Back to Blender after a long pause

It’s been a while since I opened up Blender. There’s a reason for this and it’s my new job which has been pretty exhausting at the beginning. I have been doing a lot of learning (Unity) and a lot of coding and I just haven’t had the energy to do anything in the evenings and weekends. Now I am starting to be more comfortable with my new surroundings and project I work on so I have had energy to do other stuff as well.

I created a few short animations withing few weekends. Both are based on nice tutorials on Youtube. The first has a magnification effect on a logo and the second one is an attempt to create a water simulation. The water simulation seems to be tricky to do and I really don’t know why I cannot get more detail into the animation. Every time I set higher resolution the simulation just gets stuck. It would be really interesting to hear if anyone knows why. I have tried to recalculate the mesh normals, create a bigger tube but nothing helps.

Anyways, here they are, what do you think?

 

 

Particle system in Blender

I haven’t written anything here lately. Sorry about that. I have been busy lately with work stuff and I even though I have started a new game project I will reveal something about that a little bit later. Stay tuned!

Sometimes when I am not in the mood of programming I like to draw something or practice rendering with Blender. One of the things on my todo list was to get a grip of how to render hair / fur / feathers. During the past week I started to look for some tutorials and I eventually found one very good at the Youtube.

Hair is very easy to add via particle system in Blender. I wont go into detail how to do it because there are some excellent tutorials already. This is the teddy bear I drew with the help from one of the tutorials. What you think? (Thanks for Tutor4u for the hair tutorial)

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Cup of realism

Approximately a month ago I started to learn to use Blender software for modeling. This was due to the fact that I first started to use Unity3D for games programming and very quickly I realized that for 3D you are going to need some models and unless you want to buy them from the asset store you need to have some skills to do them.

At the beginning I did some very simple stuff by watching tutorials from the YouTube. One of the my first projects was a coffee cup. I was happy with my first result and showed it to a friend. He liked it (probably for courtesy) and he was saying he was in process of planning a promo coffee cup for his company. He wanted me to design the cup for him since I apparently had “some” (read few) skills to do it.

I ended up with the following design:

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Last weekend I was visiting Finland and I got a present. Present was the realization of the model:

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Looks pretty similar, doesn’t it? It was nice to help a friend but luckily this model “got into production” as well!

CeBIT

I was visiting Hanover Germany this week to attend CeBIT fair.

CeBIT was organized at  10.3 to 15.3 in the famous Hanover Fair Centre south of Hanover. It’s a world’s largest and most international computer expo.

I haven’t ever been at CeBIT before so I didn’t have much expectations for it. The fair grounds are very large and the amount of booths and presenters is vast. In advance my main interest was the software “stuff” in general. I work for a company that develop a software which is a data collection, analysis are reporting tool for companies, so I thought I would visit some of the BI (Business Intelligence) booths to see what other are up to.

Our company works in the sustainability vertical and it would have been nice to see other software or ideas around it but for that CeBIT didn’t have much to offer. There was some carbon footprint tools but they are focus on a smaller part of the measurement and analysis than what we are. Luckily I found some pretty interesting BI tools and I got presented few nice software.

Probably the most interesting things to see at the fair was 3d printers and their current capability and at the Research and Innovation hall (nr 9) there was some robots, drones and what not. This is of course interesting to see to any type of geek. 3d printers are apparently pretty costly and I am yet to discover what reasonable stuff you could produce with them. They could be nice for rapid prototyping and creating plastic toys, but other than that, what would it be?

I did stay only two days at the fair but it was just about enough for me. I was a little bit let down by the fair. I don’t know what I expected but for me there was not that much to see or experience. Luckily the weather was nice, people friendly and food was good 🙂

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Spring time and jogging

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One of the things that I really enjoy here in France is the weather. I am not sure how warm, cold, rainy or sunny it’s usually this time a year but it’s definitely a lot nicer than in Finland.

Unfortunately last winter was very mild and rainy in Finland and the permanent snow arrived in January which is late and very rare. That made the November and December exhausting with all the darkness. But now it’s so different!

I am usually jogging in Finland in the summer because of the weather. There are people (my brother for instance!) who run all year around but I am not one of them.

The most I enjoy the dry weather. If it’s a little bit coldish or windy, I don’t mind. Here the weather has been on my side during these almost two weeks.

One good thing about jogging is that it’s relatively cheap. You don’t need a special place to go and your initial investment is some sport clothes and a pair of sneakers. I was visiting a friend in Florida last autumn and I did run on bare feet on the beach. So, you could actually do with even less.

Besides jogging being cheap it’s almost always possible time wise. You most likely can squeeze it somewhere in your schedule if you want to. And you can also alter the length and pace which gives variation.

The only thing what I have found a little bit negative is that jogging is somewhat monotonous, specially if you are running alone. I don’t like listening to music while running so I try to get to the flow state where you forget everything and you are just part of the movement.

The picture is from the route I have been running here. I liked the curvy shape of the path which is quite different to the streets of Helsinki.

Happy jogging!

Animation practising with Blender

I am somewhat excited about this modeling software called Blender. At start it seemed almost impossible to get any grasp of it but I have followed some tutorials and tried to learn the shortcuts.

Here’s two animations that I uploaded to YouTube made with Blender. They were both inspired by YouTube tutorials, the other by Mardi Pax and the other by Tutor4u.

Looks pretty neat or what you think?