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Learning Blender - Posted on: 8/30/2017   [OrbLands]

Wow. Blender has a painfully steep learning curve. I'm really not enjoying it, but it seems like a really powerful application - and it's free - so I'm trying to be patient.

I learned how to control the interface better, which was frustrating at first. In my opinion, simple actions like "closing a window", should be obvious - instead, I had to search for a solution to that... and I'm not the only one - it's a common question in the answers forum!

Today, I learned how to create materials, uv maps, and textures for 3d objects. I'm using the node system, which is also confusing... because, there is no indication as to which nodes work together, or in which order they work. I'm basically watching 20 min tutorials to accomplish tasks I wish were more obvious. But, enough complaining... I know I just need to get more familiar with the application.

Yesterday, I used the "sapling" plugin to create trees, and the results were good, but the type of trees I want to create will need to be modeled manually. So, I have much more work to do on those...

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Fish 5/13/2018
I used the fish textures from the previous experiment and created one large particle system that spawns fish under the water across the whole terrain.
Thanks for all the fish... 5/13/2018
I saw a neat effect on Twitter, where someone used a particle system to create a school of fish. I tried to create a similar effect in Unity...
Testing 5/12/2018
Disappointed that I still haven't been able to come up with more creative ideas for Orb Lands, but I'm often impressed by how it generates some really beautiful scenery.
Updates 4/30/2018
Been a while since I've worked on Orb Lands...
Music Video 2/8/2018
I made a short music video featuring the latest game footage...
Updates... 1/30/2018
Updating the tree models using the software I talked about in my previous post.
Tree Models... 1/30/2018
Found a new tool for making trees...
Updates... 1/25/2018
I updated the splash screen graphic again...
Translations... 1/25/2018
Added translations for new text in the game...
Updates 1/24/2018
Graphic updates...
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