Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tank Render is Finally Finished

It's finally finished! A whole semesters worth of work in my 3D class, done and dusted. 
Above you can see the final video render, which was compiled in After Effects. The actual render it's self was made with 3DS Max and Mental Ray, look below if you want to see some final stills.
See here, here and here for posts detailing the progress.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Have Some Nostalgia In Yo Face

Well, for me anyway.
Today instead of doing homework I decided to do some routine maintenance on my Dad's computer. What of course I knew when I started was, that this is the ultimate procrastination. It's about an eight year old Acer, and I don't think any real work has been on done on it in about four or five years.
Anyway's, I was going through my old files on there deleting stuff and came across some real vintage 3D work. Before I was doing it at TAFE, I was doing it as a hobby since I was about 15 (so roughly four years of experience).
Among the files I came across my personal Blender 3D folder. Blender, if you're not in the know, is an open source 3D program. It's okay considering what you get and it's free, so it was nice to use before I started getting into 3DS Max.

Dem reflections

What you can see above is render I created in early 2009, so I would have just turned 16 years old. It's quite basic, and I've overkilled the reflections. Even the ceiling is reflective.
Doesn't matter though, we all have to start somewhere. This was of course not my first modelling experience either, but rendering. Not too bad for a first attempt hey? 
If you really want to go back my first experiences including modelling in Gmax and making the textures in MS Paint. I've come a long way and I'm glad I stayed with the hobby. 

Anyway, that's my reflective post for this year (no pun intended), one for the archives it would seem. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rouge Robot

My classes for this year are almost finished and this is the ass end result of my final Photoshop assignment.
That handsome bugger is me, and I'm a rouge robot. Or something. Who cares, that rhymes.
The whole of the background is PS created from images and what not, and the editing on me was done with matte painting techniques.
I had quite a lot of fun with the matte painting, and I'm going to start endeavouring to seek out more tutorials on how to do it with my trusty tablet.

Yes, I'm really that tall. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Breaking Into The Industry- Kindle Edition

Today I got my greasy mits on an Amazon Kindle. What's the first thing I do with it? Read a book? No. Browse the the Amazon shop? Nope.
Going through the menu I come across a section titled 'Experimental.' Selecting it brings me too a page where it's explained that they're currently testing a beta for a web browser. As you can see in the image below, I tested this blog out on it and I'm impressed. 
Even though the display is only monochrome (to help imitate real paper) the resolution is quite high. This makes me happy as a blogger, it's good to see that my writing can be viewed easily on a device primarily designed for reading.