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Lecture series for Beginners by Claas Kuhnen


Claas wrote to tell us about a series of lectures he's recorded for his students:  "I started to video record my lectures for my students to address those with a different learning requirement style."

These movies are for beginners introducing them into modeling, animate, and render with Blender for the product design major here at Kendall College. With the progression of this semester more movies will be created and available.
In modeling, subdivision surface modeling with mirror, and array modifier is a strong subject matter to create organic product surfaces.

In rendering a simple material as well as multi-layered material will be covering utilizing the internal render engine and compositor post-production for color correction and finishing effects like depth-of-field and glare. In addition, external render engines are being covered such as Yaf(a)ray and VRay.

Animation will cover basic joint to armature (bone) animation appropriate for products including only joints, and springs. A small section will also be spend on particle system and blend shapes for flow simulations / animations.
The goal of this project is to establish a somewhat complete video tutorial collection which deals with product modeling, texturing, and rendering by the end of this semester. The movies reflect mainly my own working method and experience. So please feel free to drop a line for any comments or suggestions.

Claas Kuhnen

Email: [email protected]
Skype: CEKuhnen

Online Video Tutorials at Blip.TV:
Rhino Modeling:
Blender Modeling:

Blender Rendering:

Download RSS Feed to iTunes:
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Blender Modeling RSS Feed itpc://

Blender Rendering itpc://
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  1. MasterDomino on

    Wow, that's fantastic!

    AFAIK there are not too many product design tutorials around, so this seems to be a really valuable resource. Now I only need the time to watch them all.


  2. Very neat. I will have to check this out. Thanks, Claas Kuhnen! If I learn how to do everything in these video tutorials, maybe I will that much more prepared - or ready - to take on 3D visual product design. Thanks, this is great. I appreciate your work. God bless -b

    P.S. What did you use to screencapture and edit your work? I am considering using Fedora 10 with recordMyDesktop. Do you use Camtasia?

  3. Excellent, Claas! I will definitely be watching these! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentations at the Blender conference in Kingsport, TN last August, so these have to be good!

  4. Thank you, this series is very helpful. I really enjoyed the technical modeling of chairs and cushions, that was very helpful for beginners, especially. Has that been removed from the series?

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