Hi All! My name is Colin. I’m a high school teacher, and for about 8 years I’ve been teaching creative technology summer camps with kids 8 and up. About 6 or 7 years ago I started teaching kids 11 years old and up Blender 2.48, and now I integrate Blender 3D modelling and animation into a high school digital media class I teach.
For the last few years I’ve been teaching Blender on youtube. Despite the low quality (especially the audio!) of my earliest videos, I got a lot of positive feedback from people out on the interwebs wanting to learn Blender from scratch.
A couple of weeks ago I started a Video Tutorial Series on Blender 2.7. It’s in 1080p, has good audio, and it starts for the complete beginner and will work up from there. I’ll be covering everything from the User Interface, Preferences, the basics of edit mode and box modelling, individual modelling tools, lighting and texturing using the Cycles Render Engine, and the list goes on.
If this sounds of interest to you, please check out the following youtube playlist:
Thanks to those of you who have checked out my tutorials on Blender 2.7 and Cycles so far!
Since I last posted I’ve been busy and have recorded/posted 14 more tutorials (#14-27). As I hope you can tell my goal is to make the Internet’s best source for beginners to moderate users to learn Blender for modeling & animation.
These tutorials are really useful, it’s good for beginners to have a new series that doesn’t take past (pre-2.7) knowledge of Blender for granted and starts from the basics with short, to the point videos on specific (and modern/updated ones, such as cycles, ngons and correlated tools, etc) program features. I would have enhanced these with some sort of mouse/key screencast for added clarity, however.
By the way: the playlist is backwards; when one video finishes up, the previous one gets played instead of the next one.
For those who haven’t checked out my Blender 2.7 tutorials yet, I’ve been teaching young people (age 11 and up) how to use Blender for over 6 years. Last summer I started this Blender 2.7 tutorial series. In the last few weeks I’ve posted tutorials #28-33 on topics including: The Remesh Modifier, Blender 2.72’s new Pie menus, the Array Modifier, the Bevel modifier, Proportional Editing, and how to make sharp edges on smooth objects. My tutorials are aimed at everyone who’s interested in learning Blender, including complete beginners.
Just for fun I posted a timelapse of a series of tutorials I made for my Digital Media 11/12 class (I’m a high school teacher in Canada) on how to model a simple version of young Mike Wazowski from Monster’s University using Blender 2.7.
Hey Colin, I’ve known about Blender for about a year now, but, The computer that I originally installed blender on died so I hadn’t reinstalled it until about a month ago… I installed the 2.72 version. But, in the past year I would follow tutorials but,because I didnt reinstall it till recently Watching was more entertainment and learning the things people create and some of it is totally wild. I want to say that I have subscribed to you on youtube and let me tell you…You and your style makes it rather easy to pick up and understand a software that could be very intimidating. So in the last month watching your videos along with a few other people I feel like I have learned a lot and while watching the videos. I have sat with Blender open and a notebook so I can try and follow different steps to learn either keys or just the location of menus and stuff…Only did a snowman but, not really trying to make things since I feel I need to learn a little more with the interface…ok a lot lol…theres just so much to learn but, when you don’t know things…you don’t know what you missing out on so every tutorial… theres a little something I pick up. Keep the stuff coming… Its great! Would love to see some of your more advanced work.