Week eleven. Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Blender has been a blast, and I really enjoy learning more and more about 3D modeling. Originally, my plan was to focus on both 3D modeling AND animation, but after diving in I realized that animating a model wasn’t as easy as I figured. Even after you manage all the rigging and weight painting, you still have to keyframe it and make sure those keyframes are smooth. Besides, modeling alone has so many different aspects to it and is way more complicated than I thought. I don’t want to rush through the whole modeling part just to get to animation, because I won’t learn much. I think it’s best if I focus on modeling this year, then if I am still interested next year I can do animation! Anyways, here are the questions for this blog post:

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

 

    My mentor provides me with learning opportunities like not telling me the direct answer to some of my questions, because that way I’m forced to do research on my own to solve the problem. I am given some guidance, but not the exact answer to my question so I learn to figure things out on my own. The reason Devarshi does this is because he doesn’t want me to become too reliant or dependant on him and to use my own methods of finding the answer. Another learning opportunity I’m provided with is when Devarshi gives me suggestions to create models  of things I am less confident about, because it will hone my skills and help me learn new skills I may not have thought I would learn.

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

 

    Opportunities such as mentorships and technology exist to reinforce new learning. Mentorships reinforce learning because mentors are there for you to answer your questions and guide your way. They can answer your questions in person and provide you with valuable expert advice that you probably can’t get anywhere else. Technology reinforces new learning because you can look up anything, and there are lots and lots of tutorials that can help you during your learning experience. You can use the internet for lots of help, and you can receive lots of answers if you know where to look.

 

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

 

    Opportunities that may accelerate learning involve programs within the community that relate to the in-depth chosen field of study. An example is a coding camp. If you’d chosen coding for your in-depth, then you would benefit by joining the camp because you would learn faster than before. Another opportunity is watching tutorials, because this way you learn from both your mentor and tutorials, accelerating the growth of your knowledge. Additionally, a mentor definitely accelerates learning, because they help you in person and face to face, which enables you to ask questions and receive feedback- something that’s hard to do on the internet.

 

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

 

    When we get together we talk about what new skills I learned and what I’m working on at the moment. I show my mentor what I’ve done and then Devarshi gives me feedback as to what he thinks about my work. Sometimes just to lighten up the mood we make a joke, but that’s only sometimes because it can take away from the essence of the meeting. Overall we just discuss my progress and what new skills I’m learning, and then move to what I have to improve on and work on. I show my mentor all my new work, so nothing is left out.

 

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

 

What’s going particularly well is our communication, because we are able to talk with each other without difficulty, and I can take feedback from Devarshi without feeling bad about myself. This is because I am used to having conversations with my mentor, and I’m not shy to express my opinion. In the same way, Devarshi isn’t afraid to express his opinion either. We say what we have to say without withholding information, because that isn’t going to help me develop new skills and progress with my project. I am able to take feedback without being defensive, and instead accepting what my mentor says.

 

  1. What are you learning about one another?

 

    We are learning more about each other’s personalities than we knew before, because although we’ve talked to each other before, the conversations weren’t very in-depth- more just casual. Now, we are learning about one another’s hobbies and what they are interested in. For example, my mentor telling me his favourite kinds of models. Additionally, we tend to understand one another’s way of thinking and how we come to the reasoning that we do. This is because we’ve gotten used to meeting with one another and judging from the decisions that we make, we get an idea of how the other thinks.

 

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During the time between the last post and this post, I’ve done a lot of new learning with Blender. As my project of the post I’m going to share with you a scene I made. It consists of a low-poly mountain scene, which I’m quite proud of except for the snow on the mountains, which I feel could’ve been improved. Low-poly means the scene has a low number of polygons, which gives it that blocky look. Low-poly scenes are also great because they don’t take too long to render, which is great in my case, as my computer isn’t the best in terms of rendering. Additionally, I’ve been working on a 3D model of a robot, to challenge my new skills. I want it to be my way of showcasing everything I’ve learned, and I am really looking forward to presenting it when I finish. Without further ado, here’s the low poly mountain scene!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nwh4w38bccXcDZ4RfCbMerS-GfbToIyv/view?usp=sharing (The file was too big to upload so instead I uploaded it on Google Drive)

That’s all for now, happy blending!

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