It's been a little while since my last post for the Country Pathway series. I just wanted to let you know that it's an ongoing project that will be completed. In creating the content for the Trees section, I've come to realize that there is a real need for a source of information concerning tree modeling tools. And, if I'm going to do a tutorial on tree modeling tools, I might as well be reasonably complete about it. So, I've decided to back up a little bit and rethink the way I'm approaching the tutorial. I had started to feel a bit anxious about the delay and was starting to compromise the quality for the sake of meeting a self-imposed deadline. I think that's a mistake. I would rather do things to the best of my ability. I'm sure you understand.
So, my plan is to continue researching, documenting, and organizing everything I can find about tree modeling tools (a lot more than I expected). In the final tutorials, which will probably be broken down into separate files for each tool because there are so many, I'll give a brief overview of the tool. I'll cover the pros and cons of each tool, with respect to Blender. There won't be any deep coverage because tree modeling tools tend to have a ton of parameters to negotiate. What I will do, though, is provide all the links and details on what those parameters effect so that you'll have enough info to study and be able to be more effective with each tool. My hope is to create a solid solution to the issue of creating trees in your 3D scenes and animations.
BTW, don't be surprised if other short tutorials are posted before the next part in the Country Pathway series. I just don't want the site to become lifeless. In the future, I don't think that I will create these larger tutorial projects, at least not as foreground projects. I think it will be better to create the entire series in the background and then, be able to roll out the parts of the series at a more consistent pace. BlenderNewbies is a work in progress...thank you for your patience.
Sunday, February 25, 2007