Just after the Expo ended, I had the chance to sit down with some of my fellow digital and traditional artists from the show. Everyone introduced themselves and what digital tools they use to create their 3D models. Going around the group, everyone mentioned NURBS and how difficult it was. In fact, everyone seemed to have a NURBS horror story.
I was last. I gave my name and said I was a NURBS modeler. That got a laugh from the group. Then it went silent. And somebody said, "seriously?" I said, "yeah".
Out of a group of 15 artists, I was the only one who didn't hate NURBS. Not only that, I use NURBS as my primary modeling tool...almost exclusively.
I am self taught. I got started from manuals and, back then (about 18+ years ago), books. The software and hardware was very specialized and in most cases, very expensive. Not much of a consumer and hobbyist market.
Because I am self taught, the way I do things is unconventional. This has been both blessing and curse. I needed to learn as I went so, a lot of how I work feels like workarounds.
On the other hand, it's led me to a pretty unique build and unique designs. It has pushed me to look outside the box for ideas and inspiration, even in other areas of my life. I believe this is at least part of what draws attention to my work.
Long before my fateful artist roundtable in Burbank, I would have discussions with one of my colleagues about NUBRS and Polygons. He is a former Art Director for a major video game company, who now teaches 3D modeling and runs his own software company. He is partly self taught and partly classroom taught.
I gained a lot of insight into the world of polygon modeling and designing for video games from him. I also see the differences (advantages and pitfalls) between being classroom and self taught.
Always being one to constantly learn. I have been interested in expanding my 3D modeling tool set to include more polygon modeling skills.
I'm not planning on changing my primary build style and tools. But the more diverse your are, the better you can adapt to any situation.
Would like to hear any thoughts you have about NURBS vs. Polygon or any thoughts you have about self taught vs. classroom taught.