One of the most satisfying parts of teaching is watching students become more confident in their skills each semester and start to express their own individual creativity. My students will often hear me repeat the phrase “Portfolio, Portfolio, Portfolio” in every class. I’m a very strong believer that, while a degree is certainly important, employers are far more concerned that a potential employee can demonstrate their creativity and technical skill through concrete examples displayed in their individual online portfolios.
The primary software tool used for the examples below was Blender. I’m a big supporter of the Open Source Software movement and have been amazed to watch the rapid development of the capabilities of this software tool in the past few years. I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend multiple SIGGRAPH conferences and meet various Blender developers and Power Users.