Tutorial: New Ocean Techniques in Blender

oceanColin Litster writes some of the coolest Blender tutorials that I know. His most recent work is a very detailed introduction to creating a realistically animated ocean.

Over the last few years I have been experimenting with techniques to help convey realistic large scale oceans and seas. In my previous tutorial I discussed techniques that would enable a stormy ocean to be created to the horizon with reasonable results. However, the techniques suffered from the effects of repeating patterns and restrictions in panning or moving the camera. One important aspect that was missing was wave crests. This was pointed out to me by several more nautical colleagues than I. Realising that I would need several seas for my production, from calm weather through to force 12 hurricanes, I have been developing techniques to make that possible within Blender.

You’ll find the first part of his tutorial on his website, www.cogfilms.com.

Update: Colin just emailed me to tell me that the tutorial is now complete. It has become a 4(!) part tutorial. Enjoy!


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  • http://www.feeblemind.org olivS (Olivier Saraja)

    The part 2 is already here. Check this link: http://www.litster.nildram.co.uk/tutorials/new-ocean/New-Ocean-Techniques-in-Blender-part-2.pdf
    I still have to read the 2 first parts, but Colin’s tutorials are always an inspiring recreation for me. Way to go Colin!
    Cheers,
    olivS

  • bart

    Thanks Olivier!

  • HatchFactory

    all right!!
    been waiting for this new one. (need it for a current WIP)
    keep up the good work cog, much appreciated!

  • Sephiroth

    This is the best tutorial I’ve found about creating oceans ;)

  • Leodp

    Hi Cog,

    I tried converting to ps your pdf files and got the following warnings; in any case I could open them.
    Nice tut.
    Leodp


    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But Arial-BoldMT is not embedded.
    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But ArialMT is not embedded.
    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But Arial-BoldItalicMT is not embedded.
    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But Arial-BoldMT is not embedded.
    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But ArialMT is not embedded.
    **** Warning: Fonts with Subtype = /TrueType should be embedded.
    But Arial-BoldItalicMT is not embedded.

    **** This file had errors that were repaired or ignored.
    **** The file was produced by:
    **** >>>> Acrobat Distiller 6.0.1 (Windows)

  • klp

    Just wanted to express gratitude and admiration for the work that went into this tutorial. I am blown away. I couldn’t find an email link on Mr. Litster’s web site to thank him personally. I am hopeful that he will get this message.

  • http://www.cogfilms.com cog

    Hi klp,

    Thank you for your kind words. I have only been frequenting this site for a little while but today registered so that I could reply.

    I took the email address off my site because I started receiving huge amounts of SPAM. However, I can now be contacted here, or Elysiun, or CGTalk.

    All the best.

    Cog

  • http://www.3dlab.cjb.net 3dguru

    thank you for the tutorials …

  • Statik

    Does anyone have a thread or something that we can talk to Colin in? I notice that his film will include a Flower class corvette. I spent a summer on one here in Nova Scotia, Canada where it is a floating museum. HMCS Sackville. I’d love a chance to discuss his project.

    Statik

  • http://www.blendernation.com Bart

    @Static: I’ve forwarded your message to Colin.