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MMD City Models and the Rules of Thirds Tutorial by Trackdancer MMD City Models and the Rules of Thirds Tutorial by Trackdancer
This is another simple tutorial and the subject this time (as I'm often asked) is how to set up MMD city models and what and how to use the MME Rule of Thirds tool.

The Rule of Thirds
Is a set of rules used by classical artists and basically its a composition tool. Modern art doesn't put a lot of emphasis on it and many art classes don't even teach it. However, it's a major tool used by professional photographers and to a lesser extent, graphic designers.

Whether you choose to use this method of composition is a decision you need to make for yourself, but the theory and the tool are available should you choose to use it. I use it a lot, and you can see this in the work displayed in my gallery.

Here is the Wikipedia article on the Rule of Thirds, and it puts down the entire theory in a nutshell: [link]

If you want to learn more about this theory, just Google "Rule of Thirds". There are hundreds of excellent articles on its theory and application in both classic and modern arts; especially photography which is specially applicable to what we do with MMD.

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Yamine Aku model by Anomaro
Silver Spoon Bay model by Silver Spoon (d/l can be found on mikudance.info)
MME Rule of Thirds tool (d/l can be found on VPVP site)


DO NOT ASK FOR MODEL OR EFFECT LINKS, THANKS
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YoruKazai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH X< Silver Spoon city is gone! NOOOOOO XI
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Is it? If true, it would be a great pity. It's an interesting urban model.
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YoruKazai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is :<
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AsylumAmbush Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MY ART TOLD ME ABOUT THE RULE OF THRIRDS AND MADE US USE IT IN CLASS!!!! It was so annoying to use too...
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Rule of Thirds is so easy to use, why would it be "annoying"?

Almost all art styles have some form of compositional regime, The Rule of Thirds is just one of them and it's been around for centuries. But when you really get down to the mathematics behind it, that's when you really begin to appreciate the genius that underlies the system and a greater appreciation for the classical artist, mathematicians and philosophers who contributed to the system.
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AsylumAmbush Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that it's easy to use, but because I NEVER have to use it for my picture it became annoying because may art teacher made us use it even without needing to.

You're right about it being a good tool by the way, but when you don't have to use it and are forced to use it... just... Grrr, that's all I have to say.
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
That's a part of art training - you get introduced to all sorts of new things, tools, techniques, etc. Keep an open mind. Do as the instructors ask, try them out. See what works for you and what doesn't and move on from there.

Art class isn't so much about making art, it's about how to make art and sometimes you will come across things, projects or techniques that may be annoying. But stick it through as you never know, some of these things may be useful down the line if you take up art or a related discipline as a career.
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AsylumAmbush Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, alright, I get it...
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CronoHero Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Hiya! was wondering, can i have a link for that city map? i wanna use it, it looks awesome!
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
It's in the description ...
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CronoHero Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
OHH!!! Sorry, didn't notice, silly me! ^^;
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sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
big in photography, in the left third moving to the center it creates a sense of "positive" motion, while if its in the right third moving out or the left third moving out it creates "negative" motion. something in the top left ninth moving to the center is very dynamic... i must say... like an anime or kung fu movie XD the way my photography teacher taught it there are 2 sets of thirds, horizontal and vertical
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
There's several theoretical approaches to the "rules", personally I like these rules married to the Fibonacci Series. However, used here though, it's more of a "if it looks right' kind of an approach ... ><

Thanks for the comment :)
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sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! to be fair alot of art rules are flexible, although some are pretty rigid, like with the rule of thirds, having something set to one side makes it look cluttered there and way too open everywhere else.
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
It's a tool, and a useful one, but not always applicable in all situations. As I've been taught in Art class; ultimately you have to trust your own eyes and use "that which the Almighty put in between your ears" (as one of my lecturers put it).
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sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! yeah, most famous artists and photographers don't follow all the rules to the letter
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GM34 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent guide on usage of the rule and movement of the city.

I found that bytatsu.net (download links) has changed.
by using google translate, it appears that you are being informed that it had been broken down into categories.

Most important, next step is to click on the HTML link

these are located under the.....

For migration information in the file (section)

many files have been transferred and I am not sure if any more than what I have found so far..

hope it helps :)
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thanks for the info. It should help people wanting to navigate the new site layout.
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GM34 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YW
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NumRawrz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Where did you get the mmd city? :O
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
It's in the description :)
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NumRawrz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
hey i got there to the link but its all in japanese but i can't find it can you help me Q_Q
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Seriously, you need help clicking on links? LOL
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NumRawrz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah maybe ^^; i can't find it i only found the name and clicked on the dl and a ton of other links came up
came here and this came up
[link]
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
O I C ... they're updating their system, ~GM34 mentioned that they were doing something like that. Well guess that link is no good anymore then.
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NumRawrz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
;_; could you put it on mediafire?
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Sorry, but no can do; I can't go around distributing other people's models without their permission.

There's a reason why I posted: DO NOT ASK FOR MODEL OR EFFECT LINKS, THANKS

This page is supposed to be a tutorial on how to do certain things in MMD. It is not a model download page nor am I in the business of giving out links. If I had the link, it would probably already be there in the description. There are some MMDers who are very good at logging and sharing links; and we are all grateful to them; however, that's their forte, not mine.

I find it extremely disrespectful to be asked for links when specifically I have expressed stated not to be asked. It is not that I have not been unhelpful to you in the past with access to models; but there's got to be a limit and all I am asking is that respect that.
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NumRawrz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
okay :D
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