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Blender and pokedstudio


flowersmall.jpgI have a bunch of Google Alerts that scan the web for Blender related stuff. Last week they informed me about pokedstudio, a British design studio. I really liked their work so I contacted Jon and asked him to tell us a bit about his work and how Blender fits in.

Jon writes:

Blender has become an important design tool at pokedstudio. Being both open source and free means that more small design studios can integrate 3d illustration into their work flow. It gave me the confidence to take the dive into learning 3D graphics without the risk of spending thousands of pounds on commercial software that I may use rarely or just have difficulty understanding. Because of this we feel a new world is opening up to illustrators and designers who want to integrate 3D elements into their work, as they can easily download blender and try it out, and they also can benefit from the large friendly community of blender users who readily help when you are stuck.

I feel combining 3D graphics in conjunction with vector and hand drawn elements now form an important part of my work and gives it a distinct feel. I have aimed for a look that is different to main stream 3D work as I like to use it as a creative tool rather than just to make the most detailed or realistic image 3D image. Though having said that I often use blender just for simple everyday design jobs such as creating 3D maps and icons.

I was happy to talk of the benefits of using Blender when I was featured in Digit magazine, which also used several of my works , some of which were created with the use of blender. This I hope will bring some public awareness of Blender, and help it develop as a serious tool for illustrators and designer who are shut out of the 3D world.

About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. is it just me or is the blendernation web slow lately? Can the admins share some stats on the site? maybe the amount of visitors is forcing you to upgrade the server/connection again :D

  2. I really like the style, I draw a lot with vector as well but never tried to combine them with 3d, althought I tried to archive vector look a like drawings with blender.
    These images above do have something simular like MTV and the dutch TMF artworks which they combine in there little video's.

  3. Yeah; makes me feel verry happy.

    but it's clear Jon; real creativity does nt depend on the tools; you show that with your hand drawn stuff as well.

    this style will still look great with mud and charcoal on the inside of the Lascaux caves.


    David Baron

  4. @mike: I can't really say that the site has become slower, although traffic is steadily increasing by 10% each month. At this moment we have, on average, 7,500 unique daily visitors who pay us around 10,000 visits, generating 25,000 pageviews. Our server is still able to handle this easily.

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