A first post about 3d modelling: Mama’s shop

EvE: The will to live is set in an unspecified East African country, and since I live in one, specifically the lovely Tanzania, I use my surroundings for inspiration.  Here is a model of a common sight, the genge (gengay), small shops you find in neighborhoods.  Our version of the Kwikee Mart.

Here is the original,

Convenient neighborhood shop.
Convenient neighborhood shop.

and then the same pic with the model squeezed in for fun.

The shop you may see in our film.
The shop you may see in our film.

I do my modelling in Blender blender-socketand I set up this image in Photoshop.  Since this is my first post about modelling, I want to acknowledge my mentors,

Chris Plush and Aidy Burrows of CGMasters.

Get over there and learn some great stuff!
Get over there and learn some great stuff!

You can absolutely learn tons of stuff from the awesome free tutorials on the web.  But if you live in a place where your network (mtandao) is often slow or tricky, it is hard to learn from video tutorials, as it is tough to rewind, or the image quality is bad and you can’t see what buttons or keystrokes are being executed.  Thanks to my buddies Nick Reynolds and Mathieu Roy, I was able to procure Master It (blender of course) Vols 1 & 2 by Chris Plush and the Complete Environment and Animation Project by Aidy Burrows, of CGMASTERS. I learned so much from them, and continue to learn as I use them as a resource because I tend to forget the stuff I don’t use on a regular basis.  They also have a library of free tutorials which is how I first got to know them.

I also learned character rigging from Lee Salvemini and I will post about that later.  (hint: screencapture 90 mins of free tutorial in 5 min increments from Andrew Price’s Blender Guru website).

Blender is free and open source, (and a small download, too!) so it is a great way to get your feet wet.  I know it may look intimidating at first, and I actually started in the 3d tracker mode  with the awesome Sebastian Koenig, and his Track, Match, Blend tutorials so that I could learn to do Matchmoving, and once I got familiar and all friendly-like, I “EXPANDED MY HORIZONS”.

As you can see.


Author: NeyWarren

When creative hearts meet and fall in love, anything is possible! Neema is from Tanzania, Warren is from the USA (ne UK). They work together on all their projects, from screenwriting to directing, 3d modelling to post-production.

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