I taught myself Blender 3D over the first lockdown of 2020, and since then have been learning and experimenting with different techniques. This project started as a way to challenge myself to build on previous ideas, create a short animation, and understand simple character rigging. I've since extended it out and added a voice-over and soundtrack, and continue to use it as a place to experiment with new animation, 3D modelling techniques, particle effects and ideas. Everything in here I designed and created from scratch, except for the plants and butterfly rig, which were pre-existing assets. And if you're interested/also a nerd: it was rendered in Cycles.
Love & Dust explores the meaning, purpose, and value of existence from the perspective of a lonely rock-collecting robot.
But if that makes it sound even remotely high-brow, it's not. Creativity and ideas should be an enjoyable process – if it's not enjoyable, you're over-thinking it. This one's just for fun.
Fair warning: includes swears.
Visual exploration & experimentation