I’ve had to put the story-telling aside today as I wanted to explore a different side of 3D art — making my own content.
Working with professionally-made models like those in the DAZ 3D store is a wonderful time-saver. Not to mention that other people’s artistry is a joy to discover, sparking new ideas and making concepts come to life.
This pleasure comes with a price tag, and is not without its own challenges. Combining 3D models from different artists and lighting them to create a believable scene needs patience and some amount of skill. As 3D artists often need to remind others: even when working with readymade content there is no magical “make art” button.
Creating your own models takes things to a whole new level. At first, it seems almost like a backwards step. After all, who can come close to the output of the pro model creators, who have been doing this for years? Time and experience, possibly also quality training and professional software, can make all the difference between an amateur effort and a pro one. (Though a pro will still impress even if only given entry-level software.)
As I recently posted, I am at the clunky stage. The stage where all the hours that go into my models don’t seem fully justified by the results, and an unexpected error can wipe out a day of work. It’s a stage we all need to work through if we want the freedom of being able to create what we imagine, rather than relying on someone else to create something that will do and that they will sell to us.
I thought today I would make a quick lightbulb for my day 3 theme of Light. I knew the creating of it would be a nice project at just the right level of challenge… and I was right. Trying to light the thing convincingly has taken much longer than planned (3D lighting being a complex and endlessly frustrating creature). I know I’m being unfair on myself, and that creating the model was an achievement to be proud of, but when your theme is “Light” you feel you ought to show some light at the end of it.
Tomorrow is the beginning of a new week and I will have to keep my daily projects fairly simple. Still, when we wrestle with problems, we usually end up learning something. I hope you too learnt something today and are enjoying your creative journey, especially those of you participating in AEDM.