"Meet the Member" Martin Starchel found Blender after a major accident

Aug 4th 2022

We recently had a group of 15 dedicated CG Cookie citizens join us as Lifetime Members. This got us thinking: let's get to know them better! We asked a few questions and thought you might be curious as well. Here is our "Meet the Member" mini-series on our notable members.

Meet Martin Starchel aka Mastart

Martin is Austrian and lives in Switzerland. He found Blender way back in 2009 when he was in rehab after an accident and could no longer work at his job. While looking for new opportunities when he stumbled across Blender somewhere around version 2.49. 

He didn’t stick with it at the time, but came back to Blender years later.

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Martin's gaming console based on our course Press Start

Martin's goal is to continue learning while helping out on one project or another. He intends to dig deeper into animation and rigging.

“It's actually a challenge I underestimated," says Martin "but I can’t say Wayne didn’t warn us.”

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"Because you need an 11th," says Martin about his amplifier knobs

One of his favorite CG Cookie courses is Creating a Stylized 3d Forest Environment with BlenderWell Martin, get ready for Kenan’s environmental course, ASTRAY, coming at you here on the Cookie very soon!  

Zuriga coffee machine

He also loves the CG Cookie community at large, “The best moments are when you ask questions and get the right answers, no matter how pointless they are.”  We couldn’t agree more.  There are no pointless questions, only pointless…wait I don’t think that is the saying.
Guitar pedal Boss Distortion DS1. This one rocks!
Finally, the mandatory question: what is your favorite cookie, Martin?  “Chocolate, of course...or should I say a CG this a trap?”

Martin says you can ask him anything, so feel free to ask away in the comments or just say hello.

You can also visit Martin's CG Cookie portfolio or see more of his work on his ArtStation profile.

Nice to meet you, Martin!


Amber Kelly
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