Category Archives: Blender 3D

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.

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:

Call for Content Blenderart Magazine #47

BlenderartWe are ready to start gathering up tutorials, making of articles and images for Issue # 47 of Blenderart Magazine.

The theme for this issue is “What’s your Passion?”

Everyone has an area or topic that motivates them to try harder, work longer and push beyond their comfort zone. What is your singular creative joy? Is there an area of Blender you love to explore? A project you want to start and complete? Have you already completed an amazing new project this year? Any challenges you have started or completed? Any projects you completed or started last year that you want to explore further or have led you to new areas of exploration in your art? What drives your creativity?

What are you working on? We would love to hear about it and cheer you on. We are looking for articles on:

  • Challenges (30 day, year long, organized or personal)
  • New or on going projects
  • Areas of Blender that you want to or are currently exploring

*warning: lack of submissions could result in an entire issue of strange sculpting experiments, half completed models and a galley filled with random bad sketches by yours truly…. :P …… goes off to start filling sketchbook with hundreds of stick figures, just in case. :P


Send in your articles to sandra
Subject: “Article submission Issue # 47 [your article name]”

Gallery Images

As usual you can also submit your best renders based on the theme of the issue. The theme of this issue is “What is your passion?”. Please note if the entry does not match with the theme it will not be published.

Send in your entries for gallery to gaurav
Subject: “Gallery submission Issue # 47″

Note: Image size should be of 1024x (width) at max.

Last date of submissions May 5, 2015.

Good luck!
Blenderart Team


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