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The Sword in the Stone - waiting for the King


I always love it when teens create great work with Blender. To me it's the perfect illustration of the power of open source software and free access to knowledge! Today, 13-year old Aku Kettunen presents his work.

Hi guys!

My name is Aku Kettunen and I'm a 13 year old CGI enthusiast from Finland. I've used Blender for more than one and a half years. All the experience has been amazing, especially lately, when people have helped me and criticised me to get my renders better, so if you have ever criticised my work, big shout out to you ;).

But to the point.

With this render I wanted to create a feeling of coldness and loneliness, but deep inside humbleness,
like waiting for something... ...a king. Not gonna write a longer story here, I'll let you make up your own. But hopefully you like the render.

It's not nearly perfect, so please criticise it so I can improve it further. And if you want to support me you might want to check out my youtube channel. That would really be nice.

Have a nice day, and cheers! :)

About the Author

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I'm a 13 year old Finnish CGI enthusiast. I'm mostly focused on nature renders, but I also do portraits and hard surface models from time to time. Check out my youtube to see some of my work: Thanks!


  1. Excellent work! Very impressive for a teenager indeed. Since you asked for criticism, I'll mention a few things:

    1. The background image doesn't blend with the meshes in front of it (I think mostly because the sample count isn't high enough with the DOF, so the models are grainy, but the mountains image is sharper).
    2. The handle on the sword could use some work. With the shininess of the rest of the sword, it should probably be metallic.
    3. The sword needs some grunge and less shiny spots. It looks way too clean to be sitting outside long enough for an icicle to form on it.
    4. The icicles on the fountain look blue. Icicles are almost pure white (they should be like glass with bubbles in it).
    5. The snowflakes are too dense (they should be branched, not just blobs or circular discs).

    BTW, I'm a teenage Blender user as well :-)

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