OK guys, we're getting close to the start of April, and we need to get into the details of what we're doing for this 3D modeling course. So how do we want to do this, exactly?
I had initially proposed an 8-week plan, where every week we'd do a different 3D model, with an upper limit on the time allowed. Something like 1 hour. The purpose of that would be to keep this little course to a reasonable level of commitment. One hour per week should be more than doable by anybody who is interested.
I had proposed that we stick with just modeling for now, and sort of skip the texturing, rigging, and animation type stuff. That's not to say that those don't have value, just that I don't think you can model, texture, and rig a model in 60 minutes. In future rounds, we can run a modeling and a separate texturing course side-by-side.
I suppose I'm imagining a format along these lines:
1. Every week, we somehow pick a theme or a specific object to model. I'm currently not sure how we'll pick the topic, nor how specific we want to be. (For example, is it, "Something on your desk", "a mythical creature", "an Xbox One controller", etc.) Obviously, the real purpose is to just get some time practicing 3D modeling, so people should definitely feel free to be creative and do whatever they think is best for them in any given week. We're all at different skill levels. One size probably won't fit everybody.
2. The specific topic is announced on… let's say Sunday… and you have from Monday through Sunday to do the work, spending no more than the allotted time for it. (We don't necessarily need to always stick to 1 hour. But we'll assume that for now.)
3. When you complete the task, you have to post either the model itself or pictures of the model, or both. I think it might be nice to see a picture of the wireframe (which shows better how exactly you modeled it) as well as a rendering. I would say sharing the actual model so we can download and open it on our own is preferable, but if you don't want to share the model, that's acceptable too. Just share pictures instead.
4. I've had some thoughts about allowing everybody to vote for a winner or a favorite. I'm not sure how we'd do that, and perhaps that's a can we kick down the road a little further and ignore this time around.
It might also be interesting to require that Week #1 and Week #8 be the same object, so we can see improvement over time.
Based on this schedule, our first project would be given out on 2 April 2017, due for completion on 9 April 2017. The last week would wrap up on 28 May 2017.
Perhaps I should make a thread for modeling suggestions?