Hopefully 2023 will be better haha
I have been working on art lately. Sadly 3D art takes way more time than 2D art if you do it properly. I had no idea what I was getting myself into xD.
I'm Ein and I am passionate about honest art in all shapes and forms, be it mine or others'. Quality over quantity
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Howest DAE Belgium
From Romania & Moldova.
Joined on 6/22/20
Posted by EinMeister - October 17th, 2022
I have been a self taught artist for 2 years, started around the time when I created this account on Newgrounds. I have learned a lot by myself, I'd say that it is still the best option for me if it was a normal world out there and if skills alone were what mattered. I have decided months ago to flee the war next to us that might easily start to affect us by applying to a university in Belgium, Howest Digital Arts and Entertainment, rated second in the world on TheRookies this year. I am here right now, it is my fifth week studying here, I have been in Belgium for 6 weeks.
My life has changed so much, I never expected it to affect me in such a way. I have never had anyone in real life to talk about my hobbies because I didn't share it with anyone, I was alone for years, with just a few superficial acquaintances at school, with an internet chatting addiction, alone in my own mind going insane.
Here I have found friends.
They are very human, imperfect, but honest.
I have discovered how it is not to be alone every single day for months in your own head arguing with your own.
I think I also love someone, but I'm not enough of a person yet, so I need to get better.
I started learning how to cook, I started learning how to live, I got to see the huge differences between Chisinau and The Western World, I just bike around the city looking at how beautiful, how clean it is. I might even go to Brussels on 28th of October for the Carpenter Brut concert, that guy changed my life with his music 6 years ago and I still listen to the same songs made by him and I love them just as much as I did the first time.
I started learning polish. W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie i Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie. Jesteś najpiękniejszą dziewczyną, jaką kiedykolwiek widziałem. Cieszę się z każdego dnia, w którym cię widzę.
My first sight in Belgium, Charleroi. They marketed it as a Brussels "south" airport, but it is fucking not. It is 50km from Brussels. Everyone there speaks french :(((( Cringe
The Kortrijk towers
The guy that made this presentation ended up being my class mentor W
Cat cafe cats
Impress your geek friends
beautiful Belgian architecture. I have seen no commie blocks here, ever.
me at some Erasmus organized "Neon Party". My friends drew amugus
this room is called the Fish Bowl, we can see the students doing their lab classes xd
Every friday we meet with some friends and do lightsaber fights, some of them spent waaay too much on lightsabers xD. I didn't want to post any pics with friends but this one is kinda blurry so it works IG.
A friend made me a henna "tattoo", it will last about 3 weeks. She also made me an amongus on my arm :)
I went to a place that serves ribs and beer, it is called Ribs & Beer (I know, original). Paid 23 euros once and was able to order infinitely for free as long as I eat it. I ate kilograms of ribs.
I have tons of pictures but most of them are with friends so I won't post them publicly :)
Also, it is very expensive for me to be here just because I am from Moldova, but for an European it would be a top choice of an university. EU international students only have to pay 1284 (at least that's what I paid this year) euros for tuition, at this point the weight of rent and food is bigger than the tuition fee, most people pay around 400 for rent and 200 for food. I usually cook at home so I save a lot on the food costs.
Skill wise I'd still be better self taught, but the university provides me with way more than just information and I don't have to be drafted for the war (I am not writing this as a meme, it is a real issue).
I know I've been posting very rarely, about once a few months, that is because I spend hundreds of hours on projects, trying to polish them and improve my skills as much as possible. Expect even less personal art from me now, since I barely have time. If you want to see what I've done this summer check out my SPC9, spent about 2 months on it. It is still an early post, I will do a proper professional presentation when it will be textured. I might collab with a gun animator to give it some movement and some life as well :).
Posted by EinMeister - July 24th, 2022
Initially this was my Blender review on Steam. It is a set of personal notes marked with dates and time regarding my evolution in art and hours accumulated in Blender, without counting other applications. It got so big that the platform did not allow me to post any more, so I decided to post here and reference my review to this website.
I chose blender to make good looking stuff without being able to draw it myself. This program allows me to create amazing assets without much talent, just knowledge. Amazing.
The fact that such a complex program is available for 100% free is also amazing!
Can't recommend it enough, i've been working in for like 14 hours a day 2 days in a row and at the moment i'm writing this review i'm starting my third.
Edit: I've been doing it for 3 weeks as much as I could. It's amazing how much stuff I can do now.
Edit 2 (12.9.2020, 430 hours) I've reached a point that I never thought is possible to reach without being a pro in the industry. Holy shit, once you learn how to use it you will be a god able to create anything! I still have to learn UVs, weight painting, sculpting, more nodes and lightning though.
Edit 3 (19.10.2020, 610 hours) After learning the basics of sculpting I've done my first commission that i spent about 30-40 hours on and worked on other small stuff. Also I can finally UV unwrap and work with textures. I started learning Substance Painter too, which is an amazing tool for creating UV maps. I've noticed that my past topology was trash so i'm working on improving it. Started using a github app called Instant Meshes to remove the poly count without losing much detail.
Edit 4 (11.11.2020 800 hours) I've improved my topology and started learning booleans and bevels since hard surface looks so cool. This guy on youtube called Josh Gambrell is a god in them. Can't live without Booltool, Hops and kit ops now.
Got accepted in the newgrounds Christmas collab 2020 bc people like my art, I'm working on something really big :)
Edit 5 (27.12.2020, 1000 hours) I've finished https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/einmeister/new-grounds-new-wheels my collab piece and besides the newgrounds advent, I also applied with it in https://youtu.be/ouUKTzWIJ3E a CG competition which I have somehow won,
I finished my first tutorial, meant to help friends and randoms that somehow happen to find it.
Edit 6 (30.03.2021 1560 hours) I participated in a https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/einmeister/zona-it wallpaper contest and lost. I have also participated in an avatar contest for the channel Dave2D on youtube, but lost. I spent the rest of the time making decalmachine decals which I plan to upload on gumroad for sale after I finish this mechanical leg project I've been working on for a month. I learned a lot of Substance Painter and Fusion 360 & how to export in moi3D, as well as manual retopology and optimization as I did a gig with a fish.
I am planning to finish my mechanical leg, which I will post here, publish my decal pack, learn actual moi3D modeling and some rigging. I also need to get into characters, I want to specialize into hard surface modeling but it doesn't hurt to know the basics of character creation.
Edit 7 (01.06.2021 1900 hours) I have learned rigging and put a ton of work into the mechanical leg but put the project on a long break. I have finished my decals but forgot to upload for sale so now if i'm better after many months i might try it again. I have participated in Moon Camp Pioneers 2020-2021, a contest held by the European Space Agency with 2 people I have found on the internet that did their part of the design and fully the paperwork and concept. We have won second place, here's the link: https://mooncampchallenge.org/pioneers-gallery-2021/details/
I also started learning gun modeling, having made https://www.artstation.com/artwork/VgqKXX an album cover for a friend and talented musician, https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/untextured-m4-04fce8bf5d01476f9e62c0500905f5d1 an m4 rifle and almost finished showcasing a Kriss Vector model with full internals that I will upload everywhere I can.
Edit 8 (31.08.2021 2330 hours) I finished my https://www.artstation.com/artwork/ZGnDQw Kriss Vector at the beginning of the summer, made a https://www.artstation.com/artwork/48Yx9k low poly Honey Badger model for some roblox game but ended up being scammed, worked on a 40 second animation that I will release at the end of September, created a high poly and baked it on the official CSGO PP Bizon model since I am making a skin for an ongoing valve competition. The last but not least of my summer projects is that I have started working on a good showcase of my mechanical leg that I mentioned earlier. Besides those I also spent some time watching courses and tutorials, including Substance Designer, and teaching friends how to get started with Blender.
Edit 9 (16.11.2021 2510 hours) I haven't been able to do as much work as I've done in my previous updates, irl school started and it is also my last year which means that it is very stressful, the final exam is coming...
The mechanical leg that I was talking about in the last update became https://www.artstation.com/artwork/3dyQdE
I didn't manage to finish the pp bizon skin by the competition deadline, I think I would've given up on it if it was fully on me, but someone contacted me to do the albedo map and we will soon publish it on the csgo workshop. I have also made smooth normals for multiple csgo skins, I know all of the mistakes of the valve models i worked on to their core.
I ordered a new microphone because my headset attachment broke, I can finally start doing youtube tutorials again.
I have started learning 3DS Max, its features seem interesting, looks like it has a workflow that could benefit me. Even so, it is "industry standard" and it might look good in my cv. I have also tried out Shapr3D, amazing program, but it has the only thing that makes me want to swap from Fusion 360 which is the fact that it is connected to the cloud all the time, I want offline programs!!
Also I've been trying to learn drawing, but I am really bad at it and I have no idea how to learn, I've been trying to learn drawing for longer than a year already and it won't work. It is required to get into 3D art unis... weirdly enough. Drawing is not for me but I have to force myself through it.
Edit 10 (29.01.2022 2710 hours) I have finished the bizon skin, worked on other models for csgo, created a tutorial on youtube, learned MoI 3D, met some cool people in the industry, re-rendered everything for the mechanical leg and kriss vector projects and also made an extra transparent shot for it, I have done some sticker designs of my own art that I want to print soon, made a 3D printable model of the Apollo spacecraft for a kickstarter game and worked for the entire holiday season on a high poly MP9 model that I want to learn texturing and asset optimization on.
Drawing doesn't work, I have no motivation for it as I have for 3D, no passion, not for me. I will apply anyway, even if I found out I can probably not afford it.
Started working on a course with someone.
Edit 11 (25.07.2022 2806 hours) GRADUATED school, I am finally a free man, sadly I had a lot to study which was time I did not spend doing 3D art. Lots of time was wasted for information I will never need like the analysis of some really old Romanian books, plant biology and maths over anything i will ever need to use even if I learn Houdini. I have been accepted at Howest DAE in Belgium, a digital arts university in the city of Kortrijk. I will study there for the following 3 or 4 years, me having done so much 3D in the past means a huge headstart. I have printed the stickers I mentioned previously and put them around the city, sadly people ripped most of them. I haven't finished the MP9. The invasion of the terrorist state of Russia to the country neighboring mine affected everyone. I have been shocked by it and I couldn't look at any guns for a few months, and by the time I got my head together I didn't want to work on that old project anymore. I started modeling another B&T weapon, the SPC9, a very new model with very little image reference that no one has modeled and posted online before. I will post the MP9 as a training piece for this one, even though the techniques are totally different. I am modeling the SPC9 in Fusion 360.
I have taught several teams of highschool students how to model in Fusion 360 in order to participate in the same Moon Camp contest that I won second place of last year. Some of them quit, but 3 teams managed to submit their project and one of them got third place in Europe :) Now they also know CAD.
I have done more work for CSGO skins, watched a few tutorials, but that was pretty much it.
Since Newgrounds allows for images I will post some pics of this latest update:
I will keep updating this whenever I feel like I achieved something.
Posted by EinMeister - June 7th, 2022
This is my flag:
someone kinda rotated it 90 degrees and deepfried it like a meme and i keep seeing this on the internet but here it is, another version of the Romanian flag:
I'm very proud to be part of the Romanian LG TV + community and I'm very happy you guys made a month just for us. We have been oppressed for hundreds of years and it fits just right to have a month just for us. We are a latin minority in eastern Europe, a place populated mostly by slavs, we speak the most eastern language created by latin. Things have not been easy but I'm proud to be where we are right now, things can be worse, right? Very wholesome to see so many companies change their logos to our flag to express the will to make money, or to make romanian merch and sell it like hot bread.
Here is our romanian emblem:
Posted by EinMeister - May 22nd, 2022
Phonk is a really cool music genre but I cannot get out of the "1 hour compilation" space. While I know a dozen of synthwave artists, my favorite genre, I don't know a single phonk artist, I just know the cowbell in compilations.
Give me some recommendations please thanks.
Anything except stuff with russian lyrics, I know it has a huge influence in Russia but it turns me off. Remember kids, Moldova, western Odessa and "Chernivtsi" (Cernauti) is Romania.
Posted by EinMeister - May 7th, 2022
I got accepted at Howest University of Applied Sciences, at Digital Arts and Entertainment, Belgium :D
This means I won't be forced to do military service here in Moldova, since I'll be a student. Honestly worst place and time for that ngl.
I will be able to study this field far away from this endangered region, endangered by another invasion by those sick barbarians.