I'm a little late but I wanted to throw my $.02 in.
esteeme1 wrote:Why Thanks Martin.
I'm not saying these models where easy by any stretch. I purchased aspire in 2010 and have been modeling with it ever since. I do have other software but for good reason I use Aspire. The first thing I Modeled was a Chief Anchor. It took me at least 20 hours everyone that I carved it for, loved it. I saw many distractors and have updated it over the years and don't cut my first one any more. I have just kept modeling and improving and experimenting with different effect. I think the best thing Aspire has going for it are the great tutorials and an intuitive user interface. Everything clicks for me and I am able to establish a method/approach to make sure I can reach my challenge.
We started about the same time, and my experience with Aspire is very similar to yours. The first thing I modeled was a military emblem. My nephew was about to return from Afghanistan and I wanted to make a plaque for him. I got it figured out and cut it and it looked horrible because I modeled it as a small part in a large work piece in standard resolution. I learned from that and a few years later when I started my site I knew better.
One of the first models I did for my site was a buffalo (10th Cav). I spent weeks on it, mostly sculpting hair. Detailed hair that I doubt will ever show up in a carving since it would take a loooong time to carve it with a small enough bit to see it.
esteeme1 wrote:I always have trouble working with intersecting angle and perspective views of faces and such. I don't think there is any other software that would work better in those regards. At least I haven't found it yet.
Yep, me too, it's actually the hardest thing for me.
esteeme1 wrote:One of the main reasons I share my work is primarily to get my name out there but to also show those that are sceptic of there abilities that is can be done. I do have some artistic ability but don't consider myself an artist. I worked for a silk screen shop back in the 80's as a graphic artist but wasn't that good at it and moved on. I have no formal training or mentor that I turn to but always look at this forum for inspiration.
I consider myself a technician, not an artist. If I don't have a picture to work from, I'm not coming up with anything. I also turn to the forum when I have a problem. But you don't need artistic talent to model with Aspire, you just need the tutorials and time to practice.
esteeme1 wrote:I think the point of the clip art is that you only need to start with something small and always try to improve on everything you do. The F18 took me over 25 hours or more ( I've lost track of time on many of my models) Some take me days to perfect.
There are no secrets with this software (Even though I have made a few functions work for me outside the box). Don't just watch the tutorials study them. They are invaluable. Apply one function at a time to something you want to create and you will find it addicting. Try to save all your work and reference it often. If you don't try to make the plate, or the spoon, or the fork, or the wine glass or the (you get the point)
Just give it a go and have fun with the results.
I agree with everything you're saying here. And I admire your work. I've made over 300 models since I started my site, and my customers seem to be happy with them, but I doubt I've made anything better than your work.