The Michigan Blender User Group Meetings happen on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
Mark your calendar as the March meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March, 17th.
Michigan Blender User Group Meeting #5 Summary
Jan. 17th 2006
After a challenging Holiday Season Membership slump we are back!!!
We would like to extend elam a special welcome on his first visit to the group, Welcome.
5OnIt, honeycomb, LordOfTheRingsJunkie, PhilBo, blend3D, elam
PhilBo demonstrated settings and functionality of kerkythea renderer. Interesting.
For hardware buffs PhilBo uncovered “TED: Jeff Han”, google it. Gestures on a tabletop.
LOTRJ demonstrated the modelling techniques used in his Stargate project. Check it out
in the WIP section of BlenderArtists. As a bonus an IPO Driver tute was used to con-
trol lamp settings.
Honeycomb presented a Sales Proposal Outline completely executed in the game engine.
An idea to apply 3D and the Game Enging to everyday business was outlined. We wish
him success in applying Blender in the business world.
Blend3d showcased the utility Gimp Background Window. This little tool attempts to
tame the GIMP setting and tool window management.
Kalamazoo Animation Festival International - KAFI
For all the Blender Users in West Michigan, Chicago area there is a road meeting planed
for May 17-20. Information on KAFI available at http://kafi.kvcc.edu. Trip specific
details to be determined.
We would like to start a demonstraton project. This will be a multimedia presentation
on Blender and its many features. It is also a great place to present an outlet for your
skills. There is a plan to present the demonstration at a Mac User Meeting. Late
Fall/Winter plans may include a local IGDN group presentation.
Michigan Blender User Group Meeting #4 Summary
Jan. 17th 2007
LOTRJ and 5OnIt were present and discussed topics including Photoshop techniques.
Michigan Blender User Group Meeting #3 Summary
Dec. 16th 2006
Due to membership obligations and the holidays the January meeting was informal and relaxed.
Michigan Blender User Group Meeting #2 Summary
Nov. 18th 2006
TheLordoftheRingsJunkie presented copies of many HDRI images. In addition he presented a tutorial on their use. This was very informative and usefull.
PhilBo did a quick demonstration on fluid simulation which created a big splash at the meeting.
In addition PhilBo and Blend3D provided great examples and demonstrations regarding the Indigo renderer and Blender.
In addition our membership grew to 7. Thank you to all who helped make this a great meeting. When the meeting ended everyone went home with some new technique or aspect of Blender and 3D.
Michigan Blender User Group Meeting #1 Summary
Oct. 21, 2006
The following topics were discussed
Location: We are currently meeting at National Coney Island, and plans are in the works to find a more suitable location. As LOTRJ stated 5onit is working on securing a conference room with a projector and wireless, we hope this comes through.
Date and Time: These meeting will be help on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1:00PM so clear your schedules for one day each month.
What to bring: If you are unable to bring a laptop please feel free to burn
some of your work onto a CD/DVD.
What is a Blender User Group?: A Blender user group is dedicated to the enjoyment and advancement of all things Blender. It is a meeting of individuals who share a passion for 3D modelling, rendering, animation, and games. It provides valuable personal contact and grows relationships among Blender users. It also helps to promote blender and provides support for the Blender Foundation.
What does a Blender User Group do? We have discussed many activities for thesemeetings and here are only a few ambitious goals:
A) Monthly Tutorial Presentations
B) Public Art Gallery ( admission $$$ )
C) Blender Training and Education (public for $$$)
D) Blender Foundation Support ( see B & C above )
E) Job Opportunities / Freelance work / Contract work
F) National User Group Management and Setup
G) Industry Guest Speakers
H) What would you like to do?
What type of organization is this? For various legal and other reasons it is decided that this group should take on some type of legal form. One form is to operate as a Non-Profit Organization. This discussion will continue.
Is there a web site? Yes, we plan to host a web site dedicated to the group. Currently it is planned as a news and information site. We need to discuss a domain name and site layout.