Okay so, I noticed when you rotate around an axis, say you do this:
glRotatef(90.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
That will rotate things 90 degrees around the x-axis. However, it also sort of rotates the y and z axes as well. So now the y-axis is pointing in and out of the screen, instead of up and down. So when I try to do stuff like this:
glRotatef(90.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f); glRotatef(whatever, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f); glRotatef(whatever2, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f);
The rotations around the y and z-axes end up not how I want them. I was wondering if there is any way I can sort of rotate just the axes back to their initial position after using glRotatef(), without rotating the object back. Or something like that, just so that when I rotate around the y-axis, it rotates around a vertical axis.
EDIT: After further research, it appears I will have to learn quaternions. EDIT2: Wait, I don't think that's right. Does anyone know? I saw this thread on another site: http://java-gaming.org/index.php?topic=24177.0 but I don't understand what he did.