Samantha Skinner Compositor's blog

Compositing, rigging, and more!

August 17, 2013 / by Samantha

Hello everyone!

It has definitely been a while, sorry about that. I have been going through some very interesting classes at my school! Classes I was not only excited for, but also nervous to learn.

Lets start out with my Compositing class.

This class has to be one of my favorites so far. We learned Nuke and while I was taking this class, I was doing some freelance work for a couple people that I can’t quite show yet. That on its own was very exciting but added to the challenge. I had to balance 2 projects, with my class. Let’s just saw during this class I didn’t get a lot of sleep.

With that in mind, I instantly fell in love with compositing. I was excited for everyday, and excited to complete every project (kind of like every class so far). I put a LOT of effort into all of the projects I had going on, and I am proud to say I got an award in my compositing class called: The Course Director Award. This award is given out to students who “…who had showed dedication and hard work as well as the ability to help others throughout the duration of the course.  Many congratulations for you achievement and best wishes. …

I was so shocked and excited! I am glad my hard work was able to be seen by my instructor, who is totally awesome.

I do have work samples from this class, but I have to upload them off of my laptop and make sure I am aloud to share the content before I do. So sit tight! They wi;; be up soon if aloud to be.

Now on to a class all about ZBrush.

I was REALLY worried about this class. I have had no experience (or luck) before with this program. In the class we had many speed sculpt drills, and refine sculpts. I will admit that definitely taught me to be efficient and get base shapes fast!


I loved it.

Here are progress shots of my final for the class, along with some sculpt I am doing in my ‘freetime’ 😀


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Free time (all still in progress):

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Garrus_Sculpt 2013-08-18 at 12.18.49 PM

Now on to Rigging!

I have always liked rigging. Even though this side is more technical, I really enjoy creating a skeleton of sorts, and making characters (or objects) move.

I am currently in the second part of this class and it is all about the advanced rigs you can have on a character. Scripting in still in this class, but we leared the basics of Python and Mel last month. The class had to code from scratch their own rigging tool set. I really enjoyed that! I am still coding buttons and adding to mine with everyday that passes :D.

I am rigging a character not modeled by me, and will be animating it for a story a partner and I are creating. Once it is completed more, I will add videos. For now, here is what my character, rig, and tool set look like:


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Other then that, I have been pretty busy but,

I am working on a new cosplay idea! I am planning a Mass Effect cosplay…but it is still in the blue print stage…so I wont give any more details away until I have more planned out mwa ha ha!

I am also finally adding to my portfolio which is waaaaay out of date

That’s all for now!

Thanks for reading! Have a funtastic day/night!

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