Feb 112014

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There isn’t really any visual progress here, but the modules and modular connectors are all UVed, frozen, and optimized now.

The following was in response to a forum comment.

Damn I wish I could do this….

You can!

Look, I have been doing 3D modeling of some form or another for 16 years (started in 1998 with trueSpace3). It’s been my primary hobby ever since I picked it up. I went to art school, with an animation (i.e. 3D) concentration for five years, part of which was spent interning at a game company as part of its art department. I then went on to work in the game industry full-time for six years (before getting out because the working conditions of the game industry are stupid and it was sapping my energy for the hobby aspect of 3D work).

My point in saying all of this is that what I “can do” is purely and entirely a product of time invested (and I’m a firm believer that all skill is acquired; “innate talent” is an excuse) and learning from people around me during that time.

And, honestly? I don’t even think I’m all that good. I look at the work someone like tobiasrichter does and feel equal parts dismay and awe. He is so fast and his final product is so good that it just boggles my mind. But from what I can tell, he has much the same story as I do—plus 10 years or so. Every time I remind myself of that, I feel a little bit better.

That’s the beauty of forums like SFM or F3D (and I heartily recommend becoming an active, contributing member of as many 3D communities as you can stomach!)—they provide a great realm not only to show your own stuff and get directed feedback, but also to see what other people are doing and ask questions about how they do it and to teach others what you know. The greatest test for whether or not you know something comes when you try to teach it to someone else. 😀

Whenever you see something that amazes you, fight the part of you that says, “Damn, I wish I could do this” and embrace the part that asks, “How did they do that and how can I learn to do it too?” That is the only real secret and that is how you get better.

Remember Egoyan‘s rules:

Never waste your time comparing yourself to anyone else.
There are hundreds of other people who will provide this service free of charge.

Don’t get depressed about not being where you want to be.
This nagging feeling of anxiety is actually called ambition. Ambition is your friend.

Nothing will ever turn out the way you want it to.
It may be better. It may be worse. It will never be exactly what you imagined.

::gets off soapbox::

Here’s a quick video showing how face snapping works. No sound or narration1, but hopefully it gets the basic point across!

Here’s a 45-minute video showing the actual multi-resolution subsurf process for the nacelle.

Definitely watch in 720p, fullscreen for maximum clarity. It’s way too easy to lose some of the detail without it, and because it doesn’t have the hotkeys displayed, clarity’s even more important.

Really need to look into OSD for hotkeys…

  1. Or screen notation showing hotkeys! 🙁 … I should really figure out a solution for this, at least []

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