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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Excellent Blender 3D Soccer Ball Tutorial


So I'm still playing around with Blender 3D.  I finished another tutor4u ( tutorial on animating the alarm clock I posted recently (4-28-14)...and am working on creating and posting a video that will show that as well as some animations I've done with several other 3D images I've made following his excellent tutorials!


Today I decided to try some more 3D modeling and followed tutor4u's excellent beginner to intermediate tutorial video on how to create and render a soccer ball (video posted below).

Blender 3D Soccerball:  Jephyr 2014

Tutor4u always covers so many Blender functions and short-cuts etc that would take me forever to discover on my own...and his soccer ball tutorial is no exception. 

For example, he shows how to create add-on mesh archimeadean truncated icosahedrons : ), and how to add several mixed shader materials, the use of various shortcut keys, how to easily select and remove all edges within the pentagonal and hexagonal faces of the soccer ball, and how you can easily select "like" faces, extrude and expand faces, and how to add the stitching for the ball using an ingenious method of subdividing edges.

It sounds complicated but tutor4u explains it all clearly...and when I got lost or confused all I had to do was rewind the video.

(But I must add:  If you don't have much experience with Blender I suggest starting with tutor4u's coffee cup tutorial as seen in my 4-15-14 post)

Blender 3D:  Creating add-on mesh archimeadean truncated icosahedrons
Blender 3D:  Creating add-on mesh archimeadean truncated icosahedrons.'s a fun project!  I highly recommend trying Blender and tutor4u tutorials!

Here's the video:

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Ciao fer now


Bonus Fun Fact:  If you have  no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Jephyr's Video Chosen For MCC's "Tracers" - Video And Animation Show

MCC Instructor Chris Todd Hosting “Tracers” - Video & Animation Show


Yesterday I trekked over to the Mesa Community College campus for the first time in a while to take part in "Tracers", a video and animation show put together by MCC Digital Art instructor Chris Todd.

Chris Todd's Excellent Poster For "Tracers"
Chris Todd's Awesome Poster For "Tracers"
Chris has been teaching at MCC for 6 years now and has amassed a growing number of excellent student video and animation projects...and he shared 15 to 20 or so of them during the show. 

I remembered a number of my classmate's animations from my Art 202 class with Chris...and was fascinated to see the wide variety of subjects and styles represented by all the various videos presented.

Some were humorous, others a tad dark, one was "video game" based, others wove through narratives about family or friends, some tackled social issues, while others floated in sheer whimsy...seeing the individual approaches to assignments each student had taken was very interesting and in many cases inspiring. 

Tracers was an excellent show!

 I was honored to have been asked by Chris to include my "Transformation" animation, "Late Again", in the show.

(please see the video below)

MCC Instructors Chris Todd & Tom Klare Prepping For The “Tracers” - Video & Animation Show

Late Again was a "Pareidolia" assignment created for Chris's Art 202 class.

A when we perceive something recognizable in a random seeing faces or animals in clouds for example...or the face of someone on burnt toast 

You can read more about that project in my February 26, 2013 blog post.

Here's my video/animation "Late Again"...hope you enjoy it!

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In 2013 I was also honored to have been chosen by Chris to have this same video appear in the Student Art Show.  You can read more about that here:


Thanks for stopping by!