In Spring of 2009, I had my first taste of Maya with a "Technical Concepts of Visual Effects" class. These are most of my beginner works. Emphasis on beginner!

n.b.: firefox does not support tif, so I converted to jpg, but have original tif if preferred. Click pics for full view.

Modeling with Glass and Liquid Shaders

Magically inserted reflective ball!

Glass shaders were soo cool!

Using functions to have planets orbit, learning how awful it is to render on a single computer, and of course, really wishing I'd rotated the ball better.

Playing with water and reflected moving clouds

Rendering of the nuclear physics lab in a starry environment [For a presentation on the link between astrophysics and nuclear physics]