Since the beginning of summer I’ve been wanting to try out some new software to see if it would make things easier in fourth year and I guess increase the overall quality of work. I needed something that would allow me to produce near photo realistic representations of ideas and concepts, so that I can get my ideas/thoughts across.
I came across a Cinema 4D (C4D) showreel on youtube one day and that started a obsession with stalking youtube looking for more. Eventually I came across tutorials of how to use the software and to be honest, it looked so much easier and more instinctive to use than other programs I’ve used like SolidWorks. Having watched the video, if left me wanting more and eventually I got my hands on the program and got some great additional stuff from Greyscalegorilla.
Since then I’ve racked up a few hours using it and watching more videos on youtube. I try to introduce myself to a new feature every week. C4D allows you to create animation, dynamic object that obey physics, realistic looking hair, complex shapes, realistic environment reflections and I’ve been busy trying to become familiar with as much of it as possible. I managed to find blueprints for the iPhone 4 and from them I’ve created a model which you can see below. In some of the pictures you can see the basic layout of the windows in the program. I’m still getting used to lighting and texturing my projects but with the help of Greyscalegorilla and his ‘Light Kit Pro’ I hope to make some as realistic as possible CG representations for future projects.
The final project of third year is almost finished although,I have a feeling this wont be the last post covering my experience with the E.ON Brief. I think the last post I did about this project was the final boards for submitting to the D and AD. Since then I have been working on the ‘Make’ stage of the project and as you can see, not much has really changed in the design. In fact the design has stayed true to the initial drawings propose although having the opportunity to change them at any point.
As part of the project I decided to create the whole user experience. by this I mean having a working prototype (As far as possible, some parts had to be faked), pop out plug adapters for sending the singles, packaging and welcome letters and instruction. I may add more photo’s at a later point but for now I thought I would just get back into making posts since the next few month might become more interesting.
Well, my sewing skills are certainly coming along. Since last weeks ‘3D Letter J’ post, we were sent off in our groups of two to design and make creatures from our own patterns.
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I’m feeling a lot more confident using a sewing machine now but I think, apart from the dome shape, that our creature wasn’t that challenging. Perhaps for my final project I’ll try pushing my capabilities and that of the material.
Working with fabrics will defiantly take me out of my comfort zone. Working in wood and card comes as second nature to me. I know how to shape these materials and use them to my advantage. I know what tools to use, I know how to get a good finish. When it comes to using fabrics, everything’s new. It feels like you have to plan three steps ahead just to achieve the simplest thing and seems there’s an endless amount of terminology and key words.
I don’t want to specialise in only one area, I would like to be able to be asked to do something, then produce it at a very high standard. “mediocre” isn’t isn’t something I’m willing to settle for. I didn’t think being able to sew would come in handy or at least would appear in any one of my designs. But now that I know what kind of things can be made this way, I think I’m more likely to incorporate fabrics and other materials into designs and idea generation.
Since first year at high school, I never though I would be back on a sewing machine, so imagine my surprise when my first project of this academic year requires using one. I really like how our new Product Design brief allows us to use technologies and materials we wouldn’t normally use. We’re asked to make a Laptop bag/case. It’s something we all have and its something we’ll all have to use at some point and I think it will help develop our own design and creative styles, if not, then help us find one.
I think some one-on-one time with the sewing machine is needed, as the first thing I have to do is make a bag from a set pattern. Using this blog as a digital scrapbook, I will be able to record my progress and be able to use it to assess how I’m getting on.
(Finally a project where I can ask mum’s advice)