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I've started /3/ about a week ago using Maya. I can make basic models and shit, but there are a couple of things I wanted to ask you guys.
First off, polygon count. If it was for a model that you were going to render and composite on Photoshop or something, I assume the poly count can be as high as you want (pic related).
But, on the other hand, if the model is for a PC game or something, the general rule of thumb is to keep the polys as low a possible and use things like bump mapping for dents and scratches and indents and shit rather than actually modelling it.
Is this generally right or is it a load of shit?
Secondly, as I'm using Maya, I'm used to using turbosmooth or whatever the fuck its called to see what my model looks like smooth. When rendering, does the model automatically become smooth or can you change that? Also, is it possible to make a completely sharp corner when you're set to smooth or what?
I haven't really started rendering or texturing yet, but there are plenty of tutorials for that.
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PSA: if you are a 3d animator, or less fortunate yet, an aspiring 3d animator... Humble up... You are on the shoulders of giants and you are disposable. The arrogance and naivety go hand in hand with young animators, don't be a douche. You probably won't work at dreamworks or Pixar right out of college. If your instructors told you that they are lying to your face to make their job easier. Like candy to babies... You need connections, an above average portfolio PLUS a humble attitude. Swag fags, this means you.
3d Printed Guns
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Alright 4chan, it's time for me to do something with my life. I am the North American Gold Medal winner for 3d Visualization and Animation and yet I have done NOTHING since I won that medal. I am extremely interested in 3d printed, but don't own a printer. I have been looking up on how to make REPRAP's, but I have no idea how to go about that. Today I saw a new article about 3d Guns. Now I am not one for violence, but this is science. I want to put my skills into printing, so where do I start? How can I go about getting a printer? And what are your thoughts on the guns?