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Introduction to Blender - Apple Store, Kansas City, September 2


photo_countryclubplazaJonathan Williamson will be giving a free Blender demonstration in Kansas City on September 2nd.

Jonathan wrote:

On Sept. 2nd at 6PM Central Standard Time I will be giving a demo on Blender at the Country Club Plaza Apple Store in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out the Apple site for more info and to reserve a spot!

"Blender is an open source, fully integrated 3D content creation suite for the Mac. In this workshop, Blender expert Jonathan Williamson demonstrates the modeling, animation, rendering, and post-production capabilities of this powerful software."

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. Weeeee:)
    i 'd love to go there too....
    unfortunately beautiful Kansas must be like 2000 miles away from where I live.
    Anyway Jonathan Willliamson is a dedicated blender head with awesome skills, passion and a huge heart for the community!
    I encourage the whole Kansas community to go check it out,
    would be nice if we would get to see a video of his presentation:)

  2. "Blender is an open source, fully integrated 3D content creation suite for the Mac."

    What?! That makes it sound like Blender is Mac only. What about all the other OS's that Blender runs on?

  3. Hey while he's there, he should go ahead and come on over to Wichita or Hutchinson. Kansas City is about 4 hours away and I doubt that I'd be able to make it :(.

  4. Don't worry, guys, jonathan is for sale at, and he's 30% off this month only :) And, no, I'm not his agent. And also not Wes' agent. Just a recent mavenseed fan!! Btw, I'm gonna have some more in just 2.5 hours. That's how I get dilemmas solved that I've been cracking my nads open since months... Even 1 day in the Mac store couldn't do that for you :)

  5. "Blender is an open source, fully integrated 3D content creation suite for the Mac."

    Ya whatever, and mint is a leafy topping for pork.

    Blender is for personal computers, Mac just happens to be one of those... and from what I hear it works like this MAC<Windows<Linux so if you want the best PC for Blender get a Linux Box, if you want to use blender and do other computing as well use windows... and if you like to spend a ton of cash for no reason at all get a Mac.

    I'm a PC and I am a digital Artist. I also use Linux for big renders.

  6. I first discovered Blender browsing 3D software on, and I'm not sure I would have found out about it any other way. Hooking Mac users and potential Mac users at an Apple store sounds like a great idea!

  7. He could make it to Wichita or Hutchinson, but they are in Kansas, and Kansas City is in Missouri. Kansas is only one state to the left, but still.....

  8. Jonathan:

    I would be very interested in seeing any Architectural visualizations you may have done with blender, or even how blender could be used in conjunction with sketchup to create them. Your background seems to be more character modeling but that will be fun too. See you at the demo.

  9. "Blender is an open source, fully integrated 3D content creation suite for the Mac."

    Completely misleading by way of being less than complete.

  10. Ha, I'm in Saint Joseph. I'll be there. And to think, I've been following the tutorials online of a guy that's 52 miles away.

  11. No, sorry Larry, but it's awesome to know there's more blender users around here. I know people that work for just about everyone of your current and previous clients. That's pretty impressive. My lady works at Heartland. Now I'm about to go see if I can figure out sketch-up well enough just so I can have something to talk about.

    Jonathan- I'm so in favor of a KC user group I just added you in facebook. I know there was another guy, Mike Something, that did some classes around here a long time back, I should see if he's still into blender.

  12. @Iconoclast

    I'm the Mike you're talking about. Actually I moved across the state to St. Louis, but hearing about this I wish I was going to be there then to meet up with Jonathan. Hope you guys all have fun. I'll see if I can't cook up something here in St. Louis sometime.


    Mike Smick

  13. Good to see you again Mike! Best "how I met my wife" story I've ever read. I also enjoyed the title of spiderman. Sorry to hear you can't join in on the fun. We'll tell you all about it in some gloating and patronizing manner. :)

  14. @ Iconclast

    If you need any help with Sketchup let me know, I'd be glad to help or just have someone else around these parts to talk to about it. Right now it's the only thing we use for our Arch Vis stuff. I'm looking to blender to take it to the next level. Not quite sure about that learning curve though.

    @ Jonathan

    A user group sounds great

  15. Do you have to be a Mac user to go to this? And... Is there an age limit (I am 15)? But, hey, it's only 30 min away from LS!

    @Icono: Actually, Cowtown is already used by a KC post-season tournament of FRC (FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] Robotics Competition) at Cerner. So maybe it wouldn't be a bad name.

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