Garfield’s 3D lesson

Just so you know, I’m only doing this because they begged me to. On their knees. To tell you the truth, I don’t usually bother with all the high-tech stuff. I’m more of a low-tech cat myself. And asking a cat to use a mouse is asking for trouble.

That said, 3D is actually a pretty neat invention. Back in the day, you had to re-draw everything when you wanted to go from one place to another.
Take this cube, for example

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View from the front

View from the right

View from above (so far so good)

View from the left, from underneath, from behind…

You didn’t actually think I was going to move, did you?
It’s more tedious than a rainy day with a broken remote control.

If you wanted to get a side view, that was already asking a lot, not to mention a circular view.

A cube is relatively simple, sort of like Odie. It’s not exactly edible and definitely not as intelligent or as articulate as me.
So imagine when they had to draw me, Garfield, plus the kitchen plus Jon plus my dish, forget about it! It was easy to make mistakes and things got forgotten or left out, and you had to start all over again from scratch. My lunch was late, which threw off my afternoon nap, made me skip my snack, and miss my favorite TV show. I was eating at irregular hours and it totally threw off my sleeping pattern…

Something had to be done. And all I can say is thank goodness 3D came along.

3D is a mathematical function in software that tells you where each part of every object is located (including chocolate or my beloved teddybear, Pooky). Nothing is real. For example, there’s this really neat virtual camera that circles around things without you actually having to move, which I find very convenient.

The people at the studio are pretty cool, for the most part. They use a software program called SOFTIMAGE XSI. Next time, they’ll tell you how they modeled me and I don’t want to brag, but I think they did a pretty good job. Not that I’m biased or anything.

Today’s motto: I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.

See you around!

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