Thursday, February 5, 2009
Blender is not new. Even the latest version isn't all that new. But I have finally been taking a little time to learn how to use the thing. As such, I have stumbled across several useful tutorials.
For those of you who are not familiar with it, Blender is a free 3D modeling and animation tool. Do not let the price tag fool you and do not let the interface scare you away!
Blender has every major conceptual feature from every 3D tool released in the last 2 decades: Metaballs, Bones, Particles, Audio sync, Keyframe Animation with parameter curve graphs, NURBS, a game engine, etc..
The interface is designed to be useful and so is designed around the concept of heavy hot-key use. As such it is difficult to learn for the first 2 hours - but you will quickly see the benefits of working this way. The truth is also that every 3D tool has a steep learning curve and they all work differently from most desktop applications.