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Report: Blender Workshop in Kerala, India

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Milad Thaha reports on a Blender workshop in Kerala, India.

Milad Thaha wrote:

Me [Milad] and my pal Jishnu conducted the first ever complete Blender Workshop in Kerala, India, during a FOSS event known as FOSSMEET which is annually conducted by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut from the 5th to the 7th of February 2010. FOSSMEET is widely known across Southern India for being one of the most consistently conducted and appreciated FOSS festival. The workshop, spanning over 12 hours across a series of sessions, was used to teach the attendees the basics of Blender, starting from its interface, to completely making a scene from scratch. The students, with skill levels varying from complete newbies to Blender enthusiasts, were taught how to model, texture, light and render the complete scene. A total of 140 students appeared for the workshop. It was received with much enthusiasm and appreciation by both the students and organisers alike.

While the scene used for the tutorial sessions was not entirely glamorous, it had the potential of teaching most of Blender's basic features, whether it is box modelling, or whether its applying a texture with some amount of post-effects.

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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.

27 Comments

  1. Thats great and good to see workshops in india although i can't travel to Kerala anyways congratulations to Milad and Jishnu.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks, iluvblender and kABHIr! Very looking forward to conducting more classes and spreading awareness on Blender; funny not even a single soul there knew that Elephants Dream was made with Blender!

  3. It is good to see Blender taking a foothold in India, too.. Hope to have more such sessions on awareness and knowledge sharing happening in near future.. Way to go Man!

  4. its cool to see Blender events in India.I am from Bhopal and recently a local animation studio made a short movie where Blender was used significantly.
    PS: the font size of the comments appears to be very small on my PC.I can barely read them..The font of the news story is fine..is it just me??

  5. i guess 140 students'number is very impressive...pics of event are very impressive too....it's really a good enthusiastic job!

  6. It is interesting to find that such a wonderful and effective workshop has been conducted. Now can we extend this workshop to architects and interior designers who are currently obsessed with proprietary tools.

  7. @jemshid
    Very weird, Jemshid. I myself am a 3rd year Architecture student, and I use Blender for my ArchViz, assignments and related stuff (all thanks to Allan Brito!). I've been trying my best to propagate the use of Blender for Architectural visualization at my own college, but it's not easy; seeing the difficulty of learning Blender and its incompatibility with other softwares just makes it harder to convince people. A few are interested in what I hay to say, but in front of all the others, I'm the laughing stock of town :(

    And I don't see people here shifting over from Revit and 3dsMax to Blender any time soon though. Most people just want their work to be done as quick and as appealingly as possible.

  8. whooo hoooo ,,,,, cool man

    happy to see some activity in india about blender ..
    and i can see the people commented here are from india ..
    but i think its hard to drag people from max-maya to blender .. cause they always want .. W-,E-,R
    hehehehhe

    anyway good approach

    thanks

  9. A movie? We did a movie in past, it was an Art movie "MASANADA MAKKALU" (not commercial)

    Hmm.. If you are ready to provide man power (Blender pros) Maybe i am ready to do 3d movie ;)

  10. Thank you so much Milad and Jishnu!

    It's just fabulous to see these workshops being conducted and Blender becoming more and more popular with students and other professionals. I have been using blender for the last 4 months at an internship program and I completely love the software. It gets work done so much faster, especially when it comes to Modeling and UNwrapping.

    All the best with your projects!!

  11. Sachin Borkar on

    That was great news!
    Now how about bringing all the Blender Pros, Enthusiasts and Noobs from India together on a single platform.
    It can be anything from establishing a forum to a completely dedicated website like blendernation.com. (Even a WordPress blog
    will do just fine!!!)
    So wot say ye Blenderheads in India? Are we ready to come together yet?
    BTW, great work Milad and Jishnu. Your benevolence is absolutely admirable.

  12. @ Milad and Jishnu

    It's great to know that you guys spreading the charm of Blender (where it's lesser known). Wish I could have been a part of your Workshop. :)

    @ Mohan

    Hi, I am residing in Bangalore too, for couple of years now and also a Blender artist (though not a Pro). Looking forward a response from you to start a Blender User Group in Bangalore and carry on the great initiative taken by Milad and Jishnu. Thank you.

  13. @ Milad and Jishnu
    Gr8 work and Congrts
    I am from trivandrum , Please let me know if you are conducting a workshop at TVM. I would love to joing that.
    opvarmas[at]gmail[dot]com

  14. @Milad
    Are there any blogs through which I can get updates on these workshops.
    I am a follower of blendernation ,through which I came to know about your team.
    Please let me know if there are any user groups within kerala.

  15. @om
    There are many free software user groups in Kerala, but nothing on Blender in particular. Most IT or TECH colleges have their own user groups which are actively brought. For instance, you have CET Trivandrum's user group that's based on your area. You can check out their mailing list, but I'm not sure about the importance given to Blender though. I know quite a few people who use Blender, but I'm not aware of any active Blender UGs in Kerala. Will let you know though. At a time, I did have plans on starting one, but I'm positive very few people would be interested.

  16. Hi Milad,

    Nice to see your enthusiasm , commitment and organization skills to promote blender. Nice...good going.

    would like to speak to you on a certain project we have been mulling on. Please drop a mail on [email protected] so we could discuss it. Thanks

    krunnal

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