I figure what a better way to start then by taking a look at a finished chess board, as that is to be one of our first projects in the program. It is a little intimidating how clear and real this chess board looks. But as far as I can tell, the lighting is key. Without the lighting, the dimensions would be harder to create and this looks pretty good to me. Maybe because I have never done any sort of animation before, I am easily impressed, but I will start my first blog entry by saying I am nervous, overwhelmed, but really hope to be able to create something like this!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates,