Blender Master Class: A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering

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Blender is a powerful and free 3D graphics tool used by artists and designers worldwide. But even experienced designers can find it challenging to turn an idea into a polished piece.

For those who have struggled to create professional quality projects in Blender, author Ben Simonds offers this peek inside his studio. You'll learn how to create 3D models as you explore the creative process that he uses to model three example projects: a muscular bat creature, a futuristic robotic...

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Overview

Blender is a powerful and free 3D graphics tool used by artists and designers worldwide. But even experienced designers can find it challenging to turn an idea into a polished piece.

For those who have struggled to create professional quality projects in Blender, author Ben Simonds offers this peek inside his studio. You'll learn how to create 3D models as you explore the creative process that he uses to model three example projects: a muscular bat creature, a futuristic robotic spider, and ancient temple ruins. Along the way, you'll master the Blender interface and learn how to create and refine your own models.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Work with reference and concept art in Blender and GIMP to make starting projects easier
  • Block in models with simple geometry and build up more complex forms
  • Use Blender's powerful sculpting brushes to create detailed organic models
  • Paint textures with Blender and GIMP and map them onto your 3D artwork
  • Design textures in GIMP and map them onto your 3D artwork
  • Light, render, and composite your models to create striking images
Each chapter walks you through a piece of the modeling process and offers detailed explanations of the tools and concepts used. Filled with full-color artwork and real-world tips, Blender Master Class gives you the foundation you need to create your own stunning masterpieces.

Supplementary download includes files for each project in the book, as wellas extra textures, brushes, and other resources.

Covers Blender 2.6x

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593274771
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 3/7/2013
  • Edition description: With CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Simonds is a 3D artist and co-director of Gecko Animation Ltd., an animation and post-production company based in London, England (http://geckoanimation.com/). He first started messing around with Blender back in 2005, when he had no idea it would eventually become a major part of his day job. Since then he's authored a wide variety of tutorials and articles for his own website (http://bensimonds.com/) and other Blender community websites, including Blender Cookie and BlenderNation.At Gecko Animation, he produces visual effects, models, animation, and graphics for TV and advertising. His work has appeared on major UK TV channels like the BBC, Channel 4, and Dave. Gecko Animation's inhouse short animation Assembly: Life in Macrospace won the 2011 Suzanne Award for Best Designed Short Film at the Blender Conference in Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • About the Technical Reviewer
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Blender
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to GIMP
  • Chapter 3: Preparation
  • Chapter 4: Blocking In
  • Chapter 5: Modeling the Details
  • Chapter 6: Sculpting
  • Chapter 7: Retopology
  • Chapter 8: UV Unwrapping
  • Chapter 9: Hair and Particle Systems
  • Chapter 10: Texture Baking
  • Chapter 11: Texture Painting
  • Chapter 12: Materials
  • Chapter 13: Lighting
  • Chapter 14: Rendering and Compositing
  • Chapter 15: Going Further

  • About the Project Files

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