The Classic College Student Dinner, with Class


College students have become notorious for ramen noodles. The cheap price and ease of preparation make it the ideal meal for students with little money and busy schedules. While eating ramen noodles may be a sacrifice for many it doesn’t mean the design of the packaging should also be sacrificed.

For my 3-D Modeling and Animation class last semester we were assigned the task of designing packaging and modeling it in 3-D. It was a quick project. I designed and modeled, and turned it in within two days.


Design a Car: One lifelong dream completed


Ever since I was in middle school I have always dreamed of designing a car and modeling it in 3-D. In the past I have even downloaded 3-D modeling programs, but was always discouraged by the complexities of the interface. This past semester I began to learn how to model in Luxology Modo in my 3-D Modeling and Animation class. For my final project I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and attempt to design and model a car in 3-D.

I began by drawing a side profile view of the vehicle in Photoshop using my Wacom Intuos3 tablet. Once I was satisfied I brought the image into Modo and used it as a reference by adding it as a Backdrop Item. I had no idea where to even begin with modeling the car so I scrounged around the internet looking for tutorials. I found a series of videos describing how to model a car in Modo working from blueprints. These tutorials proved to be essential in determining the overall work flow of modeling a car. The video series can be found here:

I wish to dive deeper into designing cars in the future so I purchased a book called “How To Design Cars Like a Pro.” As of now I have read over half the book and I am very satisfied. I would highly recommend the book. The book covers the design process, history, and examples. I purchased the book off Amazon here:

The following renders are the result of my first attempt at modeling a car. There are many areas that could be reworked, especially the rear end, but overall I am very satisfied with the result.

I also created a short four second animation of the vehicle:

My name is Colin Schye. I am a designer and photographer that recently graduated from the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. I graduated from the Multimedia Design program with a minor in Applied Photography. I am currently working as a Designer at Morsekode in Minneapolis.

As an artist in today’s society, I use my surroundings paired with my eye for detail to create art in many different ways. From drawing to technologically based art, my passions exceed far beyond the scope of normality. Relying solely on one type of medium does not satisfy my craving for originality and creativity. Gaining inspiration from different environments and people and the feelings they evoke is what gives my work a unique feel. My style is constantly changing as I experience different aspects of life and thus my artwork is always adapting to reflect these changes.

My work efficiently combines the usability and functionality of design with the beauty and marvel of art. I strive to create pieces that are clean and simple, yet appealing and memorable. By doing so, I leave my audience with a lasting impression that encompasses not only my passion but also my values in life. Working with different mediums, I am able to design truly unique pieces. My designs have evolved through exploration and instruction. They will continue evolving so long as I am determined to see past the initial, and most obvious, view of the world.