I started using blender around 2000 and used it for a few years, t’was me first 3D program like a lot of people.
In 2004 I went to the Vancouver Film School where I was taught XSI, and then I moved on to Maya when working at EA Sports on some of their games. After EA I got a job teaching guitar at a music store and have been doing that for the last 4 years.
So I took this summer off to get back into 3D, was using XSI again since VFS drilled it into me so well… hehe I was working on a Toon Vampire girl and went to look for some reference and found some pics of Sintel, so I decided to take another look at Blender and it blew my freaking mind!!!
I can’t believe how far it has come tool wise and the sexy new 2.5 interface, and so many other things. I’ve spent the last week checking out the new features (read a years worth of Blendernation posts the other day) and catching up on the program. I’ve been messing around in it a bit and getting used to it again. I literally got tears of joy and excitement at what I have seen Blender become.
I’ve now decided to fully switch back to Blender and re-learn it and tackle the new features. I had a very strong passion for Blender when I started 3D and that passion has been reignited!!!
I also wanted to mention that the new sculpting tool works amazingly well on my old clunker, a single core 2.8gHz with 2 gig ram and a Nvidia FX 5700 AGP. Yet I can still sculpt a sphere with 2million pollys where mudbox and zbrush could barely run on it.
I think that a lot more people who have worked with the other commercial apps professionally are going to start switching as well once they try out the new Blender. It’s the most promising and sweetest 3D app out there right now, and it improves so fast. My hat is off to everyone who has developed it over the years since I have used it, what you all have done is amazing. And to Ton as well, for still carrying the torch and working so hard to see Blender get the recognition it deserves.
So, after a long and drawn out explanation, my basic point is I’m back to Blender!!!
Blend on, and Blend well!!!
PS: I hope some of me old elysiun friends are still around… would love to catch up!!!