In-Depth Post #4
The past 2 weeks have been going great, and I am still expanding my knowledge of Blender. Despite the fact we are already at week 7, I still have a lot to learn! I am currently in the middle of a Youtube Blender beginner tutorial series, taught by an expert in Blender that has been using the program for 14 years, believe it or not. His name is Andrew Price (a.k.a. Blender Guru), and you can check out his website here:
He has created a 9-part tutorial series that teaches everyone the basics of Blender, starting with the bare basics and slowly progressing to more complicated subjects like rendering, compositing, and lighting. I have just finished part 4, and I am really enjoying the style the tutorials are taught at. They are easy to pick up on, and entertaining to watch because of the humour incorporated in. The reason I chose to watch this series is because it will boost my learning, as with Blender Guru’s tutorials and all of Devarshi’s help (my mentor), I will learn much more! Speaking of which, here are the questions for this blog post:
- What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
So far, my most difficult mentoring challenge has been formally talking to my mentor during our sessions. I know this sounds weird, as my answer to what’s working well is our effective communication with each other, but it can also be a downside as well. This is because it is hard for us to think of the setting at the meetings as mentor-student, since we are used to casually talking with each other. This makes it hard to formally focus on mentoring, and many times it feels awkward to think of my uncle as my mentor. This isn’t too bad though, as it doesn’t interfere with our productivity or how much work we get done, nor does it hinder the quality of our meetings, it’s just one difficult impediment I have faced.
- What is working well? Why?
So far, what’s working well is how Devarshi and I are able to communicate with each other very effectively. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the reason behind this is because he is my uncle, and we have communicated with each other a lot in the past. Although it may not seem like much, us being able to communicate effectively enables us to share ideas and give feedback much easier than with someone we didn’t really know. If I was working with a stranger, I am sure I would be a lot more self-conscious and nervous when it came to showing my work.
- What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
What could be working better is how we could improve our formality during each of our sessions, just like I mentioned in the first question. What I mean by improving formality is small changes such as refraining from making too many jokes, and thinking of the setting as more mentor-mentee rather than nephew-uncle. This is because although there is nothing wrong with an uncle-nephew setting, we can maximize learning in a mentor-mentee environment since that way we focus more on learning from one another and moving forwards, whereas a regular meeting wouldn’t be as educational since everything would be a lot more casual and we might get off-topic quite easily.
Normally, I would insert a mini project here that I completed in Blender, but unfortunately I don’t have anything like that to showcase. What I can do to make it up though, is show you screenshots of a bigger project I’m working on. This bigger project indeed is Blender Guru’s 9-part beginner tutorial series, and I’ve just recently finished part 4. Without further ado, enjoy the pictures!
That’s all I have for now,