It comes from Star Wars. Though I don’t recall the scene exactly, I recognize the aesthetic. In any case, I just tweaked out the tutorial a wee bit to match my own sensibility. It’s not a portfolio piece — not an original work of art because it’s from a tutorial — but just a practice exercise I did to get my Blender muscles working again. After nearly 6 months off while doing other projects, I forgot a whole lot.
Here’s the version the instructor, Ryan King, created:
One of the great things about learning Blender is all the tutorials out there, a lot of which are free, including this one. Anyone with a newish, higher end computer can download Blender for free, and start learning. For me the best part of that is it allows me to really get into other creator’s heads, learn their workflow, and how they approach various problems.
Ryan King is a relative newcomer to making Blender tutorials — as compared to someone like Blender Guru — but I’ve done a bunch of his lessons before, and I can trust that any tutorial he puts together is going to be well thought out, clear, appropriately paced, and doable. The Orc below was from one of his tuts, though I embellished it quite a bit.
When I do run into hitches, I leave comments and he responds usually within a day, and sometimes within hours. I do some of his tutorials before ones that I paid for, because they are that good.
You can see the 5-part tutorial series here:
If you are learning Blender, I recommend Ryan’s videos.
I like to triangulate my learning with different trusted teachers, and an oddball here and there. I’ve gotta’ blast through a bunch of ’em to get my skills back and level up my game a bit, so I can turn to my own original creations.
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