I've tooled around with Blender before, but I've left it alone for about 6 months now.

Enter Cycles

Cycles is Blender's new renderer and I must say that it is a thing of beauty. It's fast, it's practical, and, most of all, it makes lighting and materials make sense, something that has been a major hurdle in my modeling hobby. Oh, and the near real time renders (for small resolutions) help tremendously.

The image I've attached took about 20 minutes to model (and I'm really bad), but the real key is that the lighting and materials took about 2min.

For someone who actually knows what they're doing see:

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/23/2013 at 02:03am

This is awesome, thanks for sharing @Tungsten. Gonna share this.

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/23/2013 at 02:50am

Nice! I dig it.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 01/23/2013 at 05:50pm

That is really, really cool!

Tungsten   Post Author wrote on 01/24/2013 at 10:56am

Free program... try it out yourself:

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/24/2013 at 03:46pm

I've used Blender a handful of times but never made anything that looks this awesome.

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