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Report: Blender at the Pink Cow cafe bar, Tokyo

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blender_jp_event.jpgTony Mullen submitted the following report of the Blender user meeting in the Pink Cow cafe bar in Tokyo in September.

Tony writes:

Hi Bart,

Last night we had the Blender workshop at the Pink Cow cafe bar in Tokyo that I wrote about a few weeks ago. It was a really great time! I gave a two and a half hour long beginners tutorial that was very well attended by people following along on their laptops. Definitely quite a few eager beginners, which is always good to see. For the workshop I gave a brief introduction to Blender by showing Sam Brubaker's Infinitum and giving an overview of the .blend file (which is a terrific resource for giving students a quick look at the whole process of creating a Blender short), then a modeling tutorial of a chess pawn, and then we used Calvin's Peach-inspired guinea pig to animate a very simple walk cycle.

Afterwards we showed animations. Ekakiya was there, showing a terrific musical mash-up of his work, and Shigeto Maeda perfomed a live VJ set with material he had created in Blender. His excellent new book was also available for people to check out (as was a copy of the original Ka-ra). I showed an animation of my own and also Elephants Dream. All in all we had a very diverse selection of artwork. To say people were impressed would be a real understatement I think. Most people were really astonished at the kinds of different things that Blender could be used to create.

A lot of the blender.jp forum regulars attended, and it was great to finally meet them in person. Here's a picture of the blender.jp folks who attended (I think there were a few more who weren't in the picture). From left to right that's Ekakiya, Caplicon, Horie, Daywalker, Shige, and me... I hope I didn't get anybody's handle wrong...

There's already talk on the blender.jp forum of following this up with more Blender-oriented events.

Tony

About 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.

6 Comments

  1. I'm in a video class in Asheville, NC, and aparently my instructor knew/taught Sam Brubaker. We got to talking about Blender somehow (he brought it up - not me!) and then the next class he lent me a DVD with Infinitum on it (and Sam's handwriting). It's wild how much attention that film is getting.

  2. Yeah, as I had feared, I did get the handle names wrong. The person I listed above as Nightcalm is actually Daywalker. Doh! I have a real problem with those two for some reason. Thanks to blender.jp for correcting me on this.

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