Portfolio Piece 1/8/16

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Welcome to my portfolio piece!
I will briefly discuss who I am, what I’ve done to further my education, work I’ve produced whilst at SAE QANTM this will allow you to accurately conclude what you can expect from me.

ABOUT ME
23, working since I was 13 years old.
I’ve faced and achieved much more than the average Australian by my age, growing up very poor has only served to make me wiser!
My resume will evidence this.
You will not find a more hardworking employee,
that is both sharp, fast learning and passionately loyal.
Invest in me!

CAREER ASPIRATIONS:
My specific interests to develop within Animation will be:
VR / AR / MR  – 3D Worldbuilding & VFX.

My dream ‘Worldbuilding’ is to develop awe inspiring realistic spaces that can provide escapism for those without ability to travel. I imagine a not so distant future where someone can utilise a piece of technology to escape to a land like that of the Gorillaz world.

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In a time where sophisticated VR is freely available, this will provide much needed escapism for those sick in hospital or from disadvantaged and impoverished homes.

RESUME & EDUCATION:
Samson Blackburn Resume – attached is my long resume for work in Sales including a cover letter for a real job as an assessment piece.

I have received many extra curricular certifications before my time studying at QANTM and hold my education, specifically the pursuit of knowledge at the utmost of personal importance. Not the least of which is asnapshot.PNG certificate  in Practical Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh(Certificate Philosophy). ( Edinburgh World Ranking in Philosophy) I have pride in my constant personal development of critical thinking and in being an extremely hardworking Autodidact.

You will find many coworkers supportive of my statements via LinkedIn endorsements. (My LinkedIn profile.)

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:
I have been the sole volunteer ticketing manager reporting directly to the event manager (close friend) and their assistant, leading a team of 6, issuing the passes both standard and VIP for the Arnold Classic Australia (formerly known as FitX) during the years 2013 & 2014 to crowds of 30,000+ people.

NOTABLE COMPANIES:
Worked for companies such as Mazda and National Australia Bank, I have also been independently contracted as a successful commission only salesman for AIDA for many years, for large clients including but not limited to Foxtel.

ANIMATION & ILLUSTRATION WORK:

These are a few of my completed projects in Animation & Illustration thus far.


CONTACT ME:

If you’re reading / looking over this post, consider contacting me –

samson.blackburn@gmail.com / phone number upon request.
If you’ve got a dream and you want a passionate future visionary to work alongside you, let’s link up and do this!

Thanks, Samson

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CIU 111.1 Wk 6 “Social Media”

Hey!

This blog is the sixth of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

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The week 6 lecture was centred primarily around Social Media, it’s uses and about creating strategy for my professional career moving forward.

I’m going to elaborate on two aspects,one has been referenced in the above blog the other is about social media management.

1. LinkedIn
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This photo supports that LinkedIn is a uniquely specific form of social media.
This makes it fun, there are ways we can doctor the opinions others have about us coursera.PNGspecifically in our career world that are unique to other social media platforms.
The way I will be covering in this is platforms that lend you the credibility of other institutions to increase your own credibility.

I will use this blog to explain my
explanation: https://blog.linkedin.com/2013/11/14/introducing-a-new-way-to-add-certifications-to-your-linkedin-profile

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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CIU 111.1 What if I’m not good enough yet? Philosophy & Animation.

Hey, this is an extra-curricular blog.
I’ll cover my proposed strategy for life after Animation School, should I not be good enough for immediate employment.

I’m approximately 1/4 of the way through my degree at QANTM and the prospect of what I’ll do following my degree has been raised by internship lectures.

After many lecturers showing me work produced by students from other countries by the end of their degrees … I’m understanding I will possibly not be up to an industry skill level by completion, as this degree is fast tracked to 2 years and French degrees for example were 3 – 5 years.

So what will I do once I graduate if I’m not good enough?

That’s been the consistent thought running through my head these past few weeks, as I lay ill in bed during flu season quietly dying.

Because of this I thought about other avenues of study, what could I study that was both complimentary to my Animation Bachelors, Interested me AND would go for a long enough time for me to appropriately hone my skills.

It might be an odd choice to most, but Philosophy appeared the answer to this.
So I set about getting a foothold on the newly presented task.

Shortly upon beginning I found Edinburgh University was doing it’s twice yearly introduction to philosophy certification and decided to jump on board. duncan.JPG
I’m 2nd week in and loving it, so far having covered the topics “What is Philosophy?” and “What is Knowledge? And do we really have any?”

The most useful of that which I’ve studied so far was perhaps the answer to “What is Philosophy?”

The claim was made “Philosophy is the right way of thinking”.
Science is a way of thinking and philosophy would be the act of taking a step back from that thinking and discerning whether it was the right way of thinking.

Medical Practitioners in the medieval ages believed in treating illness by balancing four humors, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood. It’s not until a person begins to call into quesHumorism.svgtion the effectiveness of such a method and begins asking questions, that the methods are changed, one steps back from the previous scientific framework of thinking and the act of practicing philosophy allows us to move forward in medicine.

From this one example however you can more easily discern philosophy as an act in thinking the right way.

After understanding this I was able to more clearly choose my sides in the point of contention over whether “Philosophy is a pointless degree.”

Philosophy has never been a pointless degree – for the triumphs of philosophers past and the progression of philosophers moving forward, there will always be place in the workplace for one trained in the art of critical thinking, advanced reasoning and understanding how to come about the right way of thinking.

This post from New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/08/19/x-phis-new-take-on-old-problems/where-the-smart-students-are

Was interesting, in it the question is brought about regarding the point of a Philosophy degree and much like my conclusion draws this.

Three main points:
1. Philosophy is the only discipline that really teaches critical thinking.
2. The current crisis of anxiety presented by capitalism only values the short term of courses and therefore does not consider the breadth of success those with philosophy degrees go on to have in the long term.
3. Philosophy students remain the highest performing on LSAT tests, assuming that smarts are valuable to leading a successful and happy life then a philosophy student would have it made.

Lastly Brian Leiter Professor of law states that “After nearly 20 years in law teaching, I can confirm that no one is smarter than the serious undergraduate philosophy major. Any school that cuts philosophy might as well put up a sign that says, ‘The smart kids should apply elsewhere.'”

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So it seems that my love for knowledge will \ go unrequited, for even if there are no direct job prospects following a philosophy degree, I will have A) Honed my Skills in animation for employment and more importantly B) Honed my ability to reason.

On last note I’ll leave you with a charming interview with Bertrand Russell on the importance of philosophy.

Surely if anything of this article is true it’s this last note;
“To make people a little more modest intellectually and where the great many things that been thought certain turned out to be untrue and that there is no shortcut to knowledge, and that the understanding of the world which to my mind is the underlying purpose that every philosopher should have, that is very long and difficult business about which we ought not to be dogmatic.” – Bertrand Russell.

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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CIU Wk 5 – “Inclusive Design”

Hey!

This blog is the five of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

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I’ve attached the link above for your perusal.

Today’s blog will be about the take home principles from this regarding the definition of ‘Inclusive Design’ and how you could perhaps create content that spreads to wider audiences.

It is NOT about taking on board everything word by word cited by the lecturer here.

Throughout the above linked blog post, you will find things such as ‘Designing for colourblind’ and ‘Adapting movies to include the deaf’ … however you will also find some content that over compensates it’s lack of critical thought with loud opinions.
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I would suggest you listen and think objectively to the best of your ability to reason.
So the things that interested me were designing for colourblind and considering the adaptability of your product.

Before we begin I’ll first define simply Inclusive Design.
Inclusive Design: Designing for everyone, a design that is flexible enough and designing to include as many people as possible. Some ways to do this would be to create with consideration to how, why and who will use it, including the impact that it may have on your audience lives, this means expanding upon your design to include those of different, ethnicity or who would otherwise find your game unplayable with disability for example.

But also considering the ways your design may negatively impact others and taking steps to minimise that negative impact in foresight.

Let’s cover some examples of inclusive design!

Colour Blind Design –

Some great observations were made and are immediately applicable to the creation of Animation in the future.

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Of course being severely colourblind myself I could have told you this rather quickly, without the experiments but never the less this was a good consideration.

Designing adaptations for your product –

In this instance we will see Hoyts have developed a small device that produces subtitles for their movies so that the hearing impaired are able to read the captions of the movie. This is another great example of Inclusive design. Inclusive design problems can usually be solved in more than one way, it’s important to weigh the impact and choose the best way.

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I’ll leave you with a great explanation of inclusive design to increase your understanding further –

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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CIU 111.1 – Do you actually care?

Hey, this is an extra-curricular blog.
I’ll cover myself and the tools for success I’ve researched to work.

I grew up in Harlaxton and my mum had me young.
With no father and in a bad neighbourhood my mum wanted to make sure I could ‘look after myself’.
She put me into Martial Arts at 7yrs old after I was bashed by a gang of kids at school.
I trained there until I was 12 and went on to train in other styles, mostly Muay Thai for my teenage years. 10662053_10152723977915758_6201456427366345160_o

The Martial Arts & Boxing taught me work ethic and discipline – the trainers back then would always remind us growing up that if we didn’t work hard in the gym, we’d get our arses kicked in life. We trained three times per week, every Wednesday we had sparring & if you beat the other kid, but were a bit overconfident they would cut you down themselves or ban you from the gym.
Some of you may have been sports people – you probably can understand what I’m talking about better than others.

None of us had strong families / good home lives so we built role models out of people like Muhammad Ali & Kostya Tszyu – these guys were crucial to all of us – just to make us want to keep living. They gave us hope. If Muhammad hadn’t worked as hard as he did, he’d still be a painter in Kentucky. That’s all I needed to know to work as hard as he did.

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Work Ethic: “There’s no jobs man, I can’t find work.”body-part-makes-poor-800x600

There IS work, the problem is nobody knows you.
You’ve gotta get crazy attention, you’ve gotta be a maniac about what you do if you want to be known and get paid.
You have to SHOW & BE valuable to a person or a company, they don’t care about you, until you show them why … you’ve gotta be known for that man.

You can’t fake your reputation for work on your instagram.
You have to build your WORK ETHIC – it’s like a muscle … it gets weak if you let it.

You’ve gotta work man – you have to hustle to break through the noise.
SOMEONE ELSE is trying harder than you are right now.

Will Smith said –
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That’s the work ethic I’m talking about here.
You have to be willing to die on that treadmill if you want to be more than mediocre.

You need to hear this everyday so find an energizer like Grant Cardone –
Watch the video, save it, revisit it every morning till you get it.

 

Proven Success Tools: “If only I knew who and what they knew…”

We have the internet man! We have access to everyone.
There are a few tools that lay the foundation to a world of success.
Buy them, read them, learn them.
Absorb them as audio books, as real books, as small quotes. Whatever you want to do will be decided by your ability to lay these foundations before you will ever be successful.

Essential:

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This blog describes gives short review of some of these books
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/top-10-motivational-books-of-all-time_pagen_4.html

Additional:
Best of these for students entering the workforce is “If you’re not first you’re last”
It explains how to break through the noise when marketing and self promotion.
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Anyway, hopefully that helps a few of you get a better handle on your futures.
The content I linked are the best in the world. If you want me to breakdown some of the books let me know.

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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CIU Wk 4 – “sooo … did I get the job?”

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Hey!

This blog is the fourth of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

View story at Medium.com

I’ve attached the link above for your perusal.
There’s solid content in this article, it’s a great insight into the mystical magic of “getting the job.”

This is by far my favourite blog post by my Uni Lecturer so far!
Reading the above links and seeing how he first got a start in Animation was hilarious!

The content of SAE’s article covers some devilishly clever ideas!

I have been working since I was 12 years old, my first job was scanning items at the checkout of a local IGA for $6.40 an hour.

I’m 23 now and in 9 years I’ve probably had close to 30 jobs; growing up in this new age I could easily see online famous people telling me to follow my dreams, everytime I discovered an area wasn’t of “my dreams” I’d packup and get a new job!

All these job interviews have taught me heaps and given privileged insight when re-reading SAE’s blog post, I’m so happy to learn at QANTM and hear things like this I already know rehashed by teachers … because it gives credibility when they’re informing me about things I didn’t.
The content covered is spot on when it comes to getting an interview, preparation and securing that job.

If you haven’t check it out above … I seriously recommend you do.

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The structure of this blog post has really made me excited to prepare.
I’ve spent 5 years in Direct Sales and Marketing and hope to add value to you by preparing answers to the examples above.

(For examples sake imagine I have fully researched this company)

1. “In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good graphic designer?”
A great graphic designer, is a free thinker, they’re innovative and interesting
A great graphic designer can connect with the ideas of a client, understanding, envisioning and working hard to bring an idea to life on the paper!
A great graphic designer can turn a flat logo into a statement in branding and help the client leave a noticeable footprint on the world.
Of course, a good graphic designer would do some of those things, most of the time.

2. What kind of design projects are you interested in?
(For examples sake imagine I know all about the company)

I’m interested in designing projects like _insert interests_ , I understand you’ve had some great work with clients in this area by _insert name_ and I will bring extra value to the team by broadening the company clientele with quality work such as __insert prepared portfolio__.

3. Tell me about a time that you had to work under pressure?

Give example of
a. Working to meet a deadline
b. Managing to meet a deadline after losing a team leader
c. Dealing with a change in clients wants soon before deadline causing a situation where you had to re-negotiate deliverables.

4. Which software do you prefer to work with and why?

a. Know which software their company uses and why
b. I use ____ because of ___ it allows me improvements in efficiency and quality of work ___insert portfolio___ I understand however you use ____ I do have proficiency in that and if work must be delivered I will adapt quickly for the role.

5. What is your design process?

Something you should be aware of by then and able to communicate effectively.

6. Can I see your portfolio?
A successful interview and first impression will be based on working your portfolio into the earlier interview questions … if they have to get to the sixth question to ask you this … you know you’ve failed at properly conveying your value.

The goal of the interview is to convey your value and assert your worth.

I can guarantee you the job you want if you develop the right mentors.

One of my greatest mentors to develop the persistence needed for success has been Grant Cardone – an excellent salesman.

In here he’ll highlight the top tips covered.
Summarised below:
1. Success is your Duty
2. Make deals a priority
3. Work hard
4. Ignore the #LittleMan
5. Don’t be negative
6. Have a target
7. Don’t depend on one product
8. #Believe
9. Work to your potential
10. Don’t quit

Goodluck fellow phlebs! hopefully we can all get the jobs of our dreams!

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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CIU Wk 3 – “70 years after I die…”

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Hey!

This blog is the third of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

Today is a bit of a drudge topic! Copyright!

It’s sucks that it is a drudge and extremely complicated topic however, because it protects our livelihoods as creators!

One such example is Steve Kardynal a famous YouTuber, with over 100million views on his videos, Steve made a YouTube series called “Songs in real life” where he features 3 – 10 second clips of audio from songs in the place of spoken words.

The outcome is pretty hilarious and earned Steve quite a bit of money.

However more than a year after posting Sony launched a copyright claim against on of Steve’s videos resulting in it being taken down (loss of revenue) and Steve receiving an account infringement.

In the Youtube world a creator can only have 3 infringements before his account is permanently shutdown … terrified Steve was forced to take down all of his other videos in the series and hope to the gods of YouTube that he didn’t receive another 2 strikes from a series he had already made private.

Sadly, what John Locke had argued for in copyright was simply not upheld in this instance.

In the SAE Creative Institutes post listed above John lockes argued point of copyright can be summarised as this.

“If an interest in real property can be created by mixing skill and labour with objects in the commons, so too can creative and intellectual skill labour convert ideas, facts and concepts into property attracting legal protection.”

The internet is changing the world much faster than our laws can keep up and this blog from my University highlights this point well.

This will be something I’ll have to look out for as we petition for the rights of our hard work as creators to be protected from the perversions of wealthy elite. (Example Sony beating Kardynal)

Crazy stuff guys!

Seeya next time,

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CIU Wk 2 – “Fame or Fortune?”

http://www.medium.com/self-directed-practitioners/week-3-your-income-your-art-133fe7b09488#.snlmlzevh

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Hey!

This blog is the second of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

I’ve attached the link above for your perusal.
There’s solid content in this article, it’s a great overview to my course but more importantly it generates discussion which leads to thought which leads to learning!

Today I will be covering some of the funkiest ways to make a living from my art!

It’s important to understand before you read this know that I think the structure of employment we have all grown up with in the Western world is about to suffer a seriously quick death. There is solid argument to suggest that creatives are going to rule a new world of innovation, we have reached the tipping point where a lot of left brain thinking can be outsourced by templates/formulas and … computers … so the human race as a collective whole, need to again develop the source of our creativity to find new solutions to old problems.
Some great evidence for this is in the book “Whole new mind” (https://www.amazon.com/Whole-New-Mind-Right-Brainers-Future/dp/1594481717)

As mentioned in  my introductory post http://wp.me/p7gS0X-8

Here are three very interesting fresh ways to generate income as a Creative.

1. Consumer Sales (Through the expanse of the internet)
utilising the Pricing Psychology. (SAE Creative Institute)
&
2. Crowdfunding
3. Public Speaking

Let’s start with Consumer Sales – the evolution of face to face sales in a market stall, to the online marketplace is nothing short of amazing. Someone in Sweden could see and purchase my content the split second it is uploaded in Australia.

Picture this, you’re standing on the beach, looking down at the sand … you see you’re standing on millions of little different pieces of sad. You look to your left and see somebody else standing on the sandy shores of the ocean as well…

Now imagine you want to say hello to them … but they’re just a touch too far away to hear you … you have to walk over close to them and occupy the patch of sand beside them in order to be heard.

The internet is much like this beach … if you were all standing on the same patch of sand you instantly communicate to everybody at the same time without even speaking.

Now in real life imagining us all on the beach, it would be very noisy right?
So is the internet.

And it’s a cool thing to remember the power somebody aware of this has. By hearing the noise you can then distance yourself from the noise of consumer sales on the internet more easily… and formulate your plot to cut through it.

The internet gives me unprecedented opportunity to speak to my consumers.

2. Crowdfunding
This leads me onto crowdfunding, the art of speaking to consumers via crowdfunding platforms and similarly asking them for their contributions/money and feedback to create your ideas.

We have used the powers of crowdfunding to bring change to our world for hundreds of years, see below https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-before-kickstarter

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Now with the internet and our enhanced ability to speak to our consumers … so can we ask them directly for money, cutting the middleman negotiators between creator and consumer and changing the dynamics of every product.

I plan to use crowdfunding to form unique relationships with my consumers allowing them through investment to shape my works.

Example: Writing a storybook – Crowdfunding – Donate $10 for outcome A) or $10 for outcome B) …

Literally creating content that my viewers contributed personally too … allowing them to be a part of the process and mold my products greatness.

3. Public Speaking
Not everything can be done through the internet! I’ll admit.
That’s where Public speaking as evidenced in SAE Creative’s blog can make up for the slack. If I can utilise public speaking/crowdfunding and drect consumer contact successfully I may be able to design a speaking circuit, with which to engage even more closely with my consumers and make for a really unique and game changing creator/consumer relationship.

Who knows where this could go, but the blog has really got me thinking about the potential I have to create change in the consumer environment!

Super cool …

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings,

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CIU Wk 1 – “The industry that killed me.”

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Hey!

This blog is the first of six, I’ll be breaking down each weeks content in CIU provided by my lecturer and exploring new thought. Reflective Journaling is the fab term for this.

I’ve attached the link above for your perusal.
There’s solid content in this article, it’s a great overview to my course but more importantly it presents alot of avenues to consider.

There were two things I’m covering in a bit more detail ;

1. Intrapreneurism

“More and more companies are recognising that the urge to innovate is an asset. So instead of losing these employees, they’re encouraging them to come up with ideas within the company. There is a term for this: intrapreneurs.” – SAE Creative Institute (https://medium.com/self-directed-practitioners/week-1-overview-your-professional-identity-d3037f34cb8e#.3zzw5wt7h)

&
2. Passion Projects.

“A passion project is something you work on (often outside of your chosen career path) that gives you satisfaction, happiness and puts you into a state of flow. It’s what you do to escape it all. Its your tiny (or huge) contribution to the world.” – Dr. Amy Shah (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13884/10-reasons-to-find-your-passion-project.html)

I see myself moving forward, more likely to link up with a larger entity as an intrapreneur.
Few reasons for this, one because the old mantra “if you can’t beat em, join em.” comes to mind. When I venture forth to try and create intensely meaningful work, it’s important to collaborate with the greatest professionals I can and it would be a rookie error to think huge companies had not snapped up all of the best talent.

It makes sense to mingle with the talent pool of a quality company, than wasting my time with adverts in the local newspaper.

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Secondly, I see it as a way to perhaps gain the valuable business relationship with a large company. Allowing a little more stability financially than perhaps smaller clients.

But more importantly I see being an intrapreneur as meaning, “Proven value to the business” in the western world, employees are notorious for earning their employers an appalling ratio of  $ Value / Time Spent
(See Forbes article “Wasting Time At Work: The Epidemic Continue
for reference http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2015/07/31/wasting-time-at-work-the-epidemic-continues/#1a9968423ac1)

This should allow me some capital in negotiation with my employers to have a work environment that I will be happier with. For example being able to work from Thailand for a month keeping my cost of living lower.

2. Passion Projects

There is a snippet in the documentary at the end of my lecturers blog, where many industry professionals talk about their work and give tips to newcomers.

One of the tips was to “Maintain passion projects”, this is a theme that comes up frequently in creative industries. Producing strenuous work for clients can bog creative talent. This leads to a lack of fulfillment in us.

I aim to continuously work on passion projects outside of work and to make time for them in my work schedule, this will help me to feel more fulfilled and less burnt out creatively. It will also allow my content to return to the original goal of being meaningful instead of having the meaning perverted by meeting clients needs/money.

Thanks for reading,
Samson

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Finished Asset + Reflected learning

Hi,

I have been tasked with creating a 3D Hard Surface Asset that could be used for a game.
The object I chose was a stylised box w/nails, a much simpler choice than most but I figured it was better to do something simple well, than something difficult badly.

First Stage: Finding Reference-

Using the skills I had learnt in my storytelling classes, about the development of character, I tried to build the character of my box.
I thought about what type of game I would like to build assets for.
How it would fit in, etc.

Crash Bandicoot/Donkey Kong –

After this I had a theme and some creative limitations which made it easier to proceed.

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Second Stage: Building it!

I started with a rectangle panel, building it into the framework for the box.
Chamfering the edges for style.

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The inside wall of the box, was made up of the same objects as the outer frame, rescaled to fit.

I utilised different perspectives here to ensure the pieces lined up.
(See “Wireframe Front View” utilised in 3DS Max window above)

Once I had the outer frame, including the inner panel wall, I needed to add stylised cross panels, like the reference above so that it would fit the theme of the game.

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In doing so I rescaled the first cross panel and attempted to just duplicate the first cross panel, rotate it using snap rotate (to keep the angle) and place it back in.

But I forgot to copy it as an instance, so I had to modify the heights of each individual cross panel. Copying as an instance means that the modification of one cross panel, would automatically edit the second cross panel as well, similar to quantum entanglement … where one panel is affected, so will the other panel wherever it might be in the 3DS Max environment (if copied as an instance and not as a separate object.)

Nails:

The nails were funny, I started with a cylinder primitive.
I selected the “Auto Grid” option to make it easier to keep on the outside of my box.

I created the lengths, sides and size, relative to the overall style.
Trying to keep a big and distinctive look.

On the bottom right hand corner of the cylinder, changing the sides made it into a hexagon shape.

box.JPG

I then moved into wireframe mode and beveled the hexagon shape to create the length of the nail. (Photo below)

start with cyclinder bevel to create length.PNG

The stylisation of the nails was done with the Bend modifier, I made sure not to bend them all in the same way, as I didn’t want to tire out the effect.

As seen in the above picture, I made sure to delete the back polys of the nails and the back polys of the box side … this is to keep the poly count as low as possible.

Nail Damage:

Research suggested to me that while making my asset I may be in the future tasked of staying to a “Poly budget” this would mean the object needs to be as efficient as possible, if I want to make it detailed and cool.

Unfortunately this also meant, certain cool details- like the damage below should not be created.  (6 extra faces

If we replicate the nail mesh 4 times on thi face of the create its

4 x 6 which is 24 extra polys this side.

5 sides of crate 24 x 6 = 144 extra polygons per crate just for this tiny damage detail.

Now if this crate was part of a game level, in  a warehouse, in a game space where there’s 80 of these boxes in the one space.

80 x 144 = 11520 extra polys in the level, just for a tiny piece of what was very minor damage on the box.

Pointless waste of time. (Which I did have wasted time, when dealing with the cut and bevel tools)

It would also be easier and more efficiently done in Quixel … which I did later in the task.

modeled dmg didnt think of extra polys.PNG

The nails are smoothed and multiplied.

multiple nails.PNG

Third Stage: UV Unwrapping

This is a time consuming and difficult process for me.
First I started by adding a shader to the model which is able to show how the mapping of my object is going.

When the chequered pattern looks vastly different on each surface mapped we can be sure so will the UV Mapping.

I HATE UNWRAPPING.PNG

shaders.PNG

lots of uvw work.PNG

In the below picture I am trying to unwrap the final few sides correctly.
kill me.PNG

In the end I had to settle with the auto unwrapping available within 3DS Max having wasted more than twice as long as the creation of the box, on trying to unwrap. It wasn’t perfect to use auto unwrapping functions but possibly due to my colour blindness, selecting the individual lines to break and unwrapping proved absolutely impossible.

A problem that I also faced in a past project, modeling a treasure chest.

Fourth Stage: Putting the box together –

final box.PNG

This was a matter of duplicating all of the objects, and putting them together utilising the right viewports to ensure they fit snug.

Then putting everything as a single object in order to bring it into quixel for texturing.

Fifth Stage: Texturing

This was really really fun! Which unfortunately meant, I probably didn’t take enough screenshots!

During this portion I was able to scratch the surface of quixel texturing.
It is an absolutely brilliant tool, I used smart shaders and paint tools within photoshop/quixel to create this final product.

rendering.PNG

Unfortunately due to my lack of understanding regarding saving within Quixel … I also had to retexture the box many times!

I rendered my high quality still in Quixel and also produced a short animation used for my final video, rendering my small animation in quixel was MUCH quicker than it would have been in 3DS Max.

Sixth Stage: Basic Editing

Some basic editing was done within Adobe Premiere video editing.PNG
The goal was to produce something appealing that showcased not only the asset, but the environment for which I envisioned it.

So the final video shows it within Donkey Kong.

Here is a sketchfab of the final box to play with:

Sketchfab

and the final video