The material of our cells

I am learning some cool things in the 3D class I’m taking this semester. If you’ve been following my journey through grad school, you’ll know that I attempted to learn the 3D modeling program “Maya” last semester. While I learned some basics, the professor’s teaching style was not conducive to someone like me who had never had 3D experience. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when I say that 60% of the material flew over my head… and out the window.

This semester, however, I get to re-learn the basics of 3D modeling, lighting and texturing via a prof in my department, and a new program- 3DS-Max. It’s awesome! Because I already have some background, the class has been a great way to solidify my skillz.

Yesterday we learned how to apply a texture to objects in our 3D “scene.” We applied different materials to the same shapes repeatedly. Here are the results!

the texture here makes it look like an SEM image (Scanning Electron Microscopy)

this texture I created from a tutorial to make it look like realistic red blood cells

this material I made up myself- I tried to make a cool texture and to make the blood cells look wet.

Looking forward to more modeling and texturing coming up!

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About Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization

Hi, my name is Claire and I'm in my second year of the Biomedical Visualization MS program at UIC. It's a combination of art and science, and it's pretty fun. So far I've dissected a human body and learned how to draw in 2D using a computer AND my hand, and I'm about to learn how to 3D model. Holler at me if you have any questions about the program!

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