One of the things I really want to do this year is develop my portfolio and my technical and artistic skills. I have been dabbling in a lot of different things in the past and I really want to narrow that down. I want to get rid of the "jack of all trades, master of none" moniker. I don't think I will truly ever master anything, but I want to become better in 3 main areas: 3D animation/motion graphics, web design, and photography. Since I am a busy guy with my school work, teaching, and family, I have decided that I am going to start Make Something Mondays. My goal for MSM is to make something every Monday. I am going to give myself an hour to tackle a little project. My goal is to complete the task in an hour or less. If I don't finish, I will stop at an hour and I will post what I completed. My goal is to develop both my technical and creative skills over the next year.
For this first Monday I decided to start easy and create a USB cable in 3D. Now, to be fair I have done this in Maya before , but I really want to learn modo this year. I have Cinema 4D version 12 for its animation tools, but I like the modeling tools in modo a lot better. Of course, it would help to know modo inside and out since I will be teaching it to my video production students soon. I couldn't think of anything to model so I figured why not start with that. I was surprised with how much I remembered of modo. It's been a little while since I have played around with it, but I was able to get up and running quickly. I am using version 401, but I plan on upgrading to 501 as soon as I can.
I barely finished all the modeling within my allotted hour, but was able to get everything done. I went for detail, so this is not a low poly model. I want it to hold up to some scrutiny for some renders. Since I didn't have the time to render my model this week. I think that's where I will pick up next week for Make Something Monday. I encourage you to set aside some time in your week to try a project to help get your creative juices going. If you have any suggestions for future Make Something Mondays, drop me a comment and let me know.