I am a programmer by day and a 3d modeling enthusiast by night. However, I have always felt that I don’t really have an artist’s eye. I’ve always felt that what I see on these forums far surpasses anything that I will ever be capable of doing.
I still enjoy modeling, but that feeling of inadequacy is always looming over me. Because of this, last year, I decided to take on a project that is a hybrid of my two passions: programming and 3d modeling. I’ve created a 3d modeling app for the iPhone, named Touch Island. The idea behind it is to make 3d modeling easy for an average person who may have never had any 3d modeling experience before. They can just whip up an island with their finger and render some pictures of it. The app even has a home-grown ray tracer that renders the island with reflective and bump-mapped water.
I also added what I think is an interesting filter inside the app, where you can automatically color your island based on altitudes. So, for instance, say you wanted to have sandy beaches, blended into grass, which then blends into rocky mountains. This filter (hopefully!) makes it really easy to accomplish.
If anyone is interested in trying it out, let me know and I’ll send you a promotion code so you can try it for free. I’d be very interested in any feedback I can get from this community.
Here’s a screenshot of an island I created from the app: