Using Extrude and Spin to create a Wine Glass

A classic staple of introductory modeling examples is a 3D model created by spinning the profile around a single axis. And for good reason. The process is simple enough to be done quickly while also giving you a clear understanding of a 3D program’s way of working and “thinking.” As such, it would be remiss of me not to include such an example here. To create this model, most of the heavy lifting is done with Blender’s Extrude operator, but the magic comes together when you use the Screw modifier. »

Modeling an Eye

If you’re modeling characters, chances are good that those characters are going to need eyes. Granted, there’s a chance that all your characters may be robots, moles, and worms, but I’ll assume that’s not the case. Eyes carry the life of a character, so you want to get them right. This example walks you through producing a nice eye model that you can make quickly and even reuse in future projects. »

Creating a Simple Model with Extrude and Inset

Although Ctrl+left-clicking for quick extrusion (as described in Chapter 4 of Blender For Dummies, 3rd edition) is convenient for creating rough models to start with, extruding by pressing E certainly has workflow benefits. The biggest benefit is the quick access to your other transform tools. Combined with Blender’s Inset operator (I), there’s some really powerful modeling that you can do. To illustrate the benefits of these tools, use the following steps to model a skyscraper from a single plane: »

Tips for Becoming a Fast and Effective Blender Modeler

Blender is an incredibly powerful software package capable of helping you create beautiful 3D images and animations. It’s also a very complex tool with a way of working that’s very different from most other programs — not just among 3D applications or even graphics software, all other programs. But give this little collection of function ones and zeroes a chance. After you have some familiarity and experience working in Blender, you find that what you once considered unconventional idiosyncrasies are actually efficient approaches to working very quickly. »