Andrew Price — Founder, Blender Guru/Poliigon

Over the past few years, Blender has gone from niche software to a significant part of the CG landscape. The free, open-source 3D package has shed its geeky image and steep learning curve in favor of an accessible interface and simple workflows. And for anyone who wants to learn Blender, Blender Guru’s YouTube tutorials are the perfect place to start.

Joining Chris for this week’s podcast is Andrew Price — AKA the guru of Blender Guru. He tells Chris how he went from debt collector to a key player in the CG industry, how he found his voice as a YouTuber, how he’s taught Blender to prisoners — and why it’s better to model a park bench than a spaceship. He also talks about Poliigon, the CG asset site he founded, and the future of Blender.

Links:

Blender Guru >

Poliigon >

Andrew Price on Twitter >



Chapter Marks

0:00 Intro 

4:55 Start - How Blender Guru got started 

10:30 Why Blender? 

17:00 The infamous donut tutorial 

25:00 The importance of teaching the right subject 

34:00 Teaching Blender at a Prison 

36:20 Most innovative 3D software 

38:10 The Future of 3D education 

47:48 Realtime Raytracing on the horizon 

53:12 Which engine is the fastest? 

1:02:27 What is Poliigon?

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Group Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.