It's Boxing Day afternoon and the rest of the family are inevitably fast asleep; a festive edition of excessive food intake has occurred...
So I am taking time to recap on the progress of my hobby, 3D modelling/modding. Early in 2016 I (rather regretfully) paused progression of my Rockingham track, owing both to a wish to improve my skill set in Blender to do it justice, and a fall in motivation due to a lack of variety of tasks. Later in the year I commenced work on Sandown Raceway, and this remains a track which I am actively working on. In the last part of the year I have been broadening my knowledge by investigating how cars are modelled - testing this out with some practice on a Volvo S40 TWR.
3D modelling a car has surprised me - in fact it is the opposite of what I had imagined. It calls for a completely different style of modelling and has undoubtedly given my hobby the variety it was missing. The Volvo was meant to be a quick test, but has developed into an obsession of sorts.
I have linked up in conversation with Ben Lee and Patrik Marek (PM3DM), of the AC forum. They have assisted by providing 3D Photoscans of the real life car, a tonne of car photographs and car modelling advice. Step by step, I have reported back my progress over the last few months and steadily this Volvo has been taking shape.
I am intrigued to see how far I can take this, and whether one day, collaboration can contribute towards a whole set of 90's SuperTourers in the virtual form. It is a much loved car class, with an evocative heritage, and for which there is limited opportunity to experience (certainly in terms of driving) in the real world today.
Volvo S40 TWR progress...
A New Year calls for a New Years resolution. With this in mind, it is my objective to revert to the 3 projects which I have and progress with them at a more effective pace and be able to use and release them in the future.