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Category: Blender 3D

Well, we’ve had a bit of a lull in the project lately. For me it was a combination of holiday season craziness and a bit of “hitting the wall”ness on the 3D side.

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Early Space Render

Of course, when you’re doing Sci-Fi, there has to be ships orbiting planets… and so Linda made a planet. Granted, this one is Earth, but hey, that’s the best place to start, right?

Which is, in of itself, a great Sci-Fi title. 😀

But this deals with watching something that existed in your head slowly taking shape in reality… in this case, digital reality, but still… it’s amazing.

An early rendering of future awesomeness

An early rendering of future awesomeness

I can’t even begin to explain what a fantastic job Linda is doing pulling all of this technical stuff together.  Every time she shows me something new I can only think “holy crap, we’re that far already?!”

There is a team of excited people beginning to form around this project (Code Named, “Project: Monkey Dance”) — and if they have even a QUARTER of Linda’s zeal… things look bright.

On the virtual sets/world side of things, we’ve been making good progress. Clay continues to work on refining the schematics for the Intrepid, and I continue to learn a lot about the overall 3D process. continue reading…

I had a minor (as in “hyperactive, can’t stop talking” rather than “oh my god, hide in the corner” type) meltdown yesterday. Poor Clay, listening to me babble about how much there is to learn in Blender.

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I continue to work through the Essential Blender book. I’ve done the user interface overview, and things are starting to sink in. I still have to double check on keyboard shortcuts, especially if I haven’t been back in the program for a day or so, but the main controls are becoming more and more automatic. continue reading…

Last week I poked around Blender a bit and ended up frustrating myself no end. My 3D app experience is limited, but I’ve tried enough in the past (VRML, Maya, Cinema 4D) that I had a lot of preconceptions about how things “should” work. The Getting Started tutorials on the Blender wiki just were not giving me what I thought I needed, and I found myself shaking my fist at the screen at the apparent stupidity of things like hiding the object properties panel under the “N” key shortcut.

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