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Videotutorial Series: Tropical Landscape


David Ward presents an almost 3-hour long video tutorial on the creation of a tropical landscape.

David writes:

In this Blender 2.63 series, I go over how to create a purely-CGI Tropical landscape, making heavy use of the Sapling Add-on, as well as the Particle emitter to distribute all of the items across the landscape, as well as various other techniques.


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.


  1. Your tutorials are always at the top of my bookmarks. You cover so much of the details and explain in a way that is so easy to understand, I love em.
    Thanks so much David.

  2. Talk about great timing.  I was just playing with the sapling tool and wanted to learn more about it.  Thanks for sharing this!!!

  3. very pretty, but it doesn't look tropical - sorry, I live in the tropics, and this reminds me of a park in Sydney or something

    Colours in the tropics are very bright, and shadows are very sharp and dark, the sky is a very deep blue (when it's not raining) - owing to the much brighter and more direct sunlight.. sunlight doesn't bounce around the sky as much in the tropics as it does near the poles, so there's not much ambient light (when it's not raining).

    There are a lot of eco-systems around the world that lie within the tropics - but if you want to make a rainforest or jungle (just to play along with the stereotype) you need to have a canopy - and the understorey should be well shaded, with bright spots where the sunlight does get through. Also, you can never have too many lianas!

    Hope that helps

  4. Abemclarahmore on

    Thank you Mr. Ward for this tutorial. In the last 3 years, I have been trying to learn Blender. And, in those 3 years, I would have to say that in the last year I have been seriousily committing  to teaching myself digital animation. I have used a variety of on line tutorials. There was a few of them I had difficulties with which made me very frustrated. This disappointment in not learning from the videos led me to step away from Blender for a long period of time within those 3 years. But, I am happy to say that I  succesfully finished this Tropicla Forest lesson. It came out pretty good. If you would like to see it, I posted it on Facebook as a profile  photo. My name is Abraham McLarahmore. Thank you again. I am not going to give up. 

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