- Opengl based application showing quadratic curve rendered on the gpu with GLSL shaders using Charles Loop and Jim Blinn technique.
Six months ago I published my last tech demo and with it, my last blog entry. I would like to say that this break time was something I chose, but I didn’t. I didn’t even know what was happening. Six months later I can say I know it, I’m working on it and I’m very happy with the results I’m getting.
On May the 30th I gave a talk called “How to get the graphics job of your dreams” (presentation in spanish) to the people of the Graphics,Games and Virtual Reality Master at URJC University in Madrid. Yes, you are right, that was the talk´s name! Thanks to David Miraut for it. I really couldn´t think of any other name that fits as nice as this one within the core idea I tried to transmit: ILLUSION.
CG people are the kind of people that spend every moment they can doing CG. Its a dream, a passion. Simply enough, it drives our lives. It leads you to learn as much as you can, to work hard to get a new demo or not to give it up when hard times come. Most of the people attending to the talk had no professional experience. They were right in the moment when you are trying to break into the industry, just trying to make their dream comes true: get the first graphics job.
However, all that passion needs control, a path to follow that can lead you to your first CG job. That was the content of my talk. I walked every step needed to get a graphics job. Of course this way isnt necessarily the only one. Its based on my experience and the experience of other industry colleagues.
Siggraph is the most important Computer Graphics conference in the world and, luckily enough for us, it is all about volunteering too. If you are serious about Computer Graphics you should apply for a Siggraph Volunteer Program. There are three different programs:
There are three volunteer programs:
A month after my (first) Siggraph experience, I already have some thoughtful conclusions. The experience has been awesome! I will just give you a brief idea of what it meant to me and what my role was there: I have been an Ex-Student Volunteer working inside GraphicsNet Team. Basically, the GraphicsNet team is in charge of giving network support to the whole conference center. So, we provided service between the conference center network team and Siggraph conference. That included running cables through the whole conference center to connect every venue and every room that required it.
Working with the GraphicsNet guys has been great. They are very talented, they have a lot of experience (a member of the team has been at Siggraph since the 80´s!), they really know how to do their job and, well, I was learning something new every moment. They have been doing this forever, so they have a robust and clear network design. What I had to do was easy, but trust me if I said that it was a huge amount of work! I have never run so much cable in my whole life. But honestly, I didn´t care. I was in heaven! I have seen the entire process of Siggraph, from the very beginning (guys setting up all the furniture), to the end (same guys removing all the furniture).
Hello everybody! I´m here again. Sorry for the lack of updates, literally I haven´t had time to do it. All right, I know, its what everybody says but… what were you expecting? I´m human! :P
A lot of things have happened to me. I have a new job, since January, as a senior graphics programmer in the health unit of a big company. Mainly, I´m in charge of the in-house graphics engine design and development, aswell as giving assistance in tecnical visualization aspects. All that I can say is that I´m very happy, both for the very talented people I´m working with and for the job itself.
The other thing is that… I have a new car! interesting uh? :P Just kidding, it´s true I have a new car but the real interesting thing is that I´m going to Siggraph 2008 as an ex-student volunteer (XSV). I have been assigned to GraphicsNet, the people who is in charge of all that have to do with the conference network. So, if someone is going to Siggraph this year, let me know and we can talk about it.
One last thing, altough I know there´s very few people that happen to read the blog, make some comments on it or just, drop an e-mail, you are quite helpful to keep me on motivated. Thanks a lot.
Its great to be here again!.