisited with laughter, though at the time it was a truly hideous experience; I’d have rather been out on the field playing football with top set, which really is saying something. I never saw that watch again after the exam was over. I can only assume my teacher destroyed it in secret, for fear of it not only damning my chances of securing a decent grade, but also damning the entire school’s reputation at the upcoming exhibition.

Digital modelling has a much greater appeal to me. It’s something I’ve been working at relatively half-heartedly for a couple of years now, but indeed, once I’m forced to move beyond spheres and cubes and am confronted with NURBS, booles, texture maps, anti-aliasing and goodness knows what else, it does start to vex my little brain somewhat. So, I’ve decided to pull my socks up and try and throw myself into it, starting at the bottom and clawing my way upward.

Where better to begin than the much-coveted Countdown teapot? What an object of envy this would be to fellows at afternoon tea. This is the ‘masterpiece’ distributed exclusively to Countdown champions – the only way to get your mitts on one is to go on and vanquish your competition. Or, if you’re really desperate, you can hop onto eBay and pay in the region of £300 for one. But that’s cheating.

It’s a bit of a rickety, gaudy mess even in real life, so I felt confident in it as a starting block. The most interesting element of the exercise was trying to achieve the glazed texture; I added bump and noise in an attempt to get that feel. It looks quite poor under the complex lighting of the set (which incidentally I made for some quiz graphics long ago) and marginally better in a simple three light setup. I’ve no doubt it could be refined much further.

Perhaps I can use this symbol of victory as a push to go forward!

teapot-on-set

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16 comments
    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Phil – it’s something, for sure! It’s probably as close as I’m ever going to get to the real thing! 😉

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  1. Lee Hesketh said:

    Haha that thing needs smashing up, So it must be a good job! I love the image of it on the set – that looks really really good!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha! Thanks, Lee, as ever. The set was made a couple of years ago and has become a bit of a toy. I keep chipping away at it. I am proud of it, but it really is all the cubes and spheres simplicity I mentioned!

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  2. Haha! This is awesome Jacob! I think it’s a great symbol for you! And I still haven’t watched Countdown, but I feel like I’m living vicariously through you, so thanks for that! 😉👍🏻

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Charlie! I can’t help but think the recent talk of Tea Day had a hand in this one!

      Oh, well, I’m glad to be of service! 😛 Countdown is glorious. I wouldn’t recommend it quite as highly as The Crystal Maze… which I’ll get to soon enough 😉 …but I’d still recommend it.

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    • Jacob said:

      So yeah, Charlie, just had to show you this – Countdown might not be your thing, but for Phineas, it could be a different story! (I’d keep the volume quite low, just to warn you.)

      I’ve just watched this several times over and laughed every time. Does he make this much row? Glorious.

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      • Hahaha!! That’s awesome! Yeah…that’s the Basenji yodel. Luckily, Phineas is more of a quiet gentlemen and rarely makes such a fuss. But he’s never watched Countdown so who knows! Lol I know some owners have encouraged it, but we like that he’s barkless so why would you do that?! Lol

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, I had visions of Phineas bursting into song at the most unwelcome moment. Indeed, it seems strange you’d encourage a quiet dog to do such a thing… I can’t imagine it being too popular with the neighbours!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, quite! Maybe we’ve rumbled him!

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  3. Anthony said:

    This is a fantastic rendition Jacob. You would provide an astounding service to major institutions for all of your work! 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Mental institutions I think are more appropriate for me 😉 but thank you Anthony for your nice comment!

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    • Jacob said:

      You’re more generous than my art teacher! Thanks muchly, Jean-Paul.

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