Today has been a day of guitar-playing, reading, interpreting, typing, mouse-clicking, and dragging.
I built a 3D model of the Bahamas islands plus Turks & Caicos islands. I am using it as the sample of a 3D islands world in my iPhone game project. This is fun! Building in 3D is new to me, but things don’t go in one ear and out the other in this sort of subject. There are SO VERY MANY things to learn in Blender, because it’s not a user-friendly 3D modelling program. I didn’t know that when I started learning it, but now I do know it.
I got into using it from someone’s internet article of 3D and 2D graphic rendering engines for iPhone and iPod touch (and I suppose now, iPad). The person had SIO2 and Oolong as the top two ranked options, but in pros-and-cons, listed Blender as a con for SIO2.
But that’s probably because like me, that person had no experience with 3D art and modelling. Anyway, I spent the latter half of January going through Blender 3D: Noob to Pro, and have progressed about 40-50% through it. I should really finish, except SIO2 does not fully support everything, and I’m trying to catch up to the 40-50% full competency of SIO2 before going on with more complex Blender subjects (like animated armatures).
So anyway, going through the tutorials in the source code is what must be done, not reading step-by-step how-to documents. This is a guerilla-style learning. Gotta get my feet wet by jumping in 100% and swim with the sharks. Not that anyone associated with SIO2 is a great white shark, more like very pleasant whale shark… that sounds really odd, but I’m tired now.
When complete, this project will be a lot of fun (I hope!). A lot of ideas come to me when I’m in a lucid state, so immediately in the morning before I am out of bed and just sort of coming out of unconsiousness, I try to figure out what ideas are lurking.. at the edge of thought. Collect them up! They’re worth money in the right hands, my hands!