CGTrader Awards

CGTrader asked it’s large community of members about their favorite CG resources and when the votes were all in CG Cookie as well as Blender itself scored highly in the voting.

If you want to see the voting results as well as all the categories voted upon, head on over to CGTader.

Packt’s Day Against DRM 2015 Campaign

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Packt is celebrating International Day against DRM on 6th May 2015 by offering all of their eBooks and Videos for $10 for 24 hours only, so run over quickly and load up on DRM-free books.

This is a great time to expand your library and feel good about doing it. :P

Book Review: Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition

blender cycles coverBlender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition, by Enrico Valenza is an updated version of Enrico’s first book of the same title. A book which I read with great enjoyment when it came out.

What can you expect in an updated edition that can’t be found in the first. Well at first glance, it all looks pretty much the same. Enrico walks you through over 40 material recipes created in the Cycles rendering engine. The same great teaching style and explanations are still there, the materials still look great and it is still filled with great tips and information.

Generally changes in an updated edition have to do with changes in the software, and that is the case here as well. Although it did seem to me as if the materials looked better and more polished. I didn’t check the recipes step by step with the first edition to be sure the settings were all the same. So it could be either minor tweaks to the materials by Enrico or improvements to the Cycles rendering engine itself. Either way the materials looked good and provide a valuable resource for material exploration.

The only major change I noticed is that the snake skin material from the first edition was replaced with a “disgusting organic material” and that is Enrico’s description of the material, not mine :P But I do agree, that particular material is pretty gross looking.

So, to sum it up. If you missed out on getting the first edition, I encourage you to grab this edition. It is filled with great materials, excellent explanations and is a valuable resource that will help you in your own material explorations.

Available at:

Packt Publishing

Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition


Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition

CGTrader and thought provoking 3d artwork

CGTrader has posted an inspiring collection of 3d artwork. There are 10 amazing images that are sure to inspire, as well as contribute to some deep thinking on your part.

Wander on over and check it out, you know you want to.

Blenderart Mag Issue #46 now available

bam_issue46_mar_2015Welcome to Issue #46, “FANtastic FANart

In this issue, we pay tribute to the creative geniuses that inspire us to attempt creative masterpieces of our own. The “FANtastic Fanart” gathered within is sure to inspire you to practice your skills. So settle in with your favorite beverage and check out all the fun goodies we have gathered for you.

Table of Contents:

Modeling Clay Characters

  • Final Inspection
  • Making of DJ. Boyie
  • Back to the 80’s
  • Tribute to Pierre Gilhodes
  • Minas Tirith

And Lot More…

Blenderart Magazine Mirrors, Torrents, and Online links can be found at:


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