I finished animating my pendulum file and we are now working on a bouncing ball with squash and stretch. I like the use of the controllers to animate the different parts of the movement, but it will be nice once the bouncing ball segment is all done. Time for more challenge in animation!
Since this was my first experience feeling not as challenged, I spoke with Nick who has helped to push me along and find where I need more challenge. My other instructors have now taken advantage of this and are starting to give me larger projects to work on. Some that will take a lot of time and a lot of detail is expected. This is what is great about having a class of two. You can customize the course to each student. In modeling I am working on creating a 3D interior environment, using reference images from the internet. In rigging I have to rig a slinky. My teacher and I figured out a couple ways to do this, so now it is up to me to get it started and maybe even find a way to complete the rig with the right flexibility and motions.
For our lighting class we are focusing on getting our UVs onto our final project models and getting the shaders correct. I've been working hard on making my eye as realistic as possible. I have added bump map textures and different shaders to make it look gooey.
Photography class we learned how to create HDRI images using a mirror ball. This was really fun as you have to stay as far from the mirror ball as possible so that you won't have a large reflection of yourself. Once we had set the camera up to take its shots, we literally ran and hid behind a wall, trying to beat the camera.
We are still focusing on our rotoscope work in compositing right now as well as learning more on camera tracking and translating images, animating them. I really enjoy the rotoscope work. It's time consuming, but you need to be very detail oriented and picky in order to get just the right shape with your bezier tool, cutting out your subject.
Have lots of work to do this week to hand in for next classes. Since this is the reading break we have lots of lab time to hammer things out as well as work on some new things. My goal for the reading break is to spend 1 hour everyday learning ZBrush, spending the rest of the day hammering out my homework, and any left over time working on my matte painting.