It’s been a busy week. I submitted the final fixes for my newest lynda.com course this week. It should be out very soon. It’s a sequel to my previous course, Blender Game Asset Sculpting. In this one we’ll be using Blender’s texture painting tools to create a color map for the game object, to go along with the normal and ambient occlusion maps from the sculpting course. I created a war hammer for these courses, and I’ll also be using it for my goblin game character on Youtube.
And I started creating a Blender Motorcycle Modeling course this week. The Harley-Davidson museum here in town has one of the motorcycles they used in the first Captain America film. So I went there and took lots of reference images. We’ll be creating Captain America’s motorcycle in the course, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just finishing up the frame today.
In addition, I’ve started creating an Intro to Blender Modeling course. I’m calling it Blender101. It goes over the fundamental concepts and tools of 3D modeling. I’ve taught this course more than a dozen times in college classroom settings and I’ve got some great ideas for the online course.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Like so many people over the last several years, I find myself examining my career and trying to figure out what my next step will be. In May, the Art Institutes announced they were closing 15 schools around the country. They will remain open to “teach out” the remaining students, but will finally close the doors in 2018. One of these is the Milwaukee campus, where I have taught for almost 5 years.
So what would you do? Wait it out until the last possible day? Start looking for a new job? Go back to school? These are all valid options. And I’ve considered each one. But something strange has happened over the past several years to make me consider yet another possibility.
Since 2010 I’ve been posting videos on Youtube as I’ve worked on various 3D animation projects. At first it was just simple progress reports or helpful tips as I came across them. But these videos have grown into full-fledged courses over time. I’ve found that I really enjoy the process of doing this. And strangely enough, it seems that many people have found them useful. My Youtube channel now has more than 25,000 subscribers, and growing.
From this experience, I was offered the opportunity to create online courses for lynda.com, one of the largest online training sites on the internet. My third course for them will be out in the next few weeks. And in June, I released my own online course which is available directly from my website. All this I’ve done on a part-time basis as I’ve been teaching full-time.
So now I’m at a decision point. If I find a new job, much more of my energy will be directed toward that, and I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up the online work that I’ve enjoyed so much. At the very least, it will need to be put on hold for a while. But I’ve actually begun to earn a modest income through my online efforts. Could this actually be built into a career?
Well, I’m going to find out. I’ve told the Art Institute that I will not be back next year. Beginning January 1st, I will take the leap and try it on my own. In 2016 I will stumble as best I can into a new career. It’s scary and crazy. But it’s the most excited I’ve been about my career in a long time.
So stay tuned! This is a story without an ending. Let’s see where it goes. :)
Had an idea for seams on the character's gloves and wanted to give it a try. I think it worked out OK. See what you think.