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    1. In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at how we can create our own colour scheme, and how we can save it as a preset.

       

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    2. For those who don’t know, this is how the process of hiring a freelancer goes. What follows is just my meandering experience and observation, your mileage may vary.

      Pretend you have a project.

      Lets say you need someone to design a Dinosaur character. First you will think if you know anyone. If you do, you will reach out to them. Then you will ask your friends, or freelancers that work for you if they know anyone. Then you’ll go to art station or some other portfolio site, or maybe straight to google and type in “Dinosaur character designer”, you will reach out to some of the people that you like, ask them their rates, and then if they are all too expensive you will go to fiver or upwork or freelancer.com or whatever other freelancing website exists. Nobody goes straight to a freelancing website, it’s usually a last resort. And it’s a last resort for people with small budgets. Because with the internet the way it is you can always find someone who does whatever it is you need to be done. Try it, try to hire someone who does what you do.

      I remember when i was just starting out there was this guy at a studio i worked at who kept giving me After effects jobs. I could do them, i had the skills, but it wasn’t really my specialty, i was always a 3D guy. That’s what i did well, thats why i charged more. In after effects i worked slower than most people and really wasn’t that good. But yet this guy just kept giving me after effects jobs. So one day i asked him: “why do you keep giving me these jobs? I’ m sure there is someone who does this better than me, and cheaper” and his answer really changed the way i think about everything, he said “Because i like drinking with you, and if you have more jobs, we can go drink together more”. At first i was like: “awesome”, but then it dawned on me, how many jobs do i miss out on, because someone likes to drink with someone else, or plays golf with them, or has kids go to the same school. It has so much less to do with how good i am at what i do than i thought. To me it was a revelation.

      So what do I do if I don’t know anyone who would hire me?

      You get to know them or you get known. My career was largely built on alcoholism. Especially when i was in New York. People all over the place drinking making friends socializing, exchanging business cards inviting each other to other events. And there is no faster way to get to know a person than drinking with them ( if you want a guide on how to properly drink leave a comment, it’s also a skill that takes time to develop). Alternatively go to events that either related to your industry, or if they don’t have them in your area, go to networking events for other industries, you might find clients there. I knew people who bought shares in mining companies ( just whatever the minimal was) and then turned up to share holding meetings and made friends and then got jobs out of that.

      Don’t like drinking? Get ready to do A LOT of work. Because building relationships with people is a very slow process if there is no alcohol involved, there are exceptional people which can make friends with anyone anywhere with everyone sober, but if you were one of those people you probably wouldn’t need help getting a job. So you have to start making a TONNE of work, and i mean a metric tonne. Start off with just volume, do a daily challenge. Post it on instagram, twitter, facebook, any platform that will let you. You have to get as many eyeballs on your work as possible. And it better be thematic, because people got to remember you for something specific. “oh i know a guy who makes dinosaurs” or “oh that guy who animates cars”. And you got to start posting it like CRAZY. For every 100 things you post, you might get one job out of it. This is not for the faint of heart. Which makes it even more important to pick a topic that you LOVE, because no matter what you pick, there will be people who LOVE doing that specific thing, and you will be competing with those people who will do it better and probably cheaper than you.

      Then go onto forums/facebook groups and start helping people, start answering questions, start figuring out problems other people are having, giving advice where people ask for it. Join the community. But don’t just post random comments actually participate, this is yet another way for people to get to know you.

      Also don’t forget to put together a proper website, you want a little piece of the Internet that is completely under you control. Go check out my article about small bussiness. It goes over how to set up a website rather quickly and what parts you need. Your website should convey to the visitor what you are good at and what kind of work you want to do as quickly as possible. Reels shouldn’t be longer than 1 minute, the shorter the better. Put your best work up top.

      Freelancing websites are really the last resort in most cases, they have the lowest paying clients and the jobs that no one else wants to take on. I know programmers seem to do okay on them. But creative tasks are just terrible.

      The most important thing to remember, that because this is hard to do, is the reason you will stand out. My favorite quote is “if it was easy everyone would do it”.

      I hope this was interesting, what should i write next? How to figure out how much to charge? Let me know in the comments and have a good one!

      The post How to get jobs as a Freelancer ( 3D artist) appeared first on Ace5studios.


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    3. In this hard surface modelling excercise we will create another dormer (This one's number three). 

       

      Plugins used: HB Modelling Bundle

       

      You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here: 

       

      Dormer 003 Project File

       

      I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!

       

      Cheers
      contrafibbularities

       

       

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      The settings in the Force tab are a combination of Dynamics and traditional Timeline animation.
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HS Excercise 06: Dormer 003

HS Excercise 06: Dormer 003

In this hard surface modelling excercise we will create another dormer (This one's number three).    Plugins used: HB Modelling Bundle   You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here:    Dormer 003 Project File   I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!   Cheers contrafibbularities    

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SDS Excercise: Pipe Clamp

SDS Excercise: Pipe Clamp

In this video we will model a pipe clamp in Cinema 4D using subdivision surfaces. You can download a project file that includes the references for modelling:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/fob29wer9efkrpq/pipe%20clamp%20start%20file.7z?dl=0   Enjoy! Cheers, contrafibbularities   https://vimeo.com/360961179

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Quick Tip 41: Save Custom Scheme Colours

Quick Tip 41: Save Custom Scheme Colours

In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at how we can create our own colour scheme, and how we can save it as a preset.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com

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Quick Tip 40: Custom Default Settings

Quick Tip 40: Custom Default Settings

In this C4D Quick Tip we take a look at creating our own custom default settings, this way we don't have to keep repeatedly setting our project FPS or render settings.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

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HS Excercise 04: Modelling a Dormer 002

HS Excercise 04: Modelling a Dormer 002

In this hard surface modelling excercise we will create another dormer. Plugins used: HB Modelling Bundle You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hgsi3zq32g3... I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching! Cheers contrafibbularities   https://vimeo.com/360146022   

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Quick Tip 39: Project Soundtrack

Quick Tip 39: Project Soundtrack

In this C4D Quick Tip we look at how we can create a special track on the timeline, that can contain a sound file. This also has the added advantage of displaying a waveform, this makes animating to music much easier.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalm

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Cinema 4D: The Intel Denoiser

Cinema 4D: The Intel Denoiser

In this Cinema 4D tutorial video we take a look at the Intel Denoiser. The Intel Denoiser is a new addition to C4D R21, it applies AI techniques to smooth out images and remove noise and grain.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook

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Quick Tip 38: Custom Object Icons

Quick Tip 38: Custom Object Icons

In this C4D Quick Tip Video, we take a look at a new addition that has been introduced in C4D R21. We now have the ability to use custom icons for objects and tags within the object manager.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: h

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MoGraph/Voronoi/NOTA Effector Tutorial

MoGraph/Voronoi/NOTA Effector Tutorial

Simple MoGraph Animation using Voronoi Frachture and the NOTA Effector   In this tutorial we'll be creating a simple animation of a cube consisting of Tetris-shaped pieces using the Voronoi Fracture object and a Mograph plugin called the NOTA Effector.    Plugins used:: NOTA Effector   Thank you for watching this video.    Enjoy!   Cheers contrafibbularities  
Neoclassical Facade Tutorial

Neoclassical Facade Tutorial

Hi everyone,  In the next 3 hours and 15 minutes we will be modelling a neoclassical facade in Cinema 4d.    You can download a project file with the reference image that we will be using:    C4D project file   The only plugin I am using in the video is the HB Modeling Bundle by Holger Bierbach. The plugin is not required to complete the tutorial.    Enjoy! Cheers, contrafibbularities    
Quick Tip 37: Spline Projection

Quick Tip 37: Spline Projection

In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at several methods of projecting Splines onto geometry.     If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalmeat3D Googl

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The post R21-announcement depression

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RF For C4D: Blending Fluids With Vertex

RF For C4D: Blending Fluids With Vertex

In this RealFlow for Cinema 4D, tutorial we take a look at using Vertex Maps to Blend Fluid colours. We Use these Vertex weights in the Vertex Map Shader and also use a work around to get the desired result.     If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links.   Website: Digitalmeat.uk Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/
 

How to get jobs as a Freelancer ( 3D artist)

For those who don’t know, this is how the process of hiring a freelancer goes. What follows is just my meandering experience and observation, your mileage may vary. Pretend you have a project. Lets say you need someone to design a Dinosaur character. First you will think if you know anyone. If you do, you will reach out to them. Then you will ask your friends, or freelancers that work for you if they know anyone. Then you’ll go to art station or some other portfolio site, or maybe straig

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Cinema 4D: The Aim Constraint

Cinema 4D: The Aim Constraint

In this Cinema 4D tutorial video we are going to create an actuator using the Constraint Tag in Aim mode, this will allow us to have two objects pointing at each others pivots.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter:

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Nvidia GauGAN

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Should i work for free?

This is a question that comes up a lot, and recently came up on a FUTUR livestream with Gary Vee. As always the answer is: “it depends”. Some people think the answer should be a hard no. Others think it’s not such a bad thing. I think the answer to this is pretty simple. If you want to do free work to get your name out there, pick the client yourself. Offer your services to a charity or any nonprofit organization that you care about. Or even if it’s a for profit organization, do it for

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Quick Tip 36: Colour Mapping

Quick Tip 36: Colour Mapping

In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip we take a look at the Colour Mapping effect in the render settings. Colour Mapping allows us to balance a scene by controlling over exposed areas.   If you would like to support Digital Meat, or follow me on social media, see the below links. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DigitalMeat3D Merchandise: https://redbubble.com/people/digital-meat Support: https://digitalmeat.uk/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmeat3d/ Twitter: h
DIGITAL MEAT: Q2 2019 Livestream

DIGITAL MEAT: Q2 2019 Livestream

This Livestream is an update about changes to the website and an opportunity to test out streaming in general. There will also be Live Chat so I can answer a few questions. The Stream starts on 05/05/19 at  GMT+1: 10PM EDT: 5PM PDT: 2PM    
 

Starting out as a freelancer in the 3D/VFX industry

More and more people are going freelance? Why? Well the simple reason is that there are more and more people who want to do the work, but the amount of full time jobs isn’t growing as fast. Also with the amount of different skill sets available, most studio’s don’t need a lot of these people full time. For example I mostly do character rigging these days. Most studios don’t need a character rigger full time. They need one just a couple of times a year perhaps, or maybe even just once ever. So fr

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