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Tristan Lock Modelling Reel


All modeling done in Blender by Tristan Lock.

Tristan writes:

Did you do the animation also?

No animation. I did a little bit of texturing and lighting in some shots. But nothing worth pointing out.

What was used for the animation and rendering?

Well the "Kajimba" and "Lighthouse" stuff was a complete Blender pipline. The animation would have been Maya or 3ds max. And I'm pretty sure all but "Kajimba" and "lighthouse" was rendered with "Vray"

Tristan is available for freelance work. For more information check out his profile on the Blender Network.


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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 ;-)


  1. Like most reels out there, unfocused and too long. And the music is atrocious. My suggestion would be to focus on the actual modelling, rather a haphazard approach of animation.

    Overall, the work os good but it's with the presentation that leaves a lot to be desired.

    • I agree with you Jordan. It is not a bad trailer but the presentation is a bit lacking. Considering that the description says Modelling Reel, I think most prospective employers would be more interested in the actual models, wireframes etc. Tristan if you get the chance to read this please don't take it as a critique of the quality of your work. I just happen to agree with Jordan that given the description this reel is not actually showing off your modeling skills. About the music, I have to say that I don't think it's atrocious but I am sure I've heard it before in at least another half dozen reels. I think it's a good overall reel showing off your work but you target audience would expect to see something else. Good job though dude and keep up the good work.

  2. I think it's a nice all-round reel, like one a studio would create. However it's def not a modelling reel. I can't tell what you have modeled, unless it really is everything we see!

    I did like all the animations though.

    Good job.

    • I pretty much did model everything. I'd say 90%-95% is mine. It would be easier for me to list the stuff i didn't do, than the stuff i did. Here's a bit of a breakdown.

      Fruitloops: Environment Modeller, Tree character
      Coke: Character Modeller, Blue monster, purple alien, pink bunny, goblin, princess, soldier
      DigiCel: All-round Modeller,
      Birdseye: All-round Modeller, Texture Artist
      Lighthouse: All-round Modeller
      Kajimba: Character Modeller
      DGC: Character Modeller, Texture Artist
      LeasePlan: Character Modeller, Texture Artist
      Nearby Nerd: Character Modeller
      Lucozade: All-round Modeller, Texture Artist, excluding car texture.

  3. Good reel, impressive modelling.
    Considering the quality of Kajimba and Lighthouse, it does leave me wondering if all clips could have done in Blender.
    I especially liked the toon-shaded renders. Nice...

  4. Kirill Poltavets on

    Amazing reel!!! And the pace is really good. I would like to see this for a minute longer because it's really captivating!
    And the music is cool, it's very motivating to create something new :)

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