10-29-2012 11:39 AM - edited 10-29-2012 11:47 AM
The BB Blender classes are offered only occasionally in a series of 8 or so classes, on different days each week from what I can tell. Somehow I keep missing the beginning of the series. Check the calendar. http://www.buildersbrewery.com/calendar/index.php You will probably not be able to take them all during a vacation.
10-31-2012 03:44 PM
Here's a link to some excellent tutorials I used back when I attempted to learn sculpties (link here)
It's my hope you check out these tutorials AND check out mesh and realize what a royal pain in the a!! sculpties are.
11-06-2012 02:40 AM
Due to living in a vastly different time zone and having a RL job, I have unfortunately not been able to catch any of the BB classes =/
There are other sources of classes: NCI, Happy Hippos, etc. Check the events calendar.
I have a tutorial on how to texture pre-made sculpties in the skybox above my shoip.
11-06-2012 09:10 AM
If you want the absolute EASIEST way to make certain types of sculpts (and just read it says and mesh maker too, but haven't looked) download Rokuro here: Rokuro. They also have another called Tokoroten which to be perfectly honest, I find makes very "dirty" sculpts. Nothing could possibly be easier than this since u can put a picture on the background and "trace" it with the little "dots" - nodes. It makes things u wd normally make on an RL lathe tool- so think say cups, baskets, bottles.. it is not really that limited, but it is not as versatile as Blender. Also, once you get the hang of it- it might possibly help you in learnign Blender because you can import the tga file it produces and tweak and fine tune in Blender- it is a good stepping tool and unbeatable for an easy sculpt. Good luck!
11-07-2012 09:28 PM - edited 11-07-2012 09:31 PM
Rolig is correct -- mesh is much easier than sculpts, and sculpts have limitations that mesh does not.
I use Blender -- all 3D software is comparatively difficult*, and Blender most likely no more so than anything else, from what I hear from those who have used a variety of sofware.
*Except, as Amaranthim says, Rokuro, which takes 5 min to learn and is good for a lot of different lathe-made things. I will add also Mesh Studio which I own but have not used, and is like Sculptcrafter or Prim Oven, except for mesh, and with the same limited usefulness as those programs.
11-11-2012 10:47 PM
Though there's a wealth of tutorials for Blender on the internet, most all are for earlier/older versions and are not useable for a completely new user dealing with the current interface. One I did find that has helped me a lot to get started is http://gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html . The menus, panels and buttons used in the videos are not only what you have in the latest version, but his free course is very well thought out and comprehensive.
11-16-2012 04:18 PM
I made several attempts at Blender and gave up. Then I found a free Google program called Sketchup and was able to make and import a small table into Second Life. I found out later that I wasn't supposed to be able to do that. Most opinion also is that Sketchup is not compatible with Second Life, but it gave me courage to try Blender again, and the most recent version now doesn't seem as hopeless.
Many good video tutorials on the web. I find that I learn best by actually making something, so I follow the tutorials and pause and backtrack frequently. Gaia Clary's tutorials are great, also I found tutorials by cgboorman on YouTube that I could understand (so far).
11-19-2012 05:21 AM