View Full Version : Hello from Hokkaido

08-03-2008, 07:40 AM
Hello from Hokkaido, I am very happy to join this community, and participate. My background is in Commercial Art. 15 years of professional experience as an illustrator, and graphic designer Naturally computer programs have evolved rapidly over years, and I continue to pick up new interests in the Arts. I have made the move into Web design, Video Production, and now 3D Models. I never would have been excited, if not for being introduced to Google SketchUp. I have jumped in the deep end of the pool, my first attempt at 3D modeling is a massive alpine region. Actually it is a ski resort called Niseko. Anyone heard of it? Well any ways I have been trolling around the web for the last 2 months trying to figure out the process of transforming a printed topographical map into an awesome 3D model. I got pretty far along the way. The Mountain looks good, and very dimensional. I like to orbit, and think about the actual views from locations. I am in the process of finishing, and would like to share my experience in the hope that this community would assist me with the polishing of Niseko.

Ryan Mentzos
Ⓒ 2008 ideapark.jp

Steel General
08-03-2008, 10:38 AM
Welcome aboard... I think you'll find plenty of folks to offer ideas, etc.

08-03-2008, 11:10 AM
I visited the Ghoraja Juun link, and was surprised to see it. Please let us know when your map section is updated. Thanks Genral...over and out.

08-03-2008, 06:12 PM
Hello Ideapark, and welcome to the guild, if you are really wanting to use Sketchup to it's full, I sugest you check out the Sketchup forums (http://www.sketchucation.com/forums/scf/), with it's ruby script section, ruby scripts automate/ make easy alot of the thins you can do in sketchup, and also check out smustard.com (http://smustard.com/) and the Ruby Library Depot (http://www.crai.archi.fr/RubyLibraryDepot/), lots of free stuff at each to make sketchup easier to use. SeerBlue

08-03-2008, 07:39 PM
Konichi wa! Welcome.

Another 3D user, I see, I play with 3D too, though haven't worked with Sketchup yet.

Strange the second new member from Japan, who isn't Japanese... :?:

Look forward to seeing more of your stuff.


08-03-2008, 09:37 PM

Cool (or should I say すごい). You're from Hokkaido. I have a good friend that lives in Hokkaido. Welcome to the boards!

08-05-2008, 02:35 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

02-01-2010, 08:28 PM
Hello Steel General, Thanks for writing to me way back when. Those days were some of my first using any kind of forum, and I now see I didn't reply to you. Sorry about that. It's been an amazing experience since then. My work as an creative as grown significantly. This community inspired me enough to take on that project with confidence. Thank you to everyone!

02-01-2010, 09:56 PM
Hello Ideapark and welcome. You are in good company here. I have no background in 3D myself but I'm sure there are plenty of people here who do and who can assist you. Looking forward to seeing your work progress.



02-01-2010, 10:10 PM
Hi Arsheesh,

Thanks for the greeting! This is a core group of people. Qualified, and friendly.
We can accomplished much more in life, and work by sharing.
When ever I have some downtime, or need to look thing up I'll be back.

Enjoy the mountains,


Steel General
02-02-2010, 07:45 AM
No need to apologize, glad to see you've made a return to our happy, little home. :)

02-02-2010, 11:05 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

02-02-2010, 06:20 PM
No need to apologize, glad to see you've made a return to our happy, little home. :)

Dear Steel Genral,

Thanks for the warm re-welcome.

I get so caught up in the goal that I forget the other players, sometimes.

It's freezing cold in Hokkaido, and every key I type stings my fingers this morning.

Stay safe, and warm.