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Good beginner books for Blender

GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
edited November 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I'd like to learn the open-share 3D animation program Blender, but am unsure of where to start. I spent the better part of my evening yesterday scavenging the Internet for different books, but I can't seem to decide on a good one.

My first look was on their official website, but it seems from customer reviews they're more of a glorified sales-pitch in text instead of a thorough hands on approach. I then checked out Blender for Dummies, but heard it was actually a bit confusing/conflicting to read and I'm already familiar with the Dummies series (not a terribly positive experience). There were a few other books I checked out, but a good chunk of them seemed geared towards intermediate or expert levels.

The one book I decided on is titled:

Beginning Blender: Open Source 3D Modeling, Animation, and Game Design by Lance Flavell

It seems like the best book for me, but the cheapest they have it anywhere is in the upper $80 range, and it'll go as high as $300! There's no way I have that kind of cash to burn, but I'll commit if it's worth it. They have a kindle/e-book version but im not generally a fan of those; besides, I'm only really allowed to read books at work and e-books aren't allowed.

There are online videos all over the place, but the quality and consistency of those are erratic at best, and it doesnt give you a clear-cut directive or incentive to follow through.

Anyone here use Blender and could give any good beginner book recommendations?

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  • galdongaldon Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Well, I can probably save you a little bit of money there. There's a wikibook that teaches from the basics to more advanced blender use, I'm not positive if its been updated to the latest version of blender yet; but when I used it it was fairly good. Don't know any hard copies you can study at work though.

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

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  • GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
    What about books that are useful for Python scripting? Specifically parts revolving around animation

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  • galdongaldon Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Don't know any books on that; though I do know of a reasonably sized forum specifically on 3D modeling where you can probably get some advice, and find a few tutorials. Bit of knowledgeable help tends to go a lot further than a book when you reach a stumbling point.

    http://forums.cgsociety.org/index.php?

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    Go in, get the girl, kill the dragon. What's so hard about that? ... Oh, so THAT'S what a dragon looks like.

    <-- Game related youtube stuff
    http://galdon.newgrounds.com/games/ <-- games I've made. (spoiler warning: They might suck!)
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