12 Simple 3D Models for Blender Beginners
Blender is free, but it’s not always easy to use. If you’ve been sitting on your own Blender download for months and haven’t been able to get into it, maybe you’re just devoting yourself to the wrong kind of topic or style.
Here you will find our favorite Blender projects for beginners. All of these Blender ideas are extremely adaptable and can be approached in a number of styles. Low poly? High resolution meshes? Our advice is to try everything.
Penguins are adorable. More importantly, however, they are very simple creatures. Once you’ve figured out the main thumb of the body, it’s very easy to do things like add wings and design little webbed feet.
Those interested in practicing texture painting and even things like creating a baby penguin’s fluffy down will find plenty to play with here. It’s great fun to design the penguin’s “costume” and colorful collar.
2. Potted cactus
Cacti and other simple plants like succulents are great for beginners learning to model. They’re easy to break down into simple shapes, and they’re geometric, which makes them great for learning to use different operators like Spin and modifiers like Array and Screw.
We took this opportunity to play around with the geometry nodes, placing an instance of this spine cluster design on all the vertical channels of our cactus. Plants are great for learning how to harness the power of math to land on whatever you want, and cacti are much easier to tackle than something as complicated as a branching tree.
It’s cheesy to play favorites, but it’s probably our favorite beginner Blender project on this whole list. We never get tired of this quirky little character. A lawn flamingo takes little time to create and it has enough personality to serve as the star of any simple scene.
Flamingos evoke a simplicity of life long gone in the digital age. Themed projects can be a lot of fun – we encourage you to build the humble flamingo’s natural habitat around it, Astroturf, inflatable pool and tiki torches included.
4. Coffee mug
Coffee mugs and other types of ceramic items are really easy Blender projects for anyone who wants to get more into lathing. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even try creating a cafe with realistic shades for indoors.
From base to handle, this simple Blender project will naturally bring a myriad of unusual challenges to the table. It’s not as easy as it looks, which makes it a great Blender project for beginners.
Hard surface modeling is one of the most popular ways to create 3D art – five minutes on a site like Sketchfab, and you’ll see plenty of passionate creators partaking in this technical and advanced genre.
If you’re a beginner, you can try your hand at any number of simple hard surface designs – hinges, seals, and other industrial components are a great place to start. The gears in particular are very easy. Who knows? They may even be the inspirational element behind one of many later steampunk themed designs.
Blender Guru’s Intermediate Modeling Course features none other than one of these archaic pieces of steel. In this Blender tutorial, he uses this topic as an example of the power of simple operations, such as Boolean operations, as well as ordinary features, such as handling curved surfaces through proportional editing.
It’s a very satisfying walkthrough. If you’re not sure where to start, this video is a great crash course in her iconic and charming style.
Before trying your hand at a whole crowd of characters or a field of grass, we advise you to start with something more contained. Namely, this little box of fries.
You can start by gathering them all together and rotating, shearing, scaling, and pushing them back and forth. Eventually, you’ll start to get an idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. At this point, you might have more fun creating a whole list of unique fries.
Texture painting with crisp bits will only add variety. With the right relief map, you may be able to produce a 3D model that looks so real you can feel it.
8. Piggy Bank
Ears. The elastic tail. Snout. The coin slot. Is there anything about a piggy bank that isn’t adorable and fun to model? We think not.
Piggy banks, in our experience, tend to take the low-poly look well, but there’s no reason to be limited. Switch to Sculpt mode and activate your Dyntopo toggle for ultimate creative freedom. You really can create something that looks handmade with enough patience.
9. Neon signs
We admit it – this one is more of a cool hardware trick than a modeling project. You can make any object glow in Blender by first changing its surface type to Emission, then toggling Bloom in the Scene tab of the Properties panel.
It’s funny. They look awesome, and it’s really easy to give them a healthy dose of attitude. Budding 3D art directors might especially enjoy this one.
Start with a simple logo, design, or written word or phrase, and import your reference into Blender. From there you have several options: you can use curves or the Grease Pencil to trace them, convert your design to a mesh, and use the Skin modifier to give them dimension. Once you get the hang of it, you can try building everything from scratch, with no hacks, cheats, or shortcuts.
10. Anything from Ikea
Some Blender beginners may think things like furniture and other everyday objects are too advanced for them. We’re here to bust that myth – things like furniture are only difficult if you try to do it from the imagination. If you are still learning, using one or more reference images will show you how accessible modeling from a good design can be for everyone.
Check out our guide to modeling from reference in Blender. Scroll through the online catalog of your favorite furniture brand. If it offers CAD designs or any other type of blueprint, you’ve officially struck gold. Import them as reference images on the perpendicular and see what you can find.
It’s entirely possible to make your way to an authentic Bavarian pretzel. However, we challenge you to take the opportunity to learn how to use NURBS curves, or even the Grease Pencil tool if that intrigues you.
This is perhaps one of the simplest Blender projects on this list – for this reason, we recommend seeing how many tricks and techniques you can find that result in a soft pretzel that looks amazing.
Go on. This list wouldn’t be complete without Blender Guru’s series of disruptive and praised Blender tutorials for beginners. We’ll spare you the details. Instead, you should give this Blender beginners tutorial a try. It’s a doozy, but it’s objectively the best way to break in.
Blender Projects for Beginners: Everyone Starts Somewhere
Hopefully, at least one of the Blender project ideas on this list interests you. Once you really get the ball rolling, it’s often hard to stop. Most of the time, these simple Blender projects are meant to get you started with Blender’s suite of 3D tools. Before you know it, you’ll be browsing through each design without even thinking about it.
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