(11)My handwritten 7 lessons that got me through the steep learning curve of Blender(free)3d animation software:

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First lesson was how to save things…1

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Second lesson, was, do every lesson twice…2 (every time you learn a new thing, do the entire lesson twice that day…REALLY)…

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3rd lesson was Rigging…Putting bones into shapes…

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4th lesson was HAIR (#8 at the bottom of the page says: “make it move” (the hair), choose (click on the box) called ‘Hair DYNAMICS’ in the Particle System drop down menu at the far right Properties panel…

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5th lesson was deformation of shapes with SHAPE KEYS…

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6th lesson was Putting pictures onto shapes…

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7th lesson was how to use Sculpt Mode…(also how to put cool materials on the sculpture)…

These Lessons were the most important for me to learn, this is what I chose to learn first & in that order…Each lesson needs to be done twice, all the way through to make sure you can recreate your steps…

Once you can do all of this, you will have crossed the steepest part of the Blender learning curve…

Most of these subjects are covered in Youtube Tutorials that people have put up…Search the one you want & watch…Even if it is in a foreign language, you can watch the screencast & stop & start the video to see which keys they pressed…

 

https://sarigrove.com/2013/03/24/learning-animation/ (Go there to start “tutorial” number 1 or Day of Blender)* I logged my pain & agony in 11 daily posts so far…These 11 posts represent the steepest learning curve part of Blender…The part where you are sad because nothing works, you spend half the day trying other easier programs, you consider spending $1500 for something you don’t need…Took me 2 days to realize that I absolutely could not use Blender without a 3 button mouse…It also dawned on me that the Youtube video tutorials by kind strangers were far less boring to watch than the official Blender tutorials which were painfully thorough…Deciding what I needed to know, instead of just following along anything was crucial…I decided I wanted to learn first how to save an animation file, then how to make bones move- rigging, then how to make hair which was cool & how to make hair move dynamically even cooler, then deformation of the object like blinking or talking, & so on…I am only on my 12 day of Blender 3d animation software…Possibly the word “Master” is a little premature, but I like it if maybe it is prophetic (me being egotistical & silly)! 🙂 But I think the first week is the hardest, not just the program but all sorts of other decisions like ‘do you need a tablet & pen?’ ‘can your computer handle Sculpt mode energy demands?’ (I added a little program called CPU Speed Accelerator which helps with that), the biggest fear or obstacle is ‘should I be using another program’? which causes you to waste time looking at them & trying out their free trials…

2 thoughts on “(11)My handwritten 7 lessons that got me through the steep learning curve of Blender(free)3d animation software:

  1. Don’t forget to service your HDD with the utility program for your HDD It can make life easier if you do it from time to time.

    1. MainMenu : I use MainMenu’s “Execute Batch Tasks” once a week, it cleans, repairs disk permissions, cleans out caches & more…Great little program ! Yes, thanks for commenting! A clean & healthy computer is really important for 3G animation software- the “Render” function can take time, & you don’t want any extra weight on your Mac while it’s going…Big issue actually! CPU Speed Accelerator App is proving to be precious too!!!

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