Discover the Secrets to Creating Realistic Nature in Blender
• 13 In-depth Nature Tutorials
• 636 Nature Textures
• 2, 118 Reference Photos
• 138 Nature Models
• 13 Ready made nature scenes
• 224 Professional Nature Photos
• ...plus much, much more!
Whether we're walking through the park, driving to work or looking out our window, nature is something we see every day. As such when it's created 'digitally' our eyes are quick to spot a fake if something is slightly off. It's for this reason that nature is incredibly hard to create. And as such, most artists just avoid it entirely!
That's why I've create The Nature Academy. This online training course is aimed at teaching you how to create gorgeous nature scenes using Blender.
If you haven't seen it already, take a moment to watch this short film: The Third and The Seventh.
The artist's name is Alex Roman, and he did something that almost no one else dared to do: created a photorealistic short film with nature.
Architecture has been done countless times before, but nature? That's hard.
By doing what others thought was impossible he propelled his name into an almost cult like status. His short film is widely known throughout the industry as a groundbreaking example of what one artist can accomplish.
Nature is an incredibly tough subject to approach, and one that most artists avoid. If you can succeed at it then you've got a great chance at being seen in the industry.
To be honest, before I made The Nature Academy. I was terrible at nature. No really. I hated the idea of adding anything green to my scene and actively avoided it.
But being a naive, cocky artist with a website called Blender Guru. I thought, 'hey, let's make a training course about nature. It'll be easy!' Boy was I wrong.
When I attempted it for the first time I realized just how difficult it really was.
I fired up Blender and got cracking on a forest scene (which I later learned is the hardest of all nature scenes to create), and after 5 days work I got the image to the left.
Not exactly breathtaking is it? Not only was it flat, and boring render, but it took forever to render! I had made everything so high poly that my computer was straining to render it. Clearly I had no idea what I was doing.
So I decided to try something a little bit easier: Grass. Piece of cake right? WRONG.
After giving it my best effort I ended up with the image on the right.
Not exactly the Mona Lisa!
It was at this stage I thought, 'Maybe Blender just isn't capable of creating realistic nature.'
I was about to give up right there.
But by some sheer fluke I discovered a function in the material settings called 'Translucency' that lets light pass through objects. Almost instantly I noticed a difference.
Things began to click.
Several days later and I created this image:
I then realized that Blender is capable of achieving realistic results... you just need to know the right techniques.
The Nature Academy is a 13-Week online training course aimed at teaching you what took me 8 months to figure out.
The course carefully guides you through the process of creating realistic nature scenes with Blender. The tutorials start out easy and then increase with complexity as the course progresses. This ensures that you keep learning but you aren't left behind.
By joining the course you are skipping the 8 months of frustration that I went through and jumping straight to the results.
Essentially I've created the course that I wish I had when I started.
"I'd never really tried natural scenes before, but these tutorials brought my work to life!"
"I was astounded at how quickly and easily Andrew's methods bring great results. I'd never really tried natural scenes before, but these tutorials brought my work to life! The bonuses are mighty fine as well! You'd get the most out of the course if you already know the basics of Blender. Though I still think even relative novices would be able to follow it."
"Andrew's teaching style is exceptional."
I was a little bit skeptical of The Nature Academy at first since I had never participated in an online
training course before, however I finally bit the bullet and I'm glad I did. Andrew's style of teaching is exceptional. He explains when and why certain features should be used, and why these particular settings are most appropriate.
--Dean Wronowski (http://www.deanwronowski.co.uk/)
"I would recommend this course to anyone who thinks Vue is the only software capable of creating nature scenes..."
One of the most valuable things I learned in the course was compositing. All of those post-processing tricks (atmospherics, lens flares, vignettes, color balancing, depth of field, etc) are extremely valuable. Andrew has clearly done his homework on the subject of nature modeling as evidenced by the quality and depth of his lessons. I would recommend this course to anyone who thinks Vue is the only software capable of creating nature scenes and any Blender users who are ready to take their skill set to the next level.
What You Get:
The Nature Academy is a membership portal. Upon joining you will receive instant access with a login and password that gives lets you in to all the exclusive tutorials and bonuses inside.
Features of the membership site:
- Instant Access - Start watching straight away! No more waiting for shipping.
- Downloadable videos - All videos are available for downloading in 720P or streaming from the site.
- Comments - Stuck? Help is available! Drop a comment beneath the video to be seen by hundreds of members inside the course.
- Structured - All videos are in chronological order and tagged for easy searching.
- Forum - An exclusive members only forum where you can share works or seek help.
I recommend this course to Intermediate Blender users who already have experience with the basic functionality."
Big Buck Bunny (art director)
- Week 1: Grass
- Week 2: Rocks
- Week 3: Trees
- Week 4: Plants
- Week 5: Lakes
- Week 6: Flowers
- Week 7: Oceans
- Week 8: Mountains
- Week 9: Forests
- Week 10: Aerial Flyovers
- Week 11: Deserts
- Week 12: High Detail Grass
Bonus #1: Texture Pack
Massive texture pack of 636 nature textures, that have been tested to work with blender for nature scenes. Includes a plethora of seamless textures useful for quickly mapping objects.
Valued at $297
Bonus #2: Reference Photo Pack
An invaluable resource of 1892 nature photos, taken from all parts of the world including, Australia, Fiji, The Phillipines, India, Romania, England, Scotland, USA and South Korea. All photos can be used commercially.
Valued at $297
Bonus #3: The Drag n Drop Collection
An entire library of 138 pre-made nature models. Perfect for filling up a scene if you're on a tight deadline. All models can be used commercially.
Valued at $462
Bonus #4: The Vault
The complete .blend files from the tutorials and trailer. 13 Files in total. Ready for you to explore and see how the final effect was created.
Valued at $197
Bonus #5: Cycles Guide
A conversion guide for the new rendering engine, Cycles. Offers tips and methods for creating materials and lighting setups in Cycles. Due to the current beta phase of Cycles, this feature will only be available in July of 2012.
Valued at $27
Bonus #6: Bite Sized Tutorials
A collection of mini tutorials teaching you a range of different nature techniques. Like outdoor lighting, atmospheric falloff, linking models etc.
This is perfect for when you quickly need to know a technique but don't have time to watch a whole tutorial.
Valued at $57
Bonus #7: Oliver Huth Collection
A collection of 224 professional nature photographs, donated by photographer Oliver Huth. These are perfect for inspiration and reference. What's more is that these photographs can be use commercially! Feel free to use them as backdrops, backgrounds or any other scene.
Valued at $197
Bonus #8: Course Outline
This downloadable, printer friendly PDF will ensure that you stay on track throughout the course. Print it out and stick it on your wall.
Bonus #9: Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the course you will have the opportunity to earn a certificate, demonstrating that you have learned something from the course.
NOTE: To receive the certificate you will need to send in three finished nature scene as proof of participation.
Total Value: Gold Membership
Want more? The Platinum Membership
Bonus #10: PDF Summaries
PDF summaries of all the tutorials in the course. If you learn more from reading than from watching this is perfect for. It's also good if you need to quickly remember a step in a tutorial.
Valued at $97
Bonus #11: Reference Video
A collection of 7 nature videos to go alongside the tutorials. Invaluable for animators who want to learn how nature behaves in real life. All video files can be downloaded and used commercially if you wish.
Valued at $97
Bonus #12: Alpha Arsenal
A set of 30 alpha masked trees, perfect for adding to backgrounds as filler. All files can be used commercially.
Valued at $97
Bonus #13: Sound Effects
A collection of 18 sound files of nature. Perfect for animations!
Valued at $60
Bonus #14: Cloud Timelapses
A collection of cloud timelapses for reference and backdrops.
Valued at $80
30-Day Moneyback Guarantee - 100% Risk Free
If you're not happy with The Nature Academy, shoot me an email and I will give you a 100% refund. No questions asked. Seriously! I want you to be happy with your purchase and if you aren't, I would rather give you your money back. Just contact me within 30 days and I will give you a full refund. It's my promise to you.
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