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Morning Pancakes


A mountain of pancakes by Eli M R.

So after some painfully long render times, I've completed this art work, a piece I'm calling Morning Pancakes.

Lately I've been doing some large scale renders, and I thought I would take an approach for a smaller, more intimate render that focuses on drawing out feeling in the viewer – in this case a thirst for some lovely Canadian tree sap and a hunger for some fluffy slabs of wheat.

I see few food renders out there, and was keen to try my own. So before attempting this render, I made a bagel scene, and some chocolate scenes to prepare my organic modelling, texturing, and lighting skills – I quickly encountered numerous challenges. Recently I have been focusing on individual aspects of the 3D art pipeline, and this time I went for a study of the entire 3D art process to create this final image.

What do you think?

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 ;-)


  1. I admire your work and it is much better than most anything I've done. But, as a person who has cooked and demolished many a stack in my time, by the time you could put toppings on a stack, tree syrup (Maple ?) would NOT look so thick...unless it was possibly homemade cane syrup molasses that had been cooked a little too long. Also, the edges of the pancakes will thin out during first side cooking and not look so thick, too. Still makes me want some, though.

    • Thanks for your comment! Not to reinforce the stereotype, but being a Canadian myself, I of course have a love for maple syrup (tree sap was a joke), and I used both my memory and reference photos for creating, but it could be a tad too thick… but hey, it's all a matter of perspective!

      Each pancake is different, and aside from artistic decisions, which is part of the reasoning behind the texturing, again, it may be that I've looked at different references. I totally understand what you're saying.

      I'll definitely take your suggestions into account! Thanks so much!


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