Monday, March 9, 2015

2015 HELP: EDU: Basic Blender Mesh Live Instruction. Free classes, workshops, self-instruction

Blender Mesh Live Instruction.  
Free classes, workshops, self-instruction
Ruby O'Degee offers live basic lessons in Blender.  The complete series of 8 units will be taught over a month, two related units a week.  There are also self-managed learning modules.
  • Classes limited to 9 participants on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Check the scheduleA School for Building Immersion Stories
  • HG address: 88221
  • Paste HG address in search bar of world map.  Click Find. TP when found
  • Firestorm hop: hop:// 88221/232/157/23
  • Paste hop in navigation bar of Firestorm.  Enter.  (Works in Kitely)
  • Web page: Waymarker 88221 
  • Class will use voice.
Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. --Wikipedia

Basic Blender lesson units

  • Navigation (You need this first.) 
  • Modeling 
  • UV Unwrapping 
  • Retopology
  • Each unit has two parts, which may be offered on the same day.
  • The units should be taken in order.
  • There are self-instruction modules for further work beyond class.
  • Learning objective: When you have successfully completed these units, 
  • you will be able to use Blender to build in virtual worlds,
  • and to develop your skills further on your own.
  • Instruction will use Teamviewer so that you can see the instructor's screen.  
  • You do not need to do any preparation to use Teamviewer.
Join group and tip

  • Click the big green urn to join the group and get notices.
  • The small yellow and red urn is for tips (using Kitely Credits)  
  • Don't feel obliged to tip.  And if you come in via HG, you may not have KCs.
  • And land in Kitely does not cost much.  But it does cost. 

Comment  by Dot Matrix 

I've just been to the first class of Blender Basics. It is excellent.
Ruby invites you to a "Team Viewer" session. This software enables you to see Ruby's computer screen as she demonstrates exactly what she is talking about. If you are confused (and Blender IS confusing!) or she is going too fast, you can let her know via Team Viewer, either by talking or by typing into a text-chat box. She will then go back over whatever was causing the difficulty.
Ruby provides a link to a Blender file ("Here's one I made earlier") that you can try things out on in real time. If things don't work as expected, again you can alert her, and she will take time to help you sort it out.
She also finds ways to relate the Blender interface with what we know from OpenSim or from the viewer interface, or from other software such as Photoshop or MS Word. The jargon can be confusing, but making associations with what you do know helps a lot.
If you have always been scared by the Blender interface, it's worth trying these classes.

News and Notes


Classes, workshops:  Blender Mesh Live Instruction 

Ruby O'Degee offers live basic lessons, live project lessons and (soon) live workshops.
For schedule, see: 
Limited to 9 participants on a first come, first serve basis.  Only 9 participants will be able to enter the Kitely world.  (If you try to enter and get the notice that the world is full, you will need to try another time).


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Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds



How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the navigation bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again in a minutes.  Sometimes the first try fails (probably times out).  And try again a few hours later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 


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