Next Dimension: Pinwheels

On a pleasant Sunday evening, we head not to the amusements but to the adjacent seaside, abundant with cheap and cheerful souvenir shops and stalls. Well, my eyes just lit up; what have we here?

The pinwheel was a pretty seductive toy to my infant self. They had all the pull of my beloved windmills, except these whirling wonders were resplendent in sweet, sparkling colour and could be held in the hand. And they span uncontrollably with even the slightest breeze.

pinwheel01They’re much simpler in structure than a windmill, of course, but boy, that didn’t translate into the modeling process. I thought the Bend tool would produce a fold easily – it didn’t. Coming out of Cinema 4D, I couldn’t even find a tutorial for assistance, which leads me to believe there’s a blindingly simple way of achieving this… I must have missed it!

I cut a square into triangles, isolated one, then broke that into several vertical sectors. I then took each of those sectors and lifted or rotated as needed to give the impression of a fold. That sounds elementary enough, but it took forever, and almost cost me (what’s left of) my hair. Still! We got there in the end.

pinwheel02I used Hyper NURBS on the polygon to soften the edges, which gave it more a ‘folded paper’ feel. Turning this up even more rounded the edges to almost a completely different style, so I took this and indeed created a separate toy, this time with eight fins:

pinwheel03Oh to be beside the seaside! Now, who’s for skinny-dipping?

  1. These are awesome!! 😃What a fun subject to try! Love pinwheels.. they’re mesmerizing. Hehe I think the eight fins is a winner, that would be completely hypnotic! Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to get back even a swimsuit body, so skinny-dipping would probably not be an option at this time. 😊LOL

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! I think I like the eight fins better too with its spectrum of colour. If I recall, they didn’t spin as crazily as the others though!

      Yes, I think it’s best if I forego the nudiness too… image aside, I can hardly bloody swim! Why ever did I suggest such a thing? 😉

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  2. Bill Fufkin said:

    Very clever…until the last line, where the genius dips a little! Well done. Now I want an over-priced ice cream and a along the parade. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Bill. Ha! I’ll buy you an adorable little duck rubber ring. I could certainly do with one! 😉


  3. Fab work, and I do believe they were harder than they look to digitally create, you did such a good job, I have been taken back to childhood, I think yours look much better than the ones we had, I think I always picked the one that didn’t spin. But lucky me, for the disappointment I would get some candy floss,……that sticky stuff that leaves your cheeks like Velcro to sand.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, now there’s an idea – candyfloss! I wonder if I could make some respectable stuff for a novel #doodlewashdinner afters? This could be fun! I used to always get candyfloss at the fair; to be honest, it was one of the main reasons in me even going! 😉 Thanks, Rebecca – glad to have brought back memories!

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      • Jacob said:

        Hmm! Now you say this, I seem to remember there being a minty green variety. Pink predominantly, though, for sure!

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  4. Tori said:

    Fab Jacob, love the vibrancy. Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside, you’ve made me really want to take a daytrip (but there will definately be no skinny dipping!)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Tori! Nearly half term isn’t it, indeed why not sail off to the seaside! 😉

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      • Tori said:

        It sure is Jacob and a day trip might just be in order. I’m afraid it’s flat water only for us and none of the lumpy stuff, I did read about someone crossing the English Channel in a narrowboat once – not sure if that’s brave or downright foolish 😀

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