About this project
Here's how we're going to change the world....
Michael and I will create a full course to teach a beginner how to create 3D digital art assets using the free, and open source Blender. The course will be entirely project based. You will start with installation and setup, and eventually build a fully animated humanoid character and more.
What is Blender? From their site: "Blender is being made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on."
We want every indie-game developer to be able to create and modify their own 3D art. We want every family to be able to make creations for their 3D printer. No longer will the world of 3D assets be inaccessible.
The full price of the course will be £149 when it's complete on Udemy. Here's your chance to get it for much less - with juicy bonuses not available on launch. You can pre-order the course on Udemy now.
How is this course different to others?
The course is project-based, so you will be applying your knowledge immediately to real 3D models as you go. Furthermore, our unique challenge structure will ensure you stay engaged and develop real skills.
Each project will be designed to build on each other. Michael will be your primary instructor, and will be covering...
- UV mapping & un-wrapping.
- Bone-rigging and animation.
- 3D mesh creation & customisation.
- A brief Python for Blender primer.
- Workflow management.
- Creating textures and materials*
- Plus much more, see stretch goals below.
* All texture & material creation will be done in Blender, e.g. hand-painting. If you want more advanced control over 2D assets you'll need something like GIMP . We'll cover importing from these programs, but not how to use them in this Blender course.
We'll be using Blender for what it's best at. We'll only do what we need to in Blender to create great assets for export to 3D printing, game mods, Unity, Unreal Engine, etc. We will be creating photo-realistic scenes and awesome animation all within Blender etc.
You will get full lifetime access (including video downloads to iOS or Android) for a single one-off fee. We are both qualified and experienced online educators, and avid creators. We are able to explain complex concepts clearly, as well as entertain along the way.
This course is comprehensive, if you're a beginner we'll hold your hand every step. Starting with getting control of Blender's powerful user interface, and moving onto more advanced topics step-by-step.
By the end of the course you'll be able to create sophisticated 3D models, with textures, materials, bone rigging, animations and more.
AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE! The course will be hosted on Udemy, an amazing online learning platform where we host our other courses. See Ben's courses here, and Michael's here. Suitable for students aged 9 to 90+.
This will be a full course, and ultimately will be over 20 hours long. If you're a complete beginner, we'll teach you everything you'll need. If you're a 3D artist already, we'll teach you more advanced techniques, and how to export your assets to import directly into other packages such as Unity 3D.
Who are we...
This course is co-created by Ben Tristem and Michael Bridges. With complementary skills we make an amazing team. We've been working together for 15 years already. Here's a little more about us...
"Hi I'm Ben, I'm a 30-something family man, professional trainer, and avid gamer living in Cambridge, UK. I've been playing games, and programming computers since as early as I can remember. I'm the co-creator of Udemy's most successful game development course. I just love to learn and teach."
"Hi I'm Michael and for the last 15 years I've been guiding reassuring and educating people how to use their technology to its fullest potential. I have played with technology for as long as I can remember and I love introducing and teaching people about it. Seeing them grow in their knowledge and understanding is incredibly satisfying."
We have already several other successful complete online training courses on Udemy. Recently Ben co-produced a comprehensive Unity 3D course, here's just one recent review...
Why are we doing a Kickstarter?
We believe Blender is a fantastic tool for creating 3D assets, however there simply aren't the high-quality step-by-step tutorials that we aspire to out there.
Virtual reality is about to take-off with the Kickstarter funded Oculus Rift hitting the market soon. The world is going to need many more 3D artists to take advantage of these amazing advances, and we want you to be one of them.
We are going to be working on this full-time course over the summer, for release in August. Now is a great time to get into Blender, so you are ready for wave of demand for 3D assets.
We would love to get you involved early-on so that we can find out what you want to learn, and include it in the course.
Why will it be so good?
Great question! Remember we're creating this because we've personally found the existing courses to be inadequate. Here's the top three reasons our course will be supreme...
1) Ben already co-authored a world-class Unity 3D course.
2) We're professional teachers and developers.
3) It will be project and challenge based.
We fully funded in under 24 hours, and went on to achieve the following extra features...
£8,000 - 3D PRINTING <== ACHIEVED
At £8,000 in funding, we will commit to buying a domestic 3D printer, and adding an entire section to the course to cover the process of creating models for 3D printing, printing them, and improving them.
£12,000 - ANIMATION <== ACHIEVED
At £12,000 in funding, we will commit to making a full module devoted to the principles of basic animation and interaction so your 3-D models can come alive.
£16,000 - ADVANCED TEXTURES <== ACHIEVED
A fully comprehensive module on texture creation, development and application of textures to your models, including hand painting UV Maps and material choices such as fur, hair etc.
£18,000 - PYTHON SCRIPTING <== ACHIEVED
Multiply yourself 1000s of times by using Python scripting in Blender. Learn to build foliage, armies of orcs, and more by creating meshes procedurally. Step-by-step tutorial by Ben, no prior programming experience required.
£24,000 - GAME ASSET PACK <== ACHIEVED
At this level we be showing you how to make and modify many common game assets. You will get a complete set of standard assets to use in your very own games and scenes, ranging from rocks, crates, chests, barrels, doors, gates, tables and chairs etc. If you pledge £45+ you get to request assets too.
£27,000 - DEFORMATION AND DESTRUCTION <== ACHIEVED
Here we will show you how to deform and break your models. Crucial to adding some amazing depth to your creations. Whether it is a broken fence, shattered glass or a fallen wall we'll take you through how to do it. We might even blow some stuff up!
£30,000 - PHOTO REALISTIC RENDERING <== ACHIEVED
What to create amazing Computer Generated Images as if you were there? At this Level we will be showing how to do just that!
£40,000 - ANIMATION STUDIO! <== ACHIEVED
Make your own short CG film, from start to end. This will be a huge amount of work to create, but will turn this course from amazing to ridiculous.
£45,000 - VISUAL EFFECTS STUDIO! <== ACHIEVED!!
The Icing on the Cake. Incorporate real video and your CGI to blur the border between what's real and what is CGI! This will be delivered after all the other content, probably during early 2016.
We will be keeping all the equipment you need right down to a bare minimum, you won't even need a camera!
Remember, if you missed the Kickstarter you can pre-order the course over on Udemy now. They will ask you to "Take This Course", register, and enter payment details. You will then get your first 10 hours of content on the 1st August, with the rest to follow as we make it.
Risks and challenges
There are relatively few risks here. We will not be spending your money up front, so in the very unlikely circumstances that we are unable to complete the course, we will refund everyone.
We also promise to refund anyone the £15 pledge if they don't think the course is awesome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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