Well, it’s already the last post for this year’s in-depth! I learned so much compared to when i just first started, and I am proud of all the new skills I learned. I must admit, I didn’t think 3D modeling would really be that difficult or complicated, but man, I was really wrong. There are so many things to consider when you are working on creating a 3D model, and it requires lots and lots of patience. Not to mention the time it takes to create something you’re happy with. Anyways, over the past while I’ve been working on a model of a robot, and it was a lot more difficult than I thought. I kept my patience, and now I am happy with what I have so far! I am not going to be posting any pictures of it though, so it’s more of a surprise when I show it on in-depth night.
Over the last month, I focused mainly on gathering and applying my skills into creating a 3D model of a robot. Although the robot looks fairly simple and not very advanced, I am still very proud of it. The most difficult part of designing the robot was bending the arms so they weren’t just sticking straight out of the body. It took so long to finally complete in a manner that looked aesthetically appealing. The arms alone took a few days, because I had to repeatedly adjust and tweak them over and over again. Often the curve would be too sharp, and often too subtle. There were also many times when the robot’s arm got twisted up while bending it, and I will admit the process was quite, no, very frustrating.
The second difficult component was creating the node setup for the lights on the robot. I have some light-up buttons on the robot’s chest, which took a long time to create. The reason they took a while to make is because I had to factor in the right amount of emission with the right amount of diffuse, and I also needed to add in constricting nodes to regulate the amount of light filtering through along with math nodes to control the light. In the end I am happy with the result I got and proud of my accomplishments with my 3D model. The robot definitely isn’t done yet, as I still need to polish it up and animate the camera to spin around it, so I can create a demo reel of the robot!
Speaking of which, for in-depth night I plan on doing a learning centre. I will showcase all my models and animations with a slideshow. I might also have printed pictures on a posterboard, and BIG writing and captions, making sure not to overwhelm the audience with lots of text. For this, I will be needing a power outlet, as my project is all digital and on digital devices. When people come around, I will show them my creations and tell them about my learning progress- including jokes and puns to add in some humour and interest. I am also thinking to add in a fun little activity, but I am not sure what to do for that yet.
My mentor and I have been meeting with each other, exchanging opinions on my robot model. We also talked about how far I’ve come in terms of my skills, and how new I was to 3D modeling when I started. I went from not knowing how to move a cube to being able to create 3D models of robots with light-up buttons! My mentor didn’t tell me exactly how to form some of the difficult parts of the robot, but instead dropped hints I would work with. The reason Devarshi didn’t straight up give me the answer is because I wouldn’t learn much that way, and instead I would learn a lot more from figuring things out by myself. Overall, Devarshi is proud of my progress, and how far I’ve come in my work. Even I’m proud of how far I’ve come!
All in all though, I am having so much fun learning 3D modeling. Although it is very tedious, when you accomplish a part of the model it feels really awesome, because you get to say you created it by yourself and problem-solved your way to success. More specifically, when you complete a tough or especially tedious segment of your project, that feeling of accomplishment and self-pride is even larger and more filling. Well, that’s it for my last in-depth post for In-Depth 2018, and I can’t wait to show off my learning and see you all at in-depth night! I would post pictures but I don’t want to spoil the robot just yet. If you want to see it, don’t forget to stop by my learning center on in-depth night!