My first look at Cinema 4D

In the not-to-distant past, I stumbled across a short film with an aesthetic that I absolutely adored. It was in the same vein of crafting a handmade look via digital means and the artist had used Cinema 4D to do it.

Know a Whale – Everfresh (Vimeo)

I’d heard of it but never tried using it, my previous efforts with these kinds of programs had been a bit of a bungle and quite frustrating with the steep learning curve. But given my newly appointed student status and the fact that it’s free for the duration of my studies, I thought I’d download it and try it out.

These are my first ever Cinema 4D renders. Both mashed together with a bunch of tutorials from YouTube and Skillshare. I really struggled to find render settings I liked, but this is closer than before. I’m impressed with the ease of effort (not no effort, mind you) that lighting and rendering a scene required, rookie or not.

And well, it’s taken me less time to learn how to do these, than it has in Maya, Max, or Blender and maybe all of them combined. I’m quite smitten and look forward to seeing what I can do with it in my studies (and now I’m really regretting choosing Constructivism for my research topic).

To sum up though… this really is me when it comes to making things like this…

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