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One Year Ago on BlenderNation


  • Blender Rendering Engine Options
    "Gentleman, start your render engines. New renderers are available for Blender sporting features like 64-bit support, multi-threads, and XML scene format."

  • ResPower Announces Split/Frame Rendering
    "ResPower have updated their Blender support with a great new feature: Split/Frame rendering. Now you can also use the power of their renderfarm to quickly render those insanely complex stills of yours, and not only animations."
  • Digital Graphics Strikes Back
    "Those of you who were there in Amsterdam attending Blender Conference 2005 will remember Marc and Serge Umé's participation about Blender and SFX in Feature Film; for those who missed it these two guys from Digital Graphics were there to illustrate how they used Blender in the Visual FX production workflow of "Friday or another day", a full length movie by Yvan Lemoine. Now they're back with a new work, powered by Blender of course!"
  • More Blender Tutorials Added At Pixel2Life
    "Being a nexus for tutorials from an immense amount of sources, Pixel2Life is a good repository for tutorials of many different programs, including Blender, GIMP, and Terragen."
  • Tutorial: A Pawn in a Hurry
    "This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know to get started with keyframe animation in Blender. It is a golden oldie that I wrote for the first Blender Tutorial Guide. This weekend I've dusted it off, checked if everything still worked for Blender 2.41 and redid many screenshots. I hope you'll enjoy it!"
  • Blender on
    "Fast issue this time, just a few words to report that recently added Blender on its Reviews section banners area and on the Software review section with a quick'n'nice introduction about 2.41 written by Patrick Noland."
  • Contest: Most Realistic Blender Explosion
    "Trillian is hosting a contest on Elysiun: creating the most realistic Blender explosion."
  • Blending Ahead: Rui Campos and Education
    "[...]Rui Campos, a Java developer from Portugal. You may already know Campos as the head of the Blender Foundation Education Board (BF-Education), and recently I got together with Rui to discuss the initiatives that he and the board are taking to improve the situation of Blender education."
  • Libre Graphics Meeting, Preparing for the Event
    "As many of you may be aware, there will be a three day event in Lyon France called Libre Graphics Meeting, it will be a three day conference around Open Source graphics, and Blender as an Open Source graphics related tool will be there."
  • Blender v2.41 and YafRay v0.0.8 for Windows x64
    "With 64-bit applications taking the 3D world by storm, Blender is no exception. Adkiller, who brought us the first x64 Windows build of Blender 2.41, has posted his latest Blender 2.41 and YafRay 0.0.8 x64 builds which fixes some Blender 32-bit compatibility issues."

About the Author

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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. tynach: yes, I am continuously blown away by how cool Blender is, and how it keeps getting better. I only wish my skills would catch up with my desire to do cool things with it.

  2. TKR101010: Icecubes are actually quite simple to model. Just add a box, subdivide a couple of times and have fun with proportional editing tools and the sculpt mode. Or you could use a box, subdivide modifier set to "simple" (you may need two of these due to max limit of the subdiv value), displace modifier with cloud texture with proper values. (others work just as fine. Have fun tweaking.) There are plenty of other ways to go as well but I suppose you can get started by trying out these ways.

    It has been a hectic year, heh. :)

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