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Random City/Level Generator in the Blender Game Engine

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:30
Using the Game Engine to generate geometry? Why not! John hamilton writes: Learn how to setup a randomly generated city/level. using the logic bricks in the blender game engine
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender User Manual - Official Call for Help!

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:20
The online Blender documentation is in need of a thorough cleanup and the documentation team is asking for your help. Greg Zaal writes: t's no secret that the manual is a big mess and contains lots of outdated information and screenshots left over from the 2.4 era. Some sections do nothing more than tell you [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

File browser experiments

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:10
Mont29 reports on his work on Blender's file browser, in preparation for the new asset management. He writes: So far, I did not do anything really directly related to assets (except early designing) – rather, I’ve been improving the editor I intend to use later for assets handling, i.e. the FileBrowser. I have already ported [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tips and Tricks using GoB for Blender and Zbrush

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:05
Blender and Zbrush can communicate using the GoB add-on. Pierrick Picaut has written an in-depth tutorial on how to use it. Pierrick writes: Hi all, I got some nice try with Zbrush lately and I was able to make a cool illustration for my newphew before christmas (in 3 days currently). Thanks to Zbrush and the GoB [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Using Blam version 6 in Blender 2.73

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:00
'Blender 90' shows how to do camera mapping with Blam version 6. angus giorgi writes: Short five minute tutorial showing how to use the Blam Addon (plugin) in Blender for super easy camera mapping and incorporating 3D into still photographs. Not a Blender basics tutorial, however it's a quick look through the Camera mapping process [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How to Make Fire in Cycles

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:03
After five years, Andrew Price revisits his fire tutorial, making the transition to Cycles and adding smoke effects etc. Simulating fire and smoke is probably one of the coolest things that Blender does. Other 3d software users have to pay for expensive plugins to get smoke, but Blender users get it free. And it’s so [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Time-lapse: Sculpting Drake

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:48
Here's an awesome sculpting session by Jonathan Esquivel. I've been working on a series of sculpts (one per day), today's was a male bust, so I decided to make a fan art. Completely done in Blender within 2 hours, using Dynamic topology, Dirty Vertex, and a simple particle system for the hair . Here's the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Industrial Loft corner

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:25
Enricoceric posted his latest beautifully done interior design scene. It's a while I didn't post anything but I have few free time for now. This is a background project I started some months ago on which I put my hands from time to time mainly to keep on practice. It's not yet finished and this [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Super Blender Galaxy

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:15
cuervo1003 has rebooted his Super Mario fan game and presents his progress. So I'm announcing the launch of a new project of mine. As the title says I plan on re-opening my Super Mario fan game project. I have been messing around with some files to see if some of the worst kinks in the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How To Set Up High Key Lighting in Blender

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:05
Hah! Gleb's energetic voice always makes me smile :) In his new short tutorial he focuses on 'high key lighting'. Imagine a very bright scene with a low contrast between light and dark areas. Imagine light is streaming from all directions and filling every corner. High key lighting is all about a low lighting ratio. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The Great Jewel Thief - Animated Short

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:50
The character animation is a bit off, but for the rest this short looks great. Ben Muensterman writes: I worked really hard to make this animation in Blender 2.72. I think it turned out really fun and creative, and I can't wait to make another one.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Model Download: French Revolution Woman

Blender 3D News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:36
By Albin Merle. Here is my new 3d model, a French woman model, taking place during the french renaissance. You can download the model on blendswap. Entirely done in Cycles. Inspired by the game Assassin's creed unity taking place in Paris during the French Renaissance. I created this model entirely in Blender, hair and cloth too. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Radium Audio releases Radium 3.0.rc1 for Linux

Audio Freeware - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:21
Radium Audio has released Radium 3.0.rc1 for Linux. Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface. It's inspired by trackers, but has fewer limitations and uses graphics to show musical [Read More]

CubeSurfer particles mesher beta version released

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:39
Pyroevil has released a beta of his new particle meshing add-on 'cubesurfer'. The results for fluids and snow already look amazing! Pyroevil writes: I'm proud to announce the release of the beta version of my new addon. It's a new simple particles mesher. It's can mesh over millions of particles in few seconds. It's can [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Happy Buddha Cycles Material Studies Test

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 06:34
Reynante has continues his series of material studies with these translucent materials: honey, wax and gelatin. Reynante M. Martinez writes: I recently had so much fun testing out some of the materials from my Cycles Material Studies using Stanford University's Happy Buddha 3D scan. It turned out quite well, I might say. I'd love to [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Small Garden

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 03:21
A beautiful and fascinating video by Shunsuke Saito got staff-picked by Vimeo. "Story of a life form which wakes up in an unknown mysterious world. As he go deeper, he slowly understands what kind of place it is. The world seems beautiful, but it lacks what the real life has. He has to make a [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Thunder God

Blender 3D News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 23:30
By Guss. Hi all, I never got the chance to take part in the BlenderGuru Nature's Fury comp, so here is my attempt at depicting the power of nature. I also had great fun playing with the smoke-simulator and volumetrics rendering in Cycles. If you have any serious critiques, feel free to head over to [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

China Hole Hike – Henry Coe State Park

The Flash Blog - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 22:00

Today I completed my second hike in Henry Coe State Park, a 10-mile loop to China Hole and back. My comrade Tom Krcha came along with me and we arrived at park HQ at around 10:30.

China Hole is one the most popular hikes at Henry Coe as its length and difficulty makes it rewarding for both beginners and more experienced hikers. We followed the route from this guide on TripAdvisor, taking the Madrone Soda Springs Trail on the way out.

Lunch at China Hole

The hike has a total elevation gain of 2204 ft, with the toughest section being right after the turn-around point on China Hole Trail.

The destination – China Hole

There were quite a few other people out due to the weekend and excellent weather. The park is so huge however that it never really feels crowded. So far I’ve only just scratched the surface of what this park has to offer.

Me, Krcha, and Coe

The next hike I want to tackle at Coe is a monster 25-mile hike to Mississippi Lake and back with 6000 feet of total elevation gain. Will probably get a couple more weeks of training in before attempting this though.

Here is the RunKeeper info for today’s hike:

Predictions for 2015

Drupal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 13:33

Now the new year has started, it's time for our community to think about the future. It has become a tradition for for years now to predict what the year ahead will bring for us -- so share your thoughts!

It's time to reflect on our previous predictions and start dreaming away for the year ahead. What will the year ahead bring for our community and our product, and how can we make this reality by working together? Share your thoughts and your predictions for 2015 as a comment, and let's look back in a year's time to see how we scored on making those dreams a reality.

Previous predictions: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Blender Developer Notes: January 18, 2015

Blender 3D News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:53
Ton Roosendaal shares the notes of the developers meeting in, #blendercoders. Ton Roosendaal writes: Hi all, Here are the notes from today's 15h UTC meeting in #blendercoders. 1) Release targets for upcoming 2.74 People noted that the proposed planning for next release was more than 2 months. We might need to reserve enough [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation