I'm trying to get better at fundaments of rendering. In doing so I've picked up on doing the exercises outlined by the eminent Thomas Scholes (Idiot Apathy) at Conceptart.org back in 2006. They've forced me to rethink stuff I thought I knew, as well as obtain new knowledge. Great stuff. Here's the link> http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=76955
Rummaging through the old Ca.org forums made me feel truly nostalgic, as it was an instrumental resource for me in beginning to try and learn this craft (2005). It's not the same anymore, more focus on getting cred, selling "learn the secrets to great art" DVD's and asspatting than learning and critiquing IMO.
I know this stuff is boring as hell to look at to most, but it's been useful for me to do these things! I wont go into detail and explain the exercises, go and check for yourself :) And as always, please critique me if you have the time and feel like it :)
Exercise 1> basic sphere
Exercise 2> (ver. 1 of Peer project)
Exercise 2 > Matching Color and Greyscale.
Exercise 3 >Different Colored Spheres in White light.