5 steps to get your 3D REALLY going

It´s a wonderful morning here in Stockholm, still summer and nice weather. I felt like writing about REALLY getting you on the right track…

There are so many paths to take, so many things to learn – and all the knowledge may at times seem overwhelming. I know the feeling. And here´s how I tackle that:

1. Find your passion. Sounds easy, but yet again – there are many things to choose from. You know when you´re passionate about something, when you loose track of time and feel like a kid playing with a bunch of colored crayons for the first time.

If you still haven´t found what you´re passionate about, then go out there and test different things. Try modelling, doing different kind of renders, different approaches and various styles. Try changing the mood of an image, or using different characters / objects / props.

Maybe you like to merge pieces of a render into a final composite, or do animation. How about editing animation or even adding sound? Selling your art? Helping others?

Take a look at other artists… Often, when you feel envious of some other artists work, then that may be an indication that you want to go in that direction.

You will know when you find it… 🙂

2. Don´t get discouraged by all the fantastic artists out there… No matter how far you will make it, there will always be artists that are better than you, and artists that are less good than you. It´s just part of the reality.

Get inspired by them and don´t let them ruin your own journey.

3. When you find something you like to do, stick with it. Improve your skills by taking small steps each day. Progress is made over a longer period of time. So again, this can´t be rushed into.

When you make progress, even the smallest step – make sure you reward yourself. Most artists are very hard on themselves. You can see that from the words they speak, and from the words they write.

4. The moment you feel down for some reason, stop doing what you do and break the pattern. Do something else. Maybe another project or simply something non 3D. The thing is, and I know this from my own experience – artists often push themselves over the edge. Real progress is not made by force… It should be fun! 🙂

5. Make sure that you´re surrounded with people that help you and push you to move forward. Developing your skills in 3D and moving forward, may at times seem impossible. That´s when you need to be around people that really care for you and that make you feel good.

Allright, that´s it! That´s the 5 steps to quickly get your 3D REALLY going forward.

Let me know what you think! If you like this post, don´t forget to share it with your friends… 😉

Thanks a bunch!

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One Response to “5 steps to get your 3D REALLY going”

  1. autview August 11, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    A really comprehensive summary. If you stick to these points, it will work for shure!

    Thanks Waldemar!

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