Hey everyone. At the moment I'm in a multimedia production course and I have found that I quite enjoy 3D. My ambition is to eventually become a character animator for a game company.
I have been working in 3DS Max for 2 (school) years so far. We really don't have as much 3D instruction as I'd like... so I'd appreciate any advice anyone has. I'm also intending to learn Maya, just so I'm not at a loss if I get a job at a place that uses Maya instead of 3DS Max. I haven't yet delved into ZBrush, but I don't think I'm going to give it much attention since I want my focus to be animating instead of modeling.
I'm going to start with my oldest stuff first. Our first major assignment in semester 1 was to design a robot and model it in 3D. This is my robot:
After that, we were to model an outdoor environment. Note that everything is using the default textures from 3DS Max. We only covered textures briefly in one lab...:
In semester 2 we moved on to character modeling. Or at least... bodies. Our instructor showed us breifly how to do heads but we were behind schedule so he didn't make it a requirement of the assignment. This body is laughably bad:
In semester 3 we designed our own characters, modeled them, then animated them on a turntable doing some kind of action and returning to a t-pose. I did a simple barbarian. Unfortunately I kind of cheated myself by not modeling this head. I used a program called FaceGen (don't worry, I made up for it by buying a book entirely on facial modeling and animation...):
Video of animation:
Currently we are doing simple animations with bipeds. I have more videos but they are on my shared drive at school so I will have to wait till after the break to get them uploaded.
So here is the second head I've ever modeled. The first one is at school right now so I'll upload it later. I'm not quite happy with this one but I'd rather just start over than keep trying to tweak this. I just can't get the mouth right. Also, you will win a million internets if you can actually tell who it's supposed to be:
Here is what I'm working on currently. He's going to end up as a professional wrestler wearing long pants and with long hair, although I don't know how to do hair yet. He's for a school project:
I would appreciate any constructive criticism as well as links to tutorials. I have a lot of trouble with hands and feet. Head/face tutorials would be helpful as well, although I think if I keep practicing diligently out of this book (Stop Staring 2nd Edition by Jason Osipa), I'll eventually get faces that don't look like aliens.