I got to the VRAC lab at 9 am for our first lesson on Maya and, at first, I didn’t know what to expect. I have never used any type of designing software so I wasn’t sure if it was going to be easier or harder than coding for me. However, now I know..
This software has been a lot harder to learn than coding.
We started off by learning some of the basics of Maya – then we were given our first practice assignment: creating a farm. After about three hours of working on the farm, and countless sighs of frustration, I looked around to see that literally everyone was waaaay ahead of me. Then I started to mini-panic.
What was I not understanding?
I stopped and took a stroll around the outside of the VRAC lab for a quick breather then came back in and tried again. My farm did get a little better, but again, it just seemed to come so naturally to everyone else;
This was stressing me out a little. Then it hit 2 pm; It was time to add more knowledge on top of what we learned and I just couldn’t keep up. So, I decided to take notes on the slides he was teaching but stick with learning the basics because I was definitely not ready to advance any further.
Soon, it reached 4 pm and we only had an hour left until we could leave. This is when Emma came over to me and expressed her frustrations with the software, and to my surprise, they were similar to mine. I looked at her project and it seemed like we were on the same level of struggle. We talked about meeting up outside of work to work on it together and this, in return, made me feel a bit better about the situation.
At 5 pm, it was time to leave but I realized I had worked on Maya the whole work day and still wasn’t at the level I wanted to be. So, I decided at that point I definitely needed to work on learning Maya outside of our allotted time at work.
DISCLAIMER: Now, I know I might sound a little defeated in the beginning of this post (probably because I was feeling it at the beginning of the day) but nothing worth having comes easy. Even though my major is CS, I’ve always been into expressing my creativity through technology and I think Maya can help fuel my creativity even more than video editing (something I really enjoy doing) so I am willing to put in the work to learn it! This is just a small setback – but I know I’m onto something great!
Sophia, Sushi and I went to the gym after work then to bubble tea(I wonder how much money I’ve given TJ Cups since I’ve been at ISU) then back to the apartment.
After dinner, I downloaded Maya onto my computer. This software (along with the other software Autodesk provides) cost 3,000 dollars but if you’re a student you get it for free! The software took a while to download, so I surfed the internet waiting for the download to complete. This turned out to be a bad idea because I quickly got tired and ended up going to bed at around 8:30-9pm.
It’s ok though, I got a good nights sleep for sure.