Over the past few years I’ve attempted to learn 3D modeling, animation, and visual effects. I’ve always been interested in the subject. In fact, right after college, I had high hopes of learning all about the VFX world and moving to California. During a trip out there, I tore some pages out of the local phone book (back when they still existed-1995) that listed contact information for several of the well known studios. I purchased an Introductory book for 3D Studio Max and thought I could teach myself. It was a lot more difficult than I expected. Either way, I lost the confidence that I could ever learn enough to financially support myself. I gave up and moved on with my career in law enforcement.
Recently, I decided to attempt to learn again (only as a hobby this time). I began taking several of the free online tutorials. This was my first attempt at all aspects (modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and visual effects. It’s more of a “cartoon” than something that is meant to look realistic. It was the product of an introductory tutorial that walked me step by step through the process. I’ve continued to learn as much as I can and will try to publish more recent projects soon.