In this project I will be taking the first page from the comic book that I made in the previous class and turning it into a 3D animation using the software called Maya 2015. The scene is of a man who works at NASA overnight watching the monitors for any unusual activity or signals from space.
Using basic shapes in the polygon tab I started to create my office man. By extruding areas of the simple polygon, I was able to form an almost stick figure like man while following my drawings that I had placed in the background as reference.
Like the character, I placed images in the background of my grid to use as a reference for my prop objects. I started with a basic shape and then extruded back to make a stand and went from there to add in the details.
I took my original reference image of the chair I wanted to make and then refined it to fit the scene that it was going to be in.
I started putting some dept and distinction to all my objects in this step by adding materials to them which made all the features stand out. For the computer and TV screens I used Phong shaders which gave them a glossy reflective effect and used Lambert materials for the walls and flooring for the matted structure texture.
I really played with the lighting in this scene to see what types of lighting would give me the 12am middle of the night type of lighting that I was looking for. For the lamp I tried using a point light as well as an area light as the glow of the lamp and found that the point light seemed to fit best. Then used soft ambient lighting to fill in the rest of the room and played around with shadows to make sure they were not too dark for the room.