Weekly Blender Roundup

24 February 2018 (#7)

Interesting article I have been reading:

Interview with Gleb Alexandrov

I like reading articles of people who have made it. They usually give us a hint on what to focus and what mistakes to avoid.

There is a section below on advice for new artists, If nothing, only read that section and apply it in your day to day life. You will go far ahead than most blender users.

Tutorial video of the week:

I am really in awe of procedural textures.

Any tutorial that teaches the workflow for free is automatically a must watch.

He also teaches you about modeling the apple that he is going to texture.

Theory video I like:

Things like Color theory and Rules of animation weren’t invented by humans. Early humans used to observe nature.

We used to find a red flower on a green tree as beautiful. We used to love watching birds fly. We just brought those principles in the work we do to make it appealing.

Whenever you are stuck on a design problem, see how nature handles it. If you can replicate that in your work, then your work will be as beautiful as nature itself.

Weekly Book recommendation:

How to fail at almost everything and still win big — Scott Adams

As of right now, The author is in a bit of controversy regarding supporting Donald Trump. But ignore that as this book was written in 2013.

It can be described as a half autobiographical and half self-help book. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. The principles this book teaches are tried and tested. (Ignore the stuff about diet though.) Here are some of the points of this book.

  1. Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.
  2. When tackling any new and complicated problem, one step you will always do first: ask a smart friend how he or she tackled the same problem.
  3. If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it. It sounds trivial and obvious, but if you unpack the idea it has extraordinary power.
  4. Things that will someday work out well start out well. Things that will never work start out bad and stay that way.

Weekly Work Ethic tip:

Let’s talk about procrastination. There was a time I used to avoid doing the work that mattered and gave myself excuses for not doing it.

  • There was never a point in my life where I have appreciated my lethargy. I used to wait for the right time but realized the right time never came.
  • I used to wait to find the perfect information so that I couldn’t make any mistakes. But I found out that repairing mistakes down the line, if any, is much better than not doing anything after all.
  • I may not know what I am doing right now, but rather than just sitting and figuring it out, doing something is far better than just sitting doing nothing. If we find some new information, we can always change or repair our mistake.
  • Anyone can steer the vehicle in motion but it is far harder to start the vehicle from stationary.

Time is the most important thing you have. Do not waste it. The only thing I regret in my life is inaction.

Try new things and make mistakes you can afford to make. I am not saying to do something that can ruin your life if it goes wrong, but try things that even if you fail, you can recover and learn from it.

Quote from a book I am reading:

“Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.” – Seneca the younger

Funny Blender post of the week:

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