Wrapping up the Peck, Peck, Peck illustrations just wasn’t enough Austin for me, so I decided to go ahead and knock out a ZBrush model of baby Austin. My intention from the beginning was to get this model 3D printed, hand paint him, and then toss him on a knick-knack shelf as a momento of the book. However, those plans changed because 3D printing still isn’t free and I have more pressing items (like crippling home improvement projects) on which to flush away my hard earned straight cash, homie. Therefore the 3D version of Austin will live here on the web, instead of in reality, which may be just as good?

Here are a few renders from ZBrush using the Keyshot plugin, if there was a Soule Designs giftshop I’m sure it would be littered with all manner of these guys (bendable plastic, dangling keychain, dog chew toy, stuffed animal, etc.):

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Austin brings you love...
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Styling + profiling
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He's looking directly into my soul!
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Shake your tail feather!

For those of you who don’t have baby Austin seared into their visual cortex, here are some views from the book just for comparison to the sculpt:

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Too...many...wee...ones!

Since I had a merged and decimated version the model for getting prices from various 3D printing sites (Shapeways, Sculpteo, etc.), I decided to toss it up on Sketchfab. Sketchfab lets you show 3D models online and it is friggen awesome. The ability to spin, move, & zoom the model on the web is incredible and so much better than that 3D spinner JQuery plugin I used a few years ago it makes me blush with horrific embarrassment, but meh.