Aloha and thanks for stopping by!

I started working with Blender about 2 months ago.  I’ve always been interested in computer animation and had fantasies when I was younger of working for Pixar or something like that.  I figure my time has passed for that, but I’m not going to let it stop me from pursuing it as a hobby.

Like many of you, I chose Blender because it’s open source and free.  Sure, I could have gotten a torrent of Maya or 3dmax, but why not just use something that is free by design?

However, the learning curve is incredibly steep!!  I thought about getting a book and trying to learn it from the ground up, but I couldn’t find a really good, comprehensive book that had everything I wanted to know.  Furthermore, I really felt like every book I looked at didn’t quite give me the instant gratification I was looking for.  They would go on and on about different settings, but I just didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere.

So, I turned to the multitude of tutorials on the internet.

I started this blog in hopes that the knowledge I pick up along my own journey might be helpful to others that set out to learn blender.  I plan to pass along reviews of tutorials, tips I figure out on my own, and maybe (just maybe) one day make some little tutorials of my own.

I also thought it would be fun to post pictures of my progress as I learn more.  Feel free in the comments section to post your own renders!

A little about me: I’m 37, live in Hawaii, have a 5 year old iMac that can’t handle most of what I want to render (8 minute render times for a grass scene with 50,000 hair particles), am married, surf most days, and work at a hospital.

So, there you have it.  Hopefully I can steer other newbies in a helpful direction!

Oh, and I love to surf.  So don’t be surprised to see an occasional surfing post!

If you would like to get in touch, send me questions or comments, just drop me an email at david@blenderjourney.com

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