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:

Taking pictures of invisible light – Infrared Photography


Ever since I saw the first infrared photograph it has always been something I have wanted to try myself. The eerie feeling and weird effects create some of the most dramatic and engaging photographs I have ever seen. I researched the process of obtaining these infrared photos. Once educated, I purchased the proper equipment and began to experiment.

Infrared photography has existed for around one hundred years, beginning with infrared film and now transitioning primarily into digital infrared. It has been used for scientific and medical purposes because of its ability to “see through” certain materials and substances. Infrared has also been used for aerial photographs for its ability to penetrate through haze. In addition infrared photography has been utilized for the creative and strange effects it produces. For landscape photography its effects include, very dark skies, extremely white clouds, bright foliage, and dark water. For portrait photography it creates milky smooth skin, removes many skin blemishes, and gives hair a silky tone.

I discovered that there are several options to taking digital infrared photos. The first option is converting a digital camera to taking only IR photos. Modern digital cameras have an infrared blocking filter covering the image sensor. Infrared photos are possible by removing the filter and instead adding a visible light blocking filter in its place. This process costs several hundred dollars and the camera can no longer take regular color photos. But with this method the picture can still be composed through the viewfinder, auto-focus still works, and auto-exposure still works. The other option for taking digital infrared photos is purchasing an infrared filter to screw on to the end of the lens. The filter blocks all visible light and allows infrared light through. The built in infrared light blocking filter covering the camera’s sensor is not 100 percent efficient allowing some infrared light through. But because of the infrared blocking filter, long exposures are required to allow enough light to reach the sensor. The longer exposure creates extra noise and limits the subject matter to stationary objects, unless blur is the desired effect. With this method the picture must be composed and focused before the filter is screwed onto the end of the lens.

Once digital infrared photos have been captured they generally must be processed. This can be done in Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom or another image processing software. When the picture is first taken it will be very red with maybe a little magenta. The picture can be converted to black and white or adjusted to create infrared false colors.

Being a college student, I choose the cheaper option for taking infrared photos and purchased a R72 Infrared filter and fitted it to my wide-angle lens. Once I received the filter I started experimenting right away. I feel like I have created some rather interesting images. I have found that it is a challenge processing the images since there are so many different adjustments you can do. The weather has also not always cooperated since infrared pictures work the best on bright sunny days with blue skies and puffy clouds.

The following pictures were all taken with a Canon Rebel T1i, a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens, an Opteka 77mm R72 infrared filter, and a Bogen tripod. Most exposures were approximately 30 seconds long.

Who knew you could take pictures with a paint can…


This past winter for my Exploring Photography class I had the opportunity to build a pinhole camera. According to Wikipedia, “a pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The human eye in bright light acts similarly, as do cameras using small apertures.” My pinhole camera was constructed using:

  • A paint can as the body of the camera
  • A small thin piece of brass with a hole punched in it as the aperture to allow light in
  • A piece of electrical tape as a shutter

Black and white light sensitive paper was inserted into the paint can in the darkroom. The can was completely sealed allowing no light in. Then the can was placed with the hole pointing in the direction of the desired picture. The piece of electrical tape was removed for a period of time allowing light to enter the can and expose the light sensitive paper inside. It was developed by hand in the UW-Stout dark room. All of the following pictures were taken with the paint can pinhole camera. The exposure times ranged from 15 seconds for pictures outside in bright sunlight to several hours for the indoor picture of a fish tank. I got all sorts of strange looks when I dragged the paint can out snowboarding with me at Afton Alps.

I photographed my first wedding. Success!


My friend Beau Hestekin owns his own business, Lasting Images Videography. After I showed him my portfolio a month of so ago he asked me if I would be interested in photographing a wedding with him. I agreed and BAM I was the main photographer for a wedding last Saturday. I was very nervous beforehand and had no idea what to expect.

The day was intense! It was just GO GO GO GO! I am used to working in the studio or doing nature photography where I have time to make decisions and manipulate things until I get exactly what I am looking for. The wedding was the complete opposite. I was taking picture after picture with little time to evaluate the pictures along the way. In the end in was an awesome experience. I learned a ton and am eager to shoot my next wedding. Beau assembled a slide show containing photos captured by Beau Hestekin, Sarah Hestekin, and me.

Check it out!

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.