So after a bit of time off, the summer semester began in full swing in mid-June. I haven’t had much to update in the meantime, other than a couple outings during the short break with my classmates and spending most of the time moving out of my apartment. Unfortunately, I caught a flu the week before classes began and spent the entire time in bed when I would normally be re-organizing and getting pumped for the next semester. I did make it to the doctor’s office and was given an antibiotic, which made a huge difference. I made it to the first week of classes, though with a raspy voice raw from coughing and leftover congestion.
Thankfully, I’m feeling much better now and I have a couple things to share from the summer semester so far, though most are works in progress (WIP).
The assignment was to model any species in one stage of their embryonic development. Comparatively, there aren’t a lot of reference pictures for the human embryo, but it was still something I wanted to try. This is the first full project I’ve tackled using the program ZBrush, and I’ve gotta say, I love it!
We have also had a lot of small exercises and assignments in our animation class. We’ve learned a few programs concerning video editing and sound editing, as well as how to animate 3D models in 3DS Max.
Our first exercise for learning After Effects (AE) — a video compositing and editing program — was to animate an image and change something about its color or movement within AE. This was my first time experimenting with the program, and I can see a lot of mistakes within this exercise (ex. why is the sky transitioning from left to right…?) but I’m still proud of how cute it turned out.
Additionally, we just learned about the eight principles of animation. To show my understanding I created this little video of a planet receiving its rings.
And there it is! Next week I’ll be turning in a lot of assignments, and also giving my Project Research Proposal presentation, so wish me luck!