View Full Version : Can somebody recommend some good tutorials for Blender from beginner to advanced
10-26-2007, 07:53 AM
I am a self-taught computer technician and have been working on computers professionally since 13 years. I also have like 3/4 of a bachelors degree in computer science, but need to finish, and soon :P. Anyways thats not what I'm talking about. I want to gain the same level of proficiency with 3d modeling and illustration and most aspects of graphic arts. I have used many graphics programs such as Photoshop, 3d Studio Max, Lightwave 5, and plenty of others over the years. I don't have a concrete knowledge of any of them however. I want to teach myself how to do it all again, and I think a logical place to start would be to learn Blender, since it is an excellent program, is open source and very popular and influential, and the concepts will directly translate to many other programs of note. I would greatly appreciate links to any good Blender tutorials that I could use, and an indication of what order I should attempt them. I would also appreciate any tips or tricks, information I and anyone else using this thread could use, I am running Ubuntu 7.04 and am constantly promoting it and implementing it in new roles, most recently as a motel lobby internet station for guests which allows them to browse the internet and do anything they like on it but is completely secure from tampering or installing programs, viruses, spyware, or anything else for that matter without direct authorization. Anyways, thanks for any information you provide, if I really like it I'll probably link it with credit on my blog, lockedotnet (http://lockenet.blogspot.com). Long live CG!
10-26-2007, 03:09 PM
I would recommend that you start by reviewing the BlenderQuickStart PDF file that's found in the install directory of Blender. It's a one-page document that will quickly demystify the basics of the Blender interface.
I would then recommend that you go through the Blender Basics tutorials found at BlenderUnderground.com (http://www.blenderunderground.com).
Then, you could check out my tutorial website, BlenderNewbies (http://blendernewbies.blogspot.com). You might also download the Blender Browser Toolbar found at my site. It includes a tremendous time-saving community-wide search feature. All search results are pulled exclusively from the more popular community websites and forums.
Speaking of fourms, CGTalk has a Blender-specific forum (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=91) and, be sure to check out the "official" forum for the Blender community at blenderartists.org (http://blenderartists.org/forum/).
And, check out BlenderNation (http://www.blendernation.com) for news and events and, be sure to read the BlenderArt magazine (http://www.blenderart.org/issues/).
Welcome to Blender!
10-26-2007, 06:34 PM
That is exactly what I was looking for, thanks for the quick reply! I'm going to start with the PDF tonight after work and see how far I can get before I pass out. I'll keep the thread updated with any insights.
10-26-2007, 06:41 PM
blenderwiki is a great place for tutorials and links. I really recommend it with the above.
10-26-2007, 10:06 PM
Yeah, the BlenderWiki is great! Although, I wouldn't really recommend starting there because there's so many things there to distract from really focusing on the basics. So many people want to reach for the cool stuff first ("ooh, a Create a Character and Walkcycle tutorial! I'll start with that one!" ... Oops, wrong decision. Massive time-wasting ahead.) and then only end up becoming confused because they don't have a strong enough foundation to fill in the gaps found in more advanced materials. So, get the basics first and you'll have little troubles getting through any well-produced tutorials. Good Luck! :)
10-29-2007, 05:18 AM
What I like is the Blender 3D: Noob to Pro (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro) Wikibook.
Cool stuff there.
And then there are also some realy cool tutorials on the Website from the
Computer Arts Magazine (3d World Magazine):
UV layout in Blender (http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/3d__and__animation/uv_layout_in_blender)
Simple walk cycle tutorial (http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/3d__and__animation/steps_to_success)
How to Rig a Cartoon Character (http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/3d__and__animation/3d_worlds_question_of_the_month11)
How to animate raft adrift on the surface of the ocean (http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/3d__and__animation/3d_worlds_question_of_the_month7)
There all nothing for beginners though.
10-30-2007, 07:13 PM
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