Softimage…

So it’s been an eventful few months! In the software realm I made the decision to not upgrade my Foundation XSI copy to Essentials. And boy am I glad. My main reason was… do I want to spend more time learning ‘another’ tool, or learn something cool – like matte painting or improve my drawing skills? That was a no brainer.

Of course, as many of you know, days after the deadline to upgrade, Autodesk pulls a fast one and buys XSI. My reaction: ‘eek!’ The debate on CGTalk raged on. Lots of people don’t like it. I, for one, don’t like it either – I hope I’m wrong. Anyway, the track record is that Autodesk buys something to improve their ’stake’ in the digital realm and doesn’t do much to innovate. That’s the main reason I’m still using good old Maya 7 (another reason is the cost of maintenance, I find I don’t get much bang for the buck). Now I’m seriously thinking about Blender. It’s looking really good. Maybe with the upcoming interface change it will look really, really good. Good enough for personal projects – but then again, that’s another new software package to learn! Argh. Might be worth it though…

Don’t get me wrong. As a freelancer I’ll upgrade my software to match my client’s needs, but do you know what? Most of my clients haven’t upgraded to anything remotely labled 2009 (Maya, Max, or otherwise). Even my last project in XSI was using version 6.5. Doesn’t look to me like there is a rush to upgrade.

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Anyone here? Actually, yes! Busy as usual. And to make things even more interesting I decided to enter the CGSociety challenge. So if you want to see some of my recent work, head on over and check it out. Of course I have to do this in my spare time. The main problem is that the entire concept is foreign to me – spare time, that is… It is a steampunk challenge – which means what exactly? Maybe this will help? Or maybe this? Anyway, I’m going to try to wake up this blog since that silly Orphan Works Bill was killed (at least for now), but I think I’m going to be watermarking all my images from now on… just in case it rears it’s ugly head again. Thanks for stopping by!