a loveletter to Blender 3D

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One of the advantages of moving engines from renpy (a 2D engine)  to unity (a 3D engine) is that I can get to dive back into Blender 3D.

Now, I know that there is other 3D software out there and that people seem to really loathe the interface of Blender, but i can’t help but love the software, and not only because it is open source.

Blender is one of the most versatile pieces of software out there and the amount of passionate tutorials on the market for Blender is over the moon great.

If you haven’t yet, download it, it’s fucking great.

You win some, you lose some

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I have had allot of fun with these vignettes, but sometimes they just don’t work out. This was the case yesterday, when I decided to try my hand at a new technique in Blender. This isn’t the worst thing I have ever created, but it certainly is not the best. I hope to be back tomorrow with something decent.

Motorcycle

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I realised that every vigennete I have created with a mototrized vehicle in it has been blue. I don’t know what that is about, but it is a thing.

maybe, subconsciously, the act of looking at a vehicle makes me blue… Maybe that’s what is happening?

bedroom

026for todays vignette I wanted to create a companion to the modernist livingroom. I wanted to create something that would look dark and kinda awesome.

This red and grey combination is one of my favourites, so while I still don’t know what I want to use these designs for, I really like the designs.

sweltering

It is really warm where I live, much warmer than it usually is at this time of year, so I wanted to create a scene that radiates heat and really speaks to the sweltering experience I am having.

this café scene ended up taking quite a bit longer than I was hoping it would.

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Sinister Livingroom

I haven’t really worked with the colour red for the vignettes, so I wanted to create an indoor scene with that colour as a centrepiece.

I also wanted to create some modernist furniture, however, the combination of those two elements mean that the game came out looking just a bit more sinister than I thought it would… I still like it though.

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Vignettes

I have been enjoying the summer as of late and as a part of that I have decided to start each day with these 1 hour vignette challenges. Unlike most of my projects, these vignettes don’t have a project that they are attached to, rather they exist independently of one another, but in the same visual universe.

I don’t know if there is a game here, but there might be, for now I am just having fun in blender 3D

Holo

I have been working on creating a mechanic that will hold the attention of my guards for a couple of seconds while Re80 sneaks by and have been having a hell of a time with it.

As it turns out, there are very few things that a robot sill stop for and even fewer of those make sense within the context of my game.

I considered an EMP mine, which would shut them down temporarily, but that seemed needlessly aggressive and I wanted to keep the game non violent.

I considered a screen at which you could hack the robots, but that came with the implication that Re80 had been able to do this the whole time, so why didn’t she start with that.

I considered a tesla coil, which would keep the robots insnared by its tendrils of electricity, but somehow, enslaving a race of robots seems like an off thing for a former slave/prisoner to do.

So in the end I decided that creating a hologram of herself to distract the robots probably was the most sensible thing to do in this situation. However, I still enjoyed the time I spent trying to figure out the problem of what stops a robot dead in its tracks.

Taking a respite

Creating videogames is amazing and if I could I would be doing it all day everyday, that said, it can also be exhausting work.

When you find yourself on month 4 of an 8 month development, it becomes easy to crave a creative reprieve. at this point, you have been staring at the same art style and the same models for what feels like an eternity. You have been staring at these things to the point that you have lost any idea of whether the thing you are creating has any value at all.

This is where you need this creative respite. You need to let your freak flag fly and just try something new. Something that may or may not work out, but that is fun in the moment and feels good while you are doing it.

This is why I decided to work on my Blender game today and create a bust in the style of tellstale’s the walking dead. It is not for anything, other than the fun of making it.