Johnny’s Workshop

November 15, 2007

UFO Design.

Filed under: 3ds Max 9 — april15th @ 3:32 pm
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Ever since posting that woeful UFO picture on April 1st, I’ve been meaning to use 3ds Max to come up with some better UFO designs.

No-one’s impressed any more by simplistic-looking flying saucers. They don’t want to see a lamp shade held up by barely-visible string or a nicely-thrown hubcap. They want to see something cool; something Barzloff-esque so that they hesitate for a split-second before writing “FAKE” into the video’s Comments section.

My Uncle Ben always used to say, “With great 3D applications and post-production software comes great responsibility,” and in the years since he was gunned down by street hoodlums, I’ve gained a much better appreciation for what he meant.

For most of the past week, I’ve been suffering a bad cold and sore throat, so I’ve happily devoted less time toward studying and more time toward projects requiring no serious thought, including this new UFO design. The work was very stimulating, mind you, because it was all done whilst listening to lectures about the decline of the US dollar, the arrival of peak oil (and its catastrophic consequences) and the possible collapse of the US economy in the near future. The lecturers were kind of hazy on the details but essentially we’re all doomed.

Anyway, check out my UFO design! As you can tell, it’s a work in progress and not at all complex but WIPs can be fun to share, too.



  1. Real!

    Comment by Suzy J. — November 15, 2007 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  2. Wow. These aliens built their UFO out of old PCs and floppy disk drives!
    No wonder they are hanging around earth. We have so many.

    Comment by strange loop — November 17, 2007 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah, they’re hardcore into recycling. Respect.

    Comment by april15th — November 17, 2007 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  4. Hey, that’s cool! Although I’m sure I could create a better one utilizing my master skills of Microsoft Paint. Even still… not bad, Johnny… not bad at all.

    Comment by Sheri — November 17, 2007 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  5. The one on the…um…le- no right!!! The right one is fake!

    Comment by Horman — November 20, 2007 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  6. Santa Claus isn’t real. It’s just your parents.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 25, 2007 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  7. Pppfft yeah, and I suppose the Easter Bunny is just your parents putting chocolate eggs around the house and the Tooth Fairy is ‘just your parents’ putting money under your pillow.

    Silly li’l gaffer…

    Comment by Sheri — December 10, 2007 @ 7:40 am | Reply

  8. Your blog is shit man, real SHIT. I’m sick of being disappointed every time I check your blog.

    Comment by Crommo — December 14, 2007 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  9. Yeah … ditto.

    Comment by april15th — December 15, 2007 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  10. Takes one to know one!

    Comment by Annonnnimousnnn — December 15, 2007 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  11. whose your uncle ben?

    Comment by jen — January 6, 2008 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  12. Swish. Sorry I didn’t come around last night. I still have a hangover from 2 nights ago. Maybe today’s the day. I’ll give you a call.

    Comment by Blobs — January 7, 2008 @ 7:39 am | Reply

  13. You’ve not seen Spiderman, Jen?

    No problemo, Roboin. I kept working right through until 7:30am, so the night was productive, even if lacking a social dimension.

    Comment by april15th — January 7, 2008 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  14. YAY! I’m the 4,000th visitor!!!! Don’t I get a balloon or something?

    Oh… apparently not.

    Pfft, this blog SUCKS!!!

    Comment by Sheri — January 18, 2008 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  15. Yeah, I’m not doing so well with my vow to write a new entry every week in 2008. I will write one soon, though. I promise.

    Comment by april15th — January 18, 2008 @ 1:31 am | Reply


    Comment by canadiansheri — January 27, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  17. Wow, posted November 17, 2007. That’s like what… almost 3 months ago?

    Comment by Annonnnimousnnn — February 8, 2008 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  18. Hey dude, I want to add a comment on the discussion page (on your machinima tutorial site) like Nathaniel did, but umm… adding a comment doesn’t appear to be an option. Do I have to have a wiki account or something?

    Comment by Sheri — February 29, 2008 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  19. All you need to do is register an account. Don’t worry, it’s pretty straight-forward! Just click on the ‘create account’ hyperlink in the top, right-hand corner and you’ll be on your way!

    Comment by april15th — March 2, 2008 @ 9:10 am | Reply


    I was going to learn to do what D.A.R.Y.L. can do with automatic teller machine ATM’s for you and change the decimal point so that instead of you having $233.54 you’d have $0.23354 but when I reversed the exact method that D.A.R.Y.L. uses it doesn’t end up working. I spent eight days trying to figure it out, too. I know, I know, I only saw D.A.R.Y.L. two nights ago but I’ve access to a working time machine and I went back in time a few times so I could try and figure out how to give you no money for your birthday. Remember, how, when you called out to me the other day I didn’t answer? That’s because I was in Friday. Anyway, I guess I’ll just have to give you money for your birthday. Stupid D.A.R.Y.L. Stupid time machines.

    LOVE YOU!!!

    (I’d just never tell you to your face in a meaningful way because that’s gay)

    From Suzy

    P.S. I’m going to come upstairs now and wish you a real happy birthday, as is tradition. Congratulations for reaching 30 AND only having killed 3 people.

    Comment by Suzy J. — April 15, 2008 @ 12:13 am | Reply

  21. Did I say kill three people? I meant, consume three bowls of salt straight in one sitting.

    Comment by Suzy J. — April 15, 2008 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  22. I’m searching the web for UFO images
    that I can animate for a jscript UFO
    page scroll bar flyin. I’ve been using
    an old animated gif as a flyin UFO but it
    is pretty lame. I downloaded some of your
    UFO images and will try to animate a few
    into a three or four image animation.

    From Martian Orlando,

    Wayne Manzo, Celebrity Publisher

    Comment by Wayne Manzo — April 20, 2008 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  23. You’ll be hearing from my lawyers, Wayne.

    (Nah, just kidding. You’re welcome to use the images for your animation. Hope it turns out well.)

    Comment by april15th — April 28, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  24. Boring! You’re boring John. I’m gonna go eat some mayonnaise.

    Comment by Blobs — April 30, 2008 @ 12:35 am | Reply

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