I have known about Blender for almost a year now, but have not really tried it out to learn it. I had started a project about a year ago and never finished it. I think that the scope was beyond my ability as I am coming into this program pretty fresh. I went to school for Media Arts and Animation and graduated with a bachelors. But that was in 2005 and I was using 3DS Max, and when I became a family man I stopped practicing. So I have been watching various videos on how to, people’s creations, and what have you. Plus I have been going to different websites that relate to Blender and reading up on it. Now I think I have a nice starting ground to attempt a project from beginning to end.
I have always been fascinated with nuclear reactors and what not so my project is a reactor of sorts. I am drawing reference from various reactors around the world with open silos and the atmospheric processor from Aliens (love that movie). I am a little nervous about this project as it is my first real project since graduating and it is on a new piece of software that I am still learning. However I plan to finish this. Attached is a reference collage I put together in GIMP and a screen shot of my progress so far.
Any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated as I continue this journey to learning an interesting and powerful FOSS program (Blender) and other FOSS programs (GIMP) that can help as well.