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[Review] CGCookie Blender Workshop: Building Character – Realism

If anyone has watched any of my videos, you may have noticed that I love sculpting in 3D. So when I saw that CGCookie had a Blender sculpting workshop on realistic characters, I instantly said, “Yes, please!”. As the price tag is higher than what you would see for anything else at CGCookie, many may have questions about what to expect, and if it is worth the money. So, let’s answer those questions!

NOTE: Spring Workshop 2016 in Progress. Watch for the Summer 2016 workshop. (02/20/16)

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CGCookie Blender Workshop: Building Character - Realism
Reviewed by DBrown on.
Summary:The workshop was by far one of the best artistic workshop experiences I ever had. Even going in as an intermediate sculptor, I took a lot of experience and knowledge from it, that I now use everyday.

Description:CGCookie's Blender Workshop, Building Character - Realism, for learning how to sculpt realistic characters in Blender
Rating: 5

Blender: Sculpting Workflow

Lately, I have been working on a lot of video content, more than written content, all because the topic being discussed would end up being a very long article that would take me so much time to create. Besides that, there have been a lot of Blender artists wondering how some artists are able to get such great detail in a sculpt, simply using the Blender Sculpt Tool. With that, I decided to share my sculpting workflow with everyone.

The tutorial covers how I create my basemesh, and proceed to sculpt the base, while I limit myself so that there isn’t too much detail; a common issue with many new artists as they sculpt. From there, we move on to retopology (without addons), the detail, and then the fine detail click for more info. I’ve found this to be a great workflow, and I believe aspiring 3D sculpture artists will really benefit from this.

Blender Sculpt Tool Sculpting Workflow
Reviewed by DBrown on.
Summary:With this method, you can learn how to create some of the greatest detailed sculpts with Blender, giving ZBrush a run for it's money, literally.

Description:How to create detailed sculpts in Blender, as high as 200 million polygons!
Rating: 5

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator with Blender

I was actually looking to do a few Minecraft-based tutorials, and realized that there was not a great way to create the skins for these characters. So, to remedy that, I made a setup in Blender allowing anyone to paint textures for a Steve or Alex model. The setup allows you to create both with a Skin and Overlay portion, taking advantage of the entire texture space, and when done, you can save the image and it exports as a perfect Minecraft character texture!

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator Preview

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator in Blender, painting the map in 3D and 2D.

You can learn how I created this setup in the following Youtube video:

Turning Blender Into the 3D Minecraft 1.8 Skin Creator

You can also learn how to use this setup to create and export your skins in the video:

How to Create Skins with the Blender 3D Minecraft 1.8 Skin Creator

Lastly, you can download the Blender setup here, with some added additions shown in the 1.8 Skin Creator use tutorial:



NOTE: This is the first release, so if there is something you wish was different or better, let me know, and I’ll try to make it happen. 🙂

Minecraft 1.8 3D Skin Creator in Blender
Reviewed by DBrown on.
Summary:This Creator allows anyone to create skins quickly efficiently, and allow them to see the progress as they create.

Description:A great free 3D solution for creating Minecraft Skins. No more pesky pixel-by-pixel creation, and create with effects by default.
Rating: 5

Blender: Everything Sculpt Brushes

It’s about time that I finally made another video, and to add to it all, one about the different sculpt brushes in the Blender Sculpt Tool, as well as using the Brush curve, Stroke Methods, the Mask, and well as Planes! You can check it out on the 3DEsprit Youtube Channel now.

3DEsprit: Everything Sculpt Brushes

Blender Sculpt Tool Brushes
Reviewed by DBrown on.
Summary:Learning the different brushes, as well as the different ways to use them with the given options

Description:How to use the different brushes in Blender's Sculpt Tool
Rating: 5

Installing the Contrib/Testing Addons in Blender

Sometimes it may seem odd when you realize some of the addons you remember having in Blender, no longer existing in your addon list. Addons like Atomic Blender, Auto Save Render, BProjection, Edge Tools, Extra Tools, Quickprefs, and a lot more. A lot of the time, this is because those addons were part of the “testing” branch, which are not packaged with the Blender releases, but are with release candidates, test builds, and daily builds. Let’s go ahead and look at how reinstall these addons, so that Blender can use them once again. To victory!

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Blender Addons Install
Reviewed by DBrown on.
Summary:Easy to install addons for Windows, OSX, and Linux. Get all of your addons back.

Description:How to install all of the contrib testing addons in Blender
Rating: 5