As you might have noticed, I’m still working on a few unfinished projects. Nevertheless, I needed to squeeze a new one in: The final homework for my visual computing class.
The instruction was simple: Use blender and model something. Sounds easy, but we are talking about a beginner’s class. Most students haven’t really used blender before, including me. So luckily, nobody expected amazing art from me. After all, the exercise was meant to help students to get to know the program a bit better.
I decided to model things I keep on my desk:
- A cube shaped piggy bank
- A round ceramic box with wooden cover
- A smaller round box with 9 pencils
- A glass of water
- A cup of coffee
- A paper coaster
- Two stone coasters
- 4 IKEA Kvissle boxes (one set)
- A geometric vase with color gradient
- Some paper
- An origami
I had to omit my laptop and calendar because they are way too complex for a beginner like me. Also, I replaced the origami with an easier one.
Some textures were really hard to get right. I needed to read lots of tutorials and experiment, and I’m still not really pleased with all of them. Especially the coffee cup and stone coasters are weird. If you happen to know what I did wrong, please tell me.
Also, I struggled with black artifacts on transparent and glossy round objects. In the end, I gave up and rendered them with flat shadows. But then, the water had stripes. I figured out how to get rid of them by coincidence: I needed to place the water mesh slightly inside of the glass.
I’m especially proud of the origami. I made it by bending a plane with armatures. It took me ages to make it work, but I think it was worth the effort. Maybe I’ll do a more complex one some time.
All in all, it was a fun little project, but I’m glad that I’m done.