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Posted: 21 Jul 2014 04:30 AM PDT
Kenan Proffitt's teaches how to model and texture a simple barrel model in this tutorial for beginners. In this Blender tutorial, master the basics of uv unwrapping, materials in cycles, and the node editor. Learn how to quickly model and texture a barrel inside of Blender. First Texture Second Texture  
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:10 AM PDT
Reynante Martinez captured his favorite personal tool in this image. Inspired by the great thinkers of all time, by the hardworking individuals, and by the art of creating itself. I've been meaning to recreate one of my most functional personal tools for as long as I can remember and one day there came this spur [...]
Posted: 20 Jul 2014 10:00 PM PDT
The Google Summer of Code draws to an end, one of the projects sure is good news for Game Engine lovers: over 130 bugs have been solved! 1) Projects for upcoming 2.72 release Reminder of the planning. FBX: most of this is in master now, only animation import will be added still. Cycles render for [...]
Posted: 20 Jul 2014 11:20 AM PDT
By derGoldstein This was inspired by the very elaborate Ducati rear sprockets, though it isn't modeled after any specific version of them.
Posted: 20 Jul 2014 07:16 AM PDT
Would you like to create your own Minecraft animations in Blender? Then start with this free rig by TheDuckCow. While there may be enough Steve's in the world already, this rig is much friendlier to use and customize, and has several minor parts improved upon the previous characters I released, and now includes the very [...]

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BlenderNation - BEER design overview Video: BedtimeMonster Laser blaster 5000X


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Posted: 20 Jul 2014 02:00 AM PDT
What is the Blender Extended Expressive Rendering system? Read this extensive overview on the BlenderNPR blog. Blender Extended Expressive Rendering or BEER is a shader system specially designed to be able to produce limitless shader styles. Though its main purpose is to handle non-photorealistic (NPR) shader styles, BEER can produce photo-realistic (PR) styles too (classic [...]
Posted: 19 Jul 2014 10:00 PM PDT
Excellent character animation and rendering by Petrosfera. Music video for my short track "Bedtime Monster" Check it out on SoundCloud. If you want to keep updated follow me on Facebook. Hope you guy like it ^^ Oh, and the software used was blender (of course), after effects and reaper (for the track).
Posted: 19 Jul 2014 08:30 AM PDT
By Druyanizm. The "Laser blaster 5000X - for the seriouse future man.The idea was to create a cartoon gun with a very realistic feel to it. Check out the thread on BlenderArtists for more versions, including one for wife/girlfriend and awesome 50's style blueprints.

New Articles, Tips and Mastering Terminology

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Start Mastering VFX Terminology: Compositing

Learning VFX terminology has never been easier with our new "Mastering VFX Terminology" series. The first volume breaks down the concept of compositing and explains how images are brought together.

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Using UVs for More Than Just Texturing

Most 3D modelers are accustomed to using UV for just painting textures or baking maps. Discover how this technique can also save you time and give detail to your sculpting patterns. Read more »

Key Terms for Your Web Design Vocab.

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The Results Are in for June's Members Contest

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Many artists have a project or two that they've started and never finished for one reason or another. We discuss five common reasons why artists never finish a project.

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The Importance of Proper Ergonomics for Creatives

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3ds Max vs. Maya: Which One Should You Use?

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The Many Layers of Animation

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The trailer for Disney Animation Studio's "Big Hero Six" highlights the movie's comedy rather than its action. The movie is the studio's first adaptation of a Marvel series since Disney acquired it back in 2009.

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