You know what? Make that exceedingly pissed off. Gather 'round and hear my story.
I have been fighting with Blender for what must be about two years now. At first, I was making progress. But it took me a whole damned year just to learn how to use armatures to animate a mesh properly, and then only with help from the internet. Now, all the work I’ve done seems to be slipping away.
I’m trying to use Vector Blur-- nothing. Can’t make a damn thing happen, no matter what I try. Displace is equally fruitless. I want to displace-map an image with a texture (as per GIMP) and and animate it to produce a simulated flame. It’s not working. Nothing’s working. All this business about Z-values and speed values and whatnot just goes over my head. I have no clue what any of it means and no amount of reading in the Blender documentation seems to be able to answer my questions in any useful way.
Even my modelling skills are going to pot. I’m trying to create some new character meshes, and it just doesn’t happen. I can’t stand it when I have to use lots of vertices. Maybe it’s my OCD just preventing me from performing a normal task, but if I have to handle more than a certain number of verts for a shape it makes me panic. But without more verts, nothing I make looks good. I can’t design the shapes I want, and that’s making me mad.
Next up, I had wanted to learn to use UV mapping to make better textured models. It’s frickin’ impossible. I can’t move a single face without it disconnecting from the main group and it just won’t obey me. I thought may those “UV Island” options might help that, but I still can’t figure out how to use them. So that’s out too, and the only other option for applying an image to a single face is to make it a separate material entirely.
What’s more, now that I’ve finally got a decent idea of how to do character rigging-- which is one thing I actually have going for me-- I’ve found it to be such a horribly painful, exacting and tedious job that I can’t convince myself to do it. The amount of time and work and strain I’m putting into just one character rig is not worth the result.
And another thing. You know 2.5? IT DOESN’T WORK. AT ALL. I can’t make it do anything no matter which version of Python I install or what buttons I press or whatever. It just doesn’t work. And what makes me doubly angry is that every time I stumble on a tutorial on how to solve one of my problems, it doesn’t work in 2.49b. And everyone harps on about how awesome 2.5 is and how it renders lightning fast and has all sorts of cool features and blah blah blah. It hurts, I tell you.
And another thing after that! Every time I ask a question on a forum-- any forum-- somebody replies with a link to a tutorial! For God’s sake! I asked a question! I wanted someone to actually answer it, not shunt me off to an esoteric site featuring boring half-hour videos of someone mumbling to themselves while doing a bunch of stuff I can’t figure out even by looking at it five times, after which I will have beautiful finished renders rubbed in my face!
I want to use Blender. I want to make animation. But I can’t, and everything, including myself, seems to be stacked against me.
I apologize if this comes across as accusatory or spiteful-- even if it really is. I’m not calling anyone out, but I’m just mad as hell after spending so much time trying to do something and getting no results, and knowing at least some of it is my own fault. I don’t think anyone else even feels like this, but I just had to get that out.