Dramatic Teapot

  Practice safe tea parties...

Hello hello.

I apologize for my absence these past few weeks, but if ever there was an excuse to delay such an important blog post as this, here it is: I have been slaving over a hot PC, giving myself carpal tunnel syndrome and perfecting the S-curvature of my spine so that I can present to you...a teapot with sores.

You heard correctly.  The all-consuming world of 3Ds MAX has turned me into a hideous creature - avert your eyes!  What started out as a quick 3D fix was just the beginning.  Spheres? More like gateway shapes.  A torus, you say?  Hook it into my veins.  Don't even get me started on non-uniform rational b-splines... I... need... more...

So it all started out with this beauty:

The Kessel Run.  In under 12 parsecs.

 

My first real foray into the world of 3D modeling is more Twinsen's Odyssey than fine art, but it was a step in the right direction.  The first few classes in MAX were a bit clunky for me, but I've been steadily warming up to it since. Monday we started adding lighting, which was a total game-changer and got me really excited about working with the program more. Today we started working with materials.  I've barely scratched the surface, but this is definitely turning out to be something I can get behind. The culmination of my blood, sweat, and tears has become manifest in the form of the aforementioned diseased teapot.  Again, not fine art, but it gets my stamp of disgusted approval!

shadow_exercise1

 

The rest of the semester, thus far, can be summarized (for the sake of a short post) as follows:

  • Making a mold of an ear, pouring a positive in stone/plaster, and replicating it in wax (mirrored)
  • Expertly dissecting a human face (I cannot express how much easier this task has proven to be now that I have a little experience under my belt!  Last semester was exhaustively thorough, thanks to the talented anatomists at UIC, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.)
  • Learning how to poke at various objects virtually through the magic of C++
  • And a large part of the past two weeks has been spent trying to find a research project to work on next year and compiling a list of potential research advisors.  I think I've found a doozy of a project and should be getting some more info soon

Hopefully I'll have more info on my Research Project to share with y'all next time.