We've been working hard on our rolling objects and hoping to get things finished on time. Aside from hours of rendering, it has been nice to get back to other assignments such as my modelling and rigging homework.
My floursack animation has been coming along nicely. He's starting to gain some personality as he preps for jumping off the high dive, and comes crashing down to the bottom of the pool.
My rigging has been quite the challenge. I decided to work on a horse model over the last couple weeks. For those who aren't familiar to 3D, this is extremely ambitious for a beginner. I've had to build an entire skeleton, paint all the weights on, adjust joint weighting, make sure all the axis are in the right directions, everything is named as per naming conventions etc etc. I'm looking forward to week 14 to get this done and see the final product!
I finally got back to my modelling! It's been interesting over the last couple weeks having our modelling teacher away temporarily, so even though we have homework, this gives us time to focus on our rolling project. So now that I have got rendering out of the way I got to finish modelling my Harmon Kardon speakers and my PS4. I'm pretty proud how they turned out, especially my PS4, even if it is super heavy in the polygon department. The final renders look beautiful! While I was modelling my speakers, Maya managed to corrupt my file and delete the four hours of work I had put in to modelling just the wires, and internal workings. My whole file destroyed :( The best surprise on Monday morning was finding a previous incremental save that had all of my work in it! Important lesson here to anyone using 3D software: Save lots, Save often and set up incremental saves.
We had two of my favourite art models come in this week for life drawing! So nice to be able to see and draw Trevor and Steve again. They come up with some fantastic and original poses, really giving us a challenge in drawing them. Shelley had us try a new approach as well. Instead of focusing on gesture drawings and moving into details, we drew them with weight. I loved doing this as it showed how the muscles were in partnership with the bones and skin. It really makes you think, "what would my body do in that position?" "what muscles am I using?" "What position is my skeleton turning in?" etc.