This project took a lot longer than expected, but was a great learning experience. Looking forward to doing more stuff like this.
Definitely dream of a little cabin way out in the middle of nowhere. It's not that I don't like people, I just love the peace and quite of a dense forest. So if anyone's got a beautiful cabin in the woods they need taking off their hands, get in touch!
Here's a bit of 3d meets 2d with Sketch & Toon.
To help get into 3d a bit more, I'm recreating my map of France in Cinema4d. There's a lot of assets contained in that map, so I think it will provide a lot of opportunity to learn more about the standard features. I find I remember much more easily the techniques I learn by solving problems of my own creation, rather than following tutorials.
Here's the start so far. Laid out landscape, created mountains, hills, and a few trees. Then I spent a lot of time tweaking the textures. Eventually, I moved on to the rough model of Paris.
Playing around with water/reflections and creating some trees...
I've wanted to get into 3d for a long time, but always managed to talk myself out of it in the past, feeling that it was a lot to learn and I should just focus on 2d. But for the past month I've managed to ignore those fears and make a decent crack and learning c4d.
So far I've really enjoyed it and feel like I've been taking to it like a duck in water. Of course there are lots of frustrating, head-scratching moments as I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew.
Here's a bike chain set I made for my partner's bike blog.