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cmiVFX announce 'Blender Organic Modeling Techniques video'


blender-mammothcmiVFX have announced their second Blender training video. This one is created by Sebastian König (see also Sebastian's other videos on BlenderNation) and focuses on organic modeling techniques such as sculpting, weight mapping, retopology and shrink wrapping.

From the description on the cmiCFX website:

This video will take you through the process of creating a high-detail model of a mammoth in Blender. You will learn how to make efficient use of Blender's modeling tools, including not only box-modeling and poly-by-poly-modeling, but also how to use the modifier stack and how to use multi-resolution, sculpting and the re topology-tools.

This video sells at $49.95


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. Sebastians tuts were always very good!

    I can't find any info on how long the video is and what resolution. Would be necessary to decide if it's worth $49.95 (which seems to be quite a lot imo)...

  2. Hey cool, thanks Bart for plugging this!
    And thank you guys for the nice comments!
    The video is almost 5 hours long, and (if i am not mistaken) only available as video on demand.
    And btw, I owe the fellow german blenderhead nudelZ a beer for the awesome redwax ZBrush-Material that I used in the video! :-D
    If anybody purchases it - i would be glad to hear your critique and feedback to make future tutorials even better!
    Sebastian König

  3. it looks like something worth purchasing.

    don't think I could justify paying that amount and only be able to view it online though. Will it be available on DVD or as a download that can be played locally?

  4. Hi Sebastian. Thanks for this really nice work. Even if I haven't finished the entire video yet I can tell It worth the money. For all of you novice modelers out there, struggling with edge flow and loops this is pure gold. I begun to understand the importance of edge flow with your fly modeling tutorial, so I didn't doubt for a second when I saw this one.

    Something I really missed on this compared to the fly tutorial, are the visual aids (For example: the arrows and color used to show the correct edge's orientation) Because sometimes its really hard to anticipate the right direction of the flow in complex models like this. btw no need to excuse about your accent (English isn't my mother tongue obviously, and I'm following along without any problem.

  5. no, it is only in the online player. but let me tell you, the online player really rocks! you can easily access every chapter separately, or view it all in 1 go, you can scrub back and forth, it's really cool. and well, i think that way they can control pirating a bit better.


  6. @jose: thank you very much!
    good to hear! :-)
    well, yeah, having visuals is cool, but soo much work... for 5 hours that would simply take too much time.
    thanks for the feedback!

  7. For everybody who wants to checkout the quality on cmiVFX and if it's worth purchasing, they've just put up a free Blender Introduction Tutorial that I've recorded for them. It's about 25 min and gives a very quick and rough overview about interface, viewport navigation, basic modeling tasks and UI-customization to get you started with Blender. But I would think that this is rather boring for the common blendernation-reader ;-)
    All you need to do is to go to, register, launch the player and go to the category "blender" where you'll find the video.
    And btw, don't forget to check out Jason van Gumster's awesome compositing video that you'll find under "free tutorials"!
    Cheers, Sebastian

  8. Hi Sebastian,
    I've watched the part on box modeling and so far i really liked it.
    However, at around minute 20 the legs just appear. Why did you leave this part out? I would have really liked to see how you created them.

  9. I got the email from cmiVFX about the video. It looks great. I've used them before and can vouch that the online player is good. You can use the player to watch it how many ever times you need to. Is there an accompanying download? I've purchased the scripting video and there was a zip download of the scripts from the video - didn't know if their was a download that included the blend files.

  10. Hello!

    I have bought this video, and have five comments regarding it, one good, one already said, one about something I missed, and two very bad:

    1) The material is excellent. I can see that there is a lot to be learned from it. In the first few minutes I watched new concepts that I could put to work right away on my models, and that was just the basic stuff! Now I am going over part 5 of 17, looking forward to the more arcane Blender things that are ahead (which, for me, a noob, is almost everything).

    2) Just as Held said above, it was somewhat disappointing to see the rear legs appear completely formed. Maybe for most people extruding legs is trivial, but for me, at least, is quite a challenge. Sebastian has a rough model of the body in one hour; it took me much, much longer to make a simpler one of a fish because I'm a noob. Watching how he did it here would have been very interesting to me. True, there is the modeling of the front legs later on, and that would have been ok by itself, were it not for what I describe below in comments 4 and 5.

    3) What I am missing so far in this video are some insights about edge-loop topology; how it works, why he uses it, etc. I know that it is highly desirable to have good edge-loops, but it is the detailed insight that I am missing. For example: there is a moment in which Sebastian links the backbone with the rear leg using a diagonal face. Why? What does this accomplish?

    4) Now, the problem I am having is two-fold: the player is stopping all the time to load the video. Sometimes it even gets so bad that it goes something like this: Sebastian starts saying "I think this edge needs..." The player stops to load for 5, 10 or 15 seconds. Then it starts again. Sebastian continues with "to be moved to..." The player stops to load for 5 or 10 seconds. Then it starts again. This is very frustrating.

    5) Worse still, is the other thing I'm experiencing: I hear Sebastian talking, giving instructions, indicating problematic areas on the model, selecting and moving stuff, BUT I can not see any of this because the image is frozen on the player; it remains static there for 3, 5 or 10 important, seconds whilst Sebastian continues talking and modeling.

    I have sent an email to cmiVFX regarding my problems viewing the video, so I really hope that there is a way to fix them. Because this tutorial is really worth every cent I paid for it... as long as I eventually get to watch it correctly on my computer.



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