Next Dimension: Karen’s Drums

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Badum-tish! In not really knowing what to make or draw over the past few days, I thought I’d try something that looked quite simple – a drum kit. I’d been meaning to have a go at one for some time now, anyway. Of course, it wasn’t long before I realised that any impression of simplicity was hugely deceptive, but perhaps with the intention of sparking productivity this wasn’t such a bad thing.

Well, really it was more long-winded than particularly challenging, but of course with my attention span that can be an obstacle of its own! The most trouble I had was the texturing. Perhaps it was foolish to make all the textures from scratch when the pre-sets I’m sure could have covered the tasks for me, but I wanted to give this a go. Apart from the cymbals, which didn’t work out too happily at all, I feel it went okay. The nickel drums themselves could perhaps be a bit sparklier – the lighting may actually hold some responsibility here, as the drums are very bumpy, noisy and reflective and probably should sparkle…

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Naturally and as I’d hope is clear, I went for Karen Carpenter’s Ludwig set from the very early days of The Carpenters. I’ve always thought these supremely cool – I mean, who wouldn’t love a set of drums with their name on? Indeed, I’d quite like a drum kit and now I’d be sure to get out a marker pen and scribble my name on the bass to mimick Karen. I’m not sure I’d be any good but it’d be fun to have a go, I’m sure. Another thing for the ever-growing ‘rich list’!

Karen was a fantastic drummer. Of course as the popularity of The Carpenters soared, her iconic voice took priority, and it seems that she was pulled away from them. A real shame that is, too – she always seems so much happier behind the drums.

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26 comments
    • Jacob said:

      She was incredible. Thanks, Cynthia! It’s actually a 3D model – just this moment adding further renderings! 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh, I’m sure! It does look like a lot of fun.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Michael! Ha, yes, I can’t imagine my own parents (or neighbours, for that matter) being too keen for me to get my hands on some drums!

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  1. Wow Jacob, I’m in awe of your expertise. These drums are stunning. I’m still saddened to this day of the lose of Karen Carpenter. I recently watched a public TV special of Karen and Richard Carpenter. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art and Karen’s recordings.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Sharon! Glad you enjoyed this. Yes, it is a shame – she was very special indeed. Thankfully we can continue to enjoy their beautiful music.

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  2. Beautifully done Jacob, those legs and feet on the drums are completely convincing and in that white space they become quite poignant too. I guess she would have been happier if she’d been able to stay behind the drums and play 😕

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Phil! Yes, I suppose they are looking rather lonely, which plays to the story more than I first realised.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie – ha, yeah, if only we could play them. I can’t pass a drum kit without a quick (inept) jam! 😉

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  3. Lee Hesketh said:

    Hehe I always would have liked drums too. I want to sit and have a go on these amazing drums right now! They’d sound magic! 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee – all these comments about wanting to play them only heighten my desire to splash out on a set!

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  4. teproleum said:

    Cool render! 3D Max? Maya? I play the drums, too, but never bought my own set. Karen had a classic drum setup. Makes me want to go and play with my band right now.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! My 3D work to date is all Cinema 4D. I did try Maya several years ago – it scared me a little!

      I know – there’s something so tempting about a set of drums!

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      • teproleum said:

        I tried Cinema 4D some time ago and it scared me a LOT! Lol! I use Maya now. You’re very talented. Good job!

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