The good news is I've completed another theatrical magic prop for Daz Studio. It is something that many in the theatrical fan and fetish community have indirectly requested over the years. A Zig Zag Box.
While fairly simple in design, it took a long time to model. There were a lot of construction challenges to making a realistically configured magic Zig Zag Box. The Zig Zag Box's hinges and locks had to be made to lie flush with the frame when in use. More importantly the Zig's Dividers and the Zag's cover/shelves had to align properly to keep the magic from getting messy
A pet peeve I've always had with the this and many other real world illusions.
Fortunately in the realm of art magic need not be an illusion, and mechanical tolerances can be one with the impossible.
Include with this Zig Zag Box is several morphs to make the prop wider, deeper, taller, and shorted; a disconnected blade, shelf and cover each with morphs to match adjusted dimensions of the Zig Zag Box; a set of IRay material presets that are dependent on the Default Resources for DAZ package that can be downloaded for free with Daz Studio.
I'm pretty proud of this new Zig Zag Box and am excited to add it to my virtual prop room. I believe Daz Studio users who produce theatrical magic scenes will too.
The bad news is I am not prepared to release it freely to the community.
The question is, how should I approach recouping compensation from my time and skills.
- Distribute the prop as pay for download to individuals?
- Distribute the prop freely as a reward for a collective donation goal? (My preference.)
- Distribute the prop as pay for download to individuals until a collective donation goal is achieved?
I'm going to leave this up to my friends and fans in the community.
Is my work worth it? Do you want more? Are you willing to support the time and effort that goes into the production of highly detailed unique 3D props?
I'd like to think the answer to all three questions is yes.
Zig Zag Box glamour shot:
Zig Zag Box main configurations and accessories:
Zig Zag Box assembly process: