Visual Vocab – Elements Textures







3D Design, Environments, and Immersion


My Second LifeĀ  Avatar

What I have learned over the course of this quarter has deeply changed the way I look at design and its applications. I have until this point for the most part worked entirely in the 2D realm with only the most basic concept of working in Illustrator 3D workspace.

I now see objects when designing as a whole rather than as a picture of an object. In the world around me I look at an object andĀ  I think about how I could model it. What an amazing experience to be able to look at the world with a new perspective. It feels liberating to know how nature creates the simplest of objects in our eyes and how complex they actually are.

Joining Second Life was challenging for me the class scheduled time was in contrast with my schedule but finally I was able to make it in and scratch the surface of things. I am very excited about the prospects of what these virtual worlds have to offer and I look forward to creating content for sale on Second Life.

My next step in forwarding myself along this journey is to upgrade my hardware. I need a computer and graphics card that can handle what the more advanced programs demand. This should happen soon and when it does I know I will be able to make far better designs.

I am excited to integrate the 3D realm into my own design work as far as Mobile Application Development and Animation.

Digital Storytelling -The Key to Success – Pursue your Passion

They key I chose was “Pursue Your Passion” and my reason for this is because this has been a bit of a theme for me since I started my degree at Peninsula College. I was always told that I was a decent artist but that art cannot pay the bills so I should get a “normal” job. This bad advice led me to make some seriously stupid mistakes that took me further and further from my true self. The time wasted trying to be someone I was not cannot come back to me but I can do right by myself and follow my passion now. I have been for the last two years and I must say I have enjoyed it all the way through. It is my hope this Key I have made will at least be a starting point for students to unlock their own passion and truly be themselves. passion key

The reference image I was given to model my key.


Early model when I was learning to make a key shape.

passion 3d

Finished model rendered in 3Ds Max


My avatar looking at the imported key in Second Life. It looks VERY different from the 3Ds Max file.

Second Life 3D Gallery Selections


The Dice were the very first 3D design I created in 3Ds Max.

Dice – Carrie Overton

chain texture

My third 3Ds Max design based on a tutorial about creating a dynamic animation. I loved how the chain dropped onto the tire in a different way each time.

Chain – Carrie Overton


This design was from a tutorial that taught about different texture and lighting techniques. I love the results.

Pokeball – Carrie Overton

couch texture

This was the first design I created without a tutorial. It is a bit odd in comparison. I used my own textures created in Photoshop and tried my hand at my own lighting.

Couch – Carrie Overton

chest 2

One view of the treasure chest I made for the Hero’s Journey in 3Ds Max.

Treasure Chest – Carrie Overton


Another view of the treasure chest I made for the Hero’s Journey in 3Ds Max.

I love how they turned out!

Treasure Chest – Carrie Overton