5 Tips For Beginner 3D Modelers

If you want to get success with 3D modeling, what you need to have is passion for all the stuff related to computers. Aside from this, you must have a good understanding of the way objects are put in space. Actually, 3D modeling can open the doors to a lot of opportunities for you if you develop a strong grip on it. Given below are a few tips that can help you be a good 3D modeler.

Tip #1: Use Modeling Software

The one tool that you will use on a regular basis is the 3D modeling app. So, your first priority should be to learn how the app works. For this, you need to look for the best software first. You should look for one that feels comfortable to you. The app should have all the required features.

If you are just starting out, we suggest that you give a go to an open-source app. This way you can learn the basics without spending a good deal of money. For instance, you can learn Tinkercad, Netfabb Basic, Blender, and Sketchup, just to name a few.

TIP #2: Don’t Make Haste

While learning this art, it’s not a good idea to make haste. 3D modeling is not as easy as it may sound to you. You need to be patient and you should need to spend plenty of time to learn the tips and tricks.

What you need to do is develop valuable skills bit by bit. These skills will help you down the road. In the start, you don’t have to work on complex projects or you will get frustrated. In the same way, you may not want to overestimate yourself. You should keep walking slowly.

Tip #3: Use Tutorials

You can find lots of 3D modeling tutorials online. You can download manuals, guidelines and videos, which will help you to solve your problems. As a matter of fact, experienced professionals also go for the stuff for assistance when they get stuck.

Tip #4: Modeling Simple Objects

Learning 3D modeling is like learning a language you don’t know the basics of. First of all, you learn the alphabets, diphthongs, short words and then you learn to make short sentences. Learning 3D modeling involves a similar process.

You should start with simple objects, such as spheres, cubes and pyramids. You should keep designing simple stuff until you feel comfortable enough to handle complex jobs.

Tip #5: Printer’s Build Area

When printing, what you need to do is find out the size of the build area of your printer in order to make sure the object you are going to design will fit well. It’s important for you to know the size because this is the only way you can cut a large model into different parts. Aside from this, it will help you avoid visible seams, poor aesthetics and lines.

How to Learn the Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. It’s an art form that is a bit different from others. That’s because there are “rules” about how you create the letterforms, known as “hands” or styles of calligraphy. In computer language those styles are called ‘fonts’.

In order to create a particular letterform, you need to study it by really observing the letters closely. It is most important to find examples of these lettering styles that are created by master calligraphers. Because most people know how to write, you could be mistaken by learning from someone who actually knows little about the skills to write historical hands. It would be like trying to become a professional photographer from someone who only has every used their phone to take photographs! Learning from a master scribe will teach you excellent skills that will create consistently excellent lettering and design.

One of the important characteristics of calligraphy you will learn is that letters have thick and thin parts, which are created by the angle by which you hold your pen with a square cut nib. That’s the part of the pen that comes in various sizes, that you dip into ink or paint. You achieve that by the angle you hold the pen consistently when writing your letters. In copperplate calligraphy, the thick and thin parts of letters are created by placing pressure on the pen nib when writing.

Consistency is the most important characteristic- learning the height, width, slant, serifs, branching and other parts of the letters, and then being able to write them that way every time! That’s where studying, observing and practice comes in. It takes getting used to the pen: holding it at the proper pen angle, how hard you are pressing down (don’t press hard or the ink won’t flow!) and even how much ink you put on the nib. And once you learn about forming letters, then you need to learn about what kind of ink or paint, paper, how to rule paper, proper spacing… on and on.

Don’t get discouraged. It takes time. It’s the same way any professional gets to know their tools- a carpenter using a saw, a plastic surgeon putting in stitches, a great tennis player using their racket! It takes a LOT of hours, and finally years to become a consistent master.

The final part of learning is the ART of calligraphy. It does take some talent to create beautiful letters and documents. Go to the websites of calligraphy guilds such as The Society of Scribes in New York. Check out the work of top calligraphers, like John Stevens Designs, and Eleanor Winters, Joanne Fink and others. There are breathtaking works of art! Not everyone can be a top scribe- no matter how many hours you practice. You need skill AND TALENT.

But if you just want to have nice writing, or improve your penmanship- give it a try! You can contact me to look over your letter forms with online lessons – critiquing your work and making suggestions for how to improve your lettering and learn the art of calligraphy.