My Blender Citizen Diary: The Toon Plane Tutorial

Reviewing a Tutorial from Blender CookieThis is my series of posts on my experience of the Citizen membership of CG Cookie, which I joined mainly for the Blender tutorials. You can view all of my tutorial reviews here. I’m sharing these for a couple of reasons. Firstly, to let others know what kinds of things you’ll be able to learn if you join. And also so that I have a record for myself of my Blender progress, because it’s easy once you’ve learnt something to assume that you always knew it.

For my third tutorial, I chose the Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling Plane Tutorial which is by Jonathan Williamson. I believe Jonathan is the founder-owner of CG Cookie, and has earned himself a well-respected name, so I knew I was in safe hands with this … Continue reading

My Blender Citizen Diary: The Guitar Tutorial

I made this guitar in BlenderAs I noted in my last entry, I finally joined up as a Citizen Member with CG Cookie. Currently, my main interest is in Blender Cookie, but I look forward to a side-helping of Concept Cookie at some point in the next 3 months.

I decided a 3 month membership was the way to go. Even though I don’t currently have a large budget for this kind of thing, one month seemed a bit too stingy. Maybe it’s just me, but this is quality training and I didn’t want my experience to be grab-and-run. Since Blender itself is open source I’ve already gained so much for free.

Only time will tell if new additions to the site over the course of my membership also made paying upfront for a quarter worthwhile. What I do know … Continue reading

Becoming a Blender Citizen… And the Cute Elephant Tutorial

My cute elephant modelAfter a little over half a year of going it alone, I’m now a Blender Citizen. My immediate reaction on signing up for a 3 month plan was “why oh why didn’t I do this sooner?”

I began experimenting with Blender at the end of last year, and was eased along the learning curve by an excellent beginner’s book. From there, I moved on to free video tutorials, some of which would have been well worth paying for (special credit has to go to LittleWebHut here for great Blender novice tutorials, with Andrew Price and Sardi Pax having some quality offerings for intermediate users).

And this was fine, I picked up some skills and learned some new … Continue reading

Learning Blender: Beginner, Novice and Intermediate Video Tutorials

Glass and Cloth simulation with Blender3dDo you want to learn Blender to be able to model and render your own creations in one place, and maybe even animate your own films? Or do you want to create 3D models you can use in DAZ Studio or Poser, without spending a small fortune?

Whatever your reasons for downloading Blender, if you’re a beginner you want to get up and running as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, many (most, I’m willing to bet) of us find our first experiences of Blender to be more like running through treacle. Getting good at Blender takes time. Yes, even if you are an IT professional, or have used other 3D software, or generally consider yourself a quick study.

The fact is, things are different in Blender. Experience elsewhere … Continue reading

How to Pose Your Digital Men for Portraits (Posing Tips: Part 3)

Posing 3D Guys for PortraitsIn part 2 of this How to Pose 3-D Figures series, we looked at creating some eye-catching poses for women, going beyond predictable head and shoulders shots.

Now we’re going to do the same for men. I know those poor male characters don’t get as much render time as female ones. But a lot of you go to the trouble of creating unique men – some with great back stories or real personality – who deserve to be shown off.

Let’s find out how to do just that.

What’s Different about Posing 3-D Men?

In the real world, you don’t tend to pose men in the same way as women for a photo shoot. Neither would you do that for … Continue reading

How to Pose Your Digital Women for Portraits (Posing Tips: Part 2)

Posing Tips Digital Female PortraitsIn part 1 of this how to pose series for 3-d characters, you set up a camera ready to create some great renders of your model.

In this part we’ll be changing the figure’s pose. Use Perspective view to move around for pose alterations. Keep camera movements for small tweaks like zooming in and out.

By the way, I’m using Genesis 2 Female, but any 3d figure is fine.

First, Some Good News…

Portrait posing guides for real people have to spend a lot of time on fixing flaws. I have them. You have them. Even professional models have features they are not crazy about. Photographers have to play them down … Continue reading

How to Pose your Digital Figures for Better Portrait Renders

Pose Digital Figures for PortraitsPosing 3-d models for portraits doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need patience and a willingness to experiment.

Of course, if time is short or you just hate posing your 3d figures, there are some pre-made pose sets that do all the work for you. Experience has taught me that you can’t do everything yourself and sometimes spending a few dollars can make life much easier.

That said, if you are reading this post you have already decided to have a go at this yourself. You might want to start from scratch, or maybe you do own some pose sets but want to fine-tune them to add some variety.

I hope by reading this series of posts you’ll pick up some ideas on different poses that tend to look good for male and female … Continue reading

Create a Customizable Sign for Your Blog

Make a 3-d sign for your blogLast week, in Custom 2D Images for Your Blog for Free with 3D Models, we looked at what you can do with starter 3-d content (available as a free download with DAZ Studio4.6). Turns out it’s a nice way to create some eye-catching images for your blog.

Now I’m going to show you a handy trick can let you customize digital signs to make featured images that fit with your message.

The Eye Candy is Optional…

Remember the beautiful model in the picture? Those of you who do already know and love Genesis 2 Female will be laughing. Yes, it’s true, I didn’t even change her pose, just put her in the scene … Continue reading