Blender Production book now shipping, one copy as giveaway

Blender Production book now shipping, one copy as giveaway

Roland Hess announced today that his new book, 'Blender Production”, is now shipping. You can get a free copy from LGW.

Roland Hess is known as author of several Blender bestsellers including:

  • Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6
  • Tradigital Blender: A CG Animator's Guide to Applying the Classic Principles of Animation
  • The Essential Blender: Guide to 3D Creation with the Open Source Suite Blender
  • Animating with Blender: Creating Short Animations from Start to Finish

The new book is major rewrite and update of the latter book.

Blender Production book cover

Roland writes:

In this book, I’ve detailed the time-tested process of producing a short animation, from story creation and story boarding through sound capture, the actual 3D work (modeling/animation/etc) and finally on to editing and post-production.

While the book does get technical and Blender-specific in many places, it always keeps its focus on the production process. So, while we have a piece on character creation, it isn’t a modeling tutorial. You can find those in plenty of other places. In this book, we focus on how incorporating different technical aspects and approaches into your model can help to make it more suitable to a larger production that might use a small (or even large) team of talent.

We are giving away one copy to a random LGW reader. All you need to do is to leave a comment below that you are participating. Make sure you use your real email so that we could get in touch with you. On Friday we'll pick a random winner and post an announcement.

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  1. Ooh, this seems pretty interesting :D
    Would definitely be excited to score a free copy (and might end up picking it up even if I didn’t).

  2. Great news! Looking forward to seeing the book.

  3. Looks cool!

  4. Looks like a neat book. Count me in on the giveaway!

  5. Wow! That’s pretty good! His first book was good! I can’t wait!

  6. This book looks great! I love blender and would like to enter this giveaway.

  7. I really enjoyed his first animation book. Still have it on my desk.

    Please enter me in the contest. Tx.

  8. Cool ^_^

  9. do want

  10. This book is very welcome!

  11. Definitely want. Been reading the site for quite sometime now (but never commented). Keep up the good work Alexandre :)

  12. Nice to see blender is getting more expert training!! some of these books are real gems! We’ll see what’s inside this!

  13. I’m participating… Roland Hess (a.k.a. Harkyman) rocks!

  14. Ohh, another harkyman book. Nice to see.

  15. Peter Boosten 30 July 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Yeah, I’ve already got a book from Roland: written very decent and understandable, even for a non-experienced Blender user like myself.

  16. Congrats Roland,
    I’m looking forward to reading your new book :)


  17. The book seems to be pretty interesting especially for someone like me - absolute blender beginner.

  18. Oh, I’d love to have this book. It’s always interesting to see and compare different production pipelines.

  19. Very glad to hear of new new educational resource development within the blender community.

  20. UnconventionalT 30 July 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Fastest way to get people to comment is to hold a givaway.

  21. Alexandre Prokoudine 30 July 2012 at 7:27 pm

    @UnconventionalT So, are you in? :)

  22. Looks interesting. Excellent way of getting some comment
    Count me in

  23. Lucas Figueiredo 30 July 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I definitly need to learn Blender. This book seems to be a good start point!

  24. I’ve already have a book written by Roland and is really good. I think it could be good to have this too :)

  25. Sounds really interesting!

  26. Just what I needed! Really cool stuff!

  27. UnconventionalT 30 July 2012 at 9:04 pm

    @Alexandre Prokoudine YES :D

  28. I need it, give it to me! :)

  29. Pablo R. Dinella 30 July 2012 at 9:17 pm


  30. Looks very interesting.

  31. keep them coming

  32. Could be very useful. Count me in!

  33. Still not quite done with Blender Foundations here, but this has caught my interest anyway. count me in! :)

  34. Yes box, I’d like to have this one! Looks interesting.

  35. I think is a really interesting book (I’m not an animator, but one of my goals in life is to create a short animation like “Dupleggcated” by Robert Huth), so I would like to participate to win a free copy of the book :)

  36. @AP: “@UnconventionalT So, are you in?”

    Are YOU in? ;-)

    (I’m not, will buy one instead)

  37. Looks like a good book; I’m participating!

  38. That does indeed look like a good book. I’m in.

  39. I nice book.
    I am a blender user, and this seems a good complement to my workflow.

  40. Great! I’d like to give it a look :)

  41. Curtis Rhoads 31 July 2012 at 10:48 am

    Count me in on trying to get a free copy!!

    I just started pre-production on an animated short, could be killer to be reading this while working on the short.

  42. Roland Hess is always the source of good Blender books - I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  43. David MCSween 31 July 2012 at 11:00 am

    I would love a copy, looks to cover all the bases.

  44. Ooh this looks interesting. What version of blender is used in this book?

  45. If it shows how to do the scales and the forest as it shows on the from cover, this book is a must buy for me… but a free one would be nicer :D

  46. Kriss Berzkalns 31 July 2012 at 11:15 am

    Very nice! Count me in! :)

  47. Looks nice to me.

  48. I’m in! I would really like to read this book.

  49. Great1 I want it!

  50. Blender is awesome! Thank you!

  51. We just need a big production company to produce project using only open tools.

  52. i want one :)

  53. Daniel Kossmann 31 July 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Cool \o/

  54. Oh, a using of the great pangolin by Ania Celarek.

    Not very appropriate for a book on animation with blender (the animal have been made on Wings3D)

  55. I’ve worked with blender years ago and it was amazing what is possible with it. But I missed a book like this. So it was more a playing around.
    I’d really appreciate getting this book.

  56. Alexandre Prokoudine 31 July 2012 at 4:49 pm

    @e5dy Interesting, but the CGPortflio page says:

    Animal model: Wings3d
    Plant models, materials, sculpt, render, compositing: Blender 2.5 and branches

  57. hey, that looks nice! I’m just about learning blender, so I participate :)

  58. @Alexandre Prokoudine: yes all right, I’ve been a little bit short on my comment
    of course Blender was involve in the prcess of this image (and MyPaint for the textures),
    but my point of view is it’s not the better choice for a book on animation.
    Ok, don’t judge a book on its cover, but in a technical work, it’s fair the outside match the inside

  59. Count me in Alexandre.  :)

  60. would be very useful

  61. shut up and take my comment! :)

  62. Count me in!.

  63. I’m really interested in this. Looks like a cool book. I’m interning for the tube project so i’m seeing a little bit of this, but it would be nice to see aspects of different areas and what tweaks would help in a production environment.

    count me in on the drawing!

  64. Aleve Sicofante 02 August 2012 at 7:12 pm


  65. I’m I to late?

  66. Alexandre Prokoudine 04 August 2012 at 11:36 pm

    @robis Yep, sorry :)

  67. Aleve Sicofante 05 August 2012 at 2:30 am

    And the winner is? Just curious.

  68. Nice klooking book from what I’ve seen on Amazon in the “Look Inside” facility.

  69. I hope I will be the lucky guy! Wow!

  70. Hope I’m not too late.

  71. Alexandre Prokoudine 29 September 2012 at 12:37 pm

    @Kareem You are, sorry :) But there will be more giveaways.

  72. I participate.