The power of cgi
CGi, A way to create something beautiful, from absolutely nothing. With CGI, which stands for computer generated imagery,
you can create absolutely everything you can imagine. So this is where you can be 100% creative and let your creative mind come to life.
- Date: Late 2016
For my minor I went to Solent University in Southampton, UK. I was very convinced that I wanted to do cgi for a living. The cool thing at this minor was, that you were allowed to pick your own subjects as long as it did meet the requirements for your home course. Once arrived in Southampton I got my assigned subjects, and I saw that I did not had cgi. Which was the main subject for me, why I did go to this University. I contacted school and set up a meeting with the international students supervisor. She told me that I was not assigned to the subject, because it was a graduation year, so it would be to difficult. But I really insisted following that subject so she set up a meeting with me and one of the teachers. After a real nice conversation and showing my portfolio etc, he told me, that if I would work hard, I could make it. So we shook hands and agreed to meet in the first class starting in a week.
Happy as I could be, I started looking into the assignments for the coming semester. The assignment was simple, but vast. "Make your own assignment to show your skills, and write a essay about it too." Since I did not have any experience with it, my assignment was to make my own assignment, where I could learn, exactly what I wanted to learn in the UK. My goal was to learn how to make the most realistic cgi projects as possible. I decided to make an interior design, because you would learn many different things in one project. Think about modeling, textures and materials, light and rendering etc. I set up a full plan for the semester and started modeling. It took me a bit more time than I would have thought and hoped for, but I was extremely happy with the results. It is so satisfying to see the outcome that you have build from the ground up. It was a lot of work, and since I joined a graduating year, I had to learn everything myself. The good thing was, that I enjoyed doing it. So this gave me motivation to keep working on it.
Browsing the internet was a good starting point for inspiration. I started drawing some sketches, and one of the first drawings ended being the final image as you can see above.
I knew I needed one good starting point. And it had to be perfect from the beginning. So I followed a few online courses about cgi modeling and soon after I started creating a very detailed chesterfield couch as you can see on the right.
Since I wanted to learn as much as possible in getting the most realistic results. I experimented with many different tools. One thing I learned that I tried to apply to all the cgi work I made, was to keep the values and everything as close to the reality as possible. Underneath you can see how I worked with real world dynamics to get a realistic feeling of cloth material and the bowl of stones.
For me the living room was not perfect yet, and I wanted to continue with it, but the teacher advised to make more projects that are all not 100%, because the last few percents are the hardest to achieve, and what I already had achieved was incredible. The biggest compliment I got from the teacher himself, was that I was keeping up with the level of the rest of the class, whom had been doing this for the past few years already, and that I got even better than some of them. My day could not get any better.