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Time Lapse: Tigger Portrait


The kittehs have arrived on BlenderNation! Check out this amazing painting session by Craig Jones. He even shares a step by step instruction, so bring on your cats ;-)

Craig writes:

Here is my time lapse of painting in #b3d painting my favorite cat Tigger - spent many mornings waiting for him to move his fatness off my chest so I could breathe!!

Really love the tools in Blender, and here I use layers for painting color by using GLSL and Blender material Texture stack, and I use real geo for the name tag and ring, and of course use a curve object to clip the view so it appears under his chin correctly.

Here is a pdf of the overview so those that want some more understanding of what is going on can follow more easily.

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. Vít Procházka on

    Oh my Blender. What can't you achieve? When the best artists meets the best tools, the best things are done.

    Great work Craig Jones

    • Craig David Jones on

      Thanks, it comes down to familiarity I guess, the tools in Blender are som ingrained in me now that I find ways to do what I want :D

    • Craig David Jones on

      argh, funny! I actually started with Photoshop 11 years ago, and ten years ago I found Blender and started trying to incorporate it into Photoshop - now I only open PS when I have a customer that wants the same file returned in the same format, otherwise....Blender!! lol

  2. now that is seriously amazing! wut a fantastic usage of blender as a painting app and the results are stunning. excellent job Craig Jones

    • Craig David Jones on

      Thanks for saying so - I was very happy once I got to the point that I was putting on the whiskers :D My friend that owns the cat had asked why I put the grey background on the photo, and I was laughing at that point ( I think she was pulling my leg)

  3. if i can make it there i'll make it anywhere - even in Microsoft Paint. Sorry to say but it`s not Blender, it`s the artist. :-) What a talented painter....

    • Craig David Jones on

      Thanks, it took about a full day's time but spread out over a few days - lots of phone calls, and then some other pressing jobs came up, but I kept saving to new directory so I could keep all frames in time

    • Craig David Jones on

      I actually put a pdf in the description of the video for a quick overview of what I did and how for a request I got the other day - the requester didn't have internet access to see the video but saw the drawing final. I am working on something now, but I am thinking that I can combine time lapse and real time drawing and commentary to help explain how this works. Thanks for the compliment :D

  4. Beautiful painting, I really like the eyes. From a tool perspective, your use of Blender is very clever: using the grab brush in a way one might use liquify in Photoshop, the grease pencil to help line things up, the way you used multiple textures (the base as your underpainting, the color texture) just to name a few. Nice work describing the video in the PDF. Great job!

    • Craig David Jones on

      Thank you, John, the workflow is I guess a direct product of the Mother of Invention since I had to 'work around' the existing processes to get there. All the digging around has actually been more educational about the abilities and limitations of Blender, but it has also been an eye opener about little things that played into ways to really 'texture' my models as well.
      I am hoping to do more, and to show more of the small things that help in that process since there are more than I used here - and I get the idea that it is kind of fun to see the progression, too :D

      • I've seen and read many painting tutorials, but this was the first one in Blender where it was accompanied by a great PDF step-by-step. I'd love to see a session in real-time, as you talk through and point out the steps that you outline in the PDF but as they occur (not after-the-fact voice-over). Again, nice work!

        • Craig David Jones on

          This has been asked for two more times in the last two days, and I think to make it work, I will do another time lapse but break it with live sessions to talk through the steps like you say - just might be a few weeks since I have stuff going on right now :D Holidays are coming and it will be hard to put the time in and get work done too , but I really do think this is an idea that can be expanded on, and maybe it can help others get their bearings.

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