SCHEDULE – 3 ONLINE CLASSES via Discord
- Date: October 12 – October 26
- Every Wednesday (for 3 weeks)
- Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm PST
- Location: online classes via Discord
IMPORTANT – This is an Intermediate-Level Workshop. Prior experience with Blender and VRChat is necessary. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Otto directly at (619)354-3656 or email: email@example.com
Blender's rise in the content creation industry was especially noticeable in 2019 with the release of version 2.8. Now, several years later Blender Version 3.3 continues to explore and evolve one of the most exciting procedural systems; Geometry Nodes.
As of September 2022, Geometry Nodes are just over a year old and each release is still considered a prototype. But the developers consider it to be production-ready, and many users find it stable enough to incorporate into their pipeline. We at FX Dojo definitely feel it is worth the time investment to learn and teach adjacent to current industry trends!
CG Art and Mathematics
Traditionally there exists a gap between digital artists and software developers. 3D art is indeed a visual medium, but Geometry Nodes provides a middle ground where one can dabble with code. This is the third time FX Dojo has offered a class on Geometry Nodes and we are proud to share this updated curriculum because of our focus on math, right from the start. It is crucial that we don't overwhelm students with formulas and calculations, but rather create opportunities for seeing relationships between numbers, code, and beautiful shapes!
Instance a Torus along a Curve
Instancing geometry refers to mapping a polygon mesh to points in space as an efficient way to create duplicates. Since only the original object is referenced, file size is kept small. Make a procedural chain by instancing a torus along a curve!
To reduce the appearance of repetition, one could use a Random Value node set to a specific range. Creating networks like this in various scenarios will help students develop a strong foundation for node-based thinking.
Align Euler to Vector Node
This utility node provides valuable control when rotating instances along a curve. Pop a Normal or Curve Tangent node into the Vector input! Rarely do we ever use the Rotation input unless it's another Align Euler to Vector (as shown in the example above).
Node Editor navigation and management
An important fundamental skill of a CG artist is navigation within the node editor. This includes developing the "muscle memory" to cut and reroute pipes, not only in Blender but other apps like Maya, Houdini, and Nuke, to name a few.
Enjoy a LIVE Learning Experience
All FX Dojo online classes take place via Discord, the popular chatroom app used by gamers worldwide. After registration, students will receive an email with simple instructions on how to prepare for class.
What you need:
- PC or Mac
- Reliable Internet connection
- Discord (free download)
- A Discord account (free)
- Blender version 3.3 (free)
- Prior experience with Blender - please call (619)354-3656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure about your current level
Develop the discipline needed to succeed
Many students are tired of online classes, but staying focused on a computer is required in today's modern world. FX Dojo teachers provide a fun dose of creative screen time on a consistent basis. This gives young minds an example of how to use technology in a healthy way, showing art as an alternative to addictive social media and mind-numbing videogames. FX Dojo is committed to adapting and evolving Digital Art Education with the mental health of our next generation as a top priority. Please join us for these innovative online workshops!