Tutorial Series For Pro Level Modeling, Rigging, and Animation for Blender?

This a question I have been pondering for along time that not only applies to blender but most 3D applications in general.

Over the months since I graduated from my college with a BA in Arts and Visual Technology I’ve come to notice how very little documentation there is available on the internet for free that deals with creation process of full animated 3D character whether it be MAYA, 3DSMAX, or Blender. During my time at school they offered a couple of classes dealing with the creation of 3D model’s that were primarily aimed more towards game development and never went deeper then what you might see in a world of warcraft model primarily taught in Maya and 3DS MAX. While it was enjoyable to learn the basic aspects of 3D modeling and character creation it didn’t dive deep enough to teach me as much as it could have.

Overthe past couple of months learning Blender after coming off of Maya and 3DSMAX I’ve come to love and enjoy it albeit some UI issues. I have spent a lot of time looking at various modeling tutorials on YouTube, primarily being drawn to the high quality videos created by the Blender Guru Andrew Price as well as those offered by Blender Cookie. While it has been enjoyable to learn many of the nifty things Blender can do for modeling I have yet to see anything concerning Rigging and Animation.

Curiously, I have combed the internet trying to search out more free documentation on the finer aspects of character creation that detail concept through final modeling, rigging, and animation and have generally either come up with squat or found that the only way to learn properly was to pay to learn either from various online courses starting at $2000 USD or DVD Tutorials I.E. Sintel, ect.

This Leads me into my Question / Proposal. Is there any real video tutorial series created at a pro level that details the modeling, rigging, and animation of characters in Blender for free? If not,Then is it possible to see the Blender Community come together to create a free tutorial series that covers these seemingly phantom topics at a pro level of explanation and presentation that would benefit the various skill levels of new comers seeking this knowledge to grow their skills as both and artist and an animation student in training?

I feel that the Blender community has both a unique position and talent base as an open source community that could open the floodgates for wisdom of the experts to be passed on to new and aspiring animators and 3D modelers and give them the chance to learn and create instead of fumbling their way through the dark.

I hightly recomend the Nathan Vegdahl Videos for more high end Character Rigging…

Do a you tube search for “Humane Rigging” … he goes in quite deaply into the concepts one needs to move into more advanced Rigging…

we are still hoping that Nathan will find time to do more videos like this in the future…

Also… some of this stuff is out there… some times you just need to know what your looking for to get the proper search results…

I appreciate the link. While this does go into detail on most of the finer aspects of rigging I still have yet to find free high quality tutorial series that go truly in depth on character creation from all of its phases IE Concept, Modeling, UV/Texturing, Rigging, and Animation. While this video series is an eye opener to rigging and animation, I still feel it would be beneficial to the community to have a cohesive high quality tutorial series to cover the process of 3d character creation in depth. It is something that invaluable to see and learn everything that goes into a character and the subtle details like everything from creation of hair (simulated or modeled) to the creation and rigging of clothes that can be joined to the character and swapped out for a costume change based on the need without boolean stitching them to the model.

ninja process from modeling, rigging, texturing…
http://www.cgmasters.net/training-dvds/

you’re welcome :slight_smile:

I think the best one can hope for is where someone else has been through the process of searching out what they needed in the way of Free informaiton tutorials and then made various list…
and the open source comunity being what it is some times these list become out dated…
tutorials get or websites get delete or changed…
(I for instance just moved a bunch of my tutorials over to vimeo from youtube causeing a bunch of broken links in the process… )

So I think the best you can hope for is to digg up someone else’s list on the subject matter
even still… someone else’s list won’t always have everything you want on your list… so…


http://http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Tutorials/Resources/External_links
http://www.creativebloq.com/3d-tips/blender-tutorials-1232739
http://www.blenderguru.com/tutorials/

etc…