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  • Writer's pictureCorrina Crazie Espinosa

Make a thing in Blender

For this project, you need to make a thing in Blender!

Anything I want?!

Yes, anything you want!

But of course there are some procedures and requirements. Here are some steps to help you get started, and some basic requirements to act as a guide on your journey through Blender...

  1. Decide on a concept or a theme, itcan be complex, or simple. Just know what you want to say. *pro tip - think forward to the next projects. Plan to make something that could be projection mapped and/or live in the AR/VR realm.

  2. Do some research on the techniques you that will help you achieve your goal.

  3. Research some Blender tutorials, forums and blogs and find one or more that will help you learn how to make your thing.

  4. Start working on the thing as soon as possible.

  5. Play in Blender as much as possible

  6. Save as often as possible

  7. Try scary new things.

  8. Save back up files before you try scary new things.


  • Must be made in Blender

  • No borrowing models, unless you clear it with me first.

  • Must be a fully resolved and finished piece.

  • You must have fun making it.

  • Play play play play play play play

  • It's art, don't be too serious.

  • seriously PLAY!

Inspiration and Ideas:

Here are some of the possibilities that you can do with Blender:

modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Your project can take it's final form in many different way

You can model or sculpt a single object and 3D print it, or render a small animation, image or series of images with it.


Modeling generally starts with a 2D reference, which is used to model a 3 Dimensional object, as well as an image texture to give the model a highly realistic final look. This very fast paced video can be used as a guide to walk you through that process.


You could focus on digital sculpture. You could continue the series and set up in an AR or VR gallery for project 4. We do have a very limited supply of drawing tablets that you can check out, or if this is something you absolutely love and wish to pursue, you could purchase your own awesome tablet. Additionally, there are apps that can help convert your iPad into a drawing tablet.

You can model or sculpt a single object and 3D print it,

Here is how you can try to print it yourself through the BTU lab:

Here is where you can order an affordable print from the Boulder Public Library's BLDG 61:


You could focus your attention on achieving and controlling simulations like fluids, particles, cloth, fire and smoke!

Make weather.

Make mechanisms.

Like gears, cams, or other silliness.

Check out the #Blender page on GIFY for inspiration.

You can also create a scene to render a small animation, image or series of images.

Make your dream room... or your nightmare!

Make a space all of your own!

2D Animation with the grease pencil....

Character development, make a person! Make them for a future animation or as a character for a game.



Top 10 Free Add ons:

Blender Community:

Lynda on LinkedIn:

Free Models and Assets:

Free Tutorial from Blender:

Some recommended YouTubes to check out:



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