Updated: Jul 12
To master 3D visuals, of course, we must practice often. Practice diligently and evidently in a smart way. There are six accurate steps to learn 3D for a beginner.
Training is an absolute thing, it's just very hard to go through if we learn without a clear direction and do not know-how. I want to share some steps for learning this 3D Visual.
Step 1: Decide Your Starting Point to Meet Its Direction
We all must have experienced confusion when going on vacation, confused about where to go, often we have several cities that we want to visit, then we compare the pluses and minuses. Finally, we are too late to make a decision, and eventually, we do not go because the price of a plane ticket suddenly becomes expensive. In the end, we only go around in the city.
Same thing with learning and practicing 3D Visual. We are often confused about where to learn first, confused about what to learn first because there are so many softwares, we have never had 3D software at all, so we don't know anything about the software, so our minds are very dark like people who are lost in the middle of the forest. From some of the previous blogs, I have info and suggest what software is best for starting and the sequence of learning. Live now you specify directly, no need to think too much. Directly specify "I want to learn to use 3DSMAX and at the beginning, I will learn about basic modeling". Immediately look for tutorials on YouTube or Google, and immediately learn and practice.
Step 2: Define Your Target
Target ... this is the thing that most makes everyone uncomfortable. But without a target, we will not go anywhere. After you define the starting point and direction, of course, there must be a target. This target can be long-term and short-term targets. Of course, this only needs to be done if you are really serious in this field, truly convinced that the 3D Visual field will change your life for the better.
Define your long-term target first, for example. I should be able to make an excellent interior rendering within 12 months. Then from the long-term goal, you have to make a short-term target. For example, in the next one week, I must have adapted to navigation and menus in 3DSMAX, and can already make a 1-storey house model. After that, determine in 1 week, every day you have to study how many hours? 6 hours? 8 hours? 10 hours?
Of course, making a time target must also be able to get you out of your comfort zone, do not expect too long, do not let you make a target of 30 days just to make a 1-storey house model without texture. If this takes too long.
The question that often arises is, "I don't know, how long have other artists done this modeling?" you may try asking this in the 3D group. The answer must be very varied, making you confused yourself because those who answer must have their respective expertise. My advice is, just make the target first, just start and live it first, as long as you dedicate your time to study following the hours you set, if it is not achieved, of course, you can set the target again.
1 more, if you have determined for example 10 hours a day, make sure the 10 hours are really learning, not 9 hours for open Facebook or Instagram.
Step 3: Don't Hesitate to Ask
Never hesitate to ask if you've tried learning through videos on YouTube, and it still hasn't worked, upload the screenshot in the 3D group and ask. Usually, we are don't dare to ask because they feel too beginner and afraid of being mocked. As long as the question is correct, I'm sure you won't be made fun of. You can say, "I just learned 3D modeling in 3DSMAX for one week and have never held any software before" usually, there will be many who help you to provide input. If there is a mockery, it's okay. It's part of the process of strengthening mentally, just think it's your encouragement, just say it silently (read: silently, not written in the group, later noisy), three months from now, I will exceed yourself.
If no one wants to answer, IT'S OKAY. Don't be sad, because even a professional is a beginner who doesn't know anything at all. Next, if you don't understand, please ask again. Keep going. Later there will be a senior who sees your perseverance and will start helping you to provide solutions. Senior Artists usually don't answer right away because they want to know the extent of your persistence. Senior Artists do this because they used to study the hard way too, and they understood that MENTAL was more important.
Step 4: Open your Eyes, Ears, and Heart Widely
Wayne Dyer says, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at ... Change" If you change your perspective on something (for example), Later something (for example) that you see also differs according to your new perspective. "
I honestly don't know who Wayne Dyer is either, but what I do know, his words are good and meaningful :D
The most straightforward example is Ice Cream Magnum. If we only see ice cream, magnum is only ice cream wrapped in chocolate. But if we look at it from the pleasure side, you will see magnum is different from usual. You will start telling stories, the chocolate that wraps the ice cream when eaten together with the ice cream, it is very delicious, because it makes the vanilla ice cream has crunchy and chocolate flavor, make this ice cream flavor more complex."
Always listen to all suggestions, criticism from people, if someone gives other tips, there is no harm in trying, no need to argue, try immediately, if not succeed, try asking again. Great 3D artists around the world are always listening to advice from others, because information, criticism is their perspective from a different angle from us. Often these suggestions will open additional insights and allow us to see things from a different perspective.
Step 6: Find a friend to Study
People usually, like community activities, because we are all social beings. Look for the right community, who think positively, who support each other. Learning will be much easier if there are friends who come from positive communities. You don't have to be in one room, you can study at home, the important thing is to ask each other questions, and exchange ideas, you can find tutorials together so that you can learn efficiently. Of course, you can meet and learn together, and the most important thing is there is support when we are mentally down.
Step 6: Repeat!
This 6th Step is important, why? because the 6th Step is repeating steps 1 - 5 continuously. Because only this way your mentality will form and you will be surrounded by positive people who will support one another. As we all know, Practice makes Perfect, Exercise that makes everything perfect.