Hello everyone, I hope you all are well. In a previous post people wanted to take a shape that i had made for a face and turn it into a community project where we all make a face based on that shape. It was a good time seeing everyone have a different vision. They talked me into making another post with a new shape. I was a bit hesitant to share this shape because I have not currently built a face out of it but it is on my to do list.
Either way here it is, please have fun with it but all i ask is to please credit me in the description of the face if you choose to publish.
When I saw the “blade” I thought of moire patterns, and it gave me 2 ideas: counter-rotating patterns, and orbits. So this is just a study in testing that idea, not a practical face for a watch. the clockface is obviously far too small to be practical, but, it’s just the idea and making it work (which took a while). My goal was to 1) have a neato looking rotating pattern, and 2) since there’s a blank circle in the blade’s pattern, put a clock in it and have it stay straight (ie, orbit the face) while the blade rotates.
Looks neeeeeato… in a Cheech and Chong kind of way
Interestingly, I have a such patterned face I had been working on for a while.
And to get the above to work, I had to rack my brain to get this test below to work first:
You know you could still make this a practical face. As much as I love analog I think you’re right, the dial is to small. You could however make it digital, the time could easily fit into that circle. The animation is far to cool to not find a way to make it work. I never would have thought of that although i was thinking of something similar. It’s super f’n cool though.
I did also try a large font digital time inside the circle with the overall image rotating. It’s more complicated since the bottom edge of a text element is its pivot point instead of its center (makes it bob up and down as it orbits), as opposed to the watch elements I did use whose pivot points are exactly in their centers.
If you keep the text upwards, or rotating, you should only need to add a correction to the Y access, if you want the text “horizontal” at 3, then you need to add a sin/cos correction:
See the differences in the 2 circles, and the one on the hand here:
I thought I’d give it a go. Originally I was going to do some sort of spinning thing like @kourosh & @russellcresser, but they beat me to the punch. The shape simply is begging for it. So then I mettalized it & it kind of reminded me of a cast iron wood burning stove window. I simply put the biggest fire I could think of behind it - the sun and a coronal mass ejection & made them spin. I added a colour coded battery level meter and a step meter in the round thingy that was probably meant for a clock. Nothing fancy, but kind of fun. Credit to you @Orakix in the description.