Weekly Blender Roundup

13 January 2018 (#1):

Interesting article I have been reading:
Using Blender to win large Engineering jobs

The thing I liked about this is that the animation he makes isn’t very pretty to look at, but it is meant to teach the how the system works in the simplest way possible. The first priority is explanation, the second is aesthetics.

Sometimes when explanation is important, some sacrifices can be made in aesthetics. It all depends on the what the client wants (in the required timeframe) and not what we want the animation to be.

Tutorial video of the week:

Simple, short and the end result looks really nice. Great beginner tutorial that’s not a bowl and cloth.

Theory video I like:

You can follow this video without any knowledge of Final Cut Pro X. This video might be the best tutorial in color correction and the theory behind it. Even if you never intend to make an animation, make sure to watch this at least once.

Remember, you can use scopes in blender too.

Cool addon to watch out for:
Wisp Fire Shader

As someone who has spent a significant amount of time to get fire to look realistic, this actually looks very good and easy to set up too.

Weekly Book recommendation:
Rework

Simply put, this book is recommended by Andrew Price, Gleb Alexandrov and Reynante Martinez. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.

Some basic points from the book:

  • Make short term plans that extend for a week instead of long term. You cannot predict what is going to happen in the future. Improvise wherever needed.
  • Start making something. Ideas are cheap and plentiful. The real question is how well you execute.
  • Commit to making decisions. Don’t wait for the perfect solution. Decide and move forward.

Weekly Freelancing tip:
Increase your communication skills as soon as possible. It is one of the main factor to success in any field.

One book I recommend on this is Dale Carnegie’s How to win friends and influence people. If you don’t have the time or money to read it. Just read the wikipedia page and start by applying at least one point in your life.

Freelancing is a skill like any other. No matter whatever your skill set is, start early, contact people and see what kind of work do people need. You have to make what people need.

Not everyone needs a high production head sculpt. Most people never venture beyond explainer video and logo animation.

Quote from a book I am reading:
(Tribe of Mentors: Tim Ferriss)
Tim Ferriss: When you feel overwhelmed or Unfocused, what do you do?
Jocko Willink: Prioritize and execute….
Take a step back,
Detach from the mayhem.
Look at the situation and assess the multitude of problems, tasks or issues.
Choose the one that is going to have the biggest impact and execute that.

Funny Blender post of the week:
Cheeky Blender UI