How to decide what to focus on?
My question is how did you decide what to focus on? There are so many possibilities and specializations (character creation, product creation, photo realistic rendering, architecture, environments) and I think they are all awesome so now I'm stuck. There is too much to learn to do it all so I want to specialize. So I would like to know, how did you decide what to do with CG?
My background: I studied Industrial Design Engineering and during my bachelor I fell in love with 3D printing, so I focused my master on this. I opened my 3D printed jewelry webshop in 2011 and have been designing jewelry as a hobby every since. As you can imagine, after 7 years I have a quite the jewelry box. Cool, but it might be time for the next challenge. I started working at Shapeways (3D prining company, see one of the recent blogpost) in 2014 and since then have seen an endless stream of awesome, unique and sometimes weird 3D printed products. Which is super inspiring but also a little bit demotivating, because how am I ever going to compete with 3D printed armor (Lumecluster/Melissa Ng) or automatically perfectly fitting dresses (Nervous Systems)?
I started learning Blender around 7 months ago (tried it before, but the switch with other software was just too big) with the tutorials from Blender Guru. He's great but has a big focus on photo-realistic rendering and architecture, something I was really not familiar with. It inspired me to create a few renders that are now hanging on my walls. I subscribed to CGCookie to improve my modelling skills. I love the wide range of courses. However I do not have the time to follow them all.
So I'm stuck between a few directions that I could go:
- Keep on modelling and printing. Make more realistic jewelry even faster.
- Create renders and art. Draw and model environments and landscapes.
- Learn how to make good characters which can also be 3D printed
- Go code! Learn how to use python to generate customized or fitting jewelry or part of whetever (the nervous systems way)