I've been meaning to blog about my experience with Blender, a free, three-demensional design tool. Dr. Jerz animated a pre-fab character, Ludwig, to tap his foot to the beat of the YMCA. Our task was to make Ludwig actually make the Y, M, C, and A with his arms- oh no, I thought. I didn't have much experience with Blender because I missed one of the workshops due to not being able to log on to the school's system.
I was so pleased with the results I had. Not only did Ludwig dance a peppy YMCA, but I animated his mouth, and eyes as well. When I was through with him, Ludwig mouthed "YMCA" to the song and his eyes followed the motion of his arms.
I was surprised how quickly I caught on to the essential skills of moving and rotating the "bones" of the object. After about 5 tries of animating the Y position, the other letters were easy to animate. I had slight frustration at first, then class seemed to fly by once I had the hang of Blender.
I'll finally have high speed internet next Thursday, and Blender is the first thing I'm going to download. I reccommend everybody give it a try: the turorials Dr. Jerz assigned were easy to follow. This semester I've discovered that learning new software may be intimidating, but the more you practice, the more sense it makes. Learning multiple types of software has also helped my learning curve. I'm very proud of what I've accomplished, as Im sure my classmates are.
Watching my own progress has granted me several, "mommy look what I can do!" moments. Even though I have yet to show my mom what I can do exactly, since I don't live with her. I did have her play the IF game Leslie and I created, and she was fascinated as well as humored. Out of all the programs we've learned this semester, Inform 7 is definitely my favorite, but Blender3d is a close second.Posted by StormyKnight at December 5, 2006 12:26 AM