Originally Submitted to FurAffinity.net on April 4th, 2011 06:57 AM.
Oh by the way, they’re still in school, but only for a few more months. Kenny & Fuego graduate this year.
Today, I’ve started using Blender as my main 3D program. I gotta say, it runs a lot faster than Second Life(not surprising, considering SL is primarily an online game/environment), and as soon as I learn how to do everything in it, it’ll be MUCH faster to use than Second Life(No chat! Yay!). I really only did the walls and lighting in this comic’s backgrounds, but that’s pretty much what I do with Second Life. The desk, drawers and chair in the first panel came from Scopia, who has a bunch of free 3D models at http://resources.blogscopia.com . The second panel’s background was made in Second Life because I couldn’t figure out how to make the curved tunnel wall correctly in Blender, although it wound up not looking curved anyway(update July 15, 2011: Oh, meshes are hollow already, unlike Second Life prims which can't be seen from inside? I guess I know how to do this now and already had a workable tunnel on my first try.). Still, I was able to place that particle accelerator set behind Kennyland so people can see it in full. The third panel’s background was made in Blender, and was dirt-simple. I almost feel bad for covering up so much of the background with Fuego’s sleepy head because Blender did such a great job of shading. That’s another benefit of using a “real” 3D program; the shading. I look forward to finally using mirrored surfaces that actually reflect objects.
I’m still very new to Blender, despite having it for a few years now. Second Life was just too easy. I liken its building tools to training wheels, though, so it’s high time to get back to Blender, whether I make time for tutorials or not. I’m learning a lot just by diving right into it. That’s how I learn most programs, anyway. I got an introductory tutorial to Blender years ago(how to build a snowman, without going into details on what's actually going on or what you just pressed), so I’m not flying completely blind. I’ll try to read more tutorials as time goes on, but the main thing is that I’m not going to wait until I’ve taken the tutorials, because that’s gone nowhere. (Update July 15, 2011: Taking more tutorials and learning a LOT! I even took a REAL beginner's tutorial finally and now actually know the essentials! I highly recommend http://www.blenderguru.com )