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Tutorial: Creating a Topiary



Topiary, for any non-English speakers, is the art of grooming bushes and plants to develop and maintain specific shapes. As it turns out, you don't actually need plants for it - you can do it right inside Blender %^). Kent Tramell teaches you how in this new CG Cookie lesson.

Kent writes:

My goal was to construct a topiary that A) looked appealing and B) accurately represented the structure of its real world counterpart. Here’s how the course breaks down:

  • Lesson 1: The IvyGen addon is an excellent tool for quickly generating vines and it plays a crucial role in this course. In the first lesson we’ll overview the addon and all of its settings.
  • Lesson 2: Following the overview, we’ll apply what we’ve learned about IvyGen to generate the underlying branch network of our topiary structure according to a guide mesh.
  • Lesson 3: Lastly we will use Blender’s particle hair tools to grow an outer shell of leaves. Then we’ll apply some simple Cycles materials and lighting for a finished topiary render.

Enjoy, and please do share your results!


  • 8-bit

    Looks like another excellent and useful tutorial by one of my favorites. I really hope I get the time to look at this. Thanks Kent for the amazing tuts you produce!

    • Kent Trammell

      Thanks, 8 bit!

  • Kirill Trideshny

    This tutorial is REALLY great! Highly recommend it to all users of Blender, from the beginner to the middle level surely. Thank you, Kent!

    • Kent Trammell

      Thanks for watching, Kirill :)

  • Crimson Call

    I really love Kent. His tutorials are excellent and well narrated. If he was a voice over the radio I would fall in love lol (plus learning a ton of things).

    • Kent Trammell

      Haha I hate hearing myself recorded. Thanks for the encouragement!