Well, can you remember what first sparked your interest in 3D/CGI?
Mine was kind of by accident when I was about 14. The school had started some adult evening courses in MAX and Maya and I think ZBrush, and some CAD courses also. At the time, I was getting into a lot of trouble in school and out in the streets at night, mostly from getting into fights. I’ve been doing Boxing and Karate since I was 5 so was no stranger to giving and taking punches, but my Dad was worried about it. So when I expressed an interest in MAX, I think he seen it as a way to keep me off the streets for a couple of evenings a week. The MAX course was really for over 18’s but my Dad was able to pull a few strings, shell out the money and get me in. He later got me the educational version of MAX and bought me a fast computer and laptop, and subscribed me to online tutorials. he uses Photoshop for his Press photography and he taught me how to use it.
And you know what? His plan worked. I got to enjoy it all and would come home early and do a bit of modelling or Photoshop. I’m not saying I’m much good at it, but I do enjoy it immensely and I spend an hour or two playing and learning almost every night. Owning a full version of ZBrush has helped me progress with that too. The methodical nature of how we need to learn most 3D software has helped with my previous temper issues, and that’s a good thing. My interest in 3D is purely for my own pleasure rather than a desire to work in any 3D field, I want to be a Chef when I finish school.
That’s my story, which turned out to be a bit longer than I had intended. What’s yours?