PRESS START: Your Simple First Blender Project

Blender beginners, this project is made for you: practice basic Blender workflows like modeling, texturing and lighting. Create your very own Blender model and learn the essentials of 3d creating. PRESS START.

Looking for a simple modeling, texturing and lighting Blender project? PRESS START!


This Blender course is...

✅ made for beginners (or those who need a refresh)

✅ perfect as your first Blender project

✅ possible to complete in a weekend

✅ designed to be customized by you

❌ for creating a real game console (sorry!)

Oh, did I mention... we're keeping it light 

 Creating in Blender should be fun, first and foremost. 

That is why we're bringing back an iconic 80s handheld gaming console from an alternate CG Cookie universe.

This object, though eternal and glorious, is just an example for teaching you the Blender workflow... so you can get up and running on creating your own endless Blender projects.

After this course, you can create all kinds of 3d objects of your own

And yes, you'll have the console as well to show off to your grandma.

Totally new to Blender? Watch the Blender Basics first 

Don't worry: it's quick. You'll learn to navigate in 3d space, move objects and more. Complete this series and then PRESS START to put it all into practice.


1️⃣ First, we'll model the console

In this part, you will learn how to...

  • model in Blender from a reference image
  • create your own mesh shapes
  • use the most important modeling tools
  • use modifiers (makes your life easier!)

2️⃣ Next, we'll add materials and textures

A model without textures is like a rhino without a pink bow on its horn. Just... boring.

Learn how to:

  • add materials
  • apply and customize textures 
  • load an animation
  • use a generated pattern

3️⃣ Let's light this and get to rendering

I won't leave you in the dark. 

To make our model shine, we will apply nice, basic lighting and render it out for the ultimate beauty shot.

Customize it to make it truly your own

In the end, you can make your own little pocket game console and customize and shape it however you want.

Plus: Learn how to troubleshoot and avoid pitfalls

Starting with Blender can be overwhelming.

I'll show you the mistakes to avoid and the tricks I wish I knew when I was first starting out.

Feeling lost? I'm here to help.

As CG Cookie member, you can ask me questions and I will help you out with any roadblocks.

I'll also want to see your result: share your final render in CG Cookie Gallery so the rest of us can see your masterpiece! 

We love sharing your work on our social media, so make sure to tag your @ handles to your profile.


Meet your instructor: Jonathan Lampel 

Hey everyone, in my 5+ years of teaching Blender at CG cookie, I've created dozens of courses and taught thousands of new Blender users. Together, we can do this! Ask me questions on the course page if you need help.  You can also follow me on Twitter.


What to do after PRESS START

Blender  Modeling: Fundamentals Blender Sculpting: Fundamentals
Blender Animation: Fundamentals Blender Lighting: Fundamentals

Author

Jonathan Lampel

Awarded on completion:

100xp
2 Reviews
  • Kendrick Granville(KreativeKendrick) ·

    I am beyond happy with my purchase of the CgCookie subscription and this course in particular. I think it is an amazing course and you won’t be disappointed with your investment. The instructor Jonathan examples everything very clearly although a bit fast (which is easily fixed by slowing the video speed down to (0.75 for me)) for beginners. It also fun and not a simple tedious slog of a course/project which I think is important to mention. Jonathan doesn’t sound like an uninterested teacher but more so a friend showing another friend a piece of software! In my experience you begin to learn hotkeys quickly and my understanding of what I was doing and maneuvering the camera in 3D space (which is essential) became drastically easier by the end of the project. I became able to troubleshoot my own problems and fix them myself which is epic since I’ve never done anything like this before in my life…that being said the community here is awesome!! They will always get back to you if you have a question. That was the MAIN reason I bought this subscription here instead of doing standalone YouTube video courses because of the potential for help for specific problems that can be hard to pinpoint in a google search. Over all I would recommend this and blender beginner course CgCookie has over on YouTube to anyone interested in pickup up 3D art.  I will be doing all the fundamentals course on here :D hope to see there too!

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    travezripley ·

    Returning to the world of Hard Surface, and Blender. This was a great intro, well worth the time investment.
    I look forward to continuing within the CG Cookie World and Mastering Blender and 3D again.
    You guys have great content, amazing instructors and most of all FUN!

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