When it comes to learning animation, having a great instructor goes a long way.
Steve from CG Geek is an awesome teacher with a lot of great content on YouTube. In this video he’ll show you the ropes of creating animations using Blender.
This tutorial covers a lot of ground so get ready to dive in. You’ll start with the basics of animating a cube and work your way towards rigging and animating a character. This video, like Blender itself, forces you to learn quickly.
Rigging and animation are difficult even for experienced CG artists.
The trick is to practice and keep learning from others.
Olav3D is back with this tutorial on creating an amazing water scene.
Blender is packed full of features thanks to the open source community so fluid simulations are surprisingly easy.
With Blender’s powerful physics and rendering engine, it’s possible to create realistic water with relative ease.
With this 10 minute demonstration you’ll learn how to set up a water simulation using the physics tab. After the simulation has finished baking, Olav adds textures and lights to the scene to finish the render.
This stunning tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to creating some rolling dice. The video is about fifteen minutes long but the results will leave you astonished.
Instructor Jeremy Jones skillfully makes use of Blender’s advanced features to create a realistic dice roll. By taking advantage of the physics engine, Jeremy gives the dice a believable rolling motion along a simulated felt table.
This tutorial covers a lot of information in a fashion that’s easy to digest.
Do yourself a favor and follow along to really hone your animating skills.
In this half-hour tutorial on Blender’s cloth simulator you get to see the process of animating a flag in full.
Taking advantage of the physics simulation will not only save you time but also allow you to create more realistic effects.
The cloth simulation will deform a subdivided plane so that it looks like fabric. This feature has a variety of applications beyond making flags. Use it to drape a table with a tablecloth or dress a character in a wizard’s cape.
Rigging and animation take a lot of practice to master. But once you learn the tools, you’ll be able to animate anything you want.
It’s with this mindset that Remington Graphics approaches this tutorial on Blender animation.
By walking viewers through the entire process of rigging and animating a Star Wars character, you can more easily learn the workflow of creating motion in Blender.
It can be a tedious process but it’s well worth the effort when you finally bring characters to life.
This 20-minute video teaches all the basics you need to know within a real-world example. It doesn’t matter if you want to animate a dragon or a chicken, the process is the same: create a bone structure, parent it to the mesh, paint weights, and finally animate the bones.
Author: Josh Petty
Josh is an artist and game developer who specializes in sci-fi, fantasy, and abstract art. His work employs vibrant colors and combines elements of glitch art, outrun, retro-gamming, neo-geo, and conceptual art. He trained as an oil painter before picking up 3D modeling, animation, and programming. He now runs Brain Jar, a small game development studio that focuses on experimental, narrative-driven content. You can learn more on the website or on Twitter @brainjargames.