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Win a Visual Effects Tutorial by Sean Kennedy


Sean Kennedy volunteers at a Christmas party for orphan girls in Los Angeles, making sure they get small gifts. This year, he's raising funds in the Blender community. He will draw two winners that get to pick topics for Visual Effects tutorials!

Hi everyone! The holiday season is here, and regardless of what you celebrate, we can probably all agree it’s a wonderful time to spend with friends and family. Every year at this time, a few friends and I volunteer at a local Los Angeles girls orphanage to throw a Christmas party for the girls there who either don’t have families or won’t be able to be with them during the holidays. For most of these girls, it’s the highlight of their year.

During the party, Santa comes and delivers each girl 3 small gifts that they’ve asked for. It’s up to us to provide these gifts, which of course costs a little bit of money. Fundraising is always happening, but it’s often slow to raise the money. Then I thought of a fun way to use my skills to open up donations to the amazing open source software community!

If you go to the Maryvale Angels website and make a donation of $10 or more, then message me, I’ll put your name into a raffle. Once the donation period is over, I’ll put all the names into a bowl and my wife will select 2 of them randomly and blindly. I will then work with those 2 winners to create tutorials (or short tutorial courses) based on whatever visual effects topic they would like to learn about! (Well, as long as it’s something I know how to do well enough to teach!)

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.

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