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Before, thinking this is irrelevant to this board or forum, here me out, lol.
So, after about 15 years of being a static 3D modeler/World Builder (aside from writing animation scripts/code inside various VU's/Social MMO's). I decided a while back to take the plunge into animation. From Lattice Deformation and Armature Rigging, to Mocap adjustments and from scratch .bvh gestures.
I have been having to learn to use a lot of new programs to really get into this (such as Blender, Inkscape, Rokuro, Daz 3D studio etc.). I have been having to learn a lot more about programs I already use, as well (like Gimp and Wings3D). And, I will probably have to become familiar with many more programs, methods and environmental applications, as time goes on (and probably delve deeper in learning higher programing languages at some point).
But, most important to developing skill in this, is the need to practice. Secondarily I think it's important that I practice on things I can point to later down the line. I feel the need to work on projects that may get some degree of exposure (if I ever hope to one day, somehow make a living at what has been just side money and a hobby to date). With that in mind I decided to make a tag for signatures that people here can (if they like) use on other forums they may frequent (you can download this for upload elsewhere and use forum code to associate link backs to the main site). Here is the finished product of that:
[if the image is still, the animation simply has not reset yet, give it a bit, it will play again]
My hardware at the moment is not great and I am still pretty slow at actually producing something. In fact, rendering the frames for this in Blender at 100 samples per frame and 60 frames, took no less then 3 hours and 6 computer crashes. On top of that... It took about an hour and a half, to set it all up for rendering (split between today and yesterday - creating the icon, and setting up the material surfaces and textures, for it and the environment). Then about 2 hours in gimp making some modifications, piecing it all together (importing and cleaning up the logo as I couldn't find the correct font to make the lettering out of curve-text to mesh) and doing final adjustments to things like frame durations.
This finished tag for forum signatures (or I guess what ever else you find an excuse to use it for) is:
Format: Animated .Gif
File size (optimized): 211.51 KB
Loop: Yes (infinite)
Duration: The play time from the first frame to the last is 4.08 seconds and the last frame holds for 60 seconds before the animation loops back to the first frame.