Recently, I stumbled across a very cool tutorial for the holidays that walks you through the creation of a Christmas Tree from start to finish, all the while learning many of the tools available in CINEMA 4D. This hour-plus tutorial will have you crafting your very own tree quite easily.
Originally thinking I would just post a link in the C4D Forum here, I thought what better way to ring in the holidays than share with the whole community. I also wanted to encourage anybody that has a holiday-themed tutorial to share...to please do so.
So, meet motion designer, Ridvan Maloku, and check out his Christmas Tree tutorial...
Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Ridvan?
I was born and grew up in a small town called Ferizaj (Republic of Kosovo), where I still live. Currently, I'm employed full-time as a graphic and motion designer at Albi Group (network of shopping malls) in Prishtina. I'm the second child of two wonderful parents and I got married this year. Things are going well and I'm happy for that.
When did you get your start in the digital arts?
I think it was flair from my childhood, because as a child I was passionate about new challenges. But, everything began with an unexpected gift from my dad: he brought into our home a first good computer in 2000 and I fell in love with technology. I immediately began to explore without stopping. After 3 years, I got my first real job as an editor and motion designer in the local television where I got my first experiences, and since then I haven't stopped learning new things.
In your current work as a motion designer, what is involved in your work, and do you have any advice for others looking for work in the field?
Here where I work, we are a small team...exactly, we are four people that work in the marketing department. So, in terms of graphic and motion design, I'm involved in everything from concept to the final product. I design various marketing campaigns, including weekly flyers, billboards, web banners, TV ads, and anything that has to deal with design. I work hard and every day is a new challenge, but I'm lucky that I have good colleagues and most of the time we help each other.
I do have some advice for others artists looking for a job: Follow your dreams; work hard and try to be the best in your field; be friendly with your community; and the last, but not least important, be brave for new challenges.
After seeing your fantastic Christmas Tree tutorial, I certainly hope to see more tutorials from you in the future. Do you have any plans for other tutorials?
To be honest, at first I hadn't intended to do more of them, but after I published this tutorial I saw that people liked what I did, and they gave me encouragement by their comments and messages that every day comes in my e-mail. So, this made me think differently and I said to myself "It's worth it, I should make more tutorials." Another reason why I would make more tutorials is because I learned from tutorials, and quite often tutorials saved me in difficult situations. Therefore, I owe the community to do more tutorials.
Aside from CINEMA 4D, what else do you have in your digital toolset?
I have worked in many areas of design for 9 years now, so life experiences and challenges have extended me to use a wide range of tools. But, recently, the tools that I use are: CINEMA 4D, After Effects, RealFlow, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on working in CINEMA 4D, or anything else that may be of help for those learning the software?
These days it's easy to learn software...all that you need is patience and courage. But, especially, CINEMA 4D has a very good community where everyone shares their experiences online. Now, we have many sites that offer free video tutorials, like Grayscalegorilla, Motionworks, Pariahstudios, etc., and many other good sites that offer tutorials with payment, like Cineversity, Fxphd, Digital Tutors, Lynda, etc, as well as many other good guys who weekly, or maybe daily, post free tutorials on Vimeo and Youtube. We also have great online forums, such as Renderosity, where you can ask questions on different problems and you get 2-3 answers in a day.
Also, something that can be useful very often is the perfect help system that CINEMA 4D has: anything that you don’t understand, simply bring your cursor over that thing, right-click, and go to the menu “Show Help,” and automatically will appear the menu which will tell you exactly what it is.
Who, or what, inspires you in your work?
Anything: good music, good books, good pictures, and good people as well. Also significant to me to have online portals.
Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists/designers?
This was my first interview and it was an honor for me. Thanks for having me.
And yes, I have advice for other artist/designers. I see many people with good skills in different tools, but they are afraid and thinking that they are not yet ready to bring good things to the table. Knowledge has no limits, but from now you're ready to create, so take away that fear that you have and make some cool things!
Ridvan Maloku: In this tutorial I will show you how to create a very detailed Christmas Tree from scratch in CINEMA 4D. Through this process, you will learn many things, such as modeling, lighting, texturing, and a little bit of animating and the special module of Hair.
To follow this tutorial, you also need to download the reference folder, here: http://www.plastic-pistols.com/christmas_tree_tutorial.rar
This is my gift for the holidays, hope you will like it!
I want to thank Ridvan for sharing his time and for making this fun holiday tutorial. Also, I would like to encourage others who may have tutorials, tips, or other good things to share, to please do so. We have a place to upload video tutorials right here on Renderosity, or you can even post offsite tutorial links in the main Tutorials section, here. Further, if you know of someone working on something really cool that the rest of the community should see, be sure to drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
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