Dennis G. Jerz | Associate Professor of English -- New Media Journalism, Seton Hill University | jerz.setonhill.edu

Blender3D 2.46 release secheduled for May 17 or 18

Blender3D is an awesome, insanely powerful, and completely free 3D design tool.  I’ve been playing with it for about two years now, and while it took me a while to get used to the interface, I’m getting very comfortable in it. I’ve already posted blog entries about designing cabinets and a walking hectopus, but I haven’t yet shared some of my grander creations, such as the bridge of a steampunk…

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Reindeer in the Snow — Blender3D

I’ve been using Blender3D for about two years now. Here’s a little Christmas animation I whipped up. That’s supposed to be sparkly glowy things coming from his shiny nose, but it looks more like a puff of breath. I’m pleased with the head motions. I’ve got the eyes rigged up so they can blink and track an object, and I’ve got the two front legs rigged. I’ll probably try to…

Designing Cabinets in Blender3D — Experiments

I designed these simple 3D cabinets in Blender3D, with the idea that I would use this model, which is mostly right angles and cubes with a woodgrain texture and a marble texture, as a simple test when I try bringing custom models into Hammer. Classes start in about three weeks, and I’ll start going back to the office later this week, so I’m getting in a lot of power hacking…

Dennis G. Jerz | Associate Professor of English -- New Media Journalism, Seton Hill University | jerz.setonhill.edu

EL405 Students Tackle Blender's ''Gus'' Tutorial

EL405 Students Tackle Blender’s ”Gus” Tutorial (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) My New Media Projects students got into small groups and walked through my Flash version of Blender’s “Gus” animation tutorial. It looks like Blender3D saves some temporary files in such a way that the lab computer’s security restrictions cause some issues, because two of the student groups experienced crashes, and one of the groups lost all their work a few minutes before…