April 9, 2009, 5:22 pm
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Our latest project in 3D class is to learn about z-brush.


A few days later- and i will admit that my hatred for this program is growing. It is confusing and i am struggling to see the point in learning this program since i do not plan on pursuing this line of work. The interface is infuriating and not at all intuitive. At this moment, i have accomplished approximately nothing that i have been assigned.



I have learned a little more now than i had last night. But i am not really becoming that much less frustrated. I have learned that to actually make an object in zbrush, one must use z spheres, otherwise you won’t be able to rotate the whole object at once. Interesting fact. I have also learned that if you try to deform a rhino- that the program will shut down, so you are much better off deforming a circle or a square. Zbrush is a very interesting tool, and i think that i mistook it at first for being a modeling program. It is not a modelling program. It seems to me- that it is a detailing program- no modelling allowed. I have done a few of the things we were supposed to accomplish, and i will definitely say that i like this lynda teacher alot better than the others. He doesn’t skip steps and do things between tutorials… which is nice.


Ok. So now i don’t hate zbrush anymore. I made some progress- and here are some pretty … and ugly… things that i have made.


I did face gen… and i may never be the same again. i… look like an alien. but it does look alot like me- so that is sort of cool. I finished my zbrush renderings. I ended up not hating zbrush as much as i thought i would. I like the basic stuff that i know- but i probably won’t end up using it too much in the future. then again- its another skill for my resume- so maybe i’ll end up being a zbrush master. hey. it could happen. 

Personal Website
April 9, 2009, 5:02 pm
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Our new interactive project is to build a personal site. Which i am super excited about- because i have been trying to find time to build a site anyway. So- i am currently trying to decide on a style for my site. I’m sort of between the grunge look and the cute look. I’m trying to find something that is appealing to all people. So i have been researching. All semester, actually. so here are sites that i like. 

















these are just some of the sites i’ve found. i have some sketches… so i’ll have to go find those. i’m learning a little more toward having characters on the pages rather than complete generics… so i guess we’ll see about that.


i have made some little figures out of clay (which, by the way- is very theraputic) but now i am wondering if that type of site will be a little too cutsie for a broad audience. i am going to test the waters of a few other ideas i think, then hopefully FINALLY make a decision.


Decision made. Its official. I am doing a grungy popup book clamation. I made some huge changes to my home page prototype today- and i think they are pretty swell. i added some cool texture to the background- and made my buttons fold down from the top. cool eh? Bet you wish you could see it… but i don’t have it posted yet… so you can’t. sorry. but in good time.


still working on the website- loving how its going. its definitely my weird and quirky personality all wrapped up in a cool package. today i’m hoping to get the pdf links to function… and maybe go back and do some cool hover stuff. i am really enjoying the web design aspects of this semester. get excited- it’ll be done soon.


it is finished. and it got really weird and choppy at the end. its not perfect- but its workable. so i’m going to call it good for now. i ran into a big problem with space- so i’m hosting additional pdfs and swfs on other servers. phew. anyway- i’m pretty happy with it. check it out at http://students.oc.edu/riata.booky/portfolio6.swf 


until next time- peace.