Blender 3D, until now, has rarely been considered a valuable tool for motion designers. Blender made a reputation as the premier 3D “freeware” application that you model, rig, and animate in. There were many early examples of high-quality shorts being created in Blender, which is truly insane for a free 3d application. For my part, I always viewed it as the free version of Maya, an application with tremendous potential for 3d animation and VFX, but not terribly practical for a motion designer. Blender was first released in 1998 and more than two decades later continues to attract more and more artists.
Ducky 3D & Abstract Motion Graphics
Nathan Duck, of Ducky3D, has made many motion designers re-consider Blender as a motion design tool. He regularly offers training on how to create abstract motion design renders and loops. His Youtube channel now has over 150,000 subscribers.
Nathan’s ability to teach technical processes while grounding his tutorials in a strong foundation of design principles has made his training on Blender 3D stand out. He has shown many of Blender’s capabilities are relevant for motion designers and 3d artists who don’t specifically focus on character or narrative projects.
In this tutorial, one of my personal favorites, you’ll learn to make this abstract motion render in Blender 3D.
Hard To Beat Free
Since Blender is free, I would encourage motion designers to download it and give it a try. If there are use cases for Blender in your 3D workflow, then it’s $0 price tag sure makes it an attractive tool.
Of course, we’re not advocating ditching Cinema 4d, which still proves to be THE essential 3D application for motion designers. But with the size of the Blender community, constant updates and new features on the software, and the availability of high-quality training, Blender is looking more and more like a useful tool for Motion Designers to consider.
Open Source Development & Updates
Blender continues to be a work in progress, supported by a community of developers. It’s a good idea for motion designers to keep an eye on new developments and consider ways that Blender might be used. Here Ducky3D has a video on a new feature in Blender 2.9, which at the time of writing this post, is the most recent version.