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Behold, the outcome of Sculptober 2022

Speed-learning some 3D modeling in Blender

· Blender 3D

"Sculptober" is a month-long prompt-based 3D modeling challenge that takes place every October. In 2022, I made 31 Blender renders in response to prompts. Some days I had hours, other days I had minutes.


Here are the results*:

*Compressed for bandwidth friendliness.

Day 1: Boss

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Had to go Super Mario 64 on this one.

Day 2: Lunar

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This one was fun - I used accurate moon textures from NASA.

Day 3: Rest

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Same energy.

Day 4: Illusion

A proto-attempt at animation! Watch on YouTube.

Day 5: Porthole

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Something something wooden spaceship. A rushed day.

Day 6: Lost

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Fun with shiny reflecty things.

Day 7: Chunky

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It was a butternut squash soup kind of day, Day 7.

Day 8: Spy

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Okay, I can't find the *actual* sculpt I did on Day 8, but here's a thematic other render.

Day 9: Blend

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Brave Little Toaster, anyone?

Day 10: Ethereal

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Went a little Nodevember on this one.

Day 11: Dance

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This might be the greatest thing I've ever modeled.

Day 12: Glow

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It's not *really* cheating, I *did* make it glow.

Day 13: Shy

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Miyazaki meets the Mushroom Kingdom.

Day 14: Grave

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Neglected the tumbleweed. Would'er made all the diff'rence.

Day 15: Cosmos

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Used the Hubble Deep Field image for the interior projection.

Day 16: Grip

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The initial thought was "bats grip stuff", and the resultant creation was "porcelain figurine of Batty from Fern Gully".
The muse works in mysterious ways.

Day 17: Charm

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Going for a charm bracelet thing, but didn't really have much time.

Day 18: Cozy

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Is it even Sculptober if you don't bake a donut?

Day 19: Haunt

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Day 20: Discovery

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"We sailed away on a winter's day / with fates as malleable as clay"
- Joanna Newsom, "Bridges and Balloons"

Day 21: Soft

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Playing around with soft jello caustics.

Day 22: Gate

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A little more Nodevembery.

Day 23: Drink

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Listen, water physics are... yeah.

Day 24: Mask

Watch the animation on YouTube!

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Okay, *this* might be the greatest thing I've ever modeled. Watch the animation!

Day 25: Creep

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Featuring Pennywise the Persian cat.

Day 26: Spirit

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Of the libation variety.

Day 27: Magic

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I was going for some kind of magical floppy puffball creature - there's an animation over here on YouTube.

Day 28: Leap

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*tugs shirt collar* Looks, I didn't have a lot of time on Day 28.

Day 29: Hero

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I might've been running out of steam by this point.

Day 30: Pretend

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Yaaaay, BMO!

Day 31: Harvest

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Kind of phoned it in on Day 31 😅  

Phew. 31 done!

Not ever day was a stellar result — it's tough spending a straight month making Blender renders after work! But I'm really glad I did it, forced me to work on some foundations and explore different techniques.

Definitely leveled up my skills over that month. Recently made this Funko Pop figurine of the lead singer of one my favorite contemporary bands:

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The fabulous Ela Melo of Rainbow Kitten Surprise.


What should I make next?