This week I was commissioned to undertake more 3D Visual freelancing. I embarked on this mission with my usual gusto. I love creating new 3D models and bringing a design concept to life. And I love the reaction of my clients when they see the fruits of my labour.
But this week my love of 3D Visualisation was tested to the absolute limit. I fear that my neighbours heard just how much my love of 3D Visualisation had been tested.
The screams, expletive ridden shouting and stomping around my apartment would surely have been heard at least 3 floors down. But hey, I’m a creative. We’re supposed to be overtly animated and maybe a little melodramatic.
Everything was progressing nicely until I started rendering. My laptop suddenly crashed. All of the applications that were running froze. I couldn’t access anything. I worked through a process of elimination to try to establish the problem. Everything I tried made absolutely no difference whatsoever. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it is to have a looming deadline, an eager client awaiting her 3D Visuals and a laptop that’s being ridiculously stroppy. Especially when you’ve worked tirelessly until 4am to try and fix the stroppy laptop, knowing that you have to get up for work 4 hours later.
I managed to produce 2 images (I was supposed to produce 3) and hand rendered the 3rd using Photoshop because I STILL hadn’t worked out why my laptop was behaving so strangely. I wasn’t happy. Not happy at all. Although the Designer was ecstatic with the results.
Yesterday I decided to investigate further – I’m my own worst enemy. If something isn’t working as it should; it will bother me until I’ve worked out why it isn’t working.
I had a eureka moment last night. The reason my laptop struggled to render the images was that I had used some JPEGs in the 3D model that were too large. The Designer provided me with images of fabric/wallpaper that I couldn’t use, so I had to replicate them in Photoshop. What I hadn’t considered was the final image size of these JPEGs after I imported them into my 3D model (using SketchUp).
The lesson? Never become too complacent, even when you think you know it all; 3D rendering has a very effective way of making sure you’re brought back down to earth with an almighty bump!