How I taught myself 3D modeling in 100 days

It was a rainy weekend in Seattle. I drank some tea, watched a YouTube tutorial, and downloaded Blender 2.79. A year later, I completed my 6th 100-day-project — 100 Days of 3D.

Since 2015, I have been doing the 100-day-project. My past projects include 100 Days of Doodle, 100 Days of Lettering, 100 Days of Watercolor, 100 Days of Vector Illustration, and 100 Days of Motion Design.


How I taught myself to create 50 pieces of animation in 100 days

It was a summer night in Seattle. I ate some ice-cream, watched a Youtube tutorial, and downloaded a free trial of Principle. Several months later, I completed my 5th 100-day-project — 100 Days of Motion.

I started my first 100-day-project back in 2015. My past projects include 100 Days of Doodle, 100 Days of Lettering, 100 Days of Watercolor, and 100 Days of Vector Illustration.


My thought process on creating illustration using Sketch

All 100 Vector Illustrations

It was January 2017. I moved from San Francisco to Seattle. The winter was dark and the rain seemed never to stop. One night, I sat down, played some music, and opened Sketch. Four months later, I completed my 4th 100-day-project — 100 Days of Vector.

I started my first 100-day-project back in 2015. It taught me that creativity is a skill — the more you practice it, the more creative you are. Since then, I have challenged myself to explore different tools to exercise my creative muscle.

My past projects include 100 Days of Doodle, 100 Days of Lettering


My thoughts and process

From Nov 2015 to March 2016, I finished a personal creative project called “100 Days of Lettering”. Each day, I drew a letter or a word and published it on Instagram with the hashtag #100daysofletteringbytx.

Why lettering?

Simply put: I wanted to learn. Without a formal graphic design background, I have always been curious about typography and the art of lettering. After reading books like <Think with Type> and <Just My Type>, I found myself dreaming in letters. So, instead of waiting for a perfect opportunity to start, I just started.

Getting started

My tools are simple:

  • Moleskine grid notebook
  • Pencils, ruler, and eraser

3 things I learned from the 100 day project

From August 6, 2015 to November 15, 2015, I created 100 doodles for “100 Days of Doodle”. It is a personal creative project inspired by The 100 Day Project with Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The goal is to show up day after day and celebrate the process of making.

Here are 3 things I learned along the way:

1. Nothing is original.

“Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.” — Jim Jarmusch

When I started the project, I had no idea what to doodle. I would google “doodle” and whatever other keywords I feel like doodling that day and copied the results into…

Tiantian Xu

Product Designer by day. Artist by night. 100 Day Project at https://www.instagram.com/tiantianxu/

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