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Learn 3D modeling for beginners: Visiting the 3rd dimension

Taught by Kym Fiala • sponsored by Spark AR by Facebook

Sponsored by Spark AR by Facebook

Spark AR by Facebook

Free workshop thanks to our sponsors, Spark AR by Facebook

New to the world of 3D? Don't be intimidated! In this workshop, we will dive into the fundamentals of 3D modeling. Our goal is to create some fun animations and artwork using the skills we learn on the way.

This free workshop will start with a 30-minute panel discussion between Facebook employees Craig Cook (Engineering Director, Spark AR), Jaleh Afshar (Product Design Manager), Mate Steinforth (Product Design Prototyper) and Jennifer Fong (Head of Developer Ecosystem). They will discuss the importance of AR as a technology, how each of them got started on their journeys in AR, and the possibilities with Spark AR. You will have a chance to ask your questions too!

You’ll then get the chance to learn to design, model, and render your own characters from scratch! Both beginners and experts will enjoy exploring the field of 3D modeling in Spark AR Studio. We will start out with basic 3D concepts and animation and learn what goes into creating a 3D project. You'll leave with a fully-fledged 3D animation ready for Spark AR.

During this 3D modeling workshop, Kym Fiala brings his expert experience in motion graphics, augmented reality, and digital activations to the classroom.

After seeing Finding Nemo in his second year of college, he fell in love with 3D and has never looked back. It's Kym's mission to change the world 1 Pixel at a time, and we can't think of a better way to accomplish that goal than to host this interactive workshop. Kym’s work speaks volumes and engages millions with clients like Nike, Fifa, Coke, Ford, and too many more to list!

"A lot of the most used effects are basic but really clever." - Kym

Whether you’re looking to become a 3D creator in the digital art industry or simply gain an understanding of the work behind your favorite video games, animated films, and cartoons, this webinar will help you learn about the skills and software required to get started in 3D modeling.

Who should take this workshop?

Anyone interested in designing and modeling their own character, whether they are designers, illustrators, animators, or designers-in-training.

What You’ll Need

You'll learn:

  • How to use Spark AR's tools to create 3D art
  • The setup of your World template and importing the required assets
  • How to bring a project to life through textures and animation playbacks
  • Nulls and patching to give your character movement
  • A step-by-step guide to creating your first 3D modeled character
  • How to animate your character to create the finished product

Kym Fiala is a Spark AR network partner and the co-founder of Pixel Chefs, a digital agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating from the National School of the Arts, where he studied 3D animation and visual effects, Kym started in the motion graphics industry; he worked on music videos for our beloved MTV, commercials, and corporate videos.

Kym has also invented many Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram effects and filters used by millions worldwide. As a 3D animator, he is fascinated by the impact of digital technology on the human experience.

About Spark AR

Spark AR is the largest platform for mobile augmented reality and 3D design. Over 400,000 creators from 190 countries use Facebook’s creation software, Spark AR Studio, to ideate, design, and build 3D characters. And Spark AR Hub, to publish and track the performance of 3D effects across the Facebook Family of Apps and devices.

About the panelists

Jennifer Fong

Global Developer Programs Lead

Jennifer is a Global Developer Programs Lead at Facebook in California, USA. She launches initiatives around the world to help train thousands of developers and creators to build impactful solutions for their communities across Facebook’s platform tools. She has a background in international development, consulting, and once led a culinary school social enterprise. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

Jaleh Afshar

Product Design Manager

Jaleh is a Product Design Manager and AR creator, leading design for various Facebook Community products. Prior to Facebook, she built numerous consumer and business products for mobile, web, and voice applications. Recently, Jaleh has been focusing on accessibility in emerging technology, such as augmented reality. Outside of work Jaleh enjoys creating artwork, gaming, and spending time with her rabbit, Kiwi.

Craig Cook

Engineering Director, Spark AR

Craig is an engineering director on the Spark AR team at Facebook London, supporting the teams in their mission to scale the community of AR creators and the tools and incentives to make them successful. Craig has spent most of his career in consumer software and products focused on innovation and enabling new technology for people. He’s worked in various areas including the games industry, consumer devices, user generated content and global content networks.

Mate Steinforth

Product Design Prototyper

Mate is a Product Design Prototyper at Meta. With years of experience in the creative sector, Mate has a proven track record in the Animation and Advertising Industries. His deep understanding of the technology paired with a unique creative vision makes him the perfect partner in all things design.

Prior to joining Meta, Mate was running the Berlin office of the Production Company SEHSUCHT. Previously, he worked as Creative Director for PSYOP in New York as well as for Juan Dela Mata in Madrid. He is also a member of the Art Director's Club.

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Sponsored by Spark AR by Facebook

Spark AR by Facebook

Free workshop thanks to our sponsors, Spark AR by Facebook


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