Blender Fundamentals

This course will walk you through every step of creating a drone spaceship, from the ground up. You'll cover the fundamentals of navigating and modeling in Blender, along with texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, and rendering.
Course info
Rating
(27)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 30, 2018
Duration
9h 21m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Getting Started with Blender
Modeling the Power Ring of the Spaceship
Modeling the Wings of the Spaceship
Modeling the Cockpit
Modeling the Engine Block
Assembling the Drone
UV Mapping the Drone
Setting up Materials
Rigging for Animation
Animating the Drone
Dynamics Simulations with Blender
Lighting and Rendering with Cycles
Compositing in Blender
Description
Course info
Rating
(27)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 30, 2018
Duration
9h 21m
Description

Have you ever wanted to jump into the world of 3D but don't know where to start? If so, Blender Fundamentals is the perfect course to take that initial step. First, you'll get familiar with the basic and foundational skills that you'll need to begin moving around and working comfortably in Blender. Then, you'll jump into exploring the powerful modeling features in Blender and begin building the drone. Next, you’ll master the process of adding textures and materials to the drone. Pushing forward, you’ll dive to rigging and animation, as well as learn how to utilize Blender’s dynamics engine to create a flame effect. Finally, you'll conquer lighting and render the scene with final post-production effects created inside Blender’s Compositor. When you’re finished with this Blender Course, you’ll not only hit every step of the 3D process while creating a drone spaceship from the ground up, but you’ll also have a strong understanding of all the core features found in Blender. Software required: Blender.

About the author
About the author

Mark started out with an interest for animation at a young age, and it eventually transformed into a passion for the subject. Mark made an impact on the industry quickly, working for Pluralsight (Digital-Tutors) as an Animation and Rigging Instructor. Currently, he is working as an animator on the popular children's series Floogals for NBC Sprouts.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, I'm Mark Masters, and welcome to my course, Blender Fundamentals. This in-depth course is designed to help you get a solid understanding of all of the core features found in Blender. In the first portion of this course, we will begin by breaking down the basics of working in Blender, like viewport navigation, and understanding the user interface. From there, we will explore some of the modeling tools and begin creating the drone, which will be our central project for the remainder of the course. From there, we will begin UV mapping the drone to prepare it for textures and materials, and we'll continue by creating a basic rig for the drone so we can animate its movement, as well as adding dynamic simulation to create the jet exhaust for the engines. Finally, we will wrap everything up by creating a basic light setup and building render layers that will be used for creating post effects inside of Blender's compositor. At the end of this course, we want you to be at a point where you are comfortable with working in Blender and can begin using it for your own projects. So, let's get started in the next module and begin learning the basics of Blender navigation.

Modeling the Power Ring of the Spaceship
In this module, we're going to begin creating the power ring for our spaceship. Let's go ahead and jump forward here and take a look at the actual drone or spaceship that we're going to be creating throughout this course. So here we have the actual, the rendered version of this drone type ship. And you can see that it's all completely textured out. And we have rendered it inside of a blender. So what we're actually going to focus on in this module is modeling this type of power core area of this drone. Now one thing that I want to point out is that it may look like there are a lot of things going on on this model. You have a lot of small little pieces. But actually, this ship is actually made up of only a couple main pieces that are basically just duplicated and rotated around to create this finished ship here. So if you'll take a look at these type of wing like objects, we have four of them. But really they're just duplicates of one. So we just duplicated those around to create that look for this drone. And then of course we have two power rings. And then we also have sort of the engine area on the back of the spaceship. Let's jump forward here and take a look at a different view of this drone type object. And you can see that we also have these type of wing like objects. That are surrounding or encompassing the actual engine block area. And again, those are simply duplicated pieces of the wings themselves. And manipulated just a little bit, sized up just a little bit to create a slightly different shape. But really, there are only a couple of main pieces that actually make up this entire model. And we actually did a lot of duplications. So we're going to be going through that entire process of modeling this spaceship. So now that we've got an idea of what the finished product is going to look like, let's go ahead and continue on in this module and begin modeling the power ring.