A scene from the 'Pickles' comic strip.
If you are unfamiliar with the Pickles comic strip, by Brian Crane, I strongly suggest checking it out on the web. The characters are just that, they are 'characters' and my wife and I love the strip.
The husband's name is Earl and the wife's name is Opal.
The picture that I used for modeling is from the 25th anniversary of the strip and is included below.
The completed model after assembly is 128mm x 189mm x 203mm high and none of the parts require supports!
A few of the smaller pieces may need a brim/raft. See below for specific printing suggestions (just suggestions as each user has personal preferences for small parts).
I used the picture below as my model guide. With a lot of input from my wife, I translated the picture to a 3D design using Blender. A final render from Blender of my model prior to slicing for 3D printing is included below.
I use a rule for myself to create models with no angles greater than 60 degrees to ensure that supports will not be required. I also try to conform to the original picture as closely as possible while considering the 60 degree limit.
Even with my reasonable catalog of ABS colors, I had trouble matching the original colors. I bought two new colors but still took liberty with the colors overall.
Original artists Pickles 25th anniversary scene
Render from Blender
Colors and multiple printed pieces
Following are the colors that I used and notes if pieces are to be printed multiple times. Consider this simply as a guide as to which pieces need to have the same color.
Any color (hidden piece):
bump (8 copies)
eyeblack (four copies)
chair_leg (four copies)
Printing and assembly tips
-Take particular care with left and right pieces. Many of them look very similar but are not the same.
-When printing the eyeblacks I left the extra brim on instead of cleaning up the pieces. This resulted in a clean fit into the eyewhites and result in a solid eyeblack showing.
-For small pieces I personally print them at 50% infill and two shells. This ensures plenty of time for clean prints on my printer.
-The diagram below will help in assembling the model. A larger copy is included in the downloads section
-The model is meant to be glued together. Be careful when gluing to ensure that you do not 'glue yourself into a corner'. The hands/arms/legs need to be glued in at the same time that the connecting pieces are glued, so that you have room to position them.
-Both eyeglasses are placed on the faces with the bridge down, just over the nose. This might not be obvious from the diagram.
Assembly diagram (a larger copy is in the downloads section)