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Gibson 335 Custom: Post Mortem 01


Brandon Hix spent two weeks on creating this guitar image for his dad. After the project, he carefully reviewed each step in the process to learn how can be more efficient next time. He shares this detailed review on his blog.

This is a look back at a project I did recently digging into what I learned, some tips for your projects, and things I might do differently next time around. The project is a custom electric guitar modeled, shaded, and rendered entirely in Blender and Cycles. All the materials, except for masks, were created procedurally inside the node editor. I also cover some tips on achieving success when printing your 3d work on paper.

About the Author

I'm a Blender Foundation Certified Trainer (BFCT) and a 3d generalist with over 12 years experience using Blender in my daily career. is my creative valve for sharing what I've learned, what inspires me, and what I think is worth checking out in the Blender community right now. My hope is to train, inspire, review, and share amazing things related to Blender and 3d art with independent artists throughout the world. No matter where you are in your journey, this site was made for you. Let's get unleashed.

1 Comment

  1. Mr. Hix,
    I bought one of these guitars in 1969. Your photo realistic rendering of the guitar is more than incredible.
    I just sold the guitar last year but looking at your work, for a moment, I had it back. Thank you for sharing your work. I hope your dad was tickled pink. I know I was.
    Mark W. Stevens

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