As a kid, I loved watching the movies as much as the next child. Obviously, I never even considered that it was possible to make stuff like that, much less be a part of things like it. I assumed it was magic, some kind of sorcery that allowed the Pixar artist to pull the images out of their pants. Presto! (another short by Pixar) Then, when I was about 10, I found this kinda neat program called Blender.
I tried it out, and about two days later gave up. My 10 year old brain could not even begin to figure out the difficult algorithms and processes. I also couldn't understand the tutorials, which were made by a guy with an accent so heavy I couldn't understand what he was saying. I moved on to other more appropriate topics, such as airplanes.
Then, as a 15 year old, I saw some neat stuff being done with CG. So, I went to find the free stuff, and lo and behold Blender smiled at me again. So, I sat down and began learning. Luckily, I had begun just barely after the introduction of the new Cycles rendering engine, which is a nifty new rendering engine that makes life much, much easier for Blender artists. I found that I actually understood tutorials, could make stuff, and began to have fun. Here I am, about 7 months later, beginning a blog so I can begin to get better and make cooler stuff.
The picture above is one of my earliest attempts. This is an extremely simple render made off of a tutorial by Tutor4u (who is a very, very good way to go for new blender artists) As you can see, its not very realistic and a fairly boring image. But still, I was very happy with where I was at. Then I made my first original render, 100% my own thinking.
Obviously, its still not extremely exciting. Just a wiggly little shape on a reflective plane. But I was so proud of how good it was and how realistic (not) the reflection looked. Then I discovered Blender Guru.
Blender Guru is an incredible site run by a guy named Andrew Price. The tutorials are wonderful, and I learned very quickly. I started to make more interesting renders. Credit for everything in the image except for the gun on the table goes to Andrew Price
At this point, I was completely obsessed with Blender. I adored everything in it, and everything it could do. I began to create my own images. Noticeably, they are lacking in complexity and realism:
I made my first character render:
And I just keep modeling and rendering. So, what is the point of this blog? Its a place for me to scratch my ideas, bemoan the minimum of time I have to work on Blender, and post my work. Its a place for me to advertise my ability, and hopefully get hired. Most of all, its just plain fun to get views. So, hopefully I can get better and actually start making interesting stuff! Thanks for reading.