Days 1 - 20

Project Cinema4D: My first steps into the world of 3D programs

One of my Cinema4D renders during the 20 days long project.

Within this 20 days project I wanted to learn the basic tools of the 3D program Cinema4D.
I only know how to work with the Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign which are more focused on 2D outputs.
  • I wanted to familiarise myself with the user interface (UI) of the program and the render settings 
  • Creating my first renderings and learning a little about scene lighting
  • After getting familiar with static images, I want to move on to producing animations + learning more about the camera 

I really like the idea of a leitmotif, so while I was learning the program Cinema4D, I decided to insert my little mascot from my logo into all my images to make them more recognisable. 

My first renders didn’t really look that great within the first days.

It was amazing how quickly I improved over the course of just 2 weeks. I guess 3D programs are easy to learn but hard to master.

The following videos are my best animations that I've made as a beginner during this 20 days project

I made this animation for An application that allows you to listen to Spotify together with your friends.

This render took me 6 hours to render with the lowest settings. A render farm or a faster machine would have been great.

Learning Cinema4D camera movements

Here I have started experimenting with modelling 3D objects. For this I have modelled a figure from a book I read that only exists as a 2D image on the web.

There is still a lot of room for improvement. The result kinda looks like windows 98 graphics.

Smaller Steps towards the goal 100%

Personal comment on the project "Cinema4D"

I always like to do a little evaluation after each of my projects to see if I achieved my goals from the beginning and to reflect on what I could do better in the future.

First of all, I never thought I would make such rapid progress in the field of 3D modelling with quite satisfactory results. Overall, it’s a complicated subject that involves a lot of troubleshooting. For example, I have found that a simple 20-second animation can take up to 24 hours to render if you don’t pay attention to the render settings. That’s why my animations are low quality, because I reduced the render quality to make progress and not wait for a single video to finish.

In the end, I have to say that learning my first 3D program Cinema4D was pretty fun and I definitely learned a lot about 3D software. There is always room for improvement, of course, but learning the trivial basics was a good start and I am confident that I will be able to create more renderings in the future.

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