The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious award in the science fiction genre, honouring literature and media as well as fan activities. Each year a base is designed for the trophy. Read about how I came up with the 2020 design and used Blender and Inkscape to create it.
Blender can produce text for Subsurface Laser Engraving that is superior to using a bitmap. By extruding the text and then arraying it on top of itself it is possible to go beyond creating the extra layers required for bright text - the faces on the sides of the letters will be engraved making the edges appear crisp.
Blender is capable of shading objects in a stylistic manner. This tutorial shows how to shade objects using two tones to mimic the style of 2d vector art. The advantage of using a 3d package is that it is possible to alter the angle of the lighting by moving a lamp instead of tediously drawing new shading by hand.
This tutorial provides heightmaps, links to them, and talks about what to look for. It is written from the point of view of someone wanting to use them for modelling terrain in Blender, but it is relevant to modelling with other 3d packages
A small garden can have a big impact on our native animals. The value is not in attracting animals but through beauty inspiring the visitor to value the life around them. This article covers the design and planting of this garden.