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Stay home and learn Blender: Free couse giveaway


Jamie writes:

Hi Blenderheads,

Over the past few months countries have slowly closed their borders and everyone's lives have become a lot more restrictive. Thanks heaps COVID-19.

This is most certainly a sucky situation, but in times likes these we need to search for the silver linings. So I'm proposing a "Stay home and learn Blender" month. If we're going to be largely stuck in our houses, we may as well make the most of our time and learning something new.

You've no doubt got your own topics you want to learn more about, but if you're into character design I've got a little treat for you. I'm giving away 42 copies of my 'Character Design for Production' course for free.

I'm also making the Suzanne rig free for everyone until this all blows over.

Just use the code "screwthevirus" on either the course or the rig to get it completely free.

You can get the course here, and the Suzanne rig here.

Stay safe Blenderheads.

About Author

Jamie Dunbar

Jamie Dunbar is the founder of Dragonboots Studios - a 3D animation company based in Australia. They predominantly work with the Texas Children's Hospital in America, creating educational animations to teach children about heart disease procedures. Jamie has over 10 years of character design experience. He converted to Blender over three years ago and Dragonboots Studios now uses a combination of Maya and Blender.


  1. Hello everyone who's having trouble with the code. I should have given better instructions.

    You will need to click the "I want this!" button with the $60 in the "name a fair price" section.
    That will then take you to a purchase screen where you can enter the code "screwthevirus", which will then drop the price to $0. Apologies, it's not the easiest checkout system.

    There's already a handful of people who've jumped on it, so I'm assuming it's working properly.
    Please let me know if this doesn't work for you.

    • Hello Jamie, I assume everyone here understood it but the page after you enter the fair price and enter the code and click purchase isn't responding and I'm stuck there even tho I did everything named above

  2. BlenderHead-034 on

    If you you have a problem getting the course then dont click the link go and search in gumread under "character design Suzanne " do the usual steps and make sure that a panel pop up from ur account image top right of the page
    Sorry for my bad English

  3. Will it be Counted (Deduction on 42), If i enter the Coupon but not press the Get Button. I felt that someone else should get this as I have purchase many courses but not finished many.

      • I did not get the Course but Your Youtube channel is Sufficient for me. I am Writing this Comment as I dont know how to delete the Previous Comments.

        • Hey Ganapathy,
          Big thanks for being so selfless. Just entering the code won't reduce the number, you need to press the "Get" button, so no harm done.
          Welcome to the YouTube channel though. I'm pretty sure I saw a new subscriber with your name ;)

  4. Well, that's the curse of living on the west coast, offer given and expired before I even woke up today. But good intentions and all that. It's a great thing to do, but even the discounted version is too much for me right now, being restricted to "shelter in place" and all that.

  5. Hi everyone,

    Oh wow, so...I wasn't expecting those freebies to disappear so quickly. I advertised the same sale on a few Facebook groups a week ago and none of the free copies were taken. Clearly Blender Nation has a few more visitors!

    Yes, all the free copies have already been taken - and that's after I upped the number of free copies before going to bed last night.

    Full disclosure, I've been fortunate enough to keep my job despite Australia largely being in lockdown right now, but my girlfriend works in travel and as you can imagine, she's become largely unemployed. So as much as I would love to give away even more copies...well I've now officially given away more copies than I've sold!

    But, here's what I can do:

    1. I've reduced the price of the course even further. It was at 40% off. I've upped it to 50%. New code is: stayhomelearnblender
    2. There is a free version of the course available on YouTube. It's a little cut down but it's still really informative:
    3. The Suzanne rig is still available for free to anyone who wants to practice their animation. Code is "screwthevirus"
    4. I've been working on a new character creation series. It's not as in-depth, but it's also 100% free. First 4 chapters are here:

  6. Hello, first I'm still in my first year of working with Blender 2.79b and I love it unfortunately I only have an Early 2009 24-inch, El Capitan 10.11.6, MakeHuman 1.1.1 I do love it. I hope someday I can get an upgrade to further my education with as much information as my mind can take in. That's why I can't take your course (unfortunately) oh can I still play with Suzanne with Blender 2.79b? Anyone have any ideas???...That's

    • You can read the information about this in a message from Jamie a few messages above yours.
      I'm too late to use the code too, it's pity. I saw a message about the code, was very delighted and happy, but got a bummer.
      Anyway, free version is still very good and informative too.

      • Yep, read it just after posting... bummer !
        I'm a little bit desappointed tho... Neither the course & the suzanne's Rig are available for me.... :'( (I can enter the code, it says 0$, but I can't click on the "Get" button...)
        So sad ! With the Rig I could have followed the free tut but without it's complicated I think...!

          • Maybe I'm a total loser and I don't understand what I have to do, but when I do all the steps you showed, I can't press the "Get" button. It's blue, it's like I could press on it, but nothing to do, it's doing nothing :'( I think I'll get the course by BlenderMarket to have the 50% discount, cuz' I can't have the 50% showed on Gumroad... I would have bought the course for the total price you asked to support you but I don't have enough money to do so ! :/

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