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Your First Day in Blender

by Justin Marshall

When learning a new software package, sometimes it's good to just jump in with both feet and create something. Software required: Blender 2.71.

What you'll learn

When learning a new software package, sometimes it's good to just jump in with both feet and create something. In this training we'll do just that as we create a little creature from scratch. We'll cover methods of working with polygon geometry using several of Blender's modeling tools. We'll learn to shape and sculpt our mesh using a multi-resolution workflow. We'll add high-frequency detail using noise patterns and learn to assign some simple materials to our objects. To finish, we'll add a couple of lights and create a quick render. This step-by-step training is designed to be a quick look at Blender and allowus to get the feel of working on a small project, without bogging down in the details of the interface or blasting you with every workflow possibility. Once you're done, you can decide if it appeals to you and which areas you might be more interested in. Software required: Blender 2.71.

About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials, and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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