Blender Basics

Easy to follow tutorials to learn basic animation in Blender.
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Create and model in 3D
Rig a simple character
Animate in Blender
Light a scene and change camera angles
Render 3D or 2D animations

Requirements

  • Blender (Free software download available for Mac or PC)

Description

In this Blender course, you will learn the basics of modeling, animation, rigging, lighting, and camera techniques. These easy step-by-step tutorials will show you how to create your own unique animations. 

Whether you want to create 3D or 2D animations, “Blender Basics” is the ideal online class. Other topics include how to create particles and how to render your animations. 

If you're interested in learning Blender to start your career in 3D animation or if you want to create a unique video to promote your business or if you want to spice up your YouTube page, this class can help you realize your creative goals.

Who this course is for:

  • Animators, filmmakers, designers, and artists who wants to learn how to use 3D software
  • Blender Beginners

Course content

1 section16 lectures1h 31m total length
  • Navigating the Blender Interface
    10:17
  • Viewing your scene from different angles and perspectives
    06:11
  • How to use the camera in 3D
    03:00
  • Rotate and scale objects
    03:22
  • Using edit mode to model in 3D
    07:24
  • Duplicating objects
    04:32
  • Extrude objects to model shapes
    05:19
  • How to mirror objects
    05:11
  • Grouping objects together
    05:51
  • Rigging models with bones
    09:41
  • Changing object colors with materials
    08:04
  • How to animate
    08:34
  • How to create particles
    02:43
  • How to render a scene
    02:44
  • Add lights to a scene
    04:30
  • Turn a 3D animation into a 2D animation
    04:21
  • The Basics of Blender
    7 questions

Instructor

Digital Arts Educator
Dara Harper
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 2,718 Reviews
  • 68,463 Students
  • 5 Courses

I have always had a passion for the arts and technology. I am also a life-long educator and entrepreneur. My technology expertise includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere, Flash, Final Cut Pro, 3D Max, Blender, Microsoft Office, iWork Office Suite and Screenflow. I am also an Apple developer with 13 published iPhone and iPad apps.


I'm proficient in HTML, CSS and ActionScript. I have over 20 years of experience with Apple & Windows operating systems. I was introduced to computers in elementary school and it marked the beginning of a love affair that changed my life.

My work experience includes MTV, Nickelodeon, Land Rover USA, and the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. I am a graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago. I got my Associate Degree in Interactive Media.

I won the award for Best African American Filmmaker at the Brooklyn Film Festival for my short digital animation "la Revolution." I also wrote and produced the feature film "Sweeter Without Sugar" that was screened by the American Diabetes Association for a special diabetes awareness event. I have also written and produced several plays including the Off-Broadway sold-out production of my debut play, "Passing."

My specialties include public speaking, creative writing, 2D & 3D animation, sculpture and painting.