Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Working hard

So I haven't updated lately but that doesn't mean I'm not doing anything! I'm modeling the furniture all separate of the scene so a bunch of models in nothingness would be boring to render pictures of them. I've got a handful of models going and I've been reading a book on lighting and rendering that will hopefully help give me a lot of good ideas on how to best light my scene.

I currently intend for it to be a night time scene with mostly interior lamp lighting. I'm hoping that I can make a successfully lit scene with just that.

Today I sent out my resume to a handful of companies. I'm really hoping to get someone's attention and make a good impression.

Anyway hopefully by next week I'll have a something layout-wise to share. But for now that's all.

— Ty

Monday, March 5, 2012

Architecture nearly complete!

Perhaps I'm making this entirely too detailed, but I'm enjoying myself. Today I popped up part of the roof, and added some windows. I also made a playblast so those of you following along at home can get a sense of what I'm making here

Tomorrow we create a fireplace and start on some furniture if that doesn't take me all night. But that's all for now

— Ty

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Everything is going well!

The first thing I would like to do is point out an awesome novelty account on reddit called Renderpart. For the past 2 weeks this guy has been cranking out 2-5 models a day. From what I can tell there's no real rhyme or reason. He just makes these really quick renderings of parts of posts in /r/pics. It's really awesome that he's just doing this to improve his skills, and something that I could easily see myself doing in order to get a few extra models that I can use in my upcoming scene.

Speaking of my upcoming scene, let me show you how it's coming out!

It's just walls, windows, and doors but I am absolutely loving the way everything is looking. Things I've made before were in many cases great, but they never looked to me like places that could be real, this one does, since it is.

I finally got that background changed. It was a bit of an uphill battle, I had to figure out what the heck I did with a lot of things on blogger's template, but I won out in the end and everything looks great, I think it looks awesome!

As for the TV surprise that I've been hinting at I lent it to my friend!

Now my TV desk is completely empty, it feels like something is missing, but that's okay now I have another place to put things! Which is great because I have a lot of things to put in various places and was running out of places.

Catch-22-esque humor aside aside, I have now relieved myself of all major distractions in my life. Now I have no choice but to remain focused and make awesome things, or surf the web. Over the holidays and throughout this year I had started doing some exercises in improving my self control. I feel that I have been very successful and that my ability to resist temptations of distractions has greatly improved. So I'm feeling good about the next few months in regard to reaching my goals.

That's all for now!

— Ty

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Busy day

So I didn't get too much done today. I'm really disappointed with the lack of job postings on the AI Alumni Connections website. You would think that career services would be more on the ball with that one but oh well, I'm not above resorting to other methods to search for work.

I was busy with chores today so I didn't get to do too much cool stuff with my modeling (I outlined a wall!), but my friend did make a request for a steam avatar, so I made this:

The first one he loved, but I felt it was lacking so I doodled a bit and made the second one which I think looks really nifty. A swoosh here, a few nonsensical character there, then boom, it's looking really cool.

Tomorrow I probably won't get much done either. Lots of plans to set into motion to ensure my utmost productivity from then on.

One of the things I would like to do afterward is recreated this background for my blog:

I think it looks really cool so I'm going to recreate the pattern as best I can in Photoshop or Illustrator and then create it sized for my blog. Maybe I'll consider making a cool pattern for the rest of my webpages too, they can use it. The solid black is starting to bore me.

That's all for now

— Ty