One of my early projects in the ABW series was making 3D versions of social media icons. The intention was two-pronged: the first was to build a library of items I could tap into when I needed little bits to include in videos if the scenes needed something more than 2D objects; the other was to put in some practice and look at different ways to represent items and how to build them.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were first on the list. Some of them were pretty straight forward, requiring a simple translation from 2D to 3D. Others were an opportunity to find different ways of representing the same idea.
The Instagram icons were probably the trickiest ones as they were the first, meaning the well of tricks to draw upon was still empty. Because the icons were being turned into 3D I wanted to take it further than just build the 3D version, I wanted that version to also be readable from multiple angles and still be understood to be the same icon whenever possible. This, of course, wasn't the case for all of them, but that was taken to be an opportunity to explore other options.
I wanted to try different approaches with each platform. Instagram was very much a near-direct translation, Facebook looked more at finding alternative representation, and Twitter...well, that was another story behind the scenes..
By the time I got to the Twitter icons, I was interested in trying something a bit more removed from the previous two. This took the form of using MECH/FY to create more sculptural pieces that were abstraction of the original icons. There were a few downsides to this approach unfortunately, namely memory. The crash was real and it lead to a reduction of the total number of the final set. The final result still came out as hoped.
I plan on making more sets and there have already been requests by viewers on my YouTube channel that I'm looking forward to exploring.
P.S. All of the icons shown in the video can be downloaded for free and used in your own projects. The links for the hosting folders can be reached using the QR codes embedded in the videos. Some clues have been given as to where in the video* if you're in a rush.
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ALIENWARE M15 R3 GAMING LAPTOP
TL;DR - I'm working towards getting a machine from a long-time favourite brands, Dell, which I recently found out bought Alienware, a brand I first considered. Such a confluence was a something I took as a sign and has become the motivation for something I once considered out of my league.
I'm willing to put in all the hours to pay for it out-of-pocket. This is for anyone whom would like to support the cause. There's a second phase to this goal, but it will sound cheesy if I share it before even getting halfway.
No obligation, I'm doing it regardless.
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Completing my Formal Studies
2020 has been a difficult year for many - that cannot be denied. I was was on my way to completing my masters degree in architecture and due to circumstances (that aren't COVID-related) I made the decision to withdraw in service of protecting my mental health. I pivoted and started my journey towards becoming a Technical Artist and my YouTube channel serves to document that learning journey.
This didn't, however, completely close my chapter in academia - I just needed to regroup and re-evaluate what I wanted and what having that degree would mean for me moving forward.
I've since found an avenue I'd like to pursue with the intention of it complementing what I'm doing now. Finding funding (avoiding the loan route) isn't an easy one, but I'm exploring as many avenues that I can - This is one of them.
The listed amount covers registration and full tuition. Everything else I'll hopefully be able to cover through odd-jobs and commissions.
My goal is to raise these funds throughout 2021 and hopefully register for 2022.