This isn’t a promise of fame or riches, and it’s not an invitation to chase a dream that runs faster than you. I just want to put the idea out there so it’s in the back of your brains.
Many moons ago, I started a sci-fi series called “Dustrunners”. It’s based in the year 2036, about asteroid pirates and their lives running from the law. About a year ago, the show was re-acquired and is now an “open source” concept, with all the existing content Creative Commons licensed and free to use and abuse.
One thing that a lot of the new blood has asked about are ships. We have about 8 models from the original series that people are free to play with, but no one really wants to. Everyone wants their character in their story/comic/short to be flying something unique, something cooler than the rest.
So next time you’re mulling what you could whip up in Blender to hone your skills, maybe consider doing a dustrunner ship. There’s no standard for contributing, it’s all free-form. I don’t have any over-reaching authority to approve, authorize or reward great work, but it could be that something you do would catch someone’s eye, and they might ask you if they can use it for their project. And sometimes those projects have budgets.
The Dustrunners motif tends to be WWII-era fighters, upgraded with thrusters, RCS jets and heat shielding, but with the wear and tear of a dusty desert jeep. There’s no FTL travel, no aliens, and weapons in space are banned, so the predominant battle tactic is to gum up RCSes with gluey ice pellets.
A good starter for WWII planes is this site
Just thought I’d throw this out there while my kidneys are feeling good. If you have any questions, I’ll do what I can to help you out.